Monday, August 22, 2011

Disappearing Sarikei: Repok Road Government Quarters - New township beckons

Sarikei Government Quarters, early 1970s.
 Source: Ivan Ignatius


One of the privileges of being a government civil employee is the allocation of a government quarter for your family for a specified period if you qualify. The higher the ranking, the better the abode.


Sarikei government quarters
Click to enlarge.
Source: Google Maps


Government quarters mushroomed in the early 1970s in the area bounded by Jalan Repok, Jalan Getah, Jalan Bersatu and Siaw Ah Khoon Road. Jalan Lada, Jalan Nenas and Jalan Ramin run through the area.


Sarikei Government Quarters, 2011
Jalan Lada 
Source: Sarikeians


Sarikei Government Quarters, 2011
Jalan Lada 
Source: Sarikeians


Sarikei Government Quarters, 2011
Jalan Lada 
Source: Sarikeians


Sarikei Government Quarters, 2011
Jalan Lada
 Source: Sarikeians


 Sarikei Government Quarters, 2006
Near Jalan Bersatu and JPJ
Source: Jimmy Ong


The quarters are mostly weather beaten wooden ones with a few concrete ones along Repok Road. Small drains with crab mounds run through the areas along the smaller lanes. There was a forlorn looking playground that featured swings, see-saw, merry-go-arounds and a slide but it had been demolished.


Sarikei New Township billboard, Aug 2011
Jalan Bersatu 
Source: Sarikeians


Most local people were not aware of the new township that's going to replace these quarters until it was shown at Pesta Nenas (Pineapple Festival) from 20-24 July 2011. A billboard appeared at Jalan Bersatu after that. By then the project had sold out.

 
Sarikei New Township presentation, 2011
Click to enlarge.
Source: Nelson Yap 

The developer is Tropical Rhythm Sdn Bhd. Here are parts of its brochure that also targeted non-Sarikeian investors with its introduction to Sarikei and its economy.



Sarikei New Township presentation, 2011
Click to enlarge. Hotel is marked pink.
Source: Nelson Yap


The area will spread over 3.53 hectares. The 104 three-storey shops will have space ranging from 113-308 square meters per floor. JKR and part of Siaw Ah Khoon Road will be included in this development from Jalan Bersatu up to Seng Lee Road (near to St Anthony's School).


Sarikei New Township presentation, 2011
L - Food court, R- Hotel
Source: Nelson Yap


An open air food court sprawling over 667 square meters will be at the Jalan Bersatu area (left of the picture).

A nine-storey high hotel will aim for the sky at the JKR area (right of the picture). It will feature 2 function and banquet halls and 133 rooms. A retail mall is rumoured to be in the podium of the block.

  
Sarikei New Township presentation, 2011
Source: Nelson Yap


Top - Open air food court and shophouses;
Bottom - Hotel and retail podium.


 Sarikei Government Quarters, 2005
A see-saw that had lost its balance at the playground 
Near Jalan Bersau. Now demolished.
Source: Jimmy Ong


Are you ready for a rapidly disappearing Sarikei? How will you strike a balance between progress and heritage?

3 comments:

Daniel Yiek said...

Some readers asked:

1. How do you plan your blog posts?
2. What makes you think you are an "expert" on Sarikei's history to write about it?
3. Where do you get your old photos?


1. The beauty of blogging is that it's random, not like a structured book. I write with what ever inspiration I get that day. I have a master list of topics. I check against that list and check what content and photos (old and new) I have. My Sarikei folder has hundreds of photos which have to be named properly for easy search. Then I plan the sequence of photos in the post, the storyline and the punch line for the ending. It takes 2-5 hours for each post.

2. I'm no expert. I learned along the way. I base my posts on hours of research online and offline at libraries and books, readers' comments and emails and talking to elderly folks. If you think my posts need correction, you are welcome to comment constructively. Please don't just be a negative armchair critic.

3. I get Sarikei photos from online and offline sources like Sarikei people and readers who emailed me. Without photos, it's tough to effectively tell the Sarikei story and retain readers' interest.

Nelson said...

hypocritical ppl will be there all the time. it think blogging is a passion. keep up the splendid job daniel! u've made sarikeians proud.

Ben Wong said...

Keep up the good work Daniel you are the man who put Sarikei on the the Cyber map.

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