Sunday, June 17, 2012

Scenes: Sarikei Reconditioned Cars - Do the locomotion

Have you ever had a sore bum riding the Borneo buses from 1956 to the 1970s over pot-hole filled roads? Do you recall the mosquito buses that ferried kids from Sze Hua Methodist kindergarten outside the routes covered by Borneo buses in the 1960s? These mosquito buses flitted in and out of traffic like mosquitoes.

Sarikei Toyota Vios, Corolla and Crown (L-R). 
Jalan Tun Abul Razak & Bank Road 2011.

Welcome to the 1970s when reconditioned cars made inroads into Sarikei for its affordability and value for money. Reconditioned ("recond")  cars are used cars with its worn parts replaced and the exterior repainted. Popular brands include the reliable decades-old Toyota Corolla station wagon that you can still see doing the locomotion around town.

Sarikei reconditioned car. 
Repok Road traffic light.
Source: David Choo. 2009

Does it matter how new your car is as long as it gets you from point A to point B and you and your family are happy? Do you have to keep up with the Joneses and the Wongs? Maybe it's the reconditioning of the mind that's needed.

1 comment:

Sarawakiana@2 said...

lovely decent article with lots of home truths....rare in these days.thanks.

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