Back from Sarikei, Sarawak

I was away the past whole week. Together with Alex, we returned to Sarikei, Sarawak – Alex’s hometown. To reach Sarikei, we took 2 hours flight from KL and reaches Sibu Airport. From there, we traveled on road for 1 hour only to reach Sarikei town. I understand that many of you may not familiar with this place. Majority of the Chinese in Sarikei are Foochow dialect. If you ask me, can I speak Foochow language? Hmm…I would say a little. hehe….. It took me quite sometime to grasp part of it.

Sarikei Division is one of the eleven administrative divisions in Sarawak, east Malaysia, located on the island of Borneo. Formerly part of the Third Division, which included Sibu and Kapit, Sarikei Division has a total area of 4,332.4 square kilometers, and is the second smallest of the administrative divisions of Sarawak.

Sarikei Division contains four administrative districts: Sarikei, Meradong, Julau and Pakan. The total population is 116,290. The population is ethnically mixed, with mostly Iban, Melanau, Malay and Chinese predominating.

The economy of the division is mostly agricultural. Sarikei Division produces more pepper than any other divisions in Sarawak. It is also famous for fruits, especially pineapples and oranges. The timber industry, as elsewhere in Sarawak, is also a major component of the local economy. (source from Wikipedia)

Would love to share some photos on landscape, buildings and people.

The first Pineapple Statue in Sarikei town located at Repok Road

Sarikei, better known as the Pineapple town that produces juicy and sweet pineapples.

Pepper plantation

Oranges

Traders selling local fruits along the road. It was season of Durian & Langsat.

An old couple selling Dabai Fruit

Bus Terminal at Bank Road

An old bicycle shop

An old hut located at former Nyelong River ferry jetty, operated for decades.

Sarikei Mosque located at Jalan Masjib Baru. Was told that it was completed since 1979.

St Anthony’s Church at Repok Road

Methodish Town Church at Repok Road

Majority of the resident here are Christians. Therefore you can see many churches.

The government quarters

Wooden Houses

Iban Longhouse at Sungei Minus, Jakar. The Ibans dwell in longhouses, stilted structures with a large number of rooms housing a whole community of families.

An old Iban Longhouse

Rejang River

at Bintangor

Boats parked along the Rejang River shore

Wooden jetty next to Rejang Wharf. (loving this photo very much)

Though I am not a Sarikeian, I do like this peaceful town and the people here are friendly too. Moreover they live in harmony.

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14 responses

  1. Indeed a nice post and I really like reading log cabins stuff on the web. You have beautifully explained the importance of wooden houses, log cabins and timber buildings industry. Keep up the nice posting as I have subscribed to your blog.

  2. corrections, Melissa. There’s no white pepper plantation, so that means u can’t call a pepper plantation, black, either. And that is no government squatters. They are quarters. ;)

  3. Hi Mel.. what’s Dabai Fruit? How does it taste like? I am curious.
    I agree with you, East Malaysian ppl live in harmonious ways and they never ever debate about racism. They are soft spoken too. There’s once I talk as usual with the Sarawakian they are in shocked, they thought I scold them haha and became timid and shy. I have to appologize and speak softly after that :)

  4. helo melissa? i am a sarawakian and SARIKEIAN! hehehe :)
    i miss sarikei a lot after reading your article..
    i agree taht sarikei is really the food basket of sarwak.. and i likex100000000 the last pic…:)

  5. Pingback: My Trip Back to Sarikei for CNY 2013 | This is Me; Melissa's Blog

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