Bintulu was a sleepy fishing village and small town when I grew up there in my teenage years. It was known mainly for its jungle products (rattan, damar etc.), sago, timber logs and sawn mangrove timber species (ramin), and the ever popular 'belacan' or shrimp paste. The main town centre was located on the right bank of the Kemena river as it reaches the South China Sea. It enjoyed fresh sea breezes and wonderful views of the sunset. It has an airfield built in 1938 and was optimally used in the 60's right on till the 90's before it was abandoned for a new airport in 2003. The Malay and Melanau kampungs that surrounded the town area have tall coconut and betel nut trees over-topping the villages. All these makes Bintulu a quaint, quiet and rustic place of the pre- boom years.
|Bintulu town of the 50's -60's|
Picture credit : Ho Ah Choon,Sarawak in Pictures - 1940's - 70's, Sarawak Press Bhd, Kuching.