Friday, December 27, 2013
|View of Bintulu town from the Kemena River bank towards the Chinese temple (Tua Pek Kong), 1987|
|View from Bintulu Esplanade (tiled area) towards the Chinese temple area and Main Bazaar Road - 25 December,2013.|
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
|The Tanjung Batu Scenic Road - under construction in the late 80's|
|Tanjung Batu Scenic Road as seen today....20 December, 2013.|
Friday, December 13, 2013
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.
|Old Bintulu airport building as seen in 1955|
Picture credit: Ho Ah Choon, Sarawak in Pictures - 1940's -70's, Sarawak Press Bhd, Kuching.
|The site of the old Bintulu airport building taken on 13.12.13.|
Note the low rise nature and construction of shophouses in concrete and roofing of metallic sheets.
The old airport was officially closed on 29 March, 2003 and flights in and out of Bintulu were handled by a new airport built 23 kilometers away from the town centre, towards the south of Bintulu town.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
|Aerial view of Bintulu town centre in mid 70's - prior to the first economic boom (1979 - 1983)|
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
|"Tugu Council Negri" or Council Negri monument in the form of a Clock Tower standing on the same location of the old monument.|
Today the clock tower is part of a commercial re-development project called the BDA-Shahida Shopping area.
The session was composed of the Tuan Muda, five Europeans and sixteen Malay aristocrats or the abang of Kuching. In later years the term Council Negri was used to replace Sarawak General Council.
|The plaque of the old monument is located below the new Council Negri monument ( Clock Tower)|
Sunday, December 8, 2013
|Picture shows the above same location taken on 27 September,2013.|
Saturday, December 7, 2013
|Map of Sarawak showing the 4 administrative divisions|
Bintulu is in the Fourth Division of Sarawak
Source : Vernon Mullen (1967) The Story of Sarawak, Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur.