Ahhh…Sibu! Some say it’s a boring town, some say it is home to them… how life never seems to please us all. 

When I was growing up, my family moved from town to town, namely Miri and Bintulu. Somehow we never landed up in Sibu. Sibu was a passing-by town for us as we travelled between Kuching, Bintulu and Miri by car (it’s about 13 hours drive from Kuching to Miri). Oh-yes, I remember one time (long time ago) I went up to Kapit via the mighty Rajang River by express boat from Sibu. It was one thrilling ride on the express boat a.k.a. the ‘flying coffin’!! – err… I shouldn’t use that term should I? Well, how you describe a long boat that is ‘flying’ on the water surface? Definitely not a hovercraft!!

Recently my job required me to travel to Sibu in search of ‘hidden dragons’. Sibu isn’t the town I had known. These days it has more highrise buildings, more shopping malls and yet retaining the old part of town near the river banks.

 

Now you have seen the dried weathered Sibu, here are some pictures I scanned from local newspaper (New Strait Times) of the recent flood which hit Sibu.

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Folks out in flooded Sibu… take care please!!

Some facts about Sibu:

The Rajang River is a river in Sarawak, Malaysia. The river is located in northwest of Borneo and it originates in the Iran Mountains. The river flows approximately 563 km to the South China Sea, making it the longest river in Malaysia. The upper part of Rajang River is also known as Batang Balui by the Orang Ulu. Malaysia’s largest and tallest (160m) hydro electric project, Bakun Hydro Electric Dam Project, is located on Batang Balui narrow Bakun Fall.

The biggest town on the river is Sibu, some 60 kilometers upriver from the mouth of the Rajang. The next major settlement upriver is Kanowit built on the mouth of Kanowit River at the bank of Rajang River, approximately 174 kilometers from the coast of South China Sea and about an hour boat ride from Sibu, followed by Kapit as the last major town on the river.

Sibu is a town, and the capital of Sibu District (2,229.8 square kilometers) in Sibu Division, Sarawak, east Malaysia. It is located at the confluence of the Rajang and Igan Rivers, some 60 kilometers from the ocean. The population is dominated by Fuzhou Chinese as well as indigenous Melanau, Malay, and Iban. The district population (per year 2002 census) is 228,700.

There has been a marked increase in public buildings in recent years. Sibu now boasts the largest town square in Malaysia, and the tallest building in Sarawak – the Sanyan Tower (“Wisma Sanyan” in the official Malay language), a newly refurbished waterfront, and a large number of public parks. Sibu also has university-level courses offered by United College Sarawak, which has built a campus on the site of the old Sibu airport.

Sibu is the main tourist gateway to the Upper Rajang River, with its small riverine towns and its many Iban and Orang Ulu longhouses.

Sibu Jaya, located 25 km away, is being developed as a satellite town. Sibu airport, built during World War II, was relocated to its present site 23 kilometers from town near Sibu Jaya in 1994.

There is no known adjective for the people from Sibu, although there have been many unofficial suggestions: Siburian, Sibuian, Sibunite, Sibu-yan – none are officially recognised.

Extracted from Wikipedia 

Not bad for Sibu, it has the largest (town square), the longest (river) and the highest (building) in Sarawak. Well done Sibunites (I like Sibunite better!) 

For more information you can visit: http://www.sibu.net.my

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