It was my first time crossing the Rajang at the Nan Chong points(Paradom and Kwong Hua) to the West Bank of the river. Lee Hua Sawmill is a little in the south and Khong Thai sawmill and Ensurai to the right......
This ferry has been in use for the last 20 years. No bridge had ever been planned as the land is low and perhaps the population has been too small to support the need for a bridge(?). My maternal grandmother's property would be a little to the north of this point.
The ferry coming in from the west bank. the skies were darkening as we proceeded towards SM Chung Cheng. This ferry came as the roads widened and cars superceded bicycles or motor bikes.
A motor bike coming up....nowadays many Malays and Indonesians are residing in the surrounding areas changing the demographics of the riverine settlements. Foochow farmers are finding this area too expensive to live on.
The ferry fare is 7 ringgit per car......backbreaking and pocket emptying. Here Thomas has to get off the car for safety reasons and Meng Lei is driving down....
These two were classmates in Chung Cheng School years ago. Thomas's house is next to the school. My cousins were also school mates (one of them class mate) with Thomas. My cousins cycled to school. Meng Lei was a boarder. Many teachers also stayed in the boarding school or rented houses around the school.
Ex-Chung School students are all over the world today. Some are in Tasmania and many are in New Zealand. Some are in the UK...and if we draw a map to show the diaspora of the Chung Cheng students all over the world you will be indeed amazed!! It is indeed true to say that the Foochow pioneering spirit is still strong.
Former students visiting the school would take this ferry and return to Sibu using the Assan bridge. That was what we did the other day.