Do you know how many bridges you have to cross when you drive to Tanjong Manis?
There are 13. If you look at the map of the Rajang delta you will see that there are lots of distributaries....and no wonder.
In the past we were quite dependent on the simple Bailey Bridge. Cross a Bailey Bridge would give you that marvellous kolok kolok kolok noise...and you feel that you are on top of the world...going to be home soon with your grandmother or family..
I wonder how many people appreciate the simple bridges of the olden days.
A Sarawak Rural scene...Bailey bridges were promised to the local people for many years in the 60's. But it was also the government's perception that such bridges would allow the Communists to move around more easily. So very few bridges were built...and that caused a lot of people to migrate to Sibu and abandon their farms. Social progress may be making a turn around...but we will see what happens in the next 20 years. Decision makers have to take culture into consideration because culture is living and has a soul.
One of the small distributaries of the Rajang....water is usually red in colour if it is not polluted by soil erosion. Water is an essential element of life. Take that away from the community and life is gone!!
Another Bailey Bridge
This is near Bawan Assan....it was demolished not long after I took this photo...a new concretised bridge took its place...