January 21, 2012

Heavy Machinery in Sarawak - Past and Present

"When is your father coming back from the timber camp?"
This was a question often asked in the 1960's and 70's in Sibu. Fathers who had to leave home for months and even a year...and I remember how my cousins would wait for their fathers to come home for the Chinese New Year....

These two photos are treasures...for without these we would not know how tough it was for their fathers to work and just earn a bit of money .....

And home coming for the Chinese New Year was just so good!!

This is an old photo from Sarawak to show how big a tropical tree is.
This huge truck transports logs from the interior of Sarawak to a log pond ready to be tied into a raft and floated down the  river to Tanjong Manis. Roads built by timber companies criss crossed Sarawak like arteries and veins in our bodies. Without these timber tracks many indigenous people would not have been exposed to the newer development of the state.


It was tough for mothers and children to be separated by job opportunities. It was tough for them when fathers have to seek employment far away because of poor education ....Some times children grow up in tough conditions like these...and like weeds they grow up fast..and like bamboos they grow up tough....

The society in general must help all to upkeep norms and values so that a stronger generation can be brought about....

God's providence has helped many families to achieve great success in spite of huge obstacles in Sarawak.

Now the era of fathers working in the timber camps has gone...and our generation is different already...

But coming home for the Chinese New Year is still important..may be fathers do not have to leave their families for too long because of better communication and fathers are now better educated...times have changed.

To one and all...Happy Reunion for the Lunar New Year....

9 comments:

Ann said...

Timber camps were very scary. some never came back. My uncle was repairing machinery, and within a short time, caught malaria and never earned big bucks. My classmate, aslo your FB friend, ling Choon Ming was there a long time.http://ann-mythoughtsandphotos.blogspot.com/2011/03/mellow-yellow-monday-my-old-class-mate.html

Ann said...

you heard of the insurance scandal?

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Ann...tomorrow I will be meeting up with an aunt whose husband worked and suffered in timber camp. Will ask her to tell more stories if she can...Will check up on Ling Choon Ming..Many stories actually..and can go on a special blog. But YBs etc..can be very sensitive about all these deforestation issues...smile...all forest gone and wealth gone soon...

Sarawakiana@2 said...

What insurance scandal?

Ann said...

Ling Choon Ming is your FB friend.

See your FB message for another story.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

OK...thanks.

Ann said...

have you heard my stories?

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Which ones Ann?

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