As we revisit some of the Foochow Riverine villages like Nang Chong (three sections) Ensurai, 24 acres, Tanjong Kunyit, we are remind of how much the Foochows have used timber in their daily lives in the past.
|to build pontoons (doh tau) and plank walks.|
|to link one house to another house along the river bank, and across small streams. (Photo by Steve Ling)|
Many plank walks can still be found even in Sibu town itself (This is at the back of Amoy Road, Sibu - Photo by Steve Ling)
|This is the old Mosque of Sibu. See how Kampong Nyabor was linked to Kampong Datu by|
a belian bridge.
It must have been a labour of love from our ancestors who built these structures. How they slowly fell the trees, saw the wood and planed them into planks...and slowly piece by piece they fashioned the bridges, the plankwalks and the pontoons.
|Photo from Ann Chin...how students riding bicycles crossed a small stream because there was a wooden bridge. All these bridges were built by community efforts.|