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Sibu airport can accommodate medium-sized passenger jets.
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PLACES OF INTEREST
Enjoy a dinner of local dishes and delicacies at the vibrant Night Market located along Jalan Market. Open daily from 5.00pm till 10.00pm.
You can get delicious Chinese food and Malay delicacies. This night market in Sibu is the liveliest in Sarawak.
Rajang Esplanade is an attractive 200 meters landscaped waterfront stretching from Express Boat Passenger Terminal at Jalan Khoo Png Loong to Kingwood Inn Hotel at Jalan Maju. The Esplanade includes the Hii’s Association Playground. Courting couples, anglers, al-fresco diners and sightseers flock here every evening to enjoy the riverfront scenery and view the Swan Statue, the emblem of Sibu. A great place to enjoy the scenic view of the mighty Rajang in the evening.
Statue at Rajang Esplanade
This symbolic ‘gateway’ to the town of Sibu is located on Jalan Kampung Nyabor includes :
1- illuminated fountains,
2- an open air stage,
3- Lin’s Garden - features the 2nd swan statues, guarded by the 12 Zodiac.
The largest and most interesting market in Sarawak.
The market housed various food stalls with exotic fruits, jungle produce and native handicrafts. Chinese poultry sellers who offer their live chickens and ducks neatly wrapped up in tubes fashioned from old newspapers. Sibu Municipal Council combined the former wet market and the native Lembangan market into this clean and hygienic new surroundings.
|Goddess of Mercy Pagoda
of Tua Pek Kong Temple
Located north of the esplanade, at the top of the pagoda provides 360 view of Sibu town and the Rejang riverfront. Next to the pagoda is the Tua Pek Kong Temple. The 100-year old Tua Pek Kong Temple is the oldest and best-preserved Chinese temple in Sibu. The adjacent 7-storey Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) Pagoda was added in 1987, and is said to be one of the most perfectly proportioned pagodas outside Mainland China.
|Malaysia largest urban square...
The Sibu Town Square
This 32 acres town square is regularly used for concerts and cultural activities. It is also the venue for the annual Borneo Cultural Festival, a week long festival held in July every year features cultural performances of Sarawak ethnic groups.
Sibu sightseeing in a day is not enough if your really want to see and enjoy the sight and sound of Sibu. Beside those places of interest within the town centre.
A winner of 1998 National Landscaping competition. Bukit Aup Jubilee Park is 15 minutes journey from Sibu town. This 24 acre public park is popular place for relaxation, recreational activities and sight seeing. The park is equipped with lookout tower, picnic huts, a canteen, a suspension bridge and also jogging and walking trails. It is the venue for the Jubli Perak Run held in first week of May.
|Wong Nai Siong
The Wong Nai Siong Memorial Garden is located at the site of the earliest Chinese settlement, Sungai Merah, was built to honor the town's principal founder Reverend Wong Nai Siong. The park is 10 minutes journey from Sibu town. Sungai Merah is also a heritage site linking Sungai Merah Bazaar with Sibu Lake Garden via tree covered jogging and cycling track.
|Ku Tien Memorial Park
A join effort between Kutien Association of Sibu and Sibu Municipal Council, which was completed in July 2004 was built to honor the contribution of Chinese Kutien Clan community to the development of Sibu, located at Jalan Bukit Lima, Upper Lanang. Featuring a solid pagoda structures among others.
The Civic Centre Heritage Mini-Museum
Located at Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg is 20 minutes drive taxi from town centre. The Centre which housed a fine collection of antiques artifacts, cultural exhibits on the various ethnic groups and pictorial history of Sibu Chinese migration.
Open from 10.30 am till 5.30pm on Tuesday till Sunday. Free admission
The Waterfront of Sibu
Sibu Central Market 詩巫中央市場 PASAR SENTRAL SIBU
詩巫永安亭大伯公廟Sibu Eng Ann Teng Tua Peh Kong Temple
Masland Methodist Church 福源堂
Wisma Vasty, Sibu Sarawak
Wisma Sanyan -Wisma Sanyan is the tallest building in the state of Sarawak.The building has the capacity to hold 10,000 people at any single time. The building is also the 48th tallest building in Malaysia.
Hing Hua Settlement
Sibu has other urban and suburban parks such
The Hin Hua Memorial Park is established by Sibu Heng Hua community where their earliest arrival in Sibu was in 1911.
2015-04-05 SUN 10:25
Sibu Night Market
Goddess of Mercy Pagoda
5-4-2015 SUN 10:02AM
Kolej Laila Taib is a private college located in Sarawak. Formerly known as Kolej Bersatu Sarawak or the United College of Sarawak (UCS), the college changed its name to KLT to honour the wife of the Sarawak Chief Minister.
A university college located in Sibu, Sarawak Malaysia established in 2013,
Sibu Town Mosque or Masjid Bandar Sibu, also known as An-Nur Mosque,
Kuok Ling Timber Industries Sdn. Bhd. 國林木材工業有限公司
Eight metre wide promenade
1- Waterfront Residence @ Sibu Town Square
Mosque at Jalan Tun Abang Hj Openg
Sungai Rajang (Sarawak’s longest river)
Sibu Town Square Commercial Centre.
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For Sibu, its waterfronts play a more utilitarian role compared to its other urban counterparts as the town is located at the confluence of the Sungai Igan and Sarawak’s longest river; the Sungai Rajang.
RM250 million worth of projects for Sibu Town Square Commercial Centre are in the making.
The project components include
RM25 million was spend on the landscaping works which will dramatically change the landscape of the town square.
Terminal Penumpang Sibu詩巫快艇碼頭 Sibu Express Boat Terminal
Address: Terminal Penumpang Sibu, Jalan Maju, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak
Water front of Sibu
|SIBU CENTRAL MARKET
This is Sarawak largest market of its kind and certainly a paradise of exotic choices when it comes to local varieties of food. Located just next to the main express boats terminal, it has everything you want in a clean, pleasant and attractive surrounding. There is no shortage of strange and interesting local fruits and vegetables brought in daily by native women plying their products next to daily necessities of chicken, meat, fish and local vegetables and other dry goods. You will find beautiful orchids on display next to popular seasonal local and imported varieties of fruits and for the food connoisseurs, live fish and poultry are for your picking daily too.
When the shopping is done, there is always the top floor of the market to rest tired feet where coffee shops selling varieties of food abound. Try out the nasi lemak and curries of the Malay stalls for a taste of these hot and spicy choices or you can opt for the more traditional Chinese styled cooking of noodles and rice with wide range of cooked food. Other than food, you can also get clothing, shoes and varieties of merchandise for your convenience. You just cannot say you have been to Sibu without making a tour of this paradise for local food and varieties of goods under one roof!
The Wong Nai Siong Memorial Garden is located at the site of the earliest Chinese settlement, Sungai Merah, was built to honor the town's principal founder...Reverend Wong Nai Siong. The park is 10 minutes journey from Sibu town. Sungai Merah is also a heritage site linking Sungai Merah Bazaar with Sibu Lake Garden via tree covered jogging and cycling track.
Wong Nai Siong Memorial Garden is at Sg. Merah Baazar, Sibu.
WONG NAI SIONG GARDEN
5-4-2015 SUN 9:42AM
Sibu Express Bus Terminal
Sibu has two bus stations:
The Express Bus Terminal
is located at Pahlawan Road, 3 km from the town center.
The best way to get to the town center from the terminal or via versa is by taking taxi or bus.
Sri Aman Town is off the Pan Borneo Highway
Between Sabah and Sarawak, the highway passed through two halves of Brunei.
As of today, the Pan-Borneo Highway is 93 percent completed, with a remainder of a 50-kilometre missing link from Kalabakan to Serudong.
|Sibu is an inland town, and the
capital of Sibu District (229.8 square kilometres) in Sibu Division,
Sarawak, east Malaysia.
The town located at the confluence of the Rajang and Igan Rivers, 60
kilometres from the ocean and 183.3 kilometres (114 mi)
east-north-east of the state capital Kuching.
The Sibu Heritage Trail at the
Sibu Heritage Centre here was launched in June, 2012
Every seasoned traveler will always
'hunt' for a taste of local food
wherever he/she may be and when
in Sibu, you are certainly spoilt for
choice! There is something from
breakfast to lunch and dinner as well
as for supper and snacks in between
meals. Food prices here too are
among the lowest in Sarawak and
do not be surprised by the size of the
servings too as some are really huge
and overwhelming to the first time
outlet, to buy the tastiest "kom pia"
is at Ah Hua stall, located on the
1st floor of Sibu Central Market.
Sibu folks are in agreement that the
coffee served at Chung Seng cafe
in Sungei Merah is one of the best
in the town so that may be the place
for your next breakfast location.
local favorites, which could be
|Sibu is known for its array of delicacies that are not only
delicious but extremely affordable as well. The central region
of Sarawak is renowned for the freshest seafood that includes
river fish and prawns as well as local hawker dishes that are
certainly must-haves when visiting the bustling town.
Kam Pua Mee
Most famous and sought after food in Sibu is Kampua Mee (Mee = noodles). Kampua Mee is parallel to Kolok Mee in Kuching, but prepared in slighty different manner using similar ingredients.
It consists yellow noodles in oil fragranced by onion and garlic, served with Char Siew(roasted pork). Similar to Sarawak Kolo Mee, this simple noodle dish comprise of thin noodles which are given a toss in some pork lard and topped with slices of char slew (barbecued pork) and fried shallots. But what sets Sibu's signature dish apart is in the texture of the noodles and it is served with chilli sauce instead of pickled sliced chilli.
Kam Pua Mee is available either plain or tossed with sweet soya sauce and can be found at Sing Long Cafe (behind Rajang Medical Centre) and Choon Seng Cafe (Sg. Merah).
Mee Sua is another popular dish of this town. The noodles, the primary ingredient of this dish, are made from rice flour and are first blanched in hot water before poured with hot chicken soup along with chunky pieces of tender chicken.
A piping-hot bowl of Mee Sua is a customary dish for the Chinese community especially during special occasions such as birthdays and Chinese New Year as the noodles signify longevity.
In Sibu, where the majority are Chinese of Foochow dialects, the Foochow Mee Sua is available at Swan Forest (Jalan Khoo Peng Loong) and Stall #122 (Central Market food).
One of the most popular delicacies to buy by the dozens when in Sibu is none other than the palm-sized pastry known as Kompia. The small, round bun topped with sprinkles of sesame seed is similar to a bagel as it can be served in various ways.
Traditionally, Kompia is baked in a charcoal oven and can be eaten on its own. Today many will find the bun sandwiched with some minced meat.
Originating from the Foochows, the bread roll with an indent in the center is commonly found in the legions of kopi tiam around town. But to grab a bite at the more popular Kompia stalls, head to Nam Mee (opposite the former Li Gong Theatre at Sungai Merah) or Mr & Mrs Yeo's Stall (Lorong Tiong Hua 26) 15 minutes walk from town centre or take a taxi) where the buns are serve in a rich pork broth with slices of stewed pork.
Bewilder your taste buds with all kinds of foods. From the usual western fare, work your way up to the tried and tested Chinese cuisine before venturing onto the amazing local food that will have you talking for ages.
|Mee Sua Chicken Soup
1.2 - 1.5 kg of free range chicken/chai yuan chicken (washed and cut to small pieces)
8 pcs of dried shitake mushrooms (soaked in room temperature water till soft) small handful of thorn berries (goa zi) 10 pcs of red dates (hung zhoa) 4 - 5 slices of ginger 2 tbsp of sesame oil 6-8 cups of water
1/2 cup of foochow red wine (special wine of sourish taste, fermentation of red rice and glutinous rice)
1) Heat wok with sesame oil. Add ginger and fry till fragrant. With high heat, add mushrooms and then chicken and fry, stirring for a 2-3 minutes. Add foochow red wine (get the best quality you can grab hold of - usually homemade). Cover and boil for 5 minutes or so.
2) Boil the water in a big pot, water should come approx only half of pot as we are adding chicken mixture to it. Add red dates and thorn berries and continue boiling.
3) Add chicken mixture. Let it boil. Once boiling turn the fire down to small and let it simmer for at least one hour for flavor to come out.
|The present development taking
place in Sibu, such as the new airport terminal building and the two
institutions of higher learning –
Kolej Laila Taib (KLT)
Sibu is a naturally preferred destination in Central Sarawak. Home to more than 250,000 people of various races, religions and origins, this is where your journey into a holiday of culture, adventure and nature begins! Located at the confluence of Igan River and the mighty Rajang River (Malaysia's longest), Sibu holds the key to the heart of Borneo, where the cries of the wild drown out the din of city life.
Home to the visually stunning and culturally rich Borneo Cultural Festival, Sibu's charm also lies in the many secrets you can uncover as you take a leisurely stroll in between quaint buildings through its winding streets and side lanes.
From international class hotels to budget accommodations, western fare to exotic local delights, and modem supermarkets to Sibu's Central Market, your adventure is in uncovering Sibu's many surprises. Do not be just a tourist be one of us.
With its birth in the tempestuous period of the mid-nineteenth century where local warriors stage battles against a White Rajah, Sibu's colorful history is itself a destination. Speak to the locals. comprising of various races and find out how their forefathers braved the fiercest seas and scaled the highest peaks to arrive in Sibu.
From modern hotels to budget inns in urban setting to resorts by the South China Sea or one that is set amidst the ancient rainforest of Borneo. Sibu offers all these and more!
Sibu is a bustling and rapidly growing town located in the heart of Sarawak. With the mighty Rajang River (Malaysia's longest river at more than 770 kilometers) as its trusted companion Sibu is a holiday destination that offers a dazzling variety of sights, sounds and smells!
For those who are familiar with the town. it often conjures up a myriad of images when spoken of. The warm and friendly people, the amazing food. the shopping. the river, the festivals, the culture, the adventure and nature, all add up to make Sibu an exciting and fun filled destination.
Join us as we celebrate the annual Borneo Cultural Festival and a host of local festivals such as the Muslim's Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Awal Muharam, llari Raya Aidiladha or the Chinese Lunar New Year. Chap Goh Mei. Dragon Boat Festival. Lantern cum Moon Cake Festival, or the Gawai Dayak's Harvest Festival and marvel at the beauty of our ethnic diversity and racial harmony.
If the urban scene tires you, then take a journey on the mystical Rajang River and enter into a different realm, where the tar-scaled roads give way to winding rivers and where the city din is drowned out by the cries of the wild. Go deep into the remote and ancient rainforest where a resort awaits you by the raging rapids.
Or don't be a tourist, but be our guest and stay in a traditional long-house. Melanau tall house or Malay kampung house. By one of the rivers that feed the South China Sea, cry out jour arrival and be welcomed into the Lamin Dana. a traditional Melanau house.
Sibu. holds the key to a holiday filled with culture, adventure and nature. This beautiful city in the making, by Malaysia's longest and mightiest river - The Rajang - is a harmonious fusion of nature and modernization.
Shop till you drop, for handicrafts. clothing, fashion accessories, pottery, the finest birds' nest. pepper and other spices.
|Welcome to the world of varied cultures! Be
mesmerized by the beauty of the people's natural
friendliness in Sibu as well as other towns and
villages in the central region of Sarawak.
Celebrating their different cultures the Ibans, Chinese, Malays, Melanaus and Orang Ulu communities extend their open arms to all visitors to experience their friendship and hospitality.
The town of Sibu is a silent witness to the harmonious living that has existed since time immemorial. You will see community gardens built and donated by these different races living here. you will also get to experience its long house dwelling places - traditional was well as modern ones - in and round the town.
Home of the famed Iban tribe, you will also get to experience its long house dwelling places - traditional as well as modern ones - in and round the town.
In Mukah town, located some 160km from Sibu, you will also get to experience the cultural attraction of the Melanau tribe, which makes up one of the twenty-seven races found in Sarawak.
SIBU MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
MAJLIS PERBANDARAN SIBU
Tingkat 19 - 24, Wisma Sanyan, No. 1, Jalan Sanyan, Peti Surat557, 96007 Sibu, Sarawak.
Tel 6084-333411 Fax 6084-320240
Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) serves as the guardian of the peoples of Sibu. Making up of the Malays, Chinese, Ibans, Melanaus, Orang Ulus and many other races, Sibu takes pride in its diversity, identity and rich cultures.
Experience the harmonious living that has existed amongst them for centuries. Its charm has the world's attention and tourists like you are making their way to experience the people's great smiles natural beauty. To symbolize its peoples' harmonious relationship numerous community-parks around town have been built.
Or come and join us in our annual Borneo Cultural Festival besides other state-sanctioned festivals. Among the annual high lights is the 10-day long Borneo Cultural Festival that features the all the 27 ethnic cultural performances. It begins from June 27 until July 5, 2008.
Home to about 250,000 people, the Sibu is located at the confluence of the Igan River and Rajang River, Malaysia's longest river. Its birth in the mid-nineteen from foreign White Rajah saw heroes and warriors being created.
The SMC museum and several other privately run museums keep many of the stormy pasts.
Today you can discover other charms and attractions in the lifestyles of the people by having leisurely walks among quaint buildings in town.
If you are a great shopper, you will find Sibu's malls, shopping complexes and night market a great place for excellent bargains. Its great local foods, coffee shops and fine restaurants will complete your journey.
Among the cleanest towns in the State of Sarawak, a typical day in Sibu can be seen at the Sibu Waterfront, which wakes up to life as early as 5.00 o'clock in the morning. With taxis, buses, sampans, speedboats and express boats the waterfront is teeming with life.
Just with a few kilometers radius, be part of the communal living culture of the Ibans in the longhouses. You will indeed get a treat of your life for the great hospitality of this race. Natures, green forests and crisp air are abound in such places.
Centre, Sibu 084-340980
MAS Off ice. Sibu 084-326166 084-321055
Airport Office, Sibu 084-307799 084-307899
Air Asia 084-307808
Divisional Hotel 084-326972
Immigration Department 084-336991
Customs & Excise Department 084-333422
District Office 084-330224
Police Department 084-322222
Marine Department 084-332757
Sibu Post Office 084-332312
Taxi Station 084-320773
Sarawak River Board 084-341936
Resident Office 084-321963
Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) 084-333411
Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) 084-336077
Fire & Rescue 084-330343 or 994
Forestry Department 084-334577
Welfare Department 084-329434
|Sibu promises an exciting experience of colors, sights and sounds. If
eco-cultural adventure is what you intend to include in your travel menu, then
venture beyond Sibu and experience the richness of the traditional Iban culture
and nature's treasure trove.
Strategically located at the confluence of the Rajang and Igan Rivers Sibu is the administrative capital of the Sibu division and it also serves as the communication and transportation hub of the central region which is one of the most dynamic growth areas in Sarawak.
Sometimes referred to as the Swan town as it adopts the bird of the same name as its mascot, Sibu is steeped in the colorful history of the early Foochow immigrants who arrived and settled here at the turn of the 20th century led by their Christian missionary leader Rev Wong Nai Siong in search of a better life.
Sibu owes much of its growth and prosperity to the mighty Rajang, which is the longest river in Sarawak. On its banks, too, other smaller towns like Kapit, Belaga, Song, Kanowit, Bintangor and Sarikei thrive. The Rajang River rises in the Hose mountain range that separates Kalimantan from Sarawak and flows swiftly down a rugged terrain before meandering through a largely unspoiled Iban heartland of farmlands, forests and miles of alluvial plains.
Visitors making the upriver trip from Sibu will be able to visit longhouses that dot the river banks and witness some of the rich Iban tradition and cultural practices in addition to taking in the vast expanse and serenity of the lush tropical forest.
Rich in natural resources and other growth potential, the central region is earmarked to be a major economic and industrial development hub with billions of ringgit of foreign investments expected to pour in within the next 5 to 10 years.
Located at the estuary of the Rajang and can be reached by a two-hour boat ride from Sibu, Tanjong Manis is a well-planned industrial township with a deep sea port which caters for large ocean-going cargo ships and fishing trawlers. If you are traveling to Tanjong Manis, you must make it a point to stop over at Sarikei and sample its juicy pineapple, which the town is renowned for. Located along the narrow coastal belt are Mukah, Oya, Daro and Matu which are inhabited predominantly by Melanau and are known for their traditional handicraft.
|Sibu! This riverine town, along the nation's longest river, the Rajang, is
also the largest and busiest port here for trips further up the river and into
another world of adventure. A gateway to the heart of the state, Sibu naturally
excels as host for travelers with luxurious hotels, choices of food,
entertainment and cultural extravaganza as the confluence point of the rich
ethnic diversity of Sarawak. Fast express boats ply the river to the interior
regions and the boat terminal, in the heart of the town, sits just next to the
100-year old Tua Pek Kong temple, which is well preserved and revered by
worshippers. Adjacent to it is the unmistakable pagoda, known as the Goddess of
Mercy pagoda, seven storey high and visible from almost any part of the town, is
an ideal spot to catch a bird's eye view of the town.
Historically the Rajang River was much feared for its band of warrior tribes from the interior making forays to the settlements along the coastal areas which prompted the White Rajahs' construction of forts at strategic points to counter these raiding parties. Sibu grew from this protection and influx of Chinese immigrants who began cultivation of agricultural products like pepper and rubber for export before the emergence of timber trade that propelled Sibu into a major economic hub for the region. The town has not looked back since, becoming the main administrative centre with vibrant modern architecture surrounded by vast stretches of greens at the confluence of the mighty Rajang and Igan Rivers.
Sibu town's mascot, the majestic swan, as seen in three strategic places
(Gateway, Esplanade and Town Square) was chosen for its historical significance,
as told in folklores. When the Chinese immigrants came and saw the Melanaus with
their sago culture, the difficulty of pronouncing sago became shortened to 'go,'
in Hokkien Chinese meaning swan, the term used for the place. Another version
told of how after a great famine, swans were seen flying over the area and
ushering a new beginning for the farming communities and hence their importance
and significance. According to Chinese historical recordings, the Rajang River
was often referred to as Swan River and hence the appropriateness of the swan as
the town's mascot.
|One of the first things that visitors will notice in Sibu are the beautiful
gardens and parks within the town - from pocket corridor garden to open field
and children's playground to lake garden, there is something for everyone.
Well-maintained and popular, these 18 gardens and parks have become popular
places for locals and visitors alike to relax and enjoy the surroundings teeming
with lush green and serene water features. The gem among these is surely Bukit
Aup Jubilee Park, a 24-acre splendor and winner of numerous national awards as
well as home for the popular annual Bukit Aup Jubilee Run that attracts
thousands of participants.
Closer to the town centre, the Town Square (Sarawak's largest) and Sibu Gateway are must-visit-places of the town and venue for host of activities around the year. For those who love water features, the Lake Garden is the ideal location with its vast stretches of water, footpaths, habitat-island and jetty among others. Equally pleasing is Sungai Merah Heritage Walk where the river has been declared a Heritage River while the Rajang Esplanade gives visitors the best view of the mighty river flowing gently to the sea. Apart from these, the other scenic venues are the Wong Nai Siong Square, Hing Hua Garden, Rajang Traffic Garden, Friendship Memorial Park, Kutien Garden, Hui Ning Garden, Su Kuok Garden, Mist Garden, Chiang Chuan Garden, Old SMC Park, Hii Garden and Taman Harmoni.
The best times to visit Sibu are during the festive celebrations
|BORNEO CULTURAL FESTIVAL
An annual event for Sibu, it is an ideal opportunity to see, first hand and close up, the various ethnic groups and their cultures in a single location - the Town Square. An extraordinary event held during the entire first week of July, visitors get to mingle with the performers and sample their dances and songs, games and learn unique aspects of their cultures. Theme 'Beauty in Ethnic Diversity', the Festival in its seventh year running, is unique and only one of its kind in the state, drawing visitors from far and near to sample this gathering of multi-ethnic cultures in a convenient and conducive location.
As like previous years, three main corners will be
dedicated to the major groups of Dayaks, Malays/
Melanaus and Chinese with their own array of
traditions and cultures being on display for the
week. On the last three days of the festival, all
the groups will converge onto the main stage in
a single performance, which is representative of
the close harmony of the different races living
here in Sarawak!
|Towns of the Central Region
Sibu is the best transit point for many of the upriver trips into Sarawak's central region and interior, a vast area of natural beauty and unique people of different cultures and traditions. Most trips are by the fast express boats, aerodynamic in shape and boasting of air-conditioned comforts as you ride the waves to places like Kapit, Song, Kanowit, Matu, Daro or Tanjong Manis, Sarawak's latest fishing port and centre for industrial development. By roads, places like Sarikei, Bintagor and Mukah can be easily reached in the comfort of the express buses or a private vehicle.
Sarikei is often known as Sarawak's premier pineapple town as the fruit from here is both sweet and juicy. It is also the state's largest producer of pepper as the agricultural hinterland is bountiful and rich in fruits production. A major transit point along the Pan-Borneo highway, this town is also well known for its array of fresh fish and sea produce while the Chinese people believe that the herbal package of 'pak cheng' (8 treasures) produced here is the best for new mothers during the period of recuperation.
Tanjong Manis is also served by an airport and is set to be the premier port in the central region for timber and marine food processing. A new township, this well planned and strategic location just inside the river mouth, is generating keen interest for different types of industrial activities with incentives from the government and will eventually be the main ship building centre of the state. Its rapid growth is matched by the increasing number of people settling into the area which is also frequented by foreign vessels for supplies and essentials. Mukah is a coastal town well known for its annual Kaul festival, the Melanau people's celebration of a bountiful year for fishing and giving thanks. This is also Sarawak's sago town as the commodity is most abundant here with processing into sago flour, pellets and other forms to produce things like Tebaloi, a sago cracker that is a must-buy when in Mukah. Visitors can come in by air or drive from Sibu and experience the culture of this seafaring people and stay in a unique Melanau longhouse, the Lamin Dana which serves authentic traditional food and display of culture.
Bintangor is another agricultural town and famous for its oranges which are green and sweet. Located along the river's bank, this small town is ideal for quiet walks and peace of mind with its slow pace lifestyle.
|GUIDED TOUR OF SIBU AND CENTRAL REGION
Most visitors choose the full day tour, which will take them to the countryside and a visit to an Iban longhouse as well as to Sarikei, a town on the out-skirt where orchards abound. The various local favorites of pepper, oranges, dragon fruit and vineyard allow visitors to see first hand how these fruits are grown and to pluck them if they happen to be in season. The trip will also take visitors on the Melanau Treasures Discovery where various aspects of the ethnic group like songket textile making are featured. When in season the smoked prawn, tour is an interesting trip to see these fishermen smoke-dry their catch.
|MASLAND METHODIST CHURCH
Located along Jalan Pulau, this is one of the oldest churches here, reputed to be about a hundred years old. It can accommodate about 500 members at any one session and is within easy access right in the town area and a stone's throw away from the iconic Sanyan building. The distinctive aspect of the church is its front facade of a high, steep point which gives it a traditional look. The building though is anything but old, especially its interior! There is a modern stage-like pulpit with a grand piano, modern pews and a mezzanine floor at the back portion to accommodate more worshippers. The modern interior and air-conditioned hall naturally makes this one of the most popular places for marriages.
Often referred to as the Sibu mosque, it is located at Jalan Ramli Amit, near to both the federal and state complexes along the main road. Its golden dome can be seen from afar and is also within easy reach for the faithful whose kampongs are located not too far along Jalan Kampung Datu. With fully carpeted interiors and air-conditioned hall, worshippers find the sacred mosque a cool and pleasant place to be in. Accommodating congregations anywhere between 1,000 to 3,000 people, the An-Nur Mosque is one of the biggest in Sarawak. A huge Banyan tree in front of the road along the open space gives a soothing feel to the mosque.
|Sibu Specialist Medical Centre (SSMC)
Sibu, the premier town of the central region of Sarawak, has been offering specialist medical attention in the form of secondary health care services to people with the setting up of the Sibu Specialist Medical Centre (SSMC) in 2003, serving towns like Bintulu, Mukah, Miri and others. Aiming to be the premier medical centre of the region, SSMC is well-equipped with the facilities and personnel to achieve its objective, having the services of specialists doctors in Internal Medicine (major in cardiology), General Surgery, Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Radiology, Anaesthesiology, ENT, Eye Surgery, Psychiatrist, Plastic Surgery, Cardiology, Neurology, Endocrinology and Geriatric Medicine. In addition, there are three operating theatres supplemented by the basic modalities ranging from plain x-ray to MRI, ICU and Rehabilitation services.
However, SSMC is more than people and facilities; it's
motto of "Quality Service and Quality Care" is the core
of its operations which seeks feedbacks from patients
and their family members on the many facets of the centre
to provide even better and efficient services in future. In
fact, SSMC has a separate customer service and public
relations section to monitor these responses, which
will lead to higher quality of services. As the number of
people using the services of SSMC continue to grow, a
new wing, the Clinic Complex, is now being added and
will begin operation in January 2008. It will have seven
clinicians (both resident and visiting), who will render
even greater efficiency of providing medical attention to
people seeking assistance while a dialysis centre is to be
set up in the near future. All these are to give the right
care and services to those who come to SSMC for
treatment and check-up.
INDEX of Kuching City September 15, 2017 06:51:26 PM