Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vanished history

Fort Alice left to ruin

SRI AMAN (Sarawak): Every visitor to Sri Aman town, 200km from the state capital of Kuching, will leave the historical town in puzzlement as to why an old fort is left to ruin.

The once glorious Fort Alice is now a public eyesore and an embarassment for the authorities supposed to care for this Brooke-era building. It was a fort and administrative building in the past.

LEFT ALONE: Fort Alice in Sri Aman with many walls on the main building missing.

“It is a building of great historical and cultural significance. I don’t understand why the state does not feel an urgency to protect or restore it,” a Chinese community leader in Sri Aman lamented.

Sri Aman businessman Stanley Lau said the fort was left to rot and could pose a safety hazard.

“Although there is a sign at the gates leading to the fort to warn people against going into the building, there will be curious visitors who will venture in.

“Also, one side of the wooden gate has been torn down,” he said.

A quick peek inside reveals a desolate condition. Much of the ceiling has collapsed, so has the floor. Some of the walls are missing, either collapsed or due to vandalism.

A few cement tanks outside the fort are collecting water and can become mosquito breeding grounds.

“The authorities do not take matters in a small town like Sri Aman seriously.

“The fort could have attracted many tourists if it had been properly maintained or restored,” said a hotel owner who did not want to be named.

She said that many Malaysian and foreign tourists coming to Sri Aman town always enquired about the old fort.

A senior government officer in Sri Aman who wished to remain anonymous said it was heart-breaking to see an important and beautiful historical building abandoned for so long.

Fort Alice is one of the few forts built in Sarawak by the Brooke regime which ruled the state for over 100 years.

It is located atop a small hill overlooking Lupar River and just 200m from the town centre.

Built in 1864, the 145-year-old structure is rectangular with an open centre courtyard, a drawbridge and a lookout tower at each corner of the building.

The whole building is protected by a spiked iron perimeter fence.

This typical Brooke era fort was built almost entirely of belian timber, with thick walls to withstand attacks.

It also served to prevent the Skrang Dayaks from going down the river to join the Saribas Dayaks in their attacks on coastal areas, an activity prevalent in the head-hunting days.

It was originally built as Fort James by Rajah Charles Brooke, but he renamed it after his wife Ranee Margaret Alice Lili in 1870.

In 1971, the fort was gazetted as a historical monument under the care of Sarawak Museum.

In peaceful times, it served as a police station, prisons department and community welfare department offices.

It is understood that the fort’s deteriorating condition had forced out all its tenants.

According to government sources, the state was anxious to commence full restoration work on the dilapidated building under the 9th Malaysia Plan.

However, due to the lack of funds, work has not started.

Sri Aman Resident Abang Shamshudin Abang Seruji, whose office is opposite the fort, hoped that funding would be available under the 10th Malaysia Plan so that there would be no further delay to the restoration work.

He suggested turning the fort into a museum-cum-cultural centre after it was restored.

Attempts to contact officials at Sarawak Museum in Kuching for comment were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, on the hillside facing the river, construction and beautification work on an esplanade and benak (tidal bore) observation centre have been completed.

The benak is unique to Lupar River and seen daily during high tide when the tidal bore fills up the river rapidly, creating waves two to three metres high in the process.

The annual Benak Festival held between April and May attracts thousands of visitors.


This article is taken from The Star Online.

Sayau pemadu sayau~~

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Good morning Miss Oly!!!~~,

Its has been a while ha....nak update blog tp sibuk plak nk balik hometown....sampai kt hometown sibuk plak dgn sebenarnye mls nk menaip dan aku xtau nk update ttg tunggu pnye tunggu...mlm ini aku balik awal sket and xde keje aku nk buat...mate plak ngok ngek xnak tdo...aku pun surf la FB aku....dlm aku on9 ni aku tgk2 la gmbr2 aku ngn students2 aku mase aku praktikum kt SMK Kalumpang.....tringat aku kt dorg....huhuhu...ttibe plak mode sedih...

The practicum period starts on the 9th of May until 26th spanjang aku b'praktikum ari tu byk la jgak bende2 yg aku buat ngn students2 aku kt skolah....sms aku ngajor...aku dpt 2 kelas tingkatan 4.....2 2 kelas tu xde la nakal mane tp mencabar jgak la sbb budak2 kalo da beso sket malu nak rapat ngn cikgu2 aku pun mule la mengorak langkah bjinak-jinak dgn dorg.....kalo x kekok plak nk ngajor kalo skema sgt ngn budak2....

Gambar2 kt bwh ni adelah sedikit kenangan aku bsame2 cikgu2 dan students aku di skolah....nk tls panjang2 pn aku xtau nk tulis enjoy ya....^^,

P/S: Gambar2 ni x ikut susunan k....aku men upload je....maleh ler....

Ini budak-budak kelas 4 Azam aku....budak sains nih....seronok dorg tgk aku giler bgambo....hahaha....mule2 je malu....tgk aku x malu dorg pun ikut aku gedik dpn camera.....windu la sm kmu sume.....

Ini gambar x redy yg cantik......budak laki dlm kls 4 Azam ni ade 4 org la dorg....

Haa!!!ini la salah sorg cikgu plg sempoi kt skolah aku....Mr. Azami....hahaha...kalo die xde sunyi sepi je bilik guru....kalo die ade mcm pasar ikan seb bek die ade....kalo xde buhsan la budak2 praktikum....

Ini adelah sebahagian budak2 dlm kls 4 Arif aku....dorg ni nakal tp manje je dgn aku....masalahnye aku yg xreti nk manje lebih2 ngn dorg....hehehehe...da last2 ari tu bru la dorg brani sket nk dekat2 ngn aku....mgkn sbb sblm ni muke aku garang je memanjang kalo masuk kls...mane xnye....bising mgalahkan pasar baik2 dorg ni....windu jgak ler ngn dorg....

The dynamic duo!!!....hahahaha.....seb bek kte org dpt skolah sm.....kte org jns cikgu open minded kot sbb tu budak2 sng nk dekat....nak2 miss Kele ni....chumil je slalu...ape lg buda2 laki naik bulu ler nengok ganas jgak die nk....pantang die kalo budak2 panggil name die kt skolah....tag line die: Kurang ajar punya budak!!....hahahaha....

Kan aku cakap aku ni camera whore....hahahaha....aku plak yg lebih2 kalo amik gmbr....

Ini la die barisan org2 tinggi dlm skolah aku.....dorg ni sume sempoi2....xde masalah langsung kalo keje ngn dorg....asal keje siap on time....dorg pn xde nk bising2....sampai aku abis praktikum ari tu pn xde masalah yg timbul....thank you very2 much.....

Haaa!!!ni la geng Mr. Azami...Cikgu Normah....kalo die gelak....mmg x ingat dunie disebabkan dorg la kte org yg bpraktikum ni x buhsan dlm staffroom....ade2 je yg dorg gelakkan....kalo die jumpe ngn Cikgu Azami knfm2 bgaduh...xpaham aku ngn dorg bdue bgaduh2 pn geng jgak....hehehe...

Ok la guys...stakat ini je la yg mampu I tulis....da xde idea da ni nk tulis ape...kalo I rajin ade la I update blog I dlm mase tdekat ni nnti...kalo xde tggu la ler stgh tahun dr skrg....hehehehe....chau sin ci~~~~