Saturday, October 25, 2008

古城馬六甲 historic city: Malacca

馬六甲剛在今年7月7日被世界教科文組織鑑定為人類文化遺產地.適時到此一遊,確是感受格外不同.
Malacca was declared as human heritage city on 7th of July, this year. naturally, it was timely to visit this city once more.
背後是馬六甲紅屋---基督教堂. the red house of Malacca, background is a church.
花車迎接遊客. trishaw decorated with flowers awaiting customers.
教堂內不可拍照,只好在教堂外拍了.(還不是一樣) not allow to take picture in the church, but OK outside.
外國遊客參觀古建築群.visitor looking at the display of artifacts and historical items.
高空輪椅和大馬之眼爭高. high flying chair and "the eye of Malaysia".
彈首情歌給你聽.....playing a love song for any interested person.
也要坐坐高空輪椅,居高臨下觀賞古城. let's try the flying chair, and see things from above.
名副其實的古城,在"古城雞飯粒"餐廳吃"雞飯粒",雞飯搓成湯圓般.與本外地"名人"同享受. this is called chicken rice ball, enjoy the meal with the many photos of local and foreign famous figures.
街頭聽歌也不錯,還可嘆杯茶. enjoy a cup of Chinese tea in the middle of the street, while listening to songs sang by local people.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

吉隆坡看魚去 at the aquarium of KL

去到吉隆坡,可以有很多有趣的節目.其中一項,便是到城中城隔鄰的會展中心參觀水族館.看她們看得多開心,確是值回票價--每人Rm28.
KL aquarium is just beside KLCC, at the convention centre. although a bit expensive--Rm28 per person, it is still worthwhile to have a visit. especially when people old and young, all enjoy themselves watching different kinds of fishes. so, let's the happiness continue.
整群的魚圍繞在身邊. fishes all around.
好大的鯊魚. shark ! but it's a barrier too far.
嘩,魔鬼魚好大. this stingray is real big.
這隻魚靠在池邊,好像在歡迎訪客般. this fish lean against the wall, just to greet the visitor.

義威博大會計系畢業 Victor graduate from Putra U accountancy

孩子大學畢業,老人家就更老了.義威在雪蘭莪博特拉大學第32屆畢業典禮中,獲得會計系學位.好久沒參加這類典禮了,久久一次也很有趣.不過,頒發學位的儀式卻令人卻步.一連5天,分開頒發,接近8000名學子領取學位.這只是一間大學,還有好多好多間公家和私人大學.學位是頒出不少,多少是人才就不曉得了.
不管如何,完成大學學習,也是一件值得高興和慶祝的事.
年輕的學子們,辛苦了.往後日子,還需要加倍努力.大家繼續衝刺吧....
Victor graduated from University Putra Malaysia on Monday. having a chance to join in their graduation celebration, was really a memorable one. the university alone have nearly eight thousand graduates this year, you can imagine how many graduates we have produced each year. the convocation ceremony was really a long one, spreading in five days, many sessions. each took almost three hours. the main thing they do was only passing out the certificates.
還記得林亞禮嗎?他是博大的代院長或副院長也不曉得.由他頒發畢業文憑. remember Lim Ah Lek, former MCA minister? he is pro(?)chancellor of UPM, and giving away certificate is his duty. Victor received the certificate from him.
好了,自己孩子畢業,怎樣都要"自拍"一張做紀念. sometimes, you need to take a photo, just for remembrance.
曾小姐送上她的祝賀. miss Chen congratulates Victor.
這張畢業照可真不好拍,由2人拍到3人,4人,5人,結果是一大堆. a simple photo taking has became a mass.
畢業了,四方帽沒有用了,多餘的,可以拋掉了. now, the hats are no more that important, you may through it away.
怎樣說都是辛苦了4年,那就提早一天自我慶祝一番.來個熱騰騰的火鍋吧. celebration with steam-boat dinner.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

詩巫"獨行俠" 許長發:民間代議士 an unelected representative of Sibu people

夜訪許長發,促膝長談.他展示了堅韌的精神,展示這些年來的精彩片段.Hii showing some of the newspaper cuttings about himself.
這面標語,雖然會刺激到好多人.但是,他身在水中,感受又如何? he was always around when something was not proper according to him. and he shown his dismay.
這張翻拍的照片,是他在砂拉越大廈前的和平路水溝上,拉開阻隔攔,疏通積水. standing on top a sewage system, he try to prove a point.

this is a story about a local resident in Sibu, who has gone all the way to show his disappointment of the living conditions in town, by taking the action himself, fighting for a better Sibu.
his recent removal of two sign posts along the airport road, causing embarrassment to the local council, and so a law suit was taken against him.
locals treat him as their hero and "Rambo" for doing such a thing.
本來說,修路挖溝是地方當局的責任.不過,當問題久拖沒有解決時,會有甚麼狀況會出現呢?
這就是民間代議士應時局的需求而冒出來的時候了.
一個沒沒無聞的許長發,今年已高齡58,仍然精力勃勃,到處跑.就是為了普普通通的民生問題得不到應有的關注和解決,毅然站出來,做出了許多人難以理喻的"傻事".
他是誰?有甚麼動機?幹麻要這麼做?
料想許多人都有這個疑問.
深夜摸到許府,(當然在白天已查清他的住處),就是為了一探究竟.
面對這個問題,許長發道出了我們心中的疑問.....
他說,社會上民生問題多,許多都受到忽視.最普通的道路水溝問題,雖是地方上的小事,卻是民間的大事.
當局是看這些小問題,抑或太忙,照顧不了那麼多,以致不加以處理?老百姓不得而知.
不過,由於這樣,反而『創造』了一個許長發.沒有人鼓動他,也未參與反對黨,他自個兒做起了民間"獨行俠"的代議士.
据他說,打從1999年起,就不斷撥打電話給地方當局,針對許多問題進行投訴.可惜,他感受不到有被關注.
過後,他找來反對黨出面.可能這樣,好像問題更不受重視了.
最終,"獨行俠"許長發終於誕生了.
他跑到"水鄉"---詩巫被水淹的地點拍照宣傳.跑到市場中心高舉標語,爭取土地擁有權合理化.他"躲"到大水溝里,查看為何溝水不通....
Oh, my God,詩巫居然有這種傻勁的人,肯做這種"傻"事.

做"傻"事為了甚麼?

許長發,為了甚麼?博出位?要參加選舉?搞自我宣傳?還是其他不可告人的動機?
為了這些事,他還老遠跑到民都魯,舉著牌子,爭取土地問題.
最後是,警察來了,上了警局數次.政治部也來了.
即使不是被請去警察局協助調查,他自己也自動跑去報了好幾次的案.
民生問題怎麼個報案?結果都不了了之.
最新一回合的"偷"飛機場指示牌的事,終於出事了.

控上法庭

詩巫市議會向警察報了案,被"偷"走的賍物也被起回了.有物證,因此被起訴.
据了解,由于距離詩巫市中心有25公里之遙的飛機場路口,沒有交通指示牌,令人經常"誤過"飛機場.
許長發便將兩個交通圈旁的指示牌搬動到飛機場路口,確實對交通使用者造成了很大的方便.
詩巫飛機場前的道路提升工程進行了好長的一段時日,至今不見完工.經常聽見班機搭客和外來遊人諸多不滿.道路提升工程仍在進行中,交通指示牌根本不可能置放.一不小心,要去飛機場,很可能變成去到詩巫再也,一個新住宅區,或更遠的如仙大橋.
民生問題可大可小,官員的小事,經常是人民的大事.如何解決,確待各方的良好溝通.
許長發的出發點,僅僅不過是要創設一個更美好的家園.雖然有時方式"火"了點,卻仍然是"盜亦有道",不至於勞師動眾,高舉"法理"的大招牌來.未免有點小題大做.
莫非真要把許長發打造成民間英雄不成?

原地插回路牌

据稱,許長發已自掏腰包,花錢製了兩面路牌,原地插回.
這樣說來,路牌原地重現,還有罪可告嗎?
實地了解,發現在德聖路兩處交通旁,確實出現了全新的飛機場交通指示牌.這樣兩面牌子,料想也要花費一些錢.
至於造成許長發不惜冒犯市議會,拆除交通指示牌,改插在飛機場路口的行動,則是值得思考和情有可原的.
多時以來,許多交通使用者都有微言,提到正在全面提升的機場路工程,皆認為時間拖了太多.
由於建路工程仍然在進行,現有的路面破損不堪,行車不便,潛伏著一定的危險.詩巫朝飛機場路口處,確實指示不夠.這引起許長發的"插交通指示牌"行動.目前這個指示牌仍在路口置放著.
在機場道路工程提升過程中,現有路面有必要改善,加強交通指示牌子,以確保交通使用者的安全.
前面也提到,許長發是在長期投訴未獲受理情況下,做出了種種行動,引起詩巫社會轟動.那麼,當局在處理人民公眾的投訴時,又是採取怎樣的步驟呢?

市議會每天接10宗投訴

向詩巫市議會高級秘書許贊騏了解,市議會的總機084-333411,是公眾可以撥打的電話,接線員再根据個別的投訴,轉接相關部門.
在獲取投報後,有關投訴就成為採取行動的備案.各相關單位須針對投訴展開調查和行動,並且呈交報告.
許先生表示,投訴種類多,如果是普通情況,一般都很快獲得處理.那些涉及和須動用較大資金的情況,則就須等待足夠經費才能採取行動了.
他說,詩巫市議會每天約可接獲10宗投訴.
一個月累計下來,就有超過300宗了.足見這項民生問題的處理確實不易.

許長發無黨無派

由于投訴未獲受理,自己採取行動的許長發,背後是否帶著反對黨的色彩,也令人感興趣想知道.
他說自己沒有入過任何黨.除了許氏公會,一切社團、公會都沒有參加.
他無黨無派,沒有反對黨的色彩,只有不滿和採取行動的心態.如果這種心態被認為是反社會行為,大多數人是不會認同的.

醫藥保險代理人

許長發長期以來,從事過許多營生方式.包括推銷錄音片,教育課程片,玉器,以及目前的醫藥保險業.
他原本居住在長年遭受淹水之苦的華僑路中段.
就是這種窘境,造就了一個許長發精神.讓他開始向社會民生問題做出了挑戰,並且採取了行動.
他目前已遷離華僑路,向別人租屋子住.自己的屋子則讓給別人住.
聽起來怪怪的.這可是千真萬確,活生生的例子,有屋子住不得.試想想看,如果我們都處身在這種環境下,會有怎樣的心理感受?
他的遭遇,其實也是詩巫這個"水鄉"許多民眾的感受.問題一天不解決,將永遠成為當局的夢魘.
面對許長發,只有同情和鼓勵.那些沉默的絕大多數人,也肯定是站在他一邊的......

30年水上貨船生涯 陳伯祥想上岸了 Rejang river hawker boat

陳伯祥對前程深感無奈. Ting express his feeling about the future of his business.
"艨艟"船來啦!過去歲月里,鄉民遠遠見這種水上貨船,都會前呼後應的互相通告. express boat selling various consumers' goods on the Rejang river.
慢慢選購,就如市區居逛百貨公司一樣,找到要的東西再買不遲. interior of the hawker boat, just like any other sundry shop in town.

過去一段不短的日子里,水上貨船-----一種在拉讓江上、下游沿岸川行,為兩岸鄉下居民提供購買日常用品的貨船-----過去鄉人皆稱為"艨艟"的水上雜貨店,曾對這個地區的鄉民提供過寶貴的貨供服務.
由于交通不方便,當年陸路交通仍停滯不前時,水路是這個砂拉越中區居民最主要運輸命脈的日子里,各種各樣水上服務都是重要的.
載人的客船如捷艇,摩多船,甚至是後期的快艇,都曾扮演過重的運輪角色.
而在提供日常用品上,這種小貨船更是鄉下人民的其中一項重要依賴.
詩巫丹章公集人,目前已遷居市區的陳伯祥,歷經30年的風雨日子,不間斷的為鄉下人民提供日常用品服務.
至今已50歲的陳氏,在夫人的陪同下,日復一日,月復一月,年復一年的如此川行於拉讓江上.從當年的一門好生意,演變至今天的情況,讓他感受到時光不再,是時候轉行了.
上個世紀5、60年代,水上貨船是生活的依賴,鄉民經常等待著貨船的出現.
他在80年代投入這一行時,詩巫的陸路交通已起跑,卻仍不完善.尤其是對岸之間根本沒有橋樑,僅靠渡輪維持.道路也不理想,羊腸小徑和腳車,電單車還是鄉下居民最理想的交通工具.
汽車渡輪投入的服務範圍也非常有限.當年大概只有拉讓江的泛婆羅洲大道才有提供服務.起初是小渡輪,清晨6點開始服務至入夜.後來提早至清晨4點,為鄉民提供方便,能夠及早運載貨品至市區.夜晚停航時間也持續的延長至深夜.
直至拉讓江大橋在一年多前通行前,汽車渡輪都是提供這種時間上的安排.唯深夜減少川行次數.
可以想像,砂拉越中區是處在多麼落後的交通連接系統上.
陳伯祥在這樣的環境下,經營了他的水上貨船30年.由起初的業績昌盛,演變至今天的式微.的確讓他感到歲月不饒人.人是開始老了,生意也更加難作了.
目前,他是在詩巫下游,馬拉山長屋一帶繼續他的貨船服務.
他的川行範圍也縮小了許多.
油價高漲,更令他處在水深火熱中.他說,駕著這艘由快艇改成的貨船,每個月平均需要油費2000令吉.晚上將船停放在長屋旁,還要僱用專人守候,以防小偷.有時白天沒有開行,更易受到小賊的光顧.
發展的步伐是將他逼到牆角了.他唯一的選擇,大概就是收檔不幹了.他確有這種考慮.幸好目前另一種時機展現在眼前.
由于這個地區沿岸有許多木材加工廠,而且聘有許多外勞和客工.刻在施工的馬拉山大橋,也有許多工人.
這些工人和客工,都讓他仍有一線喘氣的生機.
不過,他不確定,這種情況會維持多久.看樣子,是過一天,看一天了.
目前在拉讓江,很難看到這種"另類"行業.如果陳伯祥有一天真不幹了,這個行業豈不成為絕響?
during the 50's and 60's of the last century, boats like this plying along the Rejang river, selling consumer goods, for the benefit of villagers, whom at that time, lack the basic amenities of transportation by land, depend very much on the service of the hawker boats.
the story of Mr. Ting, who have been in this business for the past 30 years, is feeling the time has gone for him and his business on the water. better infra-structure and connection to urban area, is causing him a lot. and he is seriously considering retiring from this type of business for good.
at the moment, his business is mostly along the stretch of water near rumah bawang assan, near Sibu.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

大星購物廣場 Star Mega Mall

詩巫著名本土商業奇才,劉義華所創辦的"大星百貨",隨著大星購物廣場的現形,已再一次證明了這名商人的過人之處.在上一次金融風暴時,他按兵不動.這次金融風暴之前,他才動工興建這座購物廣場.雖然時機冒險了點,但他卻要在谷底往上爬.一年半載之後,正是大好時機,也是這座詩巫全新購物廣場開業之時.當人們向外延伸,將發展移到外地時,他堅持留在本地.他要落地生根.他的心志和意念,獲得詩巫人的尊敬和支持.
Sibu local renown businessman Lau Ngee Hua, starts building his business empire, with the coming of a mega mall here, the only one ever. his dedication to this small town, won the respect and support of locals. Star Enterprise is a totally Sibu business, his success, meant a lot to Sibu.

Monday, October 6, 2008

拉讓江的"黃河水" muddy water of Rejang river

這是由詩巫南蘭律阿山港橋上拍的"黃澄澄"拉讓江水.快艇在"黃河"上川行的景觀.上游木桐已被砍光,下游變黃河,而且嚴重淤泥沉積.至今仍未見當局對淤泥採取怎樣的補救行動.看樣子又是不了了之.詩巫.... 一個被遺棄的小市鎮....
these photos were taken on the Lanang bridge in Sibu. look at the muddy water, this was not the case many years back. Rejang river have since became "yellow muddy" river. too many trees were cut down in the upper reaches of the river, causing mass erosion, other than muddy water, siltation on the lower Rejang basin is another problem which Sibu is facing now, with no remedy until now.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

揮別古晉 迎向拉讓江 good bye to Kuching, back to the Rejang river

揮一揮手,再見了古晉. let's just wave our hands again, goodbye Kuching.
古晉快艇碼頭,完工至今好幾個月,仍然未能開放使用.有問題...Kuching new wharf, completed a few months back, yet to start operation. but, there is only one express boat a day to make use of this-- I suppose million ringgit project ?
開船不順,螺旋槳搞上甚麼東西,船員須下水查看. propellers got problem, have to get into the water to check out.
實仁甲船閘,讓我再看清楚. Sejinkat's bridge and water controlled areas.
拉讓江口也有漁攔,可惜手腳慢了,拍下時船已入了江口好遠. fishermen's nest at the entrance to the Rejang river.
拉讓江口的丹章馬尼港碼頭.砂拉越中區"更新能源走廊"的主要發展集中地. Tanjong Mani wharf, the venue of Sarawak corridor of renewal energy (SCORE) and its many projects.
拉讓江,你已沉淪了.陳舊快艇仍然在跑和載客. Rejang river and it's old express boat.

婆羅洲會議展覽中心 Borneo Convention Centre

婆羅洲會議展覽中心逐漸現形.座落在古晉實仁甲沿岸的這個會展中心,將是砂拉越和古晉的另一項重要會議,展覽中心. situated along the waterway of Kuching Sejinkat industrial estate, the Borneo Convention Centre is an important MICE development of Sarawak. the centre is almost ready. future meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition activities will be centred in this place.

慶開齋 celebrating Hari Raya

馬來人鄰居很有心,邀請我們慶開齋,雖然剛剛從古晉趕回家,仍然不忘穿得漂漂亮亮的去向他們拜年.雖然兩個大男人"雞同鴨講",總算還有年輕的會曉得華文,才不至於下不了台.just arrived from Kuching by express boat, my Malay neighbour invite us to celebrate Hari Raya, although a little bit tired, managed to put on nice clothing, and pay them a visit. the father is a cargo lorry driver, travelling between Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Kuching.
阿敏娜是馬蘭諾人,不過她全家都會講流利的福州話,讓華人訪客倍感親切.她是美娟的前同事和朋友. Aminah is Mee Kiong's friend, she and her twin sister, and their family, could speak fluent Foochow, and makes her Foochow friends feeling a pleasant stay while doing Hari Raya visit.
阿敏娜的弟媳也是福州人,她的全家也是開口福州話.多麼好玩.如果馬來西亞更多異族通婚,種族課題肯定不流行.快點多一點人嫁給馬來人,也更多華人討馬來婆吧. Aminah's brother and his Foochow's wife, all speak Foochow very well. no wonder they have many Foochow friends and visitors during Hari Raya visit.