Wednesday, July 8, 2009

River and Life (Batang Igan)

Gold Arawana on his trip from Sibu to Dalat by speed boat through Batang Igan...

Igan ferry, one of the landmark for Igan. Igan ferry is one of the longest crossing still available in Sarawak..


Speed boats parked at Sibu wharf. Second from the left is the one brings me to Dalat... With the bad road condition from Selangau to Mukah (due to road upgrading works), speed boats became popular for travelers to Mukah. Just pay RM20.00, take about one and half an hour to witness the relationship between river and life, will be a good experience for travelers......

For the operators, I try to calculate their income on it. RM 20.00 X 20 persons or more = at least RM 400.00 per trip. Not bad ley....That means that they could earn at least RM 1,600.00 per day!

My speed boat just pleading away from Sibu wharf and the photo shows the old wharf formerly known as "Pulau Babi". Don't ask me how it gets it names....funnylah. It is not even an island.

Life is always good for the town folks... but some are not. Thumps up to this young parent...this river might be means everything to this small family...

Batang Igan Bridge... The road that will connect Tanjung Manis to Sibu.

Timber-based industries are common along this river. Travelers even can see hundreds of them along the river. Other than providing job opportunities to the locals and gear up the state economy, they also provide major contribution to the spoiled of river ecosystem.

Timber-based industries cannot be blamed as sole contributor to the river pollution. The settlements along the river are also one of the contributor.

Batang Igan being known and developed for its potential for ship-building industries. Creating another job opportunities for the locals...

At downstream of the river, the river even full of wastes and the folks nearby have to suffer...

Unfortunately, my journey was not up to the Kuala Igan.. This canal named Kut Canal which I am not very sure on the existence either it is a natural river or a man made canal. However, this canal provides a shortcut for the river users to go to Dalat.

Pleading out of Kut Canal is another major river in Mukah....Batang Oya... The bridge named Jambatan Dalat is now under construction. Believe me or not, once the bridge completed, travelers can go direct to Brunei from Dalat in a few minutes! I means to Kampung Brunei....

Dalat Town is on the far view of this photo... My previous publish about Dalat Town could be read on my Travelogue folder.

Beautification works for Dalat Waterfront is under construction... It hope that it could rejuvenate the tourism potential in Dalat...

Keep in mind that Sarawak blessed with thousands kilometers of rivers. By comparison to those live in deserts where fuel is much cheaper than drinking water, we should be proud of, appreciate and pay our full respects to them. Keep on polluting and no awareness to protect it might cost our life in danger. Aware on the potential hazards, government have put up so many campaign but I am sorry to question either it is really works? This should be another issue to think and discussed further..

18 comments:

KACHA said...

Interesting!!!

Toh Chee Leong's Collections said...

Your journey is so simple but very interestinglah.

Tak tidurkah dalam speedboat? Me also had took some photos especially the journey from Sibu Wharf to Dalat wharf but all stored in my old note book. It was stolen on 27.5.2009. All my nice picture gone.

Pak Ayie Ayie said...

Jauh perjalanan, manyak jukut dirik nanang.Cheers.

Gold Arawana said...

Kacha;

Tarimak kasih atakng nyumarakng da'amp blogku...

Gold Arawana said...

Pakcik Toh;

Thanks dan semoga ada notebook baru nanti. God Bless..

Gold Arawana said...

Pak Ayie Ayie;

Sabanar'e manyak ang ditapis... he he

Cheers brother..

Antogatn_Kayar said...

kala' ku nyoba uga'...
aku ks kampokng ayukngku make parahu... di tanjung manis.
diapm ka parabune... dingin ihane...

puakng aapme koa ada view bato... takaan amutn naik...
kacak bro... paakal masa koa gik ana' ada rasa mok jaji blogger..

ahaha...

Anonymous said...

Kama'e ba Igan?

alib said...

interesting stories & pics taken during the journey...semoga selalu lah gunakan speedboat, wait till ada hovercraft later (lamak dolok ade le...may b timbul later another 1..)

Gold Arawana said...

Antogant Kayar;

Thanks for your comment brother...

Idupik antogant kayar blog koa boh...

Gold Arawana said...

Mr Anonymous;

Igan is located at Mukah Division...about 40 km from Mukah town..

Gold Arawana said...

Mr Tekukur;

I love to use the hovercraft... I wish that i could...

Jonathan said...

Bro said: "Keep in mind that Sarawak blessed with thousands kilometers of rivers"

That could be a reason for many not to appreciate our rivers. They said: too many to appreciate.

Keep up your good effort, promotes sustainable-pristine environment through your blog. I surely believes the message is heard.

Regards.

Gold Arawana said...

Mr Jonathan;

Thanks... I agree with your point of view...

Ijau D. Koceng said...

i'm linking this entry to my blog

yeah, it's a wonderful experience indeed...

Anonymous said...

Kut canal is a man-mad canal. :) Kut is from the word 'kikut' in Melanau Dalat means 'dig'.

Ben =) a Dalat native.

Gold Arawana said...

Saudara Ijau;

Tiada masalah. Thanks

Gold Arawana said...

Saudara Ben (Anoy 6:09);

Thanks for your additional info...