|View of the 'Kuala' taken in July 2016, taken from Jepak Hill.|
Note the development of high rise buildings around the town and the Kuala, especially condomimiums and hotels to capitalise on the beautiful seascape and sunset moments of Bintulu.
As a young boy in the 1960's I used to go for afternoon walks from the town to the Kuala to enjoy the sea breeze and sunset with my grandpa. The river mouth played a very important role in Bintulu's history for it was the main gateway for goods and people to reach Bintulu or to go out of Bintulu. For instance, Beccari wrote in 1867 that the Melanaus were fishermen but a great number of them were engaged in sago making. Beccari noted that the Bintulu sago is one of the finest quality and is in great request even in Sarawak. Through the Kuala sago was exported together with other main export items of 50's - 70's like belian timber, jelutong and rattan. The importance of the Kuala diminished with the construction of a federal port deep water port at Tg. Kidurong some 40 kilo meters north of the Bintulu town starting in 1979. Today only small coastal boats and ships, tugboats, timber barges and fishing vessels use the Kuala for their importing or exporting of goods or for sports fishing.
|Taken on 14th June ,1962. I am at the extreme right, front row.|
The Kuala has more meanings in my life than I could briefly recall. I will cherish all those beautiful moments when I was there with people who mattered in my life - moments when we were innocent and needed a hand to discover life and later for the love of life and the meanings and lessons it bear upon us.
Live life to the fullest like the Kuala that pours its waters to the wide open sea.
Happy Malaysia Day Sarawak.
(Note: This is Article #10 in a series to celebrate Malaysia's national day (Malaysia Day) - 16 Sept annually)