That was the chance I had been waiting for and I wouldn't like to miss it for all the world. That was a golden opportunity too for the Documentary Film team to make the last phase of their shooting. I called Kamaruddin the Director, of the plan. He agreed at the very last minute but will follow at a later date.
As usual, I wanted to kill two birds with one stone. It is not easy for me to make a trip to Kuching. It is always governed by financial availability. I wanted to follow up on what I had suggested in my speech during the reburial ceremony of the remains of the Iban Trackers and Sarawak Rangers KIA in Malaya during the Malayan Emergency 1948-1960 - the revival of the Sarawak Rangers and another idea that had just cropped up from discussions with friends, i.e. forming up a Sarawak Rangers Veteran Association (SRVA).
SRVA aims to be a business-orientated association. We intend to make money and we intend to use it for the good of these veterans and their families.
I flew down to Kuching on Sunday,18 September 2011.
The journey upriver took about 3 1/2 hours at RM40.00.
The Express Boat was fast. It could easily be 50mph.
Ships like this was a common sight going up or down the Rejang River, empty or ladened with logs.
More logging activities. This is one of the major contributory factors that turned the Rejang River into a murky, heavily silted and pulluted river.
The result: polluted and floating logs that are dangerous to boats plying the river.
(To be continued)