We crossed the mighty Rajang River by using Lanang Bridge. This toll-bridge was the centre of contention during the state elections in 2006. Together with land renewal and oil price, the toll erupted into a sticky election issue, resulting in SUPP being muddle-headed.
The toll for our van is RM5 which is pricey by local standard. But Lanang Bridge is applauded loud by passers-by since it has conveniently done away with the frustrating hour-long queuing up. To this group of users, the bridge is definitely a plus.
However, for the locals who have to commute to and fro Sibu daily, the toll system is financially burdensome, giving them added pressure. My rough calculation makes me feel for them.
Sarikei once again occupies the centre-stage in the run-up to the parliamentary elections. It has been a gruesome waiting for almost a year for a candidate to be nominated. You may call it a political labour pain for SUPP. But voters start to run out of patience to the extent that it might have adverse impact on voting results for SUPP.
We arrived Sarikei town centre at 7:15am and settled on Open-Air Market where variety was aplenty. We noted instantly that Sarikei's pricing is fast catching up that of Sibu. The fried kueh teow that I ordered was commentable in terms of taste, serving time and portioning. But it was too oily which gave a big minus to the otherwise delicious food.
We departed Sarikei at about 8:00am and proceeded straight to Kuching.