Disaster struck, in Sarikei, a jetty where the boys can be seen to board the boats, collapsed. Was it an ominous sign that bigger catastrophe was to come?
Early one morning, on May 28, a smaller boat than this with a capacity of 67 capsized with about 180 on board. Many were seated on the roof, and miraculously they survived despite the ragging water. Statistics are hard to come by, because there is no statistics. No one knew exactly how many were on board. They fear 20 were drowned in our Rejang river. No wonder, locals term it their mighty river.
Around half a century ago, my siblings and I used to swim in this river 95 miles from the sea. It was our river.
You can see only part of the jetty for this week's meme.