Life in the Malay kampungs of Kuching 50 years ago
One of the less interesting books of my shack
I rewrite the back of the book here
This book written 50 years ago and reprinted on 2002 by the Sarawakian part of the printing facilities of the University of Msia seems as a printout of a Word file and includes ca 90 pages in a format of 24.5 x 16.8 using a plasticized paper.
The language is rather technical but still easy to read , with some Malay words using in case there is nothing close to English , mostly used in italic form .
The book consist of many drawings supposing made by rapidos etc as that time there wsa no computer . all these drawings show the respective points of the River Sarawak where these kampongs are located
IN the first part the geo info are stated with morphology (alluvial places )climate and vegetation
IN chapter 2 deals with the population .There is a short notice about the term Malay or Malaysian and even about the local ethnicities migration . What is as mostly impressed was the high death rating
Chapter 3 deals with the economic activities of the population . There was a population of ca 1580 persons tat time with ca 700 involved in labor and economics. There are also several examples on how woodcutting was made that time , the earnings as well as also a timeline of the most important works of the area. I m impressed that they required c 28 hours for gathering abt 4 tons of soil gathered into their boats with ca 20 hours for expecting the tide. I really wonder if today is easier to do this work . the price they earned from this business was $10 (ringgit? And how much is today ? and also what is the adapted money for today? )
Surely very hard work
Chapter 4 refers to the remain economic activities as laboring , as for Chinese or te government , fishing , farming , rubber taping , shipping trading carpentry , gardening and so on
Chapter 5 deals with the remain economic activities , as income . Each kampong has a different average income level
Chapter 6 deals again with the water supply and the problems happening in the kampongs and the availability for water . Many times people get to gather water the traditional way . Water Piping was available in a very limited basis
Chapter 7 deals with the social geography describing information for each kampong
Chapter 8 dle with the inside geography ie about the society . house design , lighting ,diseases diet , religion education and the related
Surely this book has a limited interest .MY most interesting part was on how the hard work referred in the chapter 3 . Hope that today cars and automotives replaced the traditional way