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SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO

SIBU : MELANAU'S HEARTLAND - Dalat Town

 
 

DALAT

THE MELANAU HEARTLAND

 

 

 

The small Melanau township of Dalat makes an interesting half-day outing from Mukah, or a stopover if you are travelling by speedboat to or from Sibu. Outside the district office, directly opposite the speedboat wharf and the Chinese temple, is one of the finest Melanau kelidieng (sacrificial burial pole) still in existence.

 

The kelidieng, a hollow belian (borneo ironwood) tree trunk decorated with ornate carvings, was used in ancient rituals to ward off disasters. Should the community be threatened, a young maiden was placed inside the pole and given only drinking water until she finally passed away. This sacrifice would appease malicious or angry spirits and thus avoid disaster. Interestingly, the cross in the altar of nearby St Bernard?s RC church (500 m walk upriver, visitors welcome) is also made in the form of a kelidieng, to give the concept of Christ?s sacrifice a Melanau cultural context. Amongst the new shophouses across the road from the riverfront are a number of Chinese coffee shops, as well as Taku Caf? a Melanau restaurant serving traditional dishes (see Mukah). Between the few blocks of shophouses is a small clump of nunok trees, which are believed to be the homes of animist spirits.

 
 

Upon closer inspection you can see a number of traditional animist, Bhuddist and Taoist altars next to the trees. Although Dalat is not generally an overnight destination, the newly formed Institute of Melanau-Dalat Language and Culture (Institut Uba Jegem Adat Melanau Dalat) can arrange informal homestays amongst the surrounding villages, where visitors can enjoy traditional Melanau life and take part in traditional activities such as fishing and sago gathering, as well as boat trips and treks into the peat swamp forest and visits to sago factories. Until the institute is fully up and running, it can be contacted via the Redemptorist Community, St. Bernard's Church, Dalat, Tel/Fax: 864212. The Dalat speedboat service is easily the most interesting way to reach the Melanau Heartland from Sibu.

 

After about an hour on the wide and stately Batang Igan, the speedboat slows its engines and cruises through the narrow, tree-lined Sungai Kut (Kut Canal), stopping at picturesque water villages along the waybefore emerging into the Sungai Oya (Oya River) at Dalat. Passengers are seated in two rows facing one another, so it?s almost impossible not to make new friends along the way. From Dalat, the first speedboat leaves for Sibu at 6.30 am and the last at 12.30 pm. For Sibu departures see Travel Connections. Onward connections to Mukah are by bus (RM2.80, bus station behind Hiap Leong Mini Market) or the waiting taxis (RM30) and vans (RM6).

 
 
 
SIBU : MELANAU'S HEARTLAND - Dalat Town
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO