Tuesday, August 18, 2009
A Wonderful Small Town called Sibu !!!
I was in Sibu Sarawak twice.
Both were related to swiftlet farming.
The first was sometime in late 2008 and the second was last week.
I stayed at Paramount hotel and RH hotel respectively. Both were wonderful and at the city center.
The town seem to be the third largest city after Kuching and Miri.
The total population was said to be about 300,000.
The number of BHs in this town was estimated to be in the region of 10 and more. As compared to other towns in Peninsular, example Setiawan with more then 3,000 BHs, it is pretty low.
The BH potential in this town is huge. However the town Mayor will not be happy to see any new one.
Currently most of the BHs are operating quietly and are mostly using the top entry type.
I estimated that the town can easily cater for at least 300 BHs with little problems of populating them.
The best will be those rows of shop houses directly facing the Rajang River.
I always noted that all towns that have rivers passing the town are usually populated with lots of birds. This is mainly due to the fact that the water from these rivers are a food source, drinking water and sometime the parent will dip in to wet their belly so that they can carry some water home for their young one.
A very good example is Kota Bahru, Parit Buntar, Muar, Kuala Trengganu, Kuantan, and many more.
Most shop houses in Sibu are of 4 stories types. More often then not the top floors are empty and are potential to be converted into swiftlet houses.
I can predict that there will be more and more BHs in Sibu and it is a matter of time when they will be built.
Right now, due to licencing problems, most operators will carry out the BH conversion quietly and perhaps use the top entry type. When in operation they just need a small volume external sound to pull those wild birds inside.
It will be something exciting for those who are brave enough.
Just watch my dirty mouth.