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Today I post my last photos from my trip up the Rajang river in East Malaysia in 1976. I spent a couple of days in a small village called Belaga, the last place that could be reached by public transport. Most of those persons I saw in the "shopping mall", a large traditional longhouse, had probably arrived from villages further upstream the river in small canoes, or had walked through the jungle.

Here is a larger version.

The Google map and street view indicates that hardly anything remains of the Belaga I saw in 1976. Almost every building seems to have been pulled down and a brand new village has been created and has grown into a small town. There seems to be a small airstrip, and the streets are now full of cars. A road has been built to the coast, while in 1976 the village could only be reached by boat or on foot.

The map coordinates 2.70517 113.78446 indicate the changes.

Years ago I posted a number of photos of people I saw in Belaga, all scanned from Ilford FP4 B&W negatives, like those today. Among those I showed two portraits, like this of a younger woman, and this one of an an elderly lady.

Today's WS photos show Belaga Main Street as it looked in 1976, and a bridge connecting two parts of the village.

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