These six photographs were taken in 1981. Dad had taken Cikgu Mustaffa Ismail on a round-island trip. He had taught the class I was in as a trainee teacher a couple of years back. I last heard he was teaching at SMK Aminuddin Baki in Chemor, Perak. That was many years ago. Among the stops we made was the idyllic fishing village of Pulau Betong where my cousin was staying with her family. Her husband is still a fisherman there. Pulau Betong was devastated when a tsunami slammed into it after the earthquake off Sumatra yesterday.
Cikgu Mustaffa and me at the wooden bridge across Sungai Pulau Betong.
Dad and Cikgu Mustaffa on one of the wooden jetties.
Cikgu Mustaffa and me on a wooden jetty.
Another shot at the jetty. Michael (extreme left) lost his boat when tsunami struck.
On one of the moored fishing boats in Sungai Pulau Betong.
Outside the house of my cousin’s in-laws which was inundated by 30cm of water yesterday.