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This map is messed up.
*Please note this map is from 2006/2007. Changes and improvements have been made to this map since*
I was at the Dynasty Hotel last night, and came across some of the tourism brochures they have in the lobby. This one in particular grabbed my attention, so I picked it up for a look from a tourists' viewpoint.
The brochure has several maps of Sarawak and its more interesting destinations, and this includes Miri. Since this is Miri we're talking about so let's look at the map of Miri...
Ready? Okay here it is:
And here's the legend :
Notice anything peculiar about the map? Let's zoom in and take a closer look:
Aside from the already outdated bank locations (almost a quarter of all the banks have moved this year) take note of the red stars in the map. In the legend, it says "Historical sites".
Let's look at the list of so-called 'Historical sites', shall we?
1. Gymkhana Club, Miri - Okay, this club has a long history but the original building was not in this location, and even after it did move to the current location, that building was bombed. So this current building was built in the 70s, and not particularly historical. But, just historical enough to qualify. Let's move on.
2. Tamu Muhibbah Native Market - No. Not a historical site.
3. Miri Municipal Council Field - Not really a historical site, more like recreational?
4. Clock Tower - Ahh, now we're getting somewhere. It's not yet a historical site, but take a look at a recent picture photo of it. It will soon be history!
5. Wet Market & Food Stalls - Not a historical site. Try again.
6. Fish Market - Has a history, but probably not an appealing one.
7. Miri Central Market - Yes. Probably the oldest market in Miri, but like above, not too appealing unless you're hungry or want to buy some grocery.
8. National Parks - National Parks?? Where? Did I miss something? We have a national park in the middle of the city?
9. Court House - Not historical, in fact it's quite new, and I think it's located wrong in the map.
10. Miri Waterfront - This was built in the late nineties and still wasn't fully completed yet. Not historical.
And in the larger map:
11. Gilbert Park - It's a housing estate for crying out loud! Not a park! And its history isn't too interesting either? What on earth is this doing on a tourists' map?
12. Miri City Fan - Try again! NOT historical. It's the newest and most advanced fan-shaped park in Miri.
So what have we learnt so far? Well, don't trust these maps - they are inaccurate. What they mean by "Historical Sites" was actually "Interesting Sites". Now doesn't that suddenly make sense? And even so, some of the places aren't interesting or don't exist.
At the bottom of the map, there is this disclaimer:
All information contained herein is correct at the time of production. Whilst every care is taken in preparation of this brochure, Sarawak Tourism Board cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracy, ommission or alteration that may occur.
Well, with more 'care' I think they'd at least do a much better job than this, that's for sure.
And I guess they're so busy with looking out for "Historical Sites" they forgotten about our truly historical First Oil Well eh?
Now who's the smart guy who left this one out I wonder?