by jikey | Mar 24, 2020
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Traditionally, the houses are made of wood and attap, and are built on stilts with wooden bridging walkways connecting them. As sea level rises, the villagers jack up their houses to prevent them from being flooded. A jack is used to lift the house 2.5 inches at a time from each pile. A brick is then inserted to the gap. This process repeats for each pile of the house until all piles were elevated. This completes one round and the house is elevated 2.5 inches. If the house needs to be elevated for 2 feet, 10 rounds will be needed.
Only wooden houses can be jacked up. Modern houses that are made of bricks and mortar cannot be jacked up as the walls and floors will crack because the structure is rigid and has no flexibility
Kampung Sungai Lima was established in 1880’s by Chinese immigrants from Tong An, a district in the province of Hokkien in China. The village was not affected by WWII and the colonials because of its remote location. Sungai Lima has since gradually grown to be one of the main suppliers of dried shrimps and is hence named “the village of dried shrimps”. During its peak, Sungai Lima produced 80% of dried shrimps in Malaysia (七星网 要走入历史 申请列文化遗产)
Sungai Lima is a major fishing village on an island within 50km from Kuala Lumpur and accessible only by boat.