Kampung Duku: The word Kampung means village in English. Kampung Duku is the only village on Pulau Sibu and is situated on the south west tip of the island. It covers approximately 150 acres and houses about 200 to 250 inhabitants in approximately 40 buildings over which presides a village chief. The homes are all traditional Malay style in wood on stilts and there are also some government buildings such as a police station, clinic, community hall, mosque with a resident Imam and a school. There is no longer a village policeman as the island now comes under the jurisdiction of the Marine Police. Two policemen are stationed on Sibu for two weeks at a time in rotation.

The villagers traditionally depend on fishing for their incomes but since tourism came to Sibu in the early 1980’s other work has been available. There is a very small resort in the village near the football field called SRC comprising of 5 double rooms and 1 long house. In 2008 5 units have been allocated as shop lots to be developed. The villagers farm cows and chickens and grow whatever produce the sand allows (e.g. bananas, papayas). Most families also depend on various members working on the mainland and providing money.

The walk: It is a 3km walk from Sea Gypsy Village to Kampung Duku. The walk will take you past 3 resorts in various states of repair, all functioning, if just barely. You will also stop at the new development that has changed the face of the island dramatically. Some time is spent here as it’s presence is cause for many thought provoking topics of discussion. Passing beach front, rock pools, cultivated fields and jungle, plus a fisherman’s home that is now making a living from recycling, the students have the opportunity to observe nature and island life at first hand.

Community Service: Recyclable rubbish bags will be carried and children encouraged to collect any waste along the walk.

Sekolah Rendah (the school): The school comes under the jurisdiction of the Mersing authority. It is for primary education and has approximately 35 children, 1 head master, 1 assistant head and 3 teachers. After the age of 11 the children go to boarding school on the mainland. The students are given a tour of the school from the canteen to the library and of course the classrooms. They normally have the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the pupils and teachers from the school, depending on their timetable. When possible some sporting activity with the children is also arranged. We request that students visiting the school wear their School PE kits to make the trip. The Wills family has set up a fund to help support Sekolah Rendah and broaden their opportunities to communicate and interact with students from other schools both on the mainland and in other countries. We are actively looking for schools that would like to participate in our project. If your school or your class is interested in having more information about the fund, it’s aims or how to join the project and make it an integral part of your students community service please click

Residual educational aspects and possible topics for further projects:
• Awareness of the amount of rubbish being thrown not only into our oceans but also
  into the rivers & canals on the mainland.
• Awareness of illegal logging within a designated Marine Park.
• How logging in general can affect our eco system, especially with regard to the
  reefs and marine life.
• Discuss how to change people’s attitude in order to stop indiscriminate waste
  disposal and re-educate them with a view to recycling and the correct disposal of
  non-recyclable rubbish.
• With reference to rubbish disposal, how can people living away from areas with
  government recycling and official dumps best recycle their rubbish?
• You will be able to observe illegal fishing trawlers working within the Marine Park off
  the island. What can and should be done to protect the world’s dwindling marine
• You will see acres of beachfront property that has been illegally logged, burned,
  cleared and had what was meant to be a 5 star resort built on it. As you can
  observe it has never opened and is unlikely to do so.
• What effects does such clearing have on the island ecological system both on the
  land and in the water?
• Seeing marine park land destroyed in such a manner, for absolutely no reason,
  describe your feelings:
• Indifferent?
• Angry?
• Funny?
• Join Greenpeace?
• Do you think that the people responsible for such wanton destruction should be
  prosecuted? Particularly when there is no local economic benefit.

Around the world beautiful islands have been used for tourism:
• Can such small island’s natural resources cope with mass tourism?
• What should governments be doing to protect the environment whilst still allowing
• How can this be enforced in countries where cronyism and corruption still exist?
• Can tourism and unspoiled local culture live hand in hand or must one necessarily
  destroy the other?
• Discuss the difference between a small island school with limited resources
  compared to a city school with limited resources and overcrowding to a private
  school with unlimited resources.