If you have an internet access and Google Earth on your computer, just type Biawak in it's search column and you will be brought there no matter where you are from. There must be something special about Kampung Biawak that Google Earth took notice to have it a close up view from above. Funny however, Lundu town, which is it's administrative center, hasn't got that special focus by Google Earth. Funnier still though, with a hard to understand irony, the appallingly sorry state of the road from Lundu Town to Kampong Biawak has not been noticed by those who should be concerned since 1972 as described here. Tons of grumbles and complaints by the affected users and residents seem to be as good as null and void.
In this guide, I advice you to mentally brace yourself for a long, monotonous pictorial frames of the journey. It can be a very boring and equally disheartening rendezvous taking you to the real figurative meaning of the abyss of neglect. It is strongly recommended that those faint hearted who have expensive luxury vehicles may not take this route unless you are ready with spare parts and frequent visits to the mechanics. I can guarantee readers that not even main battle tanks designed for wars will be able to last long if driven along the road on a daily basis. May be a Paris-Dakar Rally designed vehicles would give you some comfort but then again Paris-Dakar Rally is not an everyday event, so still I would not recommend you folks travel the Lundu-Biawak route so often.
But what about those folks living along Lundu-Biawak Road, you may ask?. And what vehicles are they using? Well, I suspect they must be a special breed of homo sapiens using specially tailored mechanized transport vehicles. Again you may ask if they are not citizens of wealthy and prosperous Malaysia? Of course they are and they paid taxes too (including road taxes) but may be the Malaysian Government have already recognized and gazetted these folks as immune to suffering and difficulties so that might be the main reason why their road have not been tar sealed since it was built more than a quarter of a cenctury ago.
Again you may ask if these people are not voters in general elections? Well, I can assure you good and proper that they always voted for the government of the day which promised them that their road will be made into six lanes highways in every election campaign. In fact, it has been customary that survey personnels would come and put survey sticks and marks on both sides of the road from end to end; giving the impression and illusion that the road will be upgraded the next day and be completed faster than the time a vehicle would travel from Lundu town to Kampung Biawak itself. You see, there has been tons of wooden sticks used as survey marks (before every election) and if that have been used as fuel to light barbecue fires, that would last a good few years.
But I am not really talking about Travel Guide To Biawak, you may ask? Oh, I am sorry but if you don't mind to see the pictures below.
School children coming back from school travelling on foot along this mud surfaced highway to deprivation. 37 years!
The blue signboard proudly tells who tarred the small road leading to a few houses. Funny isn't it if we compare it with the main road to the right. May be even the dog in the picture is feeling the same. 37 years!
Have not seen this kind of route in Paris-Dakar Rally pictures anyway. Excellently mantained that even fish can safely swim along this highway. 37 years!
This is what I mean by a specially designed motorised vehicle in my above article. The owner says this van never broke down ever since he bought this machine. These model of "repair free" vehicles are only to be found traveling along this superb highway. 37 years!
In a few more years, the gravel mount will replace the mountain at the far end of the picture. 37 years!
This highway is also very suitable for super bikers to travel at hair raising speed as seen like the one with headlight on in the picture. 37 years!
After 37 years, Malaysia can still afford and be proud to have and maintain this exemplary highway. 37 years!
With this make of vehicle, there might be some relative comfort traveling on this highway. 37 years!
Centuries old question: "Why Do The Chicken Cross The Road?" Because this feeder road is half gravel, half tar sealed. 37 years!
The driver of this special vehicle is expertly negotiating his way to avoid the good part of the highway. 37 years!
Very soothing view to the eye, argh, this highway! These sights (and this one is not yet the worse/worst) are repeated all along the road after heavy downpours. For the last 37 years, these trademarks are synonymous with Lundu-Biawak Road. Malaysia Boleh! 37 years!
One of the thousands of lorries of oil palm taken away from estates found along the Highway of Gravels, Potholes and Mud. 37 years!