Reverend James Hoover is another prominent figure in Sibu town and he is immortalized at Hoover Memorial Garden.
The Memorial Garden is situated at Sungai Merah, opposite the Shell oil depot.
When entering the garden, one will not miss this prominent structure at the centre of the garden.
On closer inspection, the structure bear some resemblance with the Fountain of Wealth in Singapore.
At one corner, there is a section called "Widow's Oil". There is no explanantion whatsoever here regarding the purpose of this section
There is a row of 9 lamp posts here. Interestingly, each of the lamp post represent a morale value
I believe this is the morale values Rev James Hoover try to instill to the public during his day; Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Goodness, Kindness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.
There is a long stretch of marble structure here which caught my attention. There are stars flanking the middle section.
The history and achievement of Rev James Hoover is well illustrated here with photos. I believe the school (primary and secondary) which I went to when I was a kid and teenager were founded by this man.
I would regard Rev James Hoover as the hero for the Chinese immigrant and people of Sibu generally as he is the one that light their darkest hour back then.
The stars represent 1,118 pioneer Chinese immigrant I assume who make their way to Sibu.
The garden is a nice place to relax and understand the history and contribution of Rev James Hoover. The only thing lacking is a nice view to compliment with the garden.