In picture 3 and 4, you see the man in yellow T-shirt walking back towards the wheel house. And in both picture 3 and 4, you will notice that there is no one navigating the ferry inside the wheel house. The man in yellow T-shirt is the SAME person who is driving the ferry. That means the ferry is left without a captain for a few minutes (or a few seconds?) when he is collecting the fare from the passengers. Do you think it is not dangerous? How can he compromise the safety of the passengers with his stupid actions? He is trying to save some money by doing all these work himself, but can he guarantee that no accident will happen while the ferry is not manned? He is probably making not less than 30 trips on an average day criss-crossing this stretch of busy Igan River. Although the distance is short, may be just less than half a km, he is too irresponsibe to expose the passengers to such unnecessary risks and dangers.
This b&w photo was taken in the late 80s of a similiar ferry plying the same route. We see here a lady collecting the fare from the motorcyclists while someone else was driving the boat. During those days when there was no bridge linking to Sibu Town, residents living in villages across the Igan River could only come to the town by ferry.