A pleasant and cheap way of creating a divider with the use of bamboo
Is this another attempt at recreating the bamboo curtain?
WITH the beginning of the school term, one would expect teachers and administrators to be busy with all sorts of problems on their hands. Least of course, at this time of the year disciplinary issues. It would be too early to expect truancy and breakages of school rules and regulations. Therefore the title of the subject matter does not actually favor for the rattan or cane to be brought out.
Rather I am thinking of the current issue of shortage of rattan or cane from our tropical forest. The rape of the forest resources by all manner of destruction has naturally depleted our forest of all its natural resources. Rattan which has provided the 'orang asli' with sizable income since it is particularly desired for the popular rattan furniture, has now been reported to be off supply.To supplement their daily needs, the 'orang asli' who are adapt at acquiring the forest resources are now turning to bamboo. This is in demand by the market gardeners of the highlands especially Cameron Highlands as containers for their products. Bamboo baskets supplied to the vegetable farmers are used as containers for the product to be moved by lorries to the cities and even as far as Singapore. The daily supply of baskets of vegetables therefore require as many bamboo baskets as possible. Bamboo now and in the past has been much required. Now it has become more intense. Of course you can think of many other usages of the bamboo. The two photographs will help to make us realise its potentials.
Still over supply and demand will make it receive the same fate as the rattan. When will we ever learn?