Sunday, January 4, 2009

BRING OUT THE CANE


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?

4 comments:

NGINAP SRENGENGE said...

Pak Non,

Seperdu buluh di belakang villa Pak Non tu memberi banyak makna.Dulu I made meriam kabait with those 'buluh duri'.Dia punya rebong provides a good dish.Dia punya reranting serve as a good broom.Dedaun keringnya menjadi bahan to light a fire.Besides we get lemang,lantai rumah,tikar,mengkawang atap,serkap burung dan ayam,bakul and just mention it,the services of bamboo are there.Those days I even used it for fetching water (pail).

Bila diraut pula boleh buat batang kail taut.Boleh mengail keli dan haruan yang galak di bendang Lahuma dan Jeha.

Infact bamboo can provide us everything.Even ang-klong is made from bamboo.

Geselan batang2nya gives a good music.Dikerat2 berbagai saiznya boleh men Do- Re- Me.

Puteri2 Raja2 dulu gemar sangat di panggil puteri buluh betong.

Thank you to remind me about this buluh.....a nostalgic piece of ??

KotaStar said...

Wah excellence feedback. Say coba mencetuskan idea tentang buluh yang membawa seribu guna. malah di seberang kita - Thailand orang disana guna sepenuhnya. Selain apa yang digambarkan oleh saudara, payong berbagai saiz, warna dan bentuk di rekabentuk dan dijual dengan harga yg tinggi. Malah 'chopsticks' pun salah satu sumbar pendapatan.Satu kampong satu perusahaan - mengapa kita tak usaha bahan ini. Malah di Sik, Kuala Nerang, Baling, Kubang Pasu terdapat berbagai jenis buluh. Pokok buluh dibelakang rumah bantu menahan tanah dari dihakis oleh banjir selain menghasilkan rebung. Ka Wan pun masak sayur rebung minggu ini. Seeedappp ...

NGINAP SRENGENGE said...

Pak Non,

Cakap pasai rebong , phew I can eat it raw.Buat ulam mentah2.Yang paling manis ialah rebong buluh lemang.

Di Sik sekarang buluh dah cukup banyak kurangnya.Dah jadi bahan berharga,kerana permintaan lemang meningkat.Hari2 ada orang jualnya,tak kira musim raya @ tidak.

Dulu juga , buluh adalah kenderaan.Buat rakit.Sebelum ada titi Jeniang,orang Sik menyeberang sungai Jeniang naik feri dari buluh.

Cakap pasai buluh saya ingat orang Jepun lagi kreatif dan produktif.

Sembilu buluh juga lebih tajam dari razor blade.Orang dulu guna utk bercukur.

Datuk nenek kami yang meninggal zaman dulu diusung dengan keranda dari buluh.Di ukir dan di hias cukup cantik.

Maknanya buluh berguna dari lahir hingga ke mati.

Saya syorkan Pak Non tuleh satu booklet pasai buluh dari satu perspektif yang berbeza sikit.Insyaallah.

KotaStar said...

Saudara Pak Cha,
Terima kasih banyak atas maklumat yang bernilai kerana kalau tidak direnungkan kita dah lupa segalanya tentang peranan 'buluh' dalam masyarakat kita dan antarabangsa. Orang dirantau ini hingga ke Jepun,bah dimana saja pokok buluh tumbuh tentu sekali menghargainya. Tapi kini terlalu moden orang dah lupa segala perkhidmatannya kepada kita.Terima kasih atas cadangan itu. Why not! Salam sejahtera.