DARO,SARAWAK, MALAYSIA: Sunday.
His is a success story. So do many others like him. They were poor before. So poor that here is barely enough food to go around, let alone sending the kids to school.
For Jambang anak Enjah of Balai Ringin in the state of Sarawak life has been hard. He used to be working for a chinese towkay and doing odd jobs around town. Money was really scarce then.
When an investor started an oil palm in his area, Jambang took the deeds for his 15 hectares. With this deeds he started negotiating with the company. He was sincere and frank at the same time. This positive quality oozes out of him.
When the company and Jambang reached an agreement, Jambang started to become a partner in the venture. To complement his income he applied to the Department of Agriculture to become a herder. Thus, he was both an employer and employee at the same time.
After two and half-years the venture started to bring in fruits and other businesses. He was rewarded from the profit of the estates. Meanwhile, his herd of cows continue to increase in number.
This is only one of the many success story of his fellow poor natives. Incidentally, many more success stories are never told except among fellow friends.
The Sarawak state Government planned to plant more oil palms. It is expected that in a few years time the number of acreage will rise to about two million hectares.