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Making Money Off Rubber Tree Leaves

By Muhammad Ekmal Hakim Abdullah

PADANG BESAR(Bernama) -- Syuhaida Samsudin used to think nothing of the rubber tree leaves falling around her home. To her, they were just dried leaves that needed to be swept into a heap and burned.

However, a shopping trip to Thailand opened her eyes to the money-making potential of rubber-leaf handicraft.

“After that, it seemed like every leaf that fell from the rubber tree was money. I kept thinking about the many rubber tree leaf handicraft I saw in Thailand and became determined to turn them into a source of income,” she told Bernama when met at her workshop at Titi Tinggi, about 7km from here.

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