Madam Tiong is 86 years old and is still strong and healthy living a good farmer's life. Her wooden house is next to Thian Chin Primary School.
this is her wooden house which has been standing here for the last 70 years - all original and traditionally Foochow as in the pioneering days.
Being frugal she is like so many other Foochow pioneers - they recycle tins and boxes. This is a recycled biscuit tin used as a letter box..Cute dog is guardian of the area which is unfenced and free from high walls.
Madam Tiong is wearing a typical cotton blouse. She looks younger than her age. Even though she complains about her cholesterol she is terribly agile and athletic. She practically ran up the hill to meet us.
In our conversation we learn that her late husband is a Chee or Sii. She has sons and daughters all working in Sibu with some of her nieces and nephews working as far away as Miri and she is happy that she is still contributing economically to the family. She brings her live chickens and ducks to Sibu town to sell directly to her customers.
She has 23 durian trees which bear fruits of good quality.
Besides these durian trees and poultry she has other fruits on her land.
It is amazing that Madam Tiong has been living a simple life without much change since the day she got married and moved here. Real change may be happening just ten miles away from her farm but she is unaffected by computer
We need to consider her great contribution to the society. We should be thankful to her and her contributions. If farmers like her stop producing food can we sustain our lifestyles? Where can we get our kampong chickens? Can we really grow enough vegetables in backyard gardens or even on rooftop gardens to survive? Do we even know how to stat or maintain a garden?
Perhaps l Malaysia could be more meaningful if we could bridge the
Surely we could have a simple fund for farmers to retire on...surely 1% food tax would not be burdensome for anyone but would generate millions for farmer support.
Malaysians do not pay a 10% luxury tax? Surely someone who pays 1 million ringgit for a car can afford an extra 100,000 for the farmers. Someone who pays 6 mil for a luxury apartment can afford another 600 000 for the farmers. Someone who pays 2,000 for a new suit surely can afford to pay some tax so the farmer can have 200. that is if all public taxation is correctly channelled to help our farmers. We have heard of all the great Malaysian oil and even fertilizer subsidies and now we should re consider a lot of other subsidies or support funds.
I believe Madam Tiong deserves a public service medal for her long years (60 years at least) of poultry farming.
Thank you Madam Tiong!!