Travelling around the riverine villages of the Rajang River would actually enable one to come face to face with some almost forgotten images like these:
Many years ago diesel and petrol were sold to the local using these simple measuring tins even in towns like Sibu. Today while town petrol stations use automatic or self service pumps many small village shops continue to use these measuring tins. I wonder how many of my contemporaries can remember these tins - a gallon and half a gallon measuring tin. We Foochow call them "ngalang" or gallon tin.
This is a rattan bungki or basket farmers used. The first bungki must have come from Fujian Province when the first Foochow pioneers arrived in Sibu in 1901. One of the first things a Foochow farmer would make is the bungki for his family.
In my youth I had used the bungki to carry soils and cut grass both at home and in the school. Today looking at the plastic version of the bungki only makes me feel very sad - for the long gone past and for the endangered earth.