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We took a road trip recently to the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia to attend a friend’s wedding. Living in a big city with its hustle and bustle of busy life, such trip is really an eye opener. People in small towns certainly live in slower lane. They even drive slower..haha!
As we passed one small town to another, I noticed each village and its locals have their own business. As the East Coast people are mainly fishermen, most of the local products are fish based – keropok lekor, satar, otak-otak just to name a few common local delicacies we bought along the way.
It is amusing to see those locals are true to their spirit in term of running their family business. Children as young as 8-9 years old are being taught the basics of customer service and helping their parents at the stalls.
We also passed by many local handicraft like batik and songket. But I think we can’t really call those handicraft as 100% Made In Malaysia as the cloth and the yarn used are imported from overseas. I hope there will be time when the locals could be proud to say that their handicraft products are 100% domestically resourced the way like Ramblers Way Farm do.
Personally if you ask me, the label Made in America they put on their worsted wool apparel is genuine as they grow the Rambouillet wool on their own sheep farms in Maine and on ranches such as in Colorado, Montana and many more.
The worsted wool garments are then designed, created, and manufactured in their partners’ factories in the Carolinas and New England, by people whose families have been operating for generations.
Their way of business has changed the way the usual big conglomerate business is done. By sourcing, growing, and producing their fine woolen apparel using 100% domestic resources, they have brought manufacturing facilities into distressed small towns and are helping to revitalize the communities.
Even their corporate office is a fully refurbished building. It was originally built in 1792 and is located in downtown Kennebunk, Maine. The building has been restored to its original condition, while being modernized to meet today’s environmental standards.
I really hope that Malaysia’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism will look into such matter and see the positive aspects of historical preservation and supporting the business districts of downtown
areas rather than building more bigger malls in big city and demolishing national heritage in the process.