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20170301-002 (28th June)

This particular enamel sign was likely hung in the premises of a ‘Rubber Dealer’, anyone remember any rubber dealers that were in town?

  1. S.Y. says:

    Yes. There was a shop in Jalan Bendahara where they used to purchase rubber in the form of sheet rubber and lumps of rubber. I remember that the rubber products were unloaded from lorries. I do not know to whom they were sold to though.

  2. NCK says:

    When I was a kid, I came across a rubber dealing shop downtown, in one of the shophouses. The rubber sheets stacked in the shop were brown from the smoking process, and smelly. Each sheet was formed with criss-crossing ridges which served to prevent the sheets from sticking together. I believe all Malaysians have read about rubber processing from their primary school geography.

  3. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Christopher:

    This particular enamel sign was likely hung in the premises of a ‘Rubber Dealer’, anyone remember any rubber dealers that were in town?

    Leaving aside the question for now, what follows is some background information.

    When the price of rubber was high, a fair amount of it was pilfered, smuggled, etc., much of it right at the plantation. In 1909, planters — not so much the small-holders as the ones operating at industrial scale — started agitating for a law that could help curtail their losses. They wrote a “licensing” bill and demanded that the FMS Federal Council enact it; which it did. Now anyone who wanted to buy and sell rubber had to pay a fee in order to be registered with the government; and place a deposit in escrow; and pay fines or lose their license if they were caught engaging in “illicit” trading.

    Did the scheme work? I’m not sure. From time to time it was revisited in the legislature, usually in order to raise the fees and penalties …

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