For­mer se­cu­rity guard turns waste wood into fur­ni­ture for liv­ing

The Borneo Post - - SOCIETY - — Ber­nama

PADANG TERAP: A for­mer se­cu­rity guard, who takes up part-time job to cut down trees to sup­ple­ment his in­come, has now got an ad­di­tional source of in­come to sup­port his fam­ily — mak­ing fur­ni­ture from waste wood.

Mo­ham­mad Shuib Kas­sim, 28, used to just dump or burn the waste wood, un­til an idea came to him to turn the waste wood into some­thing that could pro­vide him with ad­di­tional in­come.

“Now, in­stead of dis­pos­ing of the waste wood, I use it to make fur­ni­ture. Words then spread and now, it has been six years since I started mak­ing fur­ni­ture us­ing waste wood,” he told Ber­nama at his home in Kam­pung Baru, Padang Sanai near here, yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the young crafts­man, among the or­ders that he re­ceived were to make a bed­room set and a sofa set, din­ing ta­ble, wardrobe and shoe rack, — all selling for be­tween RM400 and RM3,000 a piece.

Nowa­days, Mo­ham­mad Shuib said he used wood from Buku Lima, Sen­tang, Mer­awan and Mer­bau trees to make fur­ni­ture as or­dered by his cus­tomers.

He said he had no prob­lem selling his hand-made fur­ni­ture as they had unique de­signs and craft­work.

“The fur­ni­ture I make have neat fin­ish­ing, shiny, beau­ti­ful and are durable,” he said, adding that he re­ceived sup­port from the Kedah Re­gional Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (Keda), Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment, Malaysian Tim­ber In­dus­try Board (MTIB) and Kedah branch Kraftan­gan Malaysia.

“I’m hop­ing to ex­pand my busi­ness to the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket; I need a few more equip­ment for the work­shop and in the process of ap­ply­ing for gov­ern­ment grants,” said the fa­ther of the four chil­dren, aged be­tween two weeks and seven years.

Mean­while, Padang Terap District Agri­cul­ture of­fi­cer Mo­hamad Yuzaidi Azmi said the depart­ment would as­sist Mo­ham­mad Shuib, in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing him with a new work­shop un­der the depart­ment’s Agro Hand­i­craft and Agro-based Prod­uct Devel­op­ment pro­gramme, as well as to help him im­prove the qual­ity of his fur­ni­ture prod­ucts.

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Mo­ham­mad Shuib checks the waste wood slated for mak­ing the fur­ni­ture items.

Mo­ham­mad Shuib uses wood from Buku Lima, Sen­tang, Mer­awan and Mer­bau trees to make fur­ni­ture as or­dered by his cus­tomers.

Mo­ham­mad Shuib says it has been six years since he first used waste wood to make fur­ni­ture.

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