Made in Sarawak bamboo bicycles for export to international market

Hashim (second left) taking a group photo with others at Wisma Sumber Alam here yesterday (Aug 1, 2022). Photo credit: TVS

KUCHING, Aug 2: Sarawak will produce its first bamboo bicycle, which is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

According to TVS, Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) general manager Datu Hashim Bojet stated that the production of the unique bicycle was produced through technology learned from a company based in China and has the potential to be commercialised in both domestic and foreign markets.

“We see a huge potential in the production of bamboo bicycles and at the moment we are in the final phase of manufacturing and I expect to see the first bamboo bicycle produced by Sarawakians by the end of August,” he said when met by TVS at Wisma Sumber Alam here yesterday.

He added that his party is committed to commercialising the bicycle’s marketing to foreign markets, despite its high price, which can generate a decent income for industry players and assist the state government increase its revenue.

Although bamboo bicycles are not new in Malaysia, STIDC said the product had high potential since no state in Malaysia is serious about marketing it on a large scale.

“We can see that there are bamboo bicycles in Peninsular Malaysia, but they are not widely commercialised.

“As a result, we intend to expand production of this bamboo bicycle, as is done in Indonesia, in order to commercialise it to foreign markets, because the price of a bamboo bicycle can reach RM30,000,” Hashim explained. — DayakDaily