August 12, 2017

Gambier Planting Revival in Johor 3

From text books, Chinese primary school students are learning that Johor was the world’s largest producer of gambier (gambir) from the 1830s to 1850s. The important link between the Chinese and Malay communities in the pioneering era and how pepper and gambier earned its place of honour in Johor for its role in boosting the state’s economy are in their school syllabus. But what is gambier? While students may have a