Treasure Island

john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

Visit Malaysia Year Haiku - Cameron Highlands - The Green Suicide (State of Pahang)


tea pickers' dark
green houses
suicides that haunt

behind the serene tea estates
and green abodes
a drowning despair

A tourist guide told me incidence of suicide among tea pickers at the Cameron Highlands is unusually high. He said these pickers live in
dark green lodges which he said may be one of the causes of their depression and suicides. I think the real reason is that after working day in and day out in the green fields and havnig to live in lodges which are also green would drive anybody crazy.

Submitted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Edited: Sunday, February 08, 2009

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