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March 28, 1994 | LINUS CHUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven years ago, Malaysia's rubber industry faced declining prices and increasing competition from other Southeast Asian nations to be the world's leading supplier of raw latex. While Malaysia remains a major exporter of the commodity, it has in the intervening years developed a substantial manufacturing segment that has become a leading exporter of finished rubber products--chiefly gloves and condoms--and thus added value to a flagging natural-resource industry.
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March 28, 1994 | LINUS CHUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven years ago, Malaysia's rubber industry faced declining prices and increasing competition from other Southeast Asian nations to be the world's leading supplier of raw latex. While Malaysia remains a major exporter of the commodity, it has in the intervening years developed a substantial manufacturing segment that has become a leading exporter of finished rubber products--chiefly gloves and condoms--and thus added value to a flagging natural-resource industry.
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July 22, 1985 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
The plantation manager jerked the Land Rover to a stop, got out and waved his hand at the red earth scraped clean of all but a few stumps. "No more rubber will be planted here," he said. "No profit. We'll be putting in oil palms." Rubber and tin have been the great economic sustainers of the Malay Peninsula over the past century. They will continue to be important but no longer the unquestioned bedrock of the Malaysian economy. The country is diversifying.
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