"Chilli crab is Malaysian. Hainanese chicken rice is Malaysian. We have to lay claim to our food,” she lamented.
Ng Yen Yen also said that Laksa, nasi lemak and bak kut teh are some of the food Malaysia will lay claim to.
I wonder how Malaysia intends to do that? Through legal means or follow the example of our Indonesian neighbours when those flers accused us of stealing their songs and dances by taking to the streets.
“In the three months, we will identify certain key dishes (to declare as Malaysian). We have identified laksa ... all types of laksa, nasi lemak and bak kut teh,” declared the minister of Tourism.
When asked how the ministry would go about labelling the dishes Malaysian after identifying them, Dr Ng said she would reveal her strategy at a later stage.
“That is Part Two. We cannot reveal it yet, but we will let you know soon,” she said.
"We will let you know soon"....now, of course when a politician says something like that we all know not to expect too much la.
Chili Crabs, Hainanese Chicken Rice (even the rice-ball variety that we all thought was unique to this kopitiam in Malacca is 'discovered' to be a Singaporean original), nasi lemak, laksa. As usual our super efficient neighbours have been hard at work identifying what is worth taking, taken and stamped everything before we even realise Eh! What happened ah?
And it has already past the stage where if we were now to make claims over these food dishes we'd just be another butt of jokes on the global hawker centre.
While we were busy being Truly Asia our smarter neighbours have been busy identifying what is worth plundering and taken the loot. We should have learned our lessons a long time ago. After all, they plunder our schools and universities every year for talent. But then we are Malaysians and so learn rather sloooooooowly.
I am not sure she is aware that the Malaysian International Gourmet Festival is founded and organised by an Australian. So she'd better watch it closely or in time to come Nasi Kandar might be actually Aussie.