I wonder, has food anything to do with politics where Malaysia current sorry state-of-affair is concerned?, just wonder aloud! The honourable Tourism Minister, YB Dr Ng Yen Yen, who launched the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival recently complained some countries 'hijacked' some of so-called Malaysia local food as their own, which include Bak Kut Teh, Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak and Chilli Crab...what craps!
As a learned and seasoned politician, she should not have not known Singapore and Malaysia were intertwined historically & culturally (or she chose not to know for obvious reasons) and at the same time, inherited some old political baggage (sigh!) after Singapore gained her independence on 9 August 1965.
If she had intended to shore up much needed public support after a big lashing by Indonesia for the boo-boo in featuring Bali penyet dance as Malaysia's own, her undiplomatic comment certainly did not gain her friends in Singapore too. Using food at the expense of friends to gain political mileage for herself, for her badly bruised political party 'mired in civil squabble' only worsen situation.
So what if these food originated from Malaysia, YB? Will tourists be lured to Malaysia because Malaysia has now claimed a world's first on Bak Kut Teh, Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak and Chilli Crab and for that, all Malaysians will give you a thumbs-up for a good job done as the Tourism Minister? The job of a Tourism Minister does not end with food only but you certainly need to watch your own waistline though. Wishful thinking, YB.