Saturday January 5, 2013
PM: Malaysians blessed to have best food in the world
PETALING JAYA: A country’s food says a lot about its culture and Malaysian cuisine stands out because it has benefited from the bringing together of different styles and tastes, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Writing in his blog, the Prime Minister said it was the “togetherness in diversity” that had become the very principle which went into making Malaysia a country that Malaysians could be proud of today.
In the posting on Thursday night, he fondly remembered his visit to the Village Park restaurant in Uptown Damansara for breakfast.
“I had heard about the place and the fantastic nasi lemak that they offered through word of mouth and was not disappointed by the quality,” he wrote.
“We are truly blessed as a country with various races intertwining to form the rich ethnic tapestry that is 1Malaysia,” he continued.
One of the many blessings that this gave Malaysia, added Najib, was that Malaysians enjoy some of the best food in the world.
“From the Penang Fried Kuay Teow down to the Johor Laksa, each culture brings to the table many signature dishes that delight our taste buds.
“When I was attending college in the UK, there were times when I was pining for the food of my homeland, a taste that cannot easily be found elsewhere,” he said.
The quality of the food was no secret with Malaysia being renowned worldwide for its unique flavours and continued to be featured on international platforms such as CNN, said Najib.
“People sing praises about our food when they visit the country and with social media complementing established news portals in spreading the word, it serves as a good boost for our tourism industry,” he said.
Najib said when it came to big bucks, Malaysia had also emerged as one of the world’s premier halal hubs, thanks to the efforts by Halal Industry Development Corporation in ensuring outstanding quality.
“In the first half of last year alone, RM16bil worth of halal products and services were exported while the country managed to attract over RM1bil in foreign direct investment.