By Siti Fauziah Hasan
This is the first of a two-part article on the National Heritage Department’s effort to preserve the local traditional foods.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Malaysians are a fortunate lot as the country is home to hundreds of delicious traditional foods.
Ondeh-ondeh, sata, putu piring, lemang, pajeri, gulai tempoyak, otak-otak, pekasam and nasi kerabu are only a few of the delicious traditional foods that Malaysians get enjoy, each originating from the different states and cultures that make up Malaysia.
Some of these foods are still served during festive seasons and special ceremonies. Some are even produced commercially.
A lot of it, however, are slowly disappearing from the local menu due to changing times and evolving palates. It is no surprise that many from the younger generation have not even heard of these foods that were once a favourite of their great grandparents’.
The National Heritage Department (JWN) has, to date, declared 213 foods to be traditional foods under Act 645 of the National Heritage Act 2005 to ensure that these foods remain a part of Malaysian culture and continue to be enjoyed by the current and future generations.
SUFFICIENT WATER SUPPLY DURING DROUGHT IN SELANGOR - MB
NURUL IZZAH SHOULD NOT GIVE NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON DR MAHATHIR
By Associate Prof Dr Rasyikah Md Khalid
(The writer, Associate Prof Dr Rasyikah Md Khalid, is the deputy dean (Research and Innovation) at the Faculty of Law, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.)
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- At end-February 2019, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin revealed that there were 25 'dead' rivers in Malaysia.
Sixteen of the rivers were in Johor, five in Selangor, three in Penang and one in Melaka. These rivers were categorised under Class 4 and 5, reserved for rivers that are highly polluted and in which aquatic life cannot survive.
According to the National Water Quality Standards, Malaysia's main rivers are divided into three categories, namely clean, slightly polluted and polluted.
The following is the full speech given by the Head of the Council of the Eminent Persons, Tun Daim Zainuddin, at UTM Skudai in Johor on March 19.
To understand our current political climate, it is important to look back at our history. Kusut di hujung, balik ke pangkal.
The history of the Malays starts from long before the formation of Tanah Melayu. We are descendants of great empires, from Langkasuka, to Srivijaya, to Majapahit, to Melaka. Melaka, of course, is our most popular tale, that of a world-famous port whose global success led to its eventual colonisation.
And when Melaka fell to the Portuguese, those descendants of Sultan Melaka who survived founded a new empire here in Johor. They took control of the southern Malay Peninsula, spreading across Riau, Anambas, Natuna, Tambelan, Borneo, and Sumatra. Their success was attributed to the wisdom of their rulers, and their openness to international trade.