Nasi Lemak burger stirs up strong emotions from both Singaporeans and Malaysians
First it was the editor of a news website, now it’s a member of a political party.
What’s with Malaysians being unhappy about the nasi lemak burger anyway?
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth Chief Syed Saddiq recently took to Twitter to air his frustrations about McDonald’s now sold-out nasi lemak burger.
Commanding a following of over 177,000, the three-time winner of the Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championship’s Asia Best Speaker award not only claimed the nasi lemak as Malaysia’s rightful ownership but accused Singapore of “taking away” their land and water as well.
Normally, lighthearted banter about food is usually shrugged off as tongue-in-cheek.
Tosh To The Rescue
Which is why Tosh Zhang showed up to teach Mr. Saddiq a thing or two about history.
Not one to be pushed over, he addressed the various accusations made, which include:
- Malaysia’s expulsion of Singapore leading to the latter’s independence in 1965
- Both countries’ agreement for Singapore to purchase treated water from Johor until 2061
Additionally, he touched on how while nasi lemak itself is considered Malaysia’s national dish, it had been popular in neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia prior as well and therefore wasn’t solely owned by the former.
He lastly mentioned how because the dish is able to be served in a variety of ways, countries have been “customizing” it with their culture for years before McDonald’s ever did.
Also chill la bro, burger only.
Saddiq has since went on to do damage control following a largely negative response to his previous tweet.
However, his efforts could be in vain and the damage has already been done.
The best part? These were comments made by Malaysians.
About Syed Saddiq
A graduate of the Royal Military College, Saddiq is currently involved in PPBM as their youth chief.
Also a debate trainer, he is better known for being extremely outspoken against any wrongdoings, even if it involves his own party.
He once also received death threats for being involved in the Save Malaysia movement and was criticised by former PPBM founding member Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan for disrespect and lacking humility.
His Reputation, Not Ours
As a respected individual heralded by his countrymen as having great potential, it is a wonder why he relegated to using false information to suit his agenda.
Shouldn’t a politician-to-be at least be knowledgeable in his country’s history and not openly share his thoughts in a public setting before considering the consequences?
Either way, here’s probably the best response to the whole nasi lemak beef.