PETALING JAYA (THE STAR / ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Malaysian chefs fry Singapore's attempt to nominate his Hawker culture for the UNESCO list of representatives of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
Although each country has its own unique street food identity, Singapore's relocation suggested a lack of confidence and 'arrogant behavior & # 39; of the city state, said the famous chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, better known as Chef Wan.
"People who do not trust their food will do everything to do these things for recognition," he said.
"It is not necessary to announce to the world that you have this or that, by following this path it is a bit arrogant behavior."
Chef Wan said that food was universal and would generate friendship and joy.
"Everyone must enjoy food and not us to argue about who owns something, we are already fighting over everything else, such as territorial claims, oil and water.
"Now it is up to the level at which they want to bring their Hawker culture to Unesco.
"I do not think it's wise for them to do this, because it causes a lot of disaster among the people in terms of branding," he said.
Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, said on Sunday (August 19) that Singapore would nominate its rich vendor culture on the Unesco list, which started in 2008 and currently has about 400 elements.
Celebrity chef Datuk Ismail Ahmad said that the Singaporean Hawker culture is usually located within buildings, while in Malaysia it is widespread and can be found in both urban and rural areas.
"That is the uniqueness of ours compared to theirs, it is monotonous, their hawker centers are beautiful but tasteless.
"Our products are very original and diverse. If you go to a Hawker Center in Malaysia, the food is a good place to die because of our sensitivity to the use of fresh ingredients and efforts to preserve the originality of our dishes," he said. .
Malaysians and Singaporeans continued to burn social media on this topic.
In Malaysia, Facebook user Nathaniel Soo questioned Singapore's affection to reserve tables with paper bags in the shopping centers.
"The only thing Singaporean has to claim is the tables they have booked (booked) with a tissue paper (sic)," he wrote.
Another commentator, Abdullah Sfani, said that there would be no end to claiming food.
"Claiming the origin of food goes on and on, stop it and let your stomach fill with whatever you want and just be happy."
Another Facebook user, Damien Loh, pointed out that both countries had a similar food culture.
"It is not wrong for them to claim the two dishes, because theirs and Malaysians can also make the same claim: our ancestors came from the same boats to these shores," he added.
In Singapore, Facebook user Audi Khalid said: "Malaysia does not have much to be proud of over the past twenty years, so they would jump on every small scrap to claim theirs for a semblance of performance or identity."
"Malaysians always have an opinion about Singapore, they can also do the same as they want," wrote Penelope Chin.
Facebook user Sangha Vandana wrote that if Malaysia was so good with its food, "why has not your country been nominated by UNESCO for submission while Singapore is?"