Thursday, August 16, 2012
TRIBUTE TO RICE: WILL THE NATION RISE?
“Rice is so ingrained in the psychology of our people that we cannot suggest eliminating it. It is precisely because it is so important to us that we have a constructive starting point to develop interest and involvement in producing more and better rice, more cheaply and efficiently.”
Tun Abdul Razak Hussin, 18th April 1968
Padi field at the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu (L).
Malaysia produces less than 70% of its rice needs. With increase in population, land conversion and degradation, much talk about self-sufficiency for years, lack of political will - our own supply of staple food is set to decline. Will the nation ever rise? Let those generations after us take the hindmost, yeah!