What do you do after cooking “the biggest bowl of Sarawak laksa”, which is unfit for human consumption? Plaza Merdeka, a mall in Kuching, cooked up a storm by preparing the dish in a bowl that was 1.3 metres deep and 3.1 metres wide on Friday.
That amounted to 1,500 bowls of Sarawak laksa down the drain as the mall couldn’t give them to the public as planned. What a waste — 100kg of Sarawak laksa paste, 225kg of rice noodles, 90kg of prawns, 1,008 eggs, 90kg of bean sprouts, and 80kg of chicken could have fed 1,500 people or more.
Never mind the 18 hours that 15 cooks spent to prepare the dish to gain entry into the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR), which it did.
The record was certified by MBR deputy general manager Mohamad Alex Edward and witnessed by Minister of Local Government Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian as well as Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, who is better known as Chef Wan.
“Sarawak Laksa is popular among the locals, yet it has not yet been known internationally,” said Sim. “Therefore, I wish to encourage local entrepreneurs to be more innovative in diversifying their Laksa Sarawak paste-based food products. For instance, they can use it to make a variety of dishes, including Pizza Laksa Sarawak and Risotto Laksa Sarawak.”
Fair enough, but we just can’t agree with him calling the wasteful record bid a good way to introduce local dishes at a higher level.
In March, 200 volunteers from Universiti Sains Malaysia lined up 4,000 umbrellas in a heart-shaped formation that measured 75m by 60m. The umbrellas were sponsored by an insurance company. Were the umbrellas given to the volunteers or send to some charitable bodies?
The next month, students of Malaysian Aviation Training Academy launched 310 water rockets and made it into the MBR.
“We were told that 300 (rockets) were sufficient but we chose 310 just to be on the safe side. We hope to hold the record for at least two years before embarking on another effort,” Mohamad Alex said, adding the project costs RM18,000.
The aviation students broke the old record of 209 rockets held by SMKA Tun Ahmadshah in Kota Kinabalu on March 15, 2014. Their record will stand until someone cough out enough money to launch 315 water rockets or 320, just to be safe.
There were the largest coffee drinking event, biggest logo formation using Exora cars, biggest painting assembled by children, longest tricycle, biggest coat that could only fit a giant, longest food wrap, the largest gathering of old people at a circus… The list of trivial records is endless.
The obsession with pointless record-breaking feats is mind-boggling. It won’t take long before we hear of another novel feat by someone or a group of people in the country.
Instead of such trivial pursuits, why not channel the energy in some productive that would bring good to society. We can start by looking into the needs of the poorest community in the country — the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia.
Surely, the thousands of ringgit poured into frivolous efforts could be better spent to improve their living conditions and the schools in remote areas of the country. Set up a free bus service to ferry the children to schools, improve their water supply system or just repair their dilapidated homes.
The way we spend our time says a lot about ourselves. Where do our priorities lie?
Source : The Heat Malaysia Online