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Policy Chat over Curry Noodles

Good morrning. No Parliament today, so I am in my office to catch up with the rest of the officers and interns. I will give a lecture and take them to lunch. Since this budget session started I have not been to the office, except once two weeks ago. I will be getting an update on our Bulan Kebajikan and also research by interns.

I also dropped by to consume my favourite neighbourhood curry noodle at Teik Kee. I had a long chat with a few of my constituents over breakfast. The topics of gripe are GST, 1MDB, and durians that nobody can afford to eat any more. In this posting I am gonna talk about durians.

Musang King prices have dropped recently to around RM50/kilo but consumer sentiment has turned off completely when it hit RM125/kilo. The overall negative consumer sentiment has yet to recover since. In addition to being too expensive there is also an overwhelming feeling that we are getting second grade durians and that the best are exported to Singapore, HK and China. This kind of consumer resentment coupled by yoyo pricing is causing unhappiness to both producers and consumers.

What can we do as a policy to ensure fair durian prices and to stop the yoyo pricing? If we leave it to “free market” no Malaysians will be able to afford to eat durians. To make any policy work, we need to first gather accurate big data. In fact a lot of data; from total production volume, locality of old and new farms, seasonal pricing, to domestic and international consumption patterns. We also need to understand and keep up with changes in the industry. For instance, the widespread use of instant freezing technology can impact the supply of durians, hence its pricing too.

What we then need to do is to match supply and local demand, and by adjusting export tarriff of durians, the government can discourage or encourage the exports of durian. This will ensure that Malaysians can at least afford to taste our national fruit. By deploying this simple mechanism and testing it over a period of one to two years, we can then create a predictive model for optimal results that benefit both producers and consumers.

Greetings from Gopeng and Ipoh

Greetings from Gopeng. Had great local specialty noodles “Lai Fun” in Gopeng food market and then proceeded to Gua Tempurung.

The cleanest public toilet in Malaysia has to be the one at Gua Tempurung! The cave is awesome and my son thinks this is the best day ever! We are off to Kellie’s Castle next. I will drop by to see YB¬†Chang Lih Kang, as his office is nearby.

Good morning from Ipoh. Yesterday we visited Gua Tempurung, Kellie’s Castle and had lunch with YB Chang Lih Kang in Lawan Kuda. Then we checked into Kong Heng, a very hipster hotel in the heart of Ipoh Old Town’s revival. There is something to be said about the revival of Ipoh Old Town, it is looking a bit like Georgetown. However, Georgetown is older and has narrower charming streets. Ipoh is more organised in grid plan manner, wide roads, more chill (less commercial touristy) and has equally great food. Ipoh feels real with locals outnumbering tourists 50 to 1.

Last night, my family had a nice Chinese seafood dinner and Monday Night Chat fan/supporter settled the dinner bill (thanks Eugene and family!). After dinner, YB Lih Kang, Sandrea Ng and YB Dr Ko Chung Sen took me to sample Ipoh’s “snow beer”. Dr. Ko (DAP-Kampar) used to sit next to me in Parliament and we have become really good friends over the years.

This morning we continued checking out Ipoh, starting with the heart of Ipoh white coffee at Nam Heong restaurant. Great breakfast of curry noodle (Ipoh style) and the famous kuey teow soup.

We will push back to KL after lunch but will definitely return to Ipoh for another short trip.