The imam guide in the garden


Raja Mohamad Izan Raja Yusoff takes his job at the Tropical Spice Garden seriously. “Our responsibility is to tell the truth about our plants.” There has been a lot of misconception, he said, about plants and their supposed medicinal value. “For example, some people say the misai kucing (Orthosiphon stamineus) can cure diabetes. But it cannot, it can only help prevent it. Because we are Muslim, we must be sincere in our business.”

The peak Arabic season, he noted, is coming up, from June to August.

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