Food and Politics

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As I spend more time in politics, I find that food features prominently.

When I was first elected in 2013, between August and September that year (during the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival month) I attended over 50 community dinners in a month. Of course my colleagues had warned me about the KBSM obligation when I decided to go into politics. The acronym stands for Kenduri, Bersalin, Sakit, Mati (Feast, Childbirth, Sickness, Death – referring to politicians attending important events held at different stages of life).

But food and politics are more inextricably intertwined than just politicians attending dinners.


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