Najib’s Kangkung Symbolism and Durian Reality


Back in July this year, a colleague of mine, Ali, exclaimed in shock when he found out that durians today cost more than RM100 a kilogram, “Dulu durian selonggok baru 10 ringgit hingga 15 ringgit. Apa sudah jadi?” (Durians used to cost only RM10-RM15 for a pile. What has happened?)

Little did he realise that two months after asking this innocuous question, no one less than the prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak himself, would provide him with an answer.

During the 2017 National Farmers and Fishermen’s Day gathering, the prime minister proudly declared that he was the one responsible for the durian price hike. 

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