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When asam pedas is the IP for Melaka?

asam pedas is claimed by Melaka

The Melaka chief minister is not just an anti-Chinese bigot, he is also trying to steal a popular dish in Johor especially from Muar.

What the reliable historical source says asam pedas is originated from the Melaka? Asam pedas sour and spicy fish is a common dish found over in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Muar has a special hawker center dedicated to asam pedas at Parit Jawa. Where you can find such center in Melaka?

The state government is keen to patent its popular Asam Pedas dish as an exclusive cuisine originating from the state.

Chief Minister Datuk Idris Haron said effort was ongoing to turn the dish as Malacca’s own recipe.

“I have asked my exco member to prepare all the working paper pertaining to patenting the dish with Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO),” he told reporters after the launching of National Intellectual Property Day by Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hassan Malek at MITC here, recently.

Idris said there was evidence to indicate that the dish originated from Malacca and to claim right to the recipe.

“If it is not patterned, other parties can claim that the dish as theirs and this has happened before.

“Everyone acknowledges that the Asam Pedas is synonymous with Malacca and there was no doubt about it,” he said.

Idris said apart from the dish, Malacca also hoped to pattern several other products that were part the state’s status as a historic city.

Idris said all stakeholders should play a role in identifying local originated products so that it could be patterned in the future.

“Myriads of Malacca products could be patterned if we synchronise and professionally stake our claims,” he said adding that Malacca’s rapid fiscal growth has complimented to the increase of 32% in MyIPO registration.

Meanwhile, Hassan urged Higher Learning Institutions (IPT) to offer courses in intellectual property as an elective option.

He said awareness in Intellectual Properties could be created through more educational effort placed by such institutions.

“Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) was the pioneer IPT to offer such course beginning this September session,” he said.

Hasan said the awareness on intellectual property has not reached a desirable mark although the application for registration recorded 40,985, last year compared to 37,263 in 2011.

However, he revealed that the applications to register under MyIPO were dominated by foreigners especially from the US, Japan and Europe.

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