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Popiah name is meant for thin skin in Hokkien dialect

Popiah is a traditional food in China for a few thousand years. The name speaks for itself.

How can these smart people have no shame to claim that popiah is their national intangible asset?

Indonesian maids and workers are truly Indonesian national heritage and they should keep them at home for self-esteem.

Protest being held outside of Malaysia embassy in Indonesia. (Inset) One of Malaysia favourite cuisine, popiah. - Photo courtesy of @dzahrain Twitter account

Protest being held outside of Malaysia embassy in Indonesia. (Inset) One of Malaysia favourite cuisine, popiah. – Photo courtesy of @dzahrain Twitter account

Popiah is Indonesia’s heritage, claims group

by dina murad

Protest being held outside of Malaysia embassy in Indonesia. (Inset) One of Malaysia favourite cuisine, popiah. – Photo courtesy of @dzahrain Twitter account

Protest being held outside of Malaysia embassy in Indonesia. (Inset) One of Malaysia favourite cuisine, popiah. – Photo courtesy of @dzahrain Twitter account

PETALING JAYA: A group of aggrieved Indonesians protested in front of the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta on Friday over ownership of delicious spring roll delicacy, the popiah.

Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim uploaded two images of the protest on his official Twitter account @dzahrain, showing a crowd of demonstrators holding up placards and calling for the “lumpia”, which is the Indonesian version of the popiah, to be “saved”.

A banner held by about 20 protestors from the group Forum Masyarakat Peduli Budaya Indonesia (Formasbudi) claimed that the lumpia is an Indonesian national cultural heritage.

The protesters also brought along popiahs to the 30-minute demonstration with Indonesian flags stuck on the rolls as a symbol of popiah ownership. According to Indonesian portal kompas.com, the protesters also reportedly sang Rasa Sayang outside the embassy.

They also demanded that embassy representatives meet them to taste the popiah they had brought.

The portal claimed that a Malaysian Police personnel met the protestors and was promptly offered the spring rolls. The personnel, named Hafidz had accepted a roll and returned to the embassy without giving comment.

It is uncertain what caused the stirred the protest as Malaysia has never officially claimed the dish.

However, Formasbudi coordinator Rahmulyo Adiwibowo told the portal that the protest was a pre-emptive step.

According to Indonesian news portal www.merdeka.com, the protestors are from Semarang, Central Jawa, where they claim the popiah originates from.

In the past, Malaysians and Indonesians have wrestled over the origins many traditional food and items. Among them are batik, the Rasa Sayang song, wayang kulit, rendang and the keris.
The popiah and its variants are widely found in East and Southeast Asia although is believed by many to have originated from Fujian, China.