KUCHING: Besides promoting durian as an export commodity, similar emphasis should be given to terung asam — a product that is exclusive to Sarawak.
Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to East Asia, Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem, in stressing this, said the product has huge market potential as it has an exquisite taste.
“In Tarat, Serian, the state government has set up a collecting, processing and packaging centre (CPCC) to promote durians. I wish someone who has the capital would buy terung asam in bulk for it to be commercialised.
“We have so much land in Sarawak, but there are no takers who would buy the product (terung asam) in bulk so I suggest that, why not these investors set up a CPCC similar to what we have done in Tarat for terung asam,” he said.
He said this during an interview on ‘Abas Orang Kamek’ programme on Facebook.
The Serian MP said he intended to bring the ambassadors of South Korea, Japan, as well as the head of mission to Taiwan to visit Sarawak during the Gawai Dayak celebration to see what the state has to offer.
“Not only can they see the products, they can taste it too — they won’t know until they have tasted it. Once they do, I’m sure it (terung asam) will be popular,” he said.
On another development, Riot also urged that the state government work closely with East Asian countries (South Korea, Japan and Taiwan) to learn from their expertise in TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training).
“I suggest that the state government along with the federal government come up with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with those countries on TVET.
“This is because with the MoU, we can benefit from the technical knowhow from these countries and for it to be taught to our children nationwide, especially in Sarawak,” he said.