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MP cooks a bizarre ‘Lynas’ dinner

Patrick Lee
| November 14, 2011

If two-headed chickens and zebra-striped bananas tantalize your tastebuds, then check out what Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh is cooking on Youtube.


PETALING JAYA: A short and dark comedy about the controverstal Lynas plant has been posted on YouTube and stars none other than its chief opponent Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh.

Entitled “Masakan Cinta (Love Dish)”, the 4:44-minute comedy sees the PKR leader playing the role of “Chef Wani”, a friendly TV chef who goes out of her way to cut out radiation from her cooking ingredients.

“This morning, I went to the wet market, and got all these fresh ingredients for our special dinner tonight…Here, we have free range village chicken,” she says, before pointing to a two-headed, three-legged bird.

Most of the cooking material on “Chef Wani’s” table also appear to have been mutated by radiation, including a squid with a fish head, prawns with elongated tentacles and zebra-striped bananas.

She then tells the camera that special cooking tools are needed to remove the “dangerous radiation” from the food, and brings out a chopper, peeler and hacksaw.

“Watch closely how I gut out all the dangerous parts of this chicken,” Chef Wani says, before she beats the carcass with her rolling pin, and saws it apart, guts and all.

Accompanied by cheery background music, she also saws a goat’s head and crushes the bananas into pulp.

“This carrot, we have to get rid of all the radioactive bits from it, if not, we cannot eat. We need to get rid of the thorium, uranium, mutanium, monsterium, lukemium.”

“Anything that ends with an ‘ium’ we have to get rid of before we eat,” she adds.

Eventually, Chef Wani groups the “radioactive” bits into a pile and pushes it off the table. She then sets about to cook, and serves the end result – five black specks – to her guests.

She also serves her confused dinner guests – which include Subang MP R Sivarasa- with a strange looking cordial.

Creating awareness

Speaking to FMT, Fuziah said the film is the first in a series entitled “Survival Guide Untuk Kampong Radioaktif”.

“The producers wanted to use comedy as a means to start some awareness about Lynas and hope to create some interest (within the public) about finding out about Lynas,” she added.

Fuziah was referring to the controversial rare earth plant operated by Australian mining giant Lynas Corporation Ltd in Gebeng, near Kuantan.

Critics of the plant have denounced it as a radiation leak risk, especially with operations due to commence by 2012.

Some residents in the area fear that the running of the plant may see a repeat of the 1987 Bukit Merah disaster, where a leak resulted in cases of leukaemia, followed by seven deaths.

Today, the Bukit Merah refinery is undergoing a clean-up process worth RM300 million.

The Kuantan MP said there is not enough awareness over Lynas. “There is an interest, but a lot of people depend on hearsay. Especially with the Malay community who only have access to the mainstream media,” she added.

She also explained that “Masakan Cinta” was made on a pro-bono basis.

“Initially, I wasn’t keen on acting, because people can misinterpret the film, and then use it to spin and discredit me.

“But it’s a comedy, and everything in it is overexaggerated. The idea (behind it), is to go through so much pain for your guests,” Fuziah said with a laugh.

According to its Facebook page, “Survival Guide Untuk Kampong Radioaktif” consists of four short parodies “set in a fictional world where radioactive activities have all gone wrong”.

The next three short films are expected to be released in the near future. For more information on the films, visit its Facebook page here:

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