Friday, February 11, 2011

Naked Chef

Cooking shows on the telly must be losing popularity – at least in Hong Kong. There, they are intending to combine culinary with nudity in a transparent bid to encourage more men to cook. The South China Morning Post reported that host Flora Cheung – who admitted she has never worked in a restaurant kitchen – will start each 30-minute show shopping for fresh ingredients in the city’s famous wet markets, undressing once she is back in the privacy of her studio kitchen and begin preparing Cantonese dishes wearing a transparent apron.

The host promised that her tailor-made, transparent apron would not leave much to the imagination. “It covers pretty much everything but hides nothing,” she was quoted as saying. Ah-huh.

I am trying hard to visualize Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Alton Brown or even Malaysia’s Chef Wan in that apron! Now I wish I didn’t.

I only worry if this kicks off a trend. Naked chef. Naked talk show host. Naked idol. Naked lecturer.

It is heartening to read that on Monday, the Court of Appeal in Kuching had unanimously ruled that there is no time limit for the Penans to sue the state government and a timber company for trespass.

“This decision is very important for NCR claims because a lot of NCR cases are brought to court only after the natives realized that their customary land had been trespassed upon or worked on by timber licensees or lessees of oil palm plantations,” said lawyer, Baru Bian.

The state government should uphold the Native Customary Rights as guaranteed under the Sarawak Land Code (1958) and recognize the NCR status of all affected parties who can prove the existence of their claim to these rights. The tragedy is that the government is the party involved in this land grab – and Sarawak natives could only watch helplessly as their ancestral lands are given away to companies closely connected with the political elites and cronies. Hopefully, this landmark decision will give new impetus to Sarawak natives to re-assert their native customary rights.

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