I was in Namibia in 1997. Its capital city Windhoek was as big as Bentong, except for a few 10-storey hotel and new apartment buildings jointly-built by foreign and local investors. They were 20 years behind us then.
Its 2.1 million people rarely eat chicken. It was too expensive. I was shocked when told that a kilogram of chicken could easily fetch USD3 (about RM10) and some Namibians had never tasted it before. Why? There wasnt many chickens in Namibia. They import some from South Africa for hotels and the rich.
However, I am glad reading a news story about the changes in Namibian 'chicken policy' (read here). The Namib Poultry Industries company is in the process of setting up a poultry project between Okahandja and Windhoek to produce chickens for the Namibian market.
It is also to make Namibia self-sufficient in the supply of chickens. The project will commence with production in November next year and will provide 600 job opportunities.
Now, compared to us in Malaysia, we eat chicken mostly everyday. We have many chicken farms, some of which are managed with modern technology. Chicken products are aplenty and easy to purchase at all towns.
However, there are few times in a year when issues such as chicken and egg prices, its shortage and quality keep on bursting. It happens every year. On top of that, we export chickens and poultry products to Singapore and Thailand.
We even politicise the chickens. The Opposition and the ruling parties are oftenly engaged in verbal war about who should defend the chickens and the eggs. And during supply shortages, where did our chicken go?
Namibia is certainly 20 years behind us but they are planning not to be embroiled in a 'chicken politics' situation like Malaysia 20 years later.
PS: How many of our politicians are like chickens... they always chicken out!