‘ Ve­gan tourism’ pro­posal for Penang

> State urged to cap­i­talise on world veg­e­tar­ian pop­u­la­tion of 600 mil­lion


GE­ORGE TOWN: Penang has been urged to tap the rising pop­u­lar­ity of veg­e­tar­i­an­ism and ve­g­an­ism by mak­ing the state a des­ti­na­tion for veg­e­tar­i­ans.

South­east Asia Veg­e­tar­ian Union chair­man Pishu Murli Has­saram said there were more than 600 mil­lion veg­e­tar­i­ans and ve­g­ans world­wide.

He pointed out veg­e­tar­i­an­ism was grow­ing, not­ing 5% of the pop­u­la­tion of the United States are veg­e­tar­i­ans.

“Imag­ine if only 1% of the 600 mil­lion veg­e­tar­i­ans world­wide vis­ited Penang, that is al­ready six mil­lion vis­i­tors,” he told a press con­fer­ence re­cently which was also at­tended by state En­vi­ron­ment, Wel­fare and Car­ing So­ci­ety Com­mit­tee chair­man Phee Boon Poh.

Pishu Murli said the state will host a two-day 7th South­east Asian Veg­e­tar­ian Congress from Nov 11.

At the event, chefs, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, nu­tri­tion­ists and health ex­perts will share their knowl­edge on the ben­e­fits of veg­e­tar­i­an­ism, he added.

The speak­ers will in­clude In­ter­na­tional Veg­e­tar­ian Union pres­i­dent Dr Su­sianto Tseng, Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sory Board for Im­muno­genic Re­search Foun­da­tion mem­ber Dr Thomas Lodi and Mahi­dol Univer­sity Pro­fes­sor Wichai Ekas­taksin.

Among the Malaysians speak­ers will be cook book au­thor Mo­hana Gill and spice mer­chant S.K. Sun­daram, who will speak on the his­tory and cu­ra­tive pow­ers of spices.

Pishu Murli also urged the pub­lic to at­tend the an­nual In­ter­na­tional Meat­less Day Charity Car­ni­val on Nov 13 at Up­per Penang Road. Pro­ceeds from the event will go to the Per­tubuhan Rumah Ke­ba­jikan Seri Ca­haya and Sadhu Vaswani Wel­fare Fund.

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