Nasi Lemak


Malaysia’s famous dish, Nasi Lemak (Figure 6.1), translates from Malay to ‘oily rice’; referring to the rich coconut cream in which the rice is soaked. Lowland Malaysia has continuously high temperatures and, perhaps crucially, an absence of extremely low temperatures. Whilst peninsular and East Malaysian climate differ, East Malaysia being more affected by maritime systems, in general a hot and humid climate is the norm. This topic explores elements of agriculture in Malaysia including some primary agricultural outputs such as oil palm, rice and cocoa. In response to global climate change, as well as domestic demand within Malaysia, the possibility of transitioning to sustainability in respect of natural resources through mixed farming or permaculture is introduced.

Completion Requirements

  • Explore all topic, themes and concepts
  • Read the core texts identified in the Books section

Learning Outcomes

  • Define socio-political factors affecting agriculture in Malaysia
  • Identify major agricultural products of Malaysia
  • Recognise implications of food production and global impacts
  • Differentiate between contemporary paradigms such as monoculture, permaculture and GAPAD



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