Recognized for its insanely affordable price for chocolate, Langkawi has been declared by the government as a national chocolate hub in hopes of making Malaysia the king of chocolate in the Asian region, as reported in Berita Harian.
The Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, agreed that this motive will increase the growth of the country’s cocoa downstream sector and attract more tourists to Langkawi. He said,
“Langkawi welcomes a large number of tourists from all over the world and it is suitable to be a catalyst for the promotion of locally made chocolate products.”
To enhance the country’s chocolate business, the government also plans to provide a local business network equipped with various facilities for the manufacture and sale of chocolate as discussed in a press conference after officiating the Basic Handicraft Entrepreneur Development Course and Langkawi Chocolate Hub Launch.
There have also been plans for an upcoming chocolate museum to showcase the history of chocolate making and the basic cocoa products that the country has successfully produced. The cocoa industry in Malaysia has been active since the late 1970’s making cocoa a once-popular crop in Malaysia before the competition of land against oil palm.
We can’t wait to see everyone hoarding Toblerone and Daim soon!