M'sian customer in KL sends helicopter to Perak to pick up 36 packets of nasi kandar: M'sian media

Nasi kandar but addictive like "ganja".

Jean Chien Tay | July 26, 2021, 11:15 PM

On July 23, a red helicopter caused a scene when it landed in a field in Ipoh, Perak to pick up 36 packets of the popular Malaysian dish nasi kandar, dubbed by some as "nasi ganja", reported Malaysiakini.

The order for 36 packets of rice with chicken, beef and salted egg was reportedly made by a "Dato' (titled person)" in Kuala Lumpur.

Footage of the helicopter receiving the orders has since circulated on social media.

Restaurant owner initially laughed at the order, thought it was scam

The owner of the restaurant, Mohamed Nihmathullah Syed Mustafa, "laughed very hard" when he first received a message stating the order will be picked up by a helicopter. He thought it was a scam, as per Free Malaysia Today

But he was "stunned" when he received a call asking him to send the 36 packets of "nasi ganja" to Padang Ipoh, and that a red helicopter was waiting.

The "nasi ganja" cost RM10 (S$3.20) per packet, even if it was picked up by helicopter.

The famed nasi kandar sold by this restaurant is jokingly nicknamed "nasi ganja" as people thinks it's "addictive". "Ganja" is a common nickname for cannabis.

Allegedly ordered by a "Dato'"

The customer that ordered the air-flown "nasi ganja" is alleged to be a Dato' Mohamed Raffe Chekku in Kuala Lumpur, as reported by FMT.

The authorities have begun a probe to investigate whether the delivery mission violated any laws. The helicopter supposedly had clearance to land in an airport, but not a field.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) is looking into the matter, and have contacted the owner of the helicopter for further investigations, as per Malaysiakini.

As the country remains in lockdown, the Perak police will also conduct investigations to determine whether the flight violated inter-state travel prohibitions, according to the Malay Mail.

Dato' Mohamed reportedly told FMT that "all papers were in order", and "it was a quick pick-up". He also said that he has since appointed lawyers and will cooperate with investigations.

Netizens tried to guess who was the customer

Right after the helicopter video went viral, Malaysian netizens were trying to guess the identity of the customer.

There were reportedly doctored images of Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul eating the "nasi ganja" that were circulated on WhatsApp, as per Malaysiakini.

He "laughed off the fake news", which showed him having a mixed rice dish called nasi vanggey, and stated that it was a photo posted back in December 2020.

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