Many of my friends think that they have not eat food if they do not eat rice, although they have actually ate noodles or hamburgers.
I believe that this perception is also shared by most of the 240 million people in Indonesia who consume rice as their main food.
Therefore, I was surprised when I heard about the government's plan to make people to stop eating rice and change it with other kinds of food like Cassava.
In order to provide more information about this, please find below a report that I have quoted from AFP.
Considering that rice is not just the main food but also the product of, therefore the source of income for, tens of millions of people working in the paddy fields, reduction of rice consumption would surely effect the lives of so many people in Indonesia.
For ordinary Indonesians like Andi Santoso, a 23-year-old student, the thought of going without rice for a day, as the government is proposing, is almost unthinkable.
"I eat rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner," he said, a little bemused. "If I don't eat rice, I feel like I haven't eaten. What else can I eat?"
Photo : Courtesy of AFP