Once again, we Malaysians are famous globally for the wrong reasons. In this latest buzz, Tengku Adnan Mansor, our Federal Territories Minister, shared a Guinness World Record award for hosting the largest gathering of chefs event in Dataran Putrajaya on his social media.
In his Twitter account, Tengku Adnan said:
“Congratulations Malaysia, the record holder was Mexico, I salute all the Malaysian chefs and chefs all over the world who attended and competed”
He also shared a photo of the certificate of accomplishment with Guinness World Record logo that was awarded during the ICHEF 2017 event.
According to this certificate of accomplishment, it was the largest gathering of 4235 chefs in the world and the event by Badan Amal Kasih Ibu Wilayah Persekutuan and it was on 25th of March 2017.
However, the netizens were not convinced and one of them went and seek confirmation from Guinness World Record.
Alas, this certificate was a fake one.
The Guinness World Record replied to that particular netizen stating that:
“Unfortunately that’s not a genuine certificate issued by our records team”
Since then, Malaysiakini has tried to get Tengku Adnan to respond to this matter and they are still waiting for his comment.
According to New Straits Times, Finemen (M) Holdings Sdn Bhd, the official iCHEF 2017 organizer, stated that the whole incident was a result of a misunderstanding.
FineMen (M) Holdings Sdn Bhd then went on to say that the certificate of accomplishment was not from Guinness Book Record and it was just used as a gimmick to glorify the event.
This misunderstanding started when a representative from Guinness World Record was unable to attend this iCHEF 2017 event.
Initially, this particular Guinness World Record representative has stated this:
“If the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR) confirmed that the event was indeed the largest of its kind, then the event organiser could make an announcement on Guinness World Records’ behalf”
According to Hakim Omar, Finemen Holdings Managing Director, the Malaysia Book Of Records has confirmed that the iCHEF 2017 event was indeed the largest of its kind after surpassing the previous record of 3635 chefs event in Mexico on 17th of March 2014.
So to solve this whole misunderstanding, Finemen Holdings (M) Sdn Bhd will be contacting Guinness World Record to seek for their official confirmation and then request for the genuine Guinness World Record certificate of accomplishment.