Terengganu Mentri Besar Ahmad Said was once ridiculed for saying that Asiatic
Bitter Yam (Dioscorea Hispida), locally called Ubi Gadong, contains the right
steroid to turn a woman voluptuous and called for in-depth research on the
common potato species.
After a year, Ahmad proved his critics wrong as research revealed that this yam
is an excellent source of beta-carotene and diosgenin, a powerful phytochemical
that aids in optimal breast enlargement.
This yam also contains phytoestrogens that are associated with relief from
"People made a mockery of me, labelling me all sort of names when I said that
this yam that is found in abundance here benefits women and could be
commercialised if proper research is done on its health properties.
"I am glad that finally a local university has came forward to have research
conducted on the health properties of this yam," he said during the signing of
MOU between Universiti of Sultan Zainal Abidin and Terengganu Government to
spearhead the study on the yam.
The MOU was sealed between state government represented by State Secretary
Datuk Mazlan Ngah and the university that was represented by its
vice-chancellor Datuk Prof Dr Alias Daud.
With the M.O.U, the state government will provide a grant of RM2mil to the
varsity for research and development on the yam.
Published July 28 2010
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