Field notes

The miracle of Malaysian caviar

Not far from bustling Kuala Lumpur, farmed sturgeon are thriving in the tropical heat - and producing one of the most expensive foods in the world

Tanjong Malim's peace is usually disturbed only by trailers carrying newly built cars out of Proton City, an insofar failed project that houses the Malaysian carmaker's factory in this Perak border town north of Selangor state.

But, in a serene 1.3ha plot hidden at the foot of the Titiwangsa mountain range, half a million lives were sacrificed in an idea that experts had called madness.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2019, with the headline 'The miracle of Malaysian caviar'. Print Edition | Subscribe