Despite being Malaysia’s award winning whisky, many were offended by the name of the whisky for some had accused it of resembling the name “Fatima” or “Fatimah”, which means “one who weans” in Arabic, which is a popular name among the Muslims.
The matter was even debated in the Dewan Rakyat and the Members of Parliament (MP) each had a different point of view on the matter.
Meanwhile, the Pengerang MP, Azalina Othman Said said it is time for the government to educate the society to think more logically, and not to bring up similar issues.
She said that when she was a child, she had enjoyed eating A&W’s “Hot Dog” but it was then being rebranded as a “Coney”.
Azalina then said that she should not be prevented from eating the fast food just because it’s name consists a “dog”, while some found the word “dog” in the name offensive.
“We need to educate the public to think more logically and this is important.” she said this when debating amendments to the Trade Descriptions Act at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday (28 October).
Meanwhile, the Deputy domestic trade and consumer affairs minister, Rosol Wahid agreed with Azalina and said that he do not wish for the issue to become a precedent.
Rosol also said that there will be no end to such matter if this trend continues.
“In the future perhaps, there will also be an issue related to root beer. There will be no end.” he said.
He also said that Muslims were prohibited from consuming alcohol, so they would not buy such product.
“So, no matter what it is called, it is unimportant.” he added.
Besides, Rosol also agreed with Amanah’s Khalid Samad that this entire saga had been deliberately politicised and sensationalised by certain quarters.
Earlier, the Pakatan Harapan’s Rusnah Aluai said the name “Timah” was a disservice to women, adding that because it was associated with a Malay woman’s name, drinking the whisky gave the impression that “we are drinking a Malay woman”.
Nonetheless, Malaysia distillery Winepark, which produces the Timah whisky, is planning to change the product’s brand name and image.
It had previously explained that “Timah” is the Malay word for tin, and the product was created to honour the role the metal played in the country’s development when Malaya was the world’s largest tin producer.
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Watch the debate in the Dewan Rakyat here: