The Environment and Water Minister, Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had in a press conference revealed that the Malaysian government has plans to ban all products which brand names are capable of causing “distress” or offend the sensitivities of the people.
Tuan Ibrahim, also the PAS deputy president, said the government has decide to take action to protect the sensitivities of any race or religion after the controversial whisky brand, Timah sparked.
“The Cabinet has decided that there cannot be any production of goods that can cause distress among the rakyat including in the context of ethnicity and religion. This will be a policy.” he reportedly said.
He said this at the PAS Youth Muktamar in Port Dickson conducted yesterday (30 October), and the event was streamed live on his Facebook page too.
Despite the calls, the PAS minister did not elaborate on how such products can cause distress among the people, nor how will it be evaluated.
In his speech, he also mentioned that issues concerning religions, when discussed in the Cabinet, are normally referred to the PAS ministers, as reported by Malay Mail.
“Whatever issues that concern the religion they will direct it to us, and this includes the issue of Timah.” him said.
Meanwhile, Idris Ahmad from PAS is serving as the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department for Religious Affairs.
Tuan Ibrahim also claimed that there were attempts to use Timah issue against PAS, but it had backfired against them.
Previously, Timah had been receiving criticisms from certain parties over its controversial name, where many have misinterpreted and felt that it had insulted their religion or culture.
After receiving tremendous pressure, the manufacturer has agreed to consider changing the the product’s brand name and image, according to a statement by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP).
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