The manufacturer of Timah whisky is now allowed to keep the name of their brand after seeing much controversy over the past few weeks.
According to a post on Facebook by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, he said the issues concerning Timah were heavily politicised by the Opposition who said the name was offensive to Muslims as it sounded like a shortened version of the Arabic name Fatimah.
He also said the cabinet has deliberated on the issue and they have not reached its conclusion in the spirit of Keluarga Malaysia.
Wee said that Timah will not be changing its brand name, but on the condition that it include additional information on the label, explaining that its brand name “Timah” was a reference to tin ore.
In the statement, Wee also said that he had held a meeting with the whisky company’s directors to understand the incident better.
On 19 October, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Idris Ahmad has condemn Timah for its provocative brand name, and demanded the manufacturer to pick another name to avoid confusion among Muslims.
In response, the manufacturer has on Facebook explained that the drink was named after the Malay word for tin, which is inspired from the tin mining era during British Malaya.
In addition, the manufacturer has urge Malaysians to not interpret the name in a manner, and that the product is only meant to be enjoyed by non-Muslims above the legal alcohol purchasing age.
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Read the statement from Wee here: