Hornbill Unleashed

October 19, 2016

After ‘hotdog’ ban, MCA asks Jakim if ‘mata kucing’ is next

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Jakim this week confirmed its decision to make it mandatory for food outlet operators to abort words — such as 'hotdog' — that are linked to non-halal references on their menus, to qualify for halal certification. — AFP picWill the Islamic Development of Malaysia (Jakim) ban food outlets seeking halal certification from using “mata kucing”, the Malay name for longans, MCA asked today following a ban on the word “hotdogs”.

Disagreeing with the decision, the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s Chinese party said the federal Islamic authority’s decision had turned the country into an “international laughing stock” because it suggested that Malaysians “Muslims or otherwise, are unable to comprehend nor distinguish whether or not food like ‘hotdog’ and ‘Pretzel dog’ contain dog meat”.

“Will Jakim then go even further to suggest that ‘mata kucing’ cannot be consumed for it contains cats’ eyes?” MCA Youth secretary-general Datuk Leong Kim Soon said in a statement.

Jakim this week confirmed its decision to make it mandatory for food outlet operators to abort words that are linked to non-halal references on their menus, to qualify for halal certification.

A department spokesman said food items containing the word “dog” could confuse Muslims, as the animal is considered unclean by Islam.

Leong said Jakim should be more concerned about substance than form.

“In this case, or in cases of halal certification, Jakim should be more focused on the contents and ingredients of the foods and beverages than their names,” Leong added.

He also called on Jakim to reconsider and retract its decision on the issue and focus on developing Malaysia into a successful halal hub.

The issue surfaced after an executive with US pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s revealed that their application for halal certification had failed due to, among others, concerns over the “pretzel dogs” in their menu.

The incident is the latest in the growing trend of religious conservatism in Malaysia, the only country in the world that prohibits non-Muslims from using the word “Allah” and other Arabic terms.

Muslim lawmakers from both sides of the political divide have also expressed their disagreement with Jakim’s decision.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz panned the decision as ridiculous, saying it was made by ignoramuses while PAS MP Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz told reporters in Parliament today that food names should not be turned into an issue as the more important thing was whether it was halal or not.


The Malay Mail Online


6 Comments »

  1. This is the problem when Arab wannabes are given unlimited fund to run an organisation that have nothing much to do except stick their bloody nose into people’s affair.

    Comment by apai — October 20, 2016 @ 8:23 PM | Reply

  2. On the recent stupidity currently engulfing Malaysia:

    1. Catfish is now banned because it may confuse Malaysians to think that the fish contains cat meat.

    2. Hot Dog is now banned and will be required to be called “Hot Sausage”.

    3. (Update) Any type or form of sausage is now permanently banned because it resembles the male genitalia.

    4. Mata kucing is also now banned because it may confuse Malaysians to think that it contains cat’s eyes.

    5. The need to change the Malay idiom “Babi Buta” because it may confuse Malaysians and because it contains a word that is considered “unclean”, therefore JAKIM has directed the Education Ministry to change all Malay idioms and proverbs containing the word Babi.

    6. The Barbie Doll is also now banned in Malaysia because it may confuse Malaysian into thinking that their children are playing with “Pig Dolls”.

    7. Hamburgers are also banned because it confuses Malaysians into thinking that it contains ham (pork).

    8. Hush Puppies footwear are banned because it confuses Malaysians into thinking that it contains Dog Skin (Dog Leather).

    9. Christian Dior products are now banned in Malaysia because it may confuse Malaysian into thinking that by using their products, it will convert Muslims to Christians.

    10. Kevin Bacon (the Hollywood actor) is now banned from entering Malaysia because it may confuse Malaysians due to his surname.

    11. Moon Cake is also banned because it may confuse Malaysians into thinking that we’re celebrating the Moon’s Birthday.

    12. Root Beer and Ginger Beer is also banned because it confuses Malaysians into thinking that we’re drinking Beer.

    13. The children’s nursery rhyme Hot Cross Bun is now banned because it may confuse Malaysians into thinking that they are singing a Christian hymn.

    14. The Spotted Dick (An English Pudding) is banned because it will confuse Malaysians into thinking that they’re eating cock with spots.

    And finally…

    15. Mr Sirajuddin Suhaimee (Director of JAKIM) will be shortening his name to just Sirajuddin because the name Su-hai-mee contains the word “Hai” and it could confuse Malaysians to thinking that he is or has a…. (insert your own translation).

    – Sekian Terima Kasih!

    Comment by Zuan — October 20, 2016 @ 6:46 PM | Reply

  3. How about Bak Kut Teh, Char Seow, Seow Bee, Bark Kua?

    Comment by Tigeryk — October 20, 2016 @ 12:52 PM | Reply

    • All already banned by JAKIM.

      Comment by Zuan — October 20, 2016 @ 6:30 PM | Reply

  4. Be COOL……..under COCONUT shells for tooooo long is like this lah bradder…lol

    Comment by tiuniamah — October 20, 2016 @ 10:53 AM | Reply

    • Tony Roma’s pork rib has become beef rib in Malaysia.

      Comment by Zuan — October 20, 2016 @ 6:31 PM | Reply


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