Hornbill Unleashed

October 19, 2016

Nazri: ‘Hot dog’ row ridiculous, the work of ignoramuses

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

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz slams the decision to deny halal certification over the word 'hot dog' as stupid and backward. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayReligious authorities’ decision to deny halal certification over the word “hot dog” is stupid and backward, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

The Umno supreme council member said it was unequivocal that the word “hot dog” did not mean the food item contained dog meat, adding that there was no reason for the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) to take issue with the term now.

“Hot dog has always been known to be a western food. It comes from the English language. It is a western food. Please do not make us seem stupid and backward.

“Hot dog is hot dog la. Even in Malay it’s called hot dog. It’s been around for so many years. I’m a Muslim and I’m not offended. I’m not offended at all,” he told reporters when met outside the Parliament today.

Jakim this week confirmed that eateries must rename the “hot dog” if the item is in their menus, if order to secure halal certification.

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

Nazri today rejected the argument, saying that eating hot dogs has never endangered his faith.
“This is ridiculous. This is done by people who are ignoramuses. They are not living in the real world.

“I think I now want to eat a hot dog now,” he said with a chuckle.

When met by reporters here, PAS MP Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz said he has no issue with food operators using the term “hot dog” to describe sausage-based food products.

“The issue here should not be the name of the food. Any name is okay, as long as its contents are halal but food companies cannot intentionally use names which will confuse Muslims either,” the Pasir Mas MP said.

The issue surfaced after an executive with US pretzel chain Aunty 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.


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7 Comments »

  1. Maybe they purposely put stupid people to helm those religious depts.so that those religious big shots can just bulldoze and implement whatever they want to implement out of ignorance and their “Katak dibawah Tempurong” approach to almost all things Malaysian love to DRINK AND EAT! We can’t blame them for who and what they are…dumb, dumber and dumberers! Imagine banning Mr. Bacon from visiting Malaya because his name could confuse some religious people? Perhaps they would require Mr.Bacon to change his name to Mr.Sausage before they allow him into Malaya…HAHAHA!! Wouldn’t that be a great INSULT to Mr Bacon?

    Comment by brian — October 21, 2016 @ 11:23 AM | 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

    • Soh Hai this word,NOT suhaimee, suits him BEST….

      Comment by tiuniamah — October 20, 2016 @ 9:23 PM | Reply

  3. The only losers are Malaysians – because Jakim has become the gatekeepers of freedom of expression and public morality in what we consume and do in our daily lives – be it Muslims or those of other faiths.

    But, we can fight back in a simple way.

    Keep asking for hot dogs, root beers and disregard the lack of halal certification. Their powers evaporate when people and businesses ignore them.

    Comment by Zuan — October 20, 2016 @ 6:41 PM | Reply

  4. Malays soon can no longer think for themselves as Jakim will decide on their behalf. Sad!

    I suppose Jakim ought to get approval from the King (ruler of Islam) before making its prohibitions on this and that.

    Comment by aini — October 20, 2016 @ 5:04 PM | Reply

  5. Some of them are hypocrites and sinners … secretly consuming haram items and doing haram things … some even addicted to womanising

    Comment by Tigeryk — October 20, 2016 @ 12:49 PM | Reply

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

    Comment by tiuniamah — October 20, 2016 @ 10:51 AM | Reply


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