Is it right to name a pork burger after one of our national icons? The person or persons behind the name must not have thought it through enough. Surely, they would have sensed that the name would rile up opinions and spark controversy.
There is a dearth of communal respect in our society if we don’t take the feelings of others into consideration. Is common sense in short supply or on a tight ration?
There can be no justification for such a name. It is only understandable if certain quarters feel disrespected by the name of the pork burger from a restaurant chain called Ninja Joe. The local burger joint has outlets in Petaling Jaya, Klang, Seremban and Singapore.
The non-halal fast food chain introduced the ‘P. Ramly’ burger on Aug 31, with promotional posters clearly indicating the burger’s ingredients which include a “juicy pork patty wrapped in an omelette”.
The name is wrong for two reasons. It is an insult to the memory of the greatest entertainer ever in our country. P Ramlee was born a Muslim and died as one. It is inappropriate to name a non-halal food item after him. Even having a halal food item in his name should be frowned upon.
“The fact that it coincides with the actor Tan Sri P. Ramlee’s name is pure coincidence, since the actor’s name is not even spelt that way,” said Kelvin Tan, the co-founder of Ninja Joe.
Is the coincidence just an inconvenience that could be overlooked? Not so. Malaysians think highly of this great entertainment and they won’t tolerate any disrespect towards him.
Secondly, we are seeing the flip side to the Jakim’s hotdog storm in the teacup. The Auntie Anne’s episode opened up the Department of Islamic Development to ridicule. Many of us saw the petty side of this so-called issue.
While the names ‘hot dogs’ and ‘root beer’ have used on long-certified halal food items, why push the envelope with P Ramly. The name Ramly is Malay and therefore Muslim, so why call a pork burger by such a name?
This is food for thought for our increasingly fractious society. Push the envelope in the name of creativity by all means if it doesn’t lead to a situation. We can always choose to temper our tone and mind our words.
Source : The Heat Malaysia Online