Azalina on Timah controversy: Society needs to think logically

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Controversy had been deliberately politicised and sensationalised by certain quarters.

It is time for the government to educate society to think more logically, Barisan Nasional’s Azalina Othman Said said, following the controversy surrounding Timah, a Malaysian-made whiskey.

The Pengerang MP said that as a child, she had enjoyed eating A&W’s “Hot Dog” which was subsequently rebranded as a “Coney”.

Azalina said she should not be prevented from eating the fast food solely because of its name. Some people had found the word “dog” in the name offensive.

“We need to educate the public to think more logically, and this is important,” she said when debating amendments to the Trade Descriptions Act at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Deputy domestic trade and consumer affairs minister Rosol Wahid agreed with Azalina, adding that he did not want this issue to become a precedent.

Rosol said if this trend continues, “there would be no end to it”.

He said as Muslims were prohibited from consuming alcohol, they would not buy such beverages.


“So, no matter what it is called, it is unimportant.”

Rosol also agreed with Amanah’s Khalid Samad that the controversy had been deliberately politicised and sensationalised by certain quarters.

Earlier today, Pakatan Harapan’s Rusnah Aluai said the name “Timah” was a disservice to women, adding that because it was associated with a Malay woman’s name, drinking the whisky gave the impression that “we are drinking a Malay woman”.

Malaysian distillery Winepak, which produces the whisky, is planning to change the controversial brand name.

It previously said “Timah” the Malay word for tin, honours the role the metal played in the country’s development when Malaya was the world’s largest tin producer.

However, some people have taken offence at the whisky’s name, claiming it sounded like a shortened version of the Arabic name Fatimah.

Others have said the image featured on the alcoholic beverage looked like a person wearing a “kopiah” or a Muslim skullcap. – FMT