“It smacks of racism,” writes J-Star CEO, Wong Chun Wai complaining about the brouhaha surrounding halal certification for a popular brand’s menu item.
In his newspaper column today, Chun Wai took to sniding the Islamic authorities whom he says are not going to let anyone be confused by a literal understanding of the word hot ‘dog’.
Jakim apparently prefers the label ‘sausage’.
“They are worried that some Malaysians cannot tell that hot dogs are not actually made from dog’s meat. It must be the deteriorating level of English among Malaysians,” snides the MCA media baron Chun Wai.
• ‘Pretzel dog furore highlights larger issue of religious authorities’ policies pervading public sphere’ — Oct 20 press statement by MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Ti Lian Ker
• ‘No catfight confusion when wolfing down Pretzel dog & mata kucing’ — Oct 19 press statement by MCA Youth sec-gen Leong Kim Soon
“We live in an era”, says Chun Wai, “where the mere mention of even ‘Barbie Doll’ which sounds like babi (pig) can offend some, even though it has nothing to do with the animal”.
He also threw other pointed barbs at the Islamists, adding that he worries “for rapper Snoop Dogg and actor Kevin Bacon, with names like that”, and asking “what about the Shakespearean play, Hamlet? No ham, please”.
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If Tun Mahathir has issues with the Little Goebbels, Chun Wai’s beef is with the “confused Little Taliban, with his fiery determination to turn Malaysia into an Islamic state”.
He ‘jokes’ that under present circumstances, singer Anita Sarawak could have been “culled” by the Islamic authorities for cuddling a dog in her music video.
The hot dog-naming issue has grabbed headlines around the world, adds Chun Wai caustically, and causing embarrassment to most Malaysians.
Lashing out at Jakim, Chin Wai snaps, “So, it has became the fault of the media, my friends – the media which try to spin and spin, just to sell news. You know, the media, especially the newspapers, are now under stress.”
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“That’s the problem when someone decides to be an adviser in English when he should just be worried about certification and food products.” Chun Wai appears skeptical of the clarification by the Jakim halal division director that the latter had been quoted out of context.
Chun Wai signs off his latest column with The J-Star‘s signature preach, “We need to stay moderate and stay rationale (sic)”.
It’s quite clear whom Chun Wai is alluding to as being immoderate and irrational.
J-Star is again baiting religious tensions. No wonder the Home Ministry under Mahathir once suspended the paper’s publishing permit.