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Two Local Liquor Brands Under Fire For Insulting Muslim & Sikh Religions

19-Oct-2021
By m7py

Not one, but two liquor brands are under fire for blasphemy in just a week. 

Last Sunday (Oct 17), the Consumers' Association of Penang (CAP) shot down local whiskey brand Timah. One, for its Malay Muslim-sounding name & two, for the image on the bottle packaging. 



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CAP education officer NV Subbarow said the brand's advertising featured a long-bearded man with a skull cap on, that resembles a religious person or 'ulama'. 


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Subbarow said the gimmick was uncalled for & blamed the government for approving the product to be sold in Malaysia. 


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Fast forward a couple days later, a Sikh lawyer is calling for the ban of Malaysian-made Sahip brandy. This time for the exact same reason: blasphemy on its name and labelling. On the bottle, one can find a bearded man in a turban on the horse carrying a flag, that resembles the portrait of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. 


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Dr Shamser Singh Thind, a lawyer & criminologist said the local brandy's name sounds close to the word 'sahib'. The Arabic loanword refers to the honorific title of saints and gurus. 


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Both Subbarow & Thind are urging for the ban of these products, or better yet, all forms of liquor. While Sahib has yet to respond to the outburst, Timah responded with a Facebook statement. 


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The brand explained that the liquor name is referring to tin -a type of metal ore- & the man on the label was a 19th-century British explorer, Tristram Charles Sawyer Speedy. 


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Sahip brandy comes in three different sizes, priced at RM7 to RM30.  Timah, a medal-winning liquor, is retailed at RM190 per bottle. 


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