If you have been keeping up with Twitterjaya discourse this past week, you are sure to have come across the tale of ‘Timah’, the seemingly innocuous local whiskey brand.
Named in honour of Malaysia’s past as the tin mining centre of the world (timah is Malay for the ore), the bottles feature a prominent illustration of Tristam Speedy, a colonial figure who became the first police supremo in Penang.
However, after launching to market recently, the whiskey caught flak online for allegedly being ‘offensive to Muslims’, for reasons more pedantic than sensical.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has claimed that the picture of Speedy closely resembles a Muslim man in a ‘kopiah’, or skullcap, and has thus called for an immediate ban of its production to protect religious sensitivities.
They also went on to say that the product is…