Hot Dogs ‘Must Be Re­named’ In Malaysia: Re­li­gious Body

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Food out­lets sell­ing hot dogs in Malaysia have been asked to re­name their prod­ucts or risk be­ing re­fused ha­lal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The Malaysian Is­lamic De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment, a re­li­gious govern­ment body, said it has adopted the rul­ing after com­plaints from Mus­lim tourists. Di­rec­tor Si­ra­jud­din Suhaimee said the name might cause “con­fu­sion”.

“In Is­lam, dogs are con­sid­ered un­clean and the name can­not be re­lated to ha­lal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion,” he said. Malaysian ha­lal food guide­lines say “ha­lal food and ha­lal ar­ti­fi­cial flavour shall not be named or syn­ony­mously named after non-ha­lal prod­ucts such as ham, bak kut teh, ba­con, beer, rum and oth­ers that might cre­ate con­fu­sion,” Malaysian me­dia said. Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Malaysia prac­tises a mod­er­ate form of Is­lam but con­ser­va­tive at­ti­tudes are on the rise. On Monday, pop­u­lar pret­zel store fran­chise Aun­tie Anne’s was re­fused ha­lal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion un­less it re­named its “Pret­zel Dog”. Mr Suhaimee said it was “more ap­pro­pri­ate” to call it a “Pret­zel Sausage”. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the US chain de­scribed it as a “mi­nor is­sue” and said the firm was fine with chang­ing the name on the menu. Malaysian Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Nazri Aziz slammed the rul­ing, call­ing it “stupid and back­ward”. “Hot dog is hot dog lah. Even in Malay it’s called hot dog - it’s been around for so many years. “I’m a Mus­lim and I’m not of­fended,” he told re­porters, adding that there was no rea­son for the re­li­gious body to take of­fence at the word. “It comes from the English lan­guage. Please do not make us seem stupid and back­ward.” PNG Loop

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