Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Confused over a Pork Burger

The Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) had indicated that Malay-Muslims are a hopeless lot. Their faith is not only weak but they are very easily confused too.

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Malay daily Berita Harian reported October 25, 2016 that PPIM had demanded action against fast food company Ninja Joe over one of their burgers, claiming that the name “confused” the public – despite posters of the product clearly stating it was a pork burger.
This even prompted the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (JAIS) and their Negeri Sembilan counterpart JHEAINS to act – and they said Ninja Joe violated a law on halal food when they named that particular pork burger “P. Ramly”.
According to the JAIS communications officer Nurhamizah Othman, the burger company had violated Section 4(1) of the Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking of Halal) Order 2011 – they had offered to supply food that can mislead, create misrepresentation or falsely give the impression that the food was halal or can be consumed by a Muslim”.
To be honest, I don’t know what the issue is because l fully understand that the P Ramly burger is a pork burger.
The way I see it, the simple explanation is that there are Malay-Muslims who can’t read!
Background: The Ramly burger is an iconic Malaysian burger and Ninja Joe decided to pay homage to it during Merdeka ("it" referring to the style of preparation where the patty is wrapped in an egg and paired with a variety of sauces; not the Ramly brand).
Ninja Joe had since apologized and removed posters of the “P. Ramly” pork burger, besides saying that they will change the product’s name.
BTW, the ‘P’ is for pork – ‘Pork Ramly’.
Again, somebody had jumped the gun! Apparently, one woman had claimed that the 'P. Ramly' name disrespected the late Malaysian artite, P. Ramlee.
Methinks there are more grave concerns plaguing this country than a pork burger.
On Tuesday, I was at the Bangsar Toastmasters meeting – having secured a speaking slot. My speech was a CC #8 titled “The Wonderful World of Speechmaking”. I used two props, one of which is shown below:

I was voted Best Speaker.
Their Vice President Education Ahmed Fawzy tasked me to also take on the role of Toastmaster-of-the-Evening. I must declare I did a great job!


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