Thursday, January 18, 2018

Don't Let the Dog Out

Some Malaysian businesses have decided to look stupid because they want to avoid any canine depiction  as Chinese Malaysians prepare to usher in the Year of the Dog on February 16. 

Sunway Malls chief operating officer Kevin Tan, for one, told The Malaysian Insight the mall did not use any display of the dog in 2006 (the previous cycle of the dog year) – and this was because of creative considerations. 

He even said he had many choices and so, he did not necessarily have to use the image of a dog. 

A mall is a public space, different races will be gathered here, he tried explaining. "We'll avoid any decorations with contentious elements”. Meaning, don't let the dog out!

Don't give me that malarkey! Tan is so full of bull.

Already, Universiti Sains Malaysia political scientist Azmil Tayeb – an expert on Islamic politics in Southeast Asia – said, as quoted The Malaysian Insight: “It’s definitely not healthy. It’s ridiculous. The tolerance is one way. This is due to years of intimidation (from some authorities). It’s overboard”. 

Weird, kan? The Malay person can see it in this light; the Chinese person doles out horseshit. 

Azmil reiterated: “Because non-Muslims have been told so many times not to offend, they think this is the best way to be safe than sorry”. 

My advice to Tan: Don’t celebrate the Lunar New Year this year because the dog is contentious! 

Woof, woof! Tan is telling us very subtly that Malay-Muslims are reactionary, narrow-minded and intolerant. Since when have pictures of dogs become offensive? 

[Note: The Chinese zodiac assigns a different animal and its reputed attributes to each year in a repeating 12-year cycle. And the dog comes after the rooster and before the pig in the zodiac]. 

Don’t forget that the dog (and the pig) are part of Chinese culture. 

Pic courtesy of Pos Malaysia, January 16, 2018 

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And yet, Pos Malaysia today issued the first stamp series of 2018 themed "Working Dogs". 

Their Stamp and Philately Unit commercial postal and courier head, Diyana Lean Abdullah said the stamps feature three types of well-known working dogs, namely detector dogs, protection dogs and guide dogs. 

"This collection highlights the importance of working dogs trained to perform specific tasks to assist humans, for example, in crime prevention, detection of concealed substances or objects and to assist visually impaired individuals", she said on Tuesday. 

Dogs are being pictorially depicted. On Malaysian stamps. What irony! 

What say you, Tan? I suggest you stop making us Chinese feel insecure and looking like fools!

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