Sunday, January 7, 2018

Missing Dog and Pig


There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, but two of them are conspicously missing from a T-shirt sold at one hypermarket chain – and drawing reactions from Malaysians online. 

The T-shirt – designed for the Lunar New Year next month – has the image of all the animals EXCEPT the pig and dog, which are instead replaced with Chinese characters. 

The Chinese zodiac assigns an animal to each year in a 12-year cycle. This year, it is the turn of the dog. 

A check at a Giant hypermarket outlet Valley shows the T-shirt comes in various sizes, and sold at a discounted price of RM10.88. 

It is not immediately clear why the two creatures are not pictured – but I don’t think I am wrong if I venture to suggest that this was done for religious and cultural reasons. 

After all, authorities have in the past banned or restricted materials depicting the dog and pig  animals which Malaysian Muslims consider as unclean. 

In 1995, Malaysia banned the comedy film “Babe” for portraying the main character of a pig, although a DVD release was approved years later. 

In 2016, the character of a pig was removed from promotional posters for Hong Kong blockbuster film, “The Monkey King 2”. 

They are only pictures, for heaven’s sake! 

And why should the Chinese be made to compromise their own culture for the sake of the effing zealots in this country? 

The country is becoming stupider and stupider!

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