Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Rooster that Barks

The full-page ad published in Sin Chew Daily featuring a rooster barking, "Wang! Wang!”. Image via mykpdnkk

The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) issued an apology on their official Facebook page regarding their full-page Lunar New Year ad that appeared in major Malaysian newspapers on Thursday – depicting a rooster that barks instead of a dog! 

The barking word "Wang! Wang!" is interesting. While the word's original meaning is prosperity, it has been used in many Lunar New Year advertisements this year to depict a dog barking. 

The ministry said that it happened due to a "technical error" but it did not elaborate. 

Hmmm, how can anybody confuse between a rooster and a dog? 

To non-Chinese, this is the Year of the Dog, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Last year was the Year of the Rooster. 

While the wrong zodiac animal was shown, the advertisement carried the right message: "We welcome a prosperous year of the dog. We wholeheartedly wish people from all walks of life a happy lunar new year". 

Image via mykpdnkk

The ministry, meanwhile, posted a digital festive greeting on its Facebook page but still did not include an image of a dog in it. 

Poor doggie! Some Malay-Muslims just can't stand the sight of you.

Callum McGregor's second-half strike delivered a deserved 1-0 victory for Celtic in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie with Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday. 

The Scottish side dominated play but were ruing a series of missed opportunities until the midfielder's decisive finish in the seventy-eighth minute. 

The victory was Celtic's first win at home in 12 European matches outside the qualifying phase.

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