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Malaysian businesses self-censoring dog images to avoid Muslim outcry

WITH five weeks left until Chinese New Year (CNY), several businesses in multi-ethnic Malaysia are steering clear of dog images on their products and displays to avoid upsetting the country’s Muslim majority. In February, the Chinese community will be ushering in the Year of the Dog, one of 12 animals in its zodiac calendar, but a photo of a CNY T-shirt which made its rounds on social media in recent weeks showed cartoon images of the canine and also the pig missing, creating a stir among netizens. Although the 10 other zodiac animals like the rooster and rabbit were depicted in cute drawings, the Chinese words “xu” and “hai” had stood in for the dog and pig respectively, the Straits Times reported. Sold at the Giant Hypermarket, which has over 110 stores across the country, the T-shirt was first offered at MYR15.99 (US$4) but its price had since dropped to...

 

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