It’s a dog’s life for Chinese zodiac animal in Muslim-majority Malaysia

Liow Sze Xian

A shopper looking at Chinese New Year decorations at a wholesalers in Kuala Lumpur. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 13, 2018.

NOT all animals are created equal, as far as some Malaysian businesses and retailers are concerned when it comes to the Chinese zodiac signs.

Several major businesses will be avoiding any canine depiction, as Chinese Malaysians prepare to usher in the Year of the Dog on February 16.

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  • I do not understand the Chinese race. Why are such own culture and beliefs in a multi racial country developed up by they themselves as a Malaysian race are now being held in ransom in fear of bigots and racist from one dominant race. Why is the accomodating naure in the guise of creative consideration . It is this attitude that allows one own race and cultures in not being respected and trampled on. Unity and respects are a collective actions and we ourselves are to bame if one is too much an aggressor and the other are too much a coward. The shopping malls are not promoting any harmony in all the races if it is alwaysa skewed in ensuring that the dominant race are not offended. Did the other race feel offende when the dominant cultures are blatant all over the townm during the festive season. No!!!! because the nons are open minded and this should be reciprocated. The nons are the Malaysains and not refugees or illegal immigrants. So please shoping malls and others public areas of gathering ----------- stop the hypocrisy. .

    Posted 4 years ago by Lee Lee

  • Though the Muslims claim that dogs are unclean, they haven't given plausible explanation. A dog is so smart it can be thought anything. A great disservice to degrade any God created animal. Not eating pork is from the old testament and a Jewish tradition predating Islam. However Christians can consume as the Bible says, it's not what goes in but what comes out of man's mouth that causes harm...How so very true of our nation.

    Posted 4 years ago by Alphonz Jayaraman

  • If the Chinese keep doing this kind of "creative consideration", one day they will be asked to abandon their surname like what happened to the Indonesia Chinese, because the non-Muslim names of the Chinese are too offensive for the Muslim Malays to see let alone pronounce, then the Chinese here would have to come out with surnames, like Alee, creatively reinvented from Lee, to please their masters.

    Posted 4 years ago by Mo Zhi

  • Thus year it's the Dog and next will be the Pig....these are animals created by God and Muslims don't accept God's creations ? It's the Muslims that wanted to create a new world which they wanted ....let's face facts and accept life as it is! These folks in Bolehland had created things today and in the past with their narrow mindedness and most backed fired on them. Wake up and accept this facts of life and live live to the fullest. LOL

    Posted 4 years ago by Crishan Veera

  • Im a Malay, Im a Muslim, and I dont mind the non muslim want to use dog or pig as decoration. just go ahead. I dont understand why most Malay is very sensitive to this. Your faith will decrease ke? I really dont understand the mentality. Thou some Malay are very open minded to these, i still cant 'brain' why most of us cant accept that we live in a multi cultural country, if there are dogs, or pigs, or even cross decorations, thats not for us muslim la bang. We have our eid, even though we slaughter cow to give to the poor, do we see any hindu stop our festive? no right? So bang, please la, if the non muslim wants to celebrate their festival, with their own way, let it be. It does not bother any muslim at all. but pelik, it bother malays. hmmm

    Posted 4 years ago by T Scalper

  • Just because we muslim prohibited to pet dog or eat pig, it doesn't mean we hate them. They're still created by God. They have the same right to live like other animals. It's even a good deed to feed a dog for an example.
    Those malays who hate dog/pig that they going to kick the animals ass are narrow minded. So decoration is probably a way to open their mind a little.

    Posted 4 years ago by Rosli M

  • I think the Sunway Mall COO think too much.

    Posted 4 years ago by Loo Tham