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A Malaysian-made whisky has sparked controversy, with some calling for sales of the liquor to be banned.
Some see the name and design of the award-winning spirit as insulting to Islam, the country’s main religion, and calls have gone up for sales of the whiskey to be banned.
However, some say this furore is largely political, pointing out that political parties have in the past portrayed themselves as defenders of a faith or a race as a tactic to gain votes.
Communications Director Iskandar Fareez states that this controversy may have been initially incited to further a political agenda from either a religious or racial perspective targeted towards a group from their electoral base.
Certain political actors will continue to stir outrage. As responsible Malaysians, we should break this cycle and reject all-out anyone who play this dangerous game.