House Burgled

Just as I was ranting on the state of our security in my last blogpost, my house got burgled on Friday morning (15 April 2011), probably around 12pm. No one was at home at that time and my Mum just stepped out for lunch.

When she came home, the front door was opened. The locks of my tenant, Mum and my room were broken. We lock each and every of our rooms for security reasons. I immediately rushed home from office and called our security guard to head to my house.

When I arrived, the guards were there checking the house. My mum’s room and my tenant’s room were open. My door was damaged but not opened.

I think the the thief had a hard time entering my room. There are two entrances to my room – one from the balcony and one from the living room. The thief broke one of the locks of my balcony door but he couldn’t get through my 40-years-old steel door. I could see the frustration he had breaking through this door from the ripped mosquito nets.

However, he somehow managed to enter my room by breaking the side of my living room door and squeezed into my room.

Only a small lock was breached (which is actually a dummy lock. It doesn’t lock properly).

When I came into my room, everything was in a mess, but I find my iPad, SLR, dSLR and PC still there! I wonder why they didn’t take them!

Nevertheless, I was so relieved especially when I see my PC still there. However, they took my old Nokia 8850, which doesnt work anymore!

Well, we are fortunate that no one was home when the break in occurred. I did found my parang (machete) in the garden. The thief could have taken it.

We lost cash, an identity card, my old 8850 Nokia (wtf) and our sense of security. I pay RM100 per month to have security guards patrolling our area but unfortunately they didn’t see the thieves.

We didn’t make any police report cause we think that it’s a waste of time. Nothing can be done to undo this. My only worry is that they will return – to take things that they did not take. I just emptied my house of all cash.

The only thing I want now is the Government improving security in Malaysia. Can you deliver Kerajaan Barisan Nasional????

Malaysian Crime Rate

After reading that our Home Minister announced that the crime index rate had dropped by 15.3% while street crime dropped a whopping 38.7% from the article “Dear Minister, lower crime rate my foot!“, my first Ah Beng reaction was, “WHERE GOT! SO MANY PEOPLE GOT ROBBED!”.

Snatch thefts and robberies are rampant nowadays. I had lunch with a group of friends few weeks ago and out of the 6 ladies on the table, 5 of them were either victims of snatch theft or robbery.

One of the most common snatch thief/robbery methods is to break a car’s passenger’s seat window when the car is at at stationery position e.g. at a traffic light. It happens so fast until most people can react to it. Check out the Youtube video:

You should read the comments to see how many people were also victims of such crime!

Some residents around my area have been working hard trying to protect our residential area. This have bore fruits. If you recall, I blogged about a would-be-robber who got caught by the securities guard at my area.

These residents have also taken a step forward by creating a social networking portal for residents to mingle and providing updates. The latest news is about some youths attacking our guards.

The guard at post Jalan Sepakat 6 saw some guys running into Jalan Sepakat 4 and alerted the other guard who was patrolling at Jalan Sepakat 8. Together they went to investigate and saw 2 guys in Jln 4 one was shirtless and both were barefooted. The guards asked them what they were doing there and without any notice they started hitting the guards. The guards then talkie (wireless) for help.

I received an alert on my talkie (wireless) at 1.15am that there were some guys attacking my guards. They (our guards) had ran off leaving their motorbikes there as the guys started breaking the motorsbikes. I rushed to Jalan sepakat 4 where the incident took place. Upon see us those guys ran off towards the flats opposite the 7-eleven. I had called the Police while I was rushing to site.

We gave chase and managed to catch one of the guys and handcuffed him. On the other side my supervisor also caught one guy near the 7-eleven but his friends came with WEAPONS and started to attack my supervisor, so he ran for his life.

I talkie to my guards and supervisors to come back to site (Jln sepakat 4) we took the bikes up to guard post and while we were there the Police arrived and as I was explaining to the police, another group of 8 to 10 guys came rushing at us with weapons and started hitting one of my supervisor IN FRONT OF THE POLICEMEN. The policemen asked them to stop but they did not, and that is when the policeman took out his gun and told them to stop or else he will shoot. The guys were very defiant and also challenged the police to shoot. I had no choice but to step in and protect my supervisor. The policeman called for backup and before the backup arrived the guys had left the place, and gathered at the mamak stall down the road.

The above incident was witnessed by Dr. Paul and Mr. Sean Oon who were there throughout the happening and also saw live action of the actual footage of the incident. I really appreciated them being there when we need the residents support.

Then recently, I saw this writeup posted on Facebook.

This is my sad story, a one really unforgetable moment in my life. Finally its my turn to experience an unfortunate event.

Yesterday, between 10.00 to 10.30am at Elite highway, i have been hijacked.

I make my way home from work place around 9.30, reached Cyberjaya toll around 9.50. I then take an exit to Shah Alam. Just about 50 metres after i take my left lane from the exit, i noticed one Mercedes E Class 240 from right lane behind me, take a closer range to me. At first, i dont bother, but then it came really near and wind down window on passenger side, i saw one Malay guy, with PDRM cap and long sleeve shirt look alike police traffic, ask me to pull aside. At that time, i was thinking, whether to run or not. If i run, im not sure if im fast enough to outrun them, or if they are real police, i would get shot, and if they are not real police, if they have gun, sure they can outrun me and put a bullet inside my head, so i make a stop.

The Malay guy on passenger side came down and approached me, i was still inside car at that moment. That guy ask me to came out. Thinking it was high profile police driving Merc, so i go out while shutting down the engine. That guy circulate my car and mention that this car was suspected as stolen car. I straight away deny it, and that guy ask me to follow him to police station, so i said OK, but before that i ask him one thing, where is your badge id? And then bad dream happen.

The guy suddenly grab my hand, try to cuff me with his handcuff, and try to drag me into the Merc, i struggle myself to get away as strong as i can, and drag that guy to opposite way. I managed to let myself go but the guy managed to confiscate my car key. I make no turn, run as fast as i can to opposite way of the highway while shouting and waiving hands for help, but no one make a stop, thinking it was real police try to catch me and i am the criminal!

After a while, i look back and saw the second guy, the driver, also Malay, came out, drive my car and gone with the Merc. After a while, one lorry reply my waiving and took me to nearest toll booth where i find one patrol car there, i end up until dawn at police station reporting everything.

I lost my car, my notebook, my phone, and nearly my life if i were successfully dragged into the car. I may end up like Susilawati case though.

The case has been classified as high profile crime, because robbing at daylight, in public, no mask on, and possible firearm involve. So guys, beware, my advice, always speeding, dont care about the speedtrap, your life is more importanr than the ticket that u have to pay

I think putting more policemen on the streets wouldn’t help much. These criminals would just move to places where policemen are hardly seen. Solving crime is more than putting policemen on the streets. It has to do with society as a whole.

It’s sad to know that street crime is not properly dealt with. Our politicians are busy fighting over sodomy case, sex tapes and irrelevant matters. Although some may that crime is attribute to certain races, to me, rampancy of crime is affected by the state of the society and also economy. Who wants to rob if the country is doing well?

Citizens have to resort to protecting themselves by setting up their own security teams and taking matters on their own hands. Nowadays we have no qualms in beating up or running over snatch thieves or robbers. Just like the snatch thief who had his penis crushed and detached.

With the general elections coming up, I hope voters show their dissatisfaction over this issue. My message is pretty simple. We vote politicians to run the country – while we are busy with our daily life.

If they don’t do a good job, we vote them out. Simple as that.

AFF Suzuki Cup Finals – 1st Leg – Malaysia v Indonesia

The game scheduled to start at 8pm but the crowd started trickling in at 4pm. My futsal kakis and I reached there at 645pm and the roads towards to stadium was congested!

We parked our cars at one of the housing areas of Bukit Jalil. It took us 15 minutes to walk to the stadium. We were soaked with sweat by the time we got there!

Policemen issued summons to those parked on the roadside.

Motorcycles were parked all over the roads. We had to climb over them to get through the stadium -_-

As we were approaching the stadium, thunderous roars of adorning fans were heard. The excitement builds as we reach the entrance.

Screams and shouts of street vendors were heard as well. I haven’t had my lunch and dinner before the game. Ping said there’s KFC sold over there. I found KFC – Kelantan Fried Chop.

The stadium was extremely packed. It was very difficult for us to find a seat. I wouldn’t recommend anyone to bring their parents, wives, girlfriend or children. They’ll probably get squashed or “water kena stolen” (chau sui – molested)

We had to sit on the floor – by the walkway. Usually there is enough space for people to pass but this time round the space was occupied as well. Basically, one cannot walk through the lane without kicking anyone.

I managed to secure a spot just right in front of the railing. But after squatting and sitting throughout the first half, I decided to shove my legs through the railings and sit on the concrete base. My butt was numb thereafter -_-

I was worried that my sandals will fall down…

I wonder if tickets were oversold because seats were all taken and people had to sit and stand at all sorts of places.

Some stood on the fragile-looking-shaky bridge. It shakes whenever someone walks on it. Further, you can see what is underneath the floor.

Anyway, I had a bird eye’s view of the field!

First corner of the match!

There’s a Suzuki Swift behind every goalpost!

The game was stopped for a few minutes because the Indonesian players complained that they were distracted by a green laser light. It continued thereafter but the added extra time was 8 minutes. Longest I’ve ever seen!

Video of Indonesian players walking out from the pitch

Malaysia scored the first goal during the second half. The fans roared with excitement and relieve. We thought we would have a draw in this game.

But the downside of a goal is that some people would hurl mineral water bottles to the pitch. Some bottles don’t go far and ended up on someone’s head.

Video of all the goals.

Police was there to record down disturbances – or maybe just a blank camcorder to scare people.

End results. Malaysia 3 – Indonesia 0!

Notice the seats were vacant before full time? Many Malaysians moved to the Indonesian reserved terraces. It was a like a game of checkers.

After the game, many Indonesians were pretty unhappy over the laser incident. So much so #MalaysiaCheatLaser became the highest trended topic on Twitter!

2nd leg of the finals will be played in Indonesia on 29th December. Hope Malaysia will win again.

Malaysia Boleh!

Robber Caught!

That was the headline of the flyer inside my mailbox.

For once, the civilians triumph! The security guards at my area caught a would-be robber!

What happened was that the security guards saw a suspicious car and approached it. Immediately thereafter, two men ran out from the car and the guards gave chase. One of them was caught. He was then photographed and his picture was splashed in the flyer.

The flyer mentioned that he was handed to the police. He was equipped wit a bag-full of break-in tools. Apparently, he admitted his intentions to the police. The man is a Chinese and he is a Singaporean…wtf?

Looks like the security in Singapore is so good that Singaporean robbers have to come to Malaysia to rob.

The only unfortunately bit of this flyer is that a neighbour lamented the lack of participation in the security fund by other neighbours. It’s sad to know that some of my neighbours are enjoying what we all fork in with paying a single cent. I wonder if there is a way to get many of them to join. Perhaps we should consider hiring an Ah Long to collect payment from them.

The security in Malaysia is getting terrible. Every day we hear news of friends or friends of friends being robbed. Hiring security guards doesn’t help to improve the country’s security. Robbers can just head to those places without security guards.

I guess the best way is to improve the economy of the country. If everyone is well off, there is no need to rob right? There is of course the hardened criminals but reducing the numbers would be a great start.

Anyway… Civilians 1 – Robber 0!

What do the Chinese want?

I read this from fourfeetnine‘s blog. I find it a very provoking article.

“Chinese Malaysians Asking Far Too Much”

By Zaini Hassan
Source – Straits Times, published Apr 30, 2010

WHAT else do Chinese Malaysians want? Let us put aside the reasons why they do not support the current government in Kuala Lumpur. Let us study first what else they want.

For that, we have to go back to history. The Chinese came to Malaya to seek opportunities. They had lived a hard life in mainland China for hundreds of years. Like the whites who migrated to the American continent because it was the land of opportunity, the Chinese migrated to Malaya to make their fortunes in this bountiful land.

The strategy of their forebears has borne fruit. The Chinese have attained what they wanted. They now live in the lap of luxury in this land of opportunity called Malaysia.

In fact, it is not only in Malaysia that they have attained what they wanted. They have even gained full control of Singapore. Singapore is not their original country. The Singapore Chinese and the Malaysian Chinese were originally boat people. The difference is that those who landed in Singapore managed to gain full control of Singapore, but those who landed in Malaysia did not manage to control Malaysia.

In Malaysia, the Chinese live in peace with the Malays, the indigenous people and the Indians. In comparison, in Singapore, the Chinese control politics and the Government. In Malaysia, the Malays still control politics and the government. The systems of both governments are the same, but it is vice versa: The Malays dominate in Malaysia while the Chinese dominate across the Causeway.

In contrast, the Malays in Singapore and the Chinese in Malaysia are very different. The Malays in Singapore lead ordinary lives while the Chinese in Malaysia lead lives that are ‘more than ordinary’.

In fact, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad once stated that if all the Chinese-owned buildings in Kuala Lumpur were lifted from the map, only the buildings in Kampung Baru, a Malay area, would remain in the city.

All the other buildings are owned by Chinese Malaysians. The well-known shopping centres in Malaysia are owned by the Chinese.
The Chinese Malaysians are fantastic. They control all the cities and major towns in peninsular Malaysia, as well as Sabah and Sarawak. They produce the largest number of, and the most successful, professionals. The school system of the Chinese Malaysians is the best among similar school systems in the world.

The Chinese account for most of the students studying in the best private colleges in Malaysia. The Malays can gain admission into only government-owned colleges of ordinary reputation.

With regard to corporate and private organisations, it is the Chinese who dominate. The Malays number just a few; most of them are low-level employees. In fact, knowing Mandarin is a prerequisite for applying for jobs in these organisations.

Finally, an annual survey by the Malaysian Business magazine has found that eight of the 10 richest people in Malaysia are Chinese. The following is the list of the 10 richest people in Malaysia:

Mr Robert Kuok Hock Nien
Mr Tatparanandam Ananda Krishnan
Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng
Tan Sri The Hong Piow
Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay
Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan
Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary
Puan Sri Lee Kim Hua
Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King
Tan Sri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun

This is the reality in Malaysia, my beloved country. Is the current government, which has been in power for 52 years, cruel and totalitarian? What else do the Chinese Malaysians want? I think I know, and I think you know too.


All I can say after reading this article is, NIAMA. This fellow got nothing else to do other than trying to divide the races in Malaysia. I think its time for race based politics to go. All races in Malaysia should work together for the goodness of the country and not just for their own race.

I am glad that Kee Thuan Chye of Free Malaysia Today gave a good response.

Thuan Chye Responds to “Orang Cina Malaysia, apa lagi yang anda mahu?”(Utusan Malaysia article)

By Kee Thuan Chye
Every time the Barisan Nasional gets less than the expected support from Chinese voters at an election, the question invariably pops up among the petty-minded: Why are the Chinese ungrateful?

So now, after the Hulu Selangor by-election, it’s not surprising to read in Utusan Malaysia a piece that asks: “Orang Cina Malaysia, apa lagi yang anda mahu?” (trans. Chinese of Malaysia, what more do you want?)

Normally, something intentionally provocative and propagandistic as this doesn’t deserve to be honoured with a reply. But even though I’m fed up with such disruptive and ethnocentric polemics, this time I feel obliged to reply – partly because the article has also been published, in an English translation, in the Straits Times of Singapore.
I wish to emphasise here that I am replying not as a Chinese Malaysian but, simply, as a Malaysian. Let me say at the outset that the Chinese have got nothing more than what any citizen should get. So to ask “what more” it is they want, is misguided. A correct question would be, “What do the Chinese want?”

All our lives, we Chinese have held to the belief that no one owes us a living. We have to work for it. Most of us have got where we are by the sweat of our brow, not by handouts or the policies of the government.
We have come to expect nothing – not awards, not accolades, not gifts from official sources. (Let’s not lump in Datukships, that’s a different ball game.) We know that no Chinese who writes in the Chinese language will ever be bestowed the title of Sasterawan Negara, unlike in Singapore where the literatures of all the main language streams are recognised and honoured with the Cultural Medallion, etc.

We have learned we can’t expect the government to grant us scholarships. Some will get those, but countless others won’t. We’ve learned to live with that and to work extra hard in order to support our children to attain higher education – because education is very important to us. We experience a lot of daily pressure to achieve that. Unfortunately, not many non-Chinese realise or understand that. In fact, many Chinese had no choice but to emigrate for the sake of their children’s further education. Or to accept scholarships from abroad, many from Singapore, which has inevitably led to a brain drain.

The writer of the Utusan article says the Chinese “account for most of the students” enrolled in “the best private colleges in Malaysia”. Even so, the Chinese still have to pay a lot of money to have their children study in these colleges. And to earn that money, the parents have to work very hard. The money does not fall from the sky.
The writer goes on to add: “The Malays can gain admission into only government-owned colleges of ordinary reputation.” That is utter nonsense. Some of these colleges are meant for the cream of the Malay crop of students and are endowed with the best facilities. They are given elite treatment.
The writer also fails to acknowledge that the Chinese are barred from being admitted to some of these colleges. As a result, the Chinese are forced to pay more money to go to private colleges. Furthermore, the Malays are also welcome to enrol in the private colleges, and many of them do. It’s, after all, a free enterprise.

Plain and simple reason
The writer claims that the Chinese live “in the lap of luxury” and lead lives that are “more than ordinary” whereas the Malays in Singapore, their minority-race counterparts there, lead “ordinary lives”. Such sweeping statements sound inane especially when they are not backed up by definitions of “lap of luxury” and “ordinary lives”. They sound hysterical, if not hilarious as well, when they are not backed up by evidence. It’s surprising that a national daily like Utusan Malaysia would publish something as idiosyncratic as that. And the Straits Times too.
The writer quotes from a survey that said eight of the 10 richest people in Malaysia are Chinese. Well, if these people are where they are, it must have also come from hard work and prudent business sense. Is that something to be faulted?

If the writer had said that some of them achieved greater wealth through being given crony privileges and lucrative contracts by the government, there might be a point, but even then, it would still take hard work and business acumen to secure success. Certainly, Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, who is one of the 10, would take exception if it were said that he has not worked hard and lacks business savvy.

Most important, it should be noted that the eight Chinese tycoons mentioned in the survey represent but a minuscule percentage of the wider Chinese Malaysian population. To extrapolate that because eight Chinese are filthy rich, the rest of the Chinese must therefore live in the lap of luxury and lead more than ordinary lives would be a mockery of the truth. The writer has obviously not met the vast numbers of very poor Chinese.

The crux of the writer’s article is that the Chinese are not grateful to the government by not voting for Barisan Nasional at the Hulu Selangor by-election. But this demonstrates the thinking of either a simple mind or a closed one.
Why did the Chinese by and large not vote for BN? Because it’s corrupt. Plain and simple. Let’s call a spade a spade. And BN showed how corrupt it was during the campaign by throwing bribes to the electorate, including baiting a Chinese school in Rasa by promising RM3 million should it win the by-election.

The Chinese were not alone in seeing this corruption. The figures are unofficial but one could assume that at least 40 per cent of Malays and 45 per cent of Indians who voted against BN in that by-election also had their eyes open. So, what’s wrong with not supporting a government that is corrupt? If the government is corrupt, do we continue to support it?

To answer the question then, what do the Chinese want?
They want a government…

a. that is not corrupt;

b. that can govern well and proves to have done so;

c. that tells the truth rather than lies;

d. that follows the rule of law;

e. that upholds rather than abuses the country’s sacred institutions.

Because BN does not fit that description, the Chinese have learned not to vote for it. This is not what only the Chinese want. It is something every sensible Malaysian, regardless of race, wants. Is that something that is too difficult to understand?
Some people think that the government is to be equated with the country, and therefore if someone does not support the government, they are being disloyal to the country. This is a complete fallacy. BN is not Malaysia. It is merely a political coalition that is the government of the day. Rejecting BN is not rejecting the country.

A sense of belonging
Let’s be clear about this important distinction. In America, the people sometimes vote for the Democrats and sometimes for the Republicans. Voting against the one that is in government at the time is not considered disloyalty to the country.
By the same token, voting against UMNO is also voting against a party, not against a race. And if the Chinese or whoever criticise UMNO, they are criticising the party; they are not criticising Malays. It just happens that UMNO’s leaders are Malay.
It is time all Malaysians realised this so that we can once and for all dispel the confusion. Let us no longer confuse country with government. We can love our country and at the same time hate the government. It is perfectly all right.

I should add here what the Chinese don’t want:

a. We don’t want to be insulted,

b. We don’t want to be called pendatang

c. We don’t want to be told to be grateful for our citizenship.

We have been loyal citizens; we duly and dutifully pay taxes; we respect the country’s constitution and its institutions. Our forefathers came to this country many generations ago and helped it to prosper. We are continuing to contribute to the country’s growth and development.

Would anyone like to be disparaged, made to feel unwelcome or unwanted? For the benefit of the writer of the Utusan article, what MCA president Chua Soi Lek means when he says the MCA needs to be more vocal is that it needs to speak up whenever the Chinese community is disparaged. For too long, the MCA has not spoken up strongly enough when UMNO politicians and associates like Ahmad Ismail, Nasir Safar, Ahmad Noh and others before them insulted the Chinese and made them feel like they don’t belong. That’s why the Chinese have largely rejected the MCA.
You see, the Chinese, like all human beings, want self-respect. And a sense of belonging in this country they call home. That is all the Chinese want, and have always wanted. Nothing more.

The Utusan Malaysia article: Orang Cina Malaysia, apa lagi yang anda mahu?

Dramatist and journalist Kee Thuan Chye is the author of ‘March 8: The Day Malaysia Woke Up’. He is a contributor to Free Malaysia Today.

Malaysia – a copy cat nation – Part II

If you remember my old entry about Malaysia – a copycat nation, I blogged about the lack of originality in Malaysia. I spoke about how our Malaysian flag is similar to the US flag and also how our national anthem is similar to a 1940s songs, Mamula Moon by Felix Mendelssohn and His Hawaiian Serenaders.

Strangely, my old entry was copied by one xxess, a Malaysian student. In fact, he copied a substantial part of this website and called it his own.

You can read about it at

But this entry is not about Malaysia being a copycat nation. This entry is about the evolvement of our artistic capability.

The newly launched show produced by our very own Ah-Niu is a very clear example. The show, Ice Kacang Puppy Love is an excellent show starred by many Malaysian artists. Highly recommended to everyone to watch this show.

The other example is the song “What you waiting for” by Mizz Nina feat. Colby O’Donis. When I first hear it, I thought its some pop song from US. Then I realised that “Kuala Lumpur” was mentioned in the song!

Malaysia boleh!

Cars with Figurines

I thought having Doraemon painted on a car is a little bit overboard.

But this Pajero with car plate no. WGM340 defined the new meaning of overboard.

I think the owner is trying to populate this side now…

How many cartoon characters can you spot? Let’s see…

Doraemon, Ronald McDonald, Colonel Sanders, Donald Duck, Hamburgler, Mario Bros, Goofy, Ultraman, Aladdin, Spiderman, Hello Kitty, Tweety Bird, Astro Boy, Batman, Minnie Mouse, Keropi, Tigger, My Little Pony, Dragon Ball, Jumbo, Santa Claus?

Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali – Don’t Talk Shit Remix

If you haven’t been following the news, Ibrahim Ali is a Malaysian politician and is currently the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Pasir Mas constituency in Kelantan, Malaysia. He is well known for his extreme stance in allegedly fighting and defending the rights of the Malays which he feels are being challenged by non-Malays in Malaysia.

In a recent interview with international news network Al-Jazeera, Ibrahim Ali uttered profanities after being asked about the non Malays feel like being treated as 2nd class citizens.

Ibrahim Ali’s video starts at 0:59.

Yet another Malaysia Boleh moment!

Recently, the Shieking Monkeys came out with an awesome remix of Ibrahim Ali’s video. Made me LOL!!


Melbourne Shuffle & Malaysian Police

Melbourne Shuffle has taken another great step in Malaysia. I just saw a video of 2 men dressed in what seems to look like our Malaysia police uniform! They can liquid and do the running man yo! Must be practising to go undercover!

I wonder if this is real! If it is, they should be prepared for DJ Flowers, a 69 years old granny!

Nama Bah Kut Teh Adalah Haram

If you have been reading the news, this piece of news irked some people.

Jakim: Bak kut teh halal tak boleh dianggap halal

PETALING JAYA, Dis 22 — Penggunaan istilah bak kut teh halal boleh mengelirukan umat Islam di samping bertentangan hukum syarak kerana bercanggah dengan kaedah fiqah yang ditetapkan oleh Islam.

Ketua Penolong Pengarah Jabatan Kemajuan Agama Islam Malaysia (Jakim) Lokman Abdul Rahman berkata, bak kut teh tidak boleh dianggap halal kerana ia masih mengekalkan penggunaan nama yang haram mengikut hukum Islam.

Source: Malaysia Insider.

I am not sure whether Malaysia Insider has quoted Encik Lokman correctly but if translated into English, it would mean that the name “Bah Kut Teh” is haram. How can a name be haram?

Anyway, some chaps from University Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia debunked Encik Lokman with this article.

Tetapi sekiranya bak kut teh dilihat dari sudut bahasanya di mana bahasa itu adalah bahasa hokkien, ‘bak’ bermakna daging dan ia tidak merujuk secara khusus kepada daging babi sahaja tetapi apa jua daging. Begitu juga dengan ‘kut’ yang bermakna tulang dan bukan tulang babi saja. ‘Teh’ pula adalah teh. Maka, bak kut teh bermakna makanan teh daging tulang.

What it means above is that the words “Bah Kut Teh” in Hokkien means “meat bone tea”. Read the entire article for more info.

This brings me to something I saw in a local comic book by the name Kreko. Kreko is a Japanese comic book in Malay language.

In one comic strip by the name “Yakitate!” which is about a boy who can cook very well, Kreko decided to cancel off part of the series because it involves making pork sandwich…

To see whether its offensive, you can read the censored part here.

Malaysia Boleh!