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Ministry Says The 'Barking Cock' In Its CNY Ad Happened Due To A 'Technical Error'

However, no explanation was offered.

Cover image via Malaysiakini

On Thursday night, the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) issued an apology on its official Facebook page regarding its full-page CNY ad that appeared in major newspapers, depicting a "barking rooster" instead of the dog

The full-page CNY ad featuring a rooster barking, "Wang! Wang!" was published in major newspapers in the country on Thursday, 15 February.

While the word's original meaning is prosperity, it was used in numerous Chinese New Year advertisements this year to depict a dog barking.

The full-page ad published in Sin Chew Daily featuring a rooster barking, "Wang! Wang!"

Image via mykpdnkk

The ministry said that it happened due to a "technical error"

"KPDNKK would like to extend a million apologies for the publishing of the Chinese New Year advertisement. It is due to a technical error in the advertisement.

"Happy Chinese New Year for those who are celebrating and Happy Holidays to all Malaysians. Gong Xi Fa Cai!" read the statement posted in Bahasa Malaysia.

However, no explanation was offered as to how the ministry managed to confuse a rooster with a dog. While the wrong zodiac animal was printed, the advertisement carried the right message.

The message in the CNY ad read: "We welcome a prosperous year of the dog. We wholeheartedly wish people from all walks of life a happy lunar new year."

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

Image via mykpdnkk

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