PAS Minister Says Cabinet To Ban Product Names That Could Cause 'Distress' Among People

According to Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, the Cabinet has decided to take this step amidst the controversy over the name of a Malaysia-made whiskey brand Timah.

Cover image via Dato' Sri Tuan Ibrahim bin Tuan Man (Facebook)

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Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man has revealed that the Cabinet has agreed to ban products with brand names that can cause 'distress' or offend the sensitivities of people

According to Tuan Ibrahim, who is the PAS deputy president, the Cabinet decided to take this step towards protecting the sensitivities of any race or religion amidst the controversy over the whiskey brand Timah.

"The Cabinet has decided that there cannot be any production of goods that can cause distress among the rakyat including in the context of ethnicity and religion. This will be a policy," he reportedly said.

The PAS Minister was speaking at the PAS Youth Muktamar in Port Dickson earlier today, 30 October. The event was streamed live on the Facebook page of the PAS deputy president.

The PAS deputy president, however, did not elaborate on how such products, that can cause distress among the people, will be evaluated

During his speech, Tuan Ibrahim mentioned that issues concerning religions, when discussed in the Cabinet, are normally referred to PAS ministers, according to a report by Malay Mail.

"Whatever issues that concern the religion they will direct it to us, and this includes the issue of Timah," the portal reported him as saying.

PAS' Idris Ahmad serves as the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department for Religious Affairs.

According to Tuan Ibrahim, attempts to use the Timah issue against PAS has backfired against others.

It has been alleged that the Timah affronts the Muslim community

Amidst the controversy, the manufacturer has agreed to consider changing the Timah name, according to a statement by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP).

Read more about the Timah controversy here: