Malaysian ‘purity police’ swoop on pig bristle paint brushes

Malaysian ‘purity police’ swoop on pig bristle paint brushes

Thousands of paint brushes suspected of containing pig bristles were seized last week by Malaysian authorities after consumers in this Muslim-majority nation demanded a crackdown.

Pigs and dogs are considered unclean by many Muslims, who make up some 60 per cent of Malaysia’s 30 million people. It is illegal in the country to sell products made from any part of a pig or a dog, unless the goods are labelled and kept separately.

According to this report, Zarif Anwar, an enforcement official with the domestic trade and consumer ministry, said that since last Tuesday, officials nationwide have been inspecting shops selling paint brushes for art and commercial use.

He said the brushes seized were not labelled and found to have a different texture from other brushes and frayed ends, signs that they could be made from pig bristles.

In some cases, the brushes had a “halal” certification that had expired, he said. The halal tag is issued by an Islamic government body to certify products safe to be used by Muslims.

The seized brushes will be sent to a lab to be examined, Zarif said.

We want to protect consumers and we want traders to be aware of the religious sensitivity involved. This is a big offence.

He warned that traders who flout the rule face up to three years in jail, a fine of 100,000 ringgit (£18,000) or both.

Conservative attitudes have been on the rise in Malaysia. A wide range of products have been certified halal, from mineral water to a newly launched internet browser, to appeal to Muslims.

The Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia called for stricter enforcement not just for paint brushes, but for other products as well. An official from the group, Mr Nadzim Johan, said the association also received complaints that culinary brushes used in eateries may also contain pig bristles.

The key issue here is about labelling. We want Muslim consumers to be forewarned. It’s not fair to deceive them.

In other news from Malaysia, it is reported here that the country’s Islamic authority has suggested in a video that individuals can leap from homosexuality to heterosexuality like a person on a horse. The daft video was produced by the Islamic Development Department Malaysia (Jakim). Jakim said to change one’s sexual orientation, one must intend to do so for God’s sake instead of being forced to.

It also urged a repentant homosexual to quell his homosexual desires through heterosexual marriage, or subdue such desires by fasting.

The video also advised Muslims to be patient, and to help their LGBT friends change and return to the straight path.

Conversion therapy which consists of psychological treatment or spiritual counseling to change a person’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual, is widely seen by medical and scientific community as potentially harmful and a form of pseudo-science.

The practice is opposed and has been legally challenged, or even banned, in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, Israel, Lebanon, Malta, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The video has been watched more than 10,000 times, and received positive responses from Facebook users.

Azira Aziz wrote:

Congratulations Jakim for producing a video with no elements of hatred towards the LGBT. I hope Jakim’s missionary department can remind each state to not act rough towards the LGBT.

And Luq Harith wrote:

The video’s soft approach on advising, respect for privacy and emphasis on free will is definitely commendable. This is far better than saying they’re sinners, they’re going to hell.

The video however received criticisms for suggesting that homosexuality can be changed, such as by user Sheelabanu Sri Jaya who said:

This video is going to make people believe that there is a way to ‘change’ homosexuals into heterosexuals. No way you can do that.

And Huda Mutalib wrote:

I was not impressed by the video. And it’s very dangerous for them to encourage heterosexual marriage as a way to ‘fix’ the LGBT person, for the person, the spouse and the children they may bear.

Zulaikha Mohammad added:

Calling for reparative therapy is not exactly good intentions, let alone genuine respect that LGBT people should live their lives the way they want it to be.

15 responses to “Malaysian ‘purity police’ swoop on pig bristle paint brushes”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    ‘This is a big offence.’ No it isn’t, it’s just another pointless, petty bloody rule that serves no purpose other than to make people’s lives as joyless and miserable as possible.

  2. Newspaniard says:

    “…halal certification which had expired…” Does that mean when companies pay the jisya (sic) to get their products certified, that certification can expire? I am aware that Australia makes similar (huge) payments to islamic racketeers so that they can certify their products as being “halal”. Why a civilized country like Australia would wish to support terrorist linked organizations is beyond me, it probably shows how powerful the islamofascist lobby is in that country.

  3. Angela_K says:

    “It is illegal in the country to sell products….unless the goods are labelled and kept separately” If only our government would have the guts to apply this to halal.
    Reparative therapy, it doesn’t work, it just makes a gay person suppress their sexuality and in some cases kill themselves.

  4. Paul says:

    I love the fact that Muslims are so frightened by these brushes and things. It is perverse, idiotic and deserves ridicule. George Bush could simply have subdued the Islamic terrorist world with art Materials.

  5. Grey says:

    Islam is halal to me. I think we should all adopt that idea then we can legislate against islam.

  6. remigius says:

    “A wide range of products have been certified halal, from mineral water…”

    Those of us who prefer our water to taste of yummy natural porky goodness can simply use one of these.

  7. Club Secretary says:

    Lets see if I have got this right, a person can cure themselves of homosexuality by jumping a horse, I assume it means fucking a horse ( a mare of course) .

    A couple of years ago, a follower of the rop was caught in the act (so to speak) of fucking a horse in east London.

    I am surprised he didn’t use this medical practice as a defence when he was brought to court.

  8. If they get rid of bristles then how on earth will Muslim women be able to shave the hair from their pudenda and upper lips? And if Malaysians consider dogs to be unclean, then why do they eat so many of them? Woof woof woof. The madness never ends.

  9. L.Long says:

    And others think I am harsh by calling religious people stoopid, when they just go ahead and prove me right again!!!!

  10. No hole is safe when a goatfucker is near. Not even a doughnut or pineapple ring can be considered to be altogether free from danger. I discovered this to my cost when bathing nude, many moons ago, at the oasis of El-Sha-Wadi-Wadi, when what I at first took to be a hairy coconut falling upon my nether regions from an overhanging palm tree turned out on closer inspection to be something quite otherwise and most unexpected. Yes, reader, the object in question turned out to be the erect doo dah of a local camel herder named Ali Bongo. The rest of this tale is quite simply too disturbing to relate, so I shall at this point cease.

  11. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    The key issue here is about labelling. We want Muslim consumers to be forewarned. It’s not fair to deceive them.

    Same reason I want halal products labelled here in the UK. It’s not fair to deceive those of us who have no desire to purchase anything halal.

  12. Broga says:

    “dogs are considered unclean by many Muslims”. Try telling that to the thousands with guide dogs or disabled people with care dogs, or dogs that sniff out explosives, drugs and even cancer. Or the millions for whom a dog is the best companion they have.

    As for cleanliness, the aged, thickly bearded elderly men lusting after young girls via forced marriages look none too clean to me.

    Many people don’t like dogs and that is fine with me. But that is different from this unclean nonsense. Somebody said, “The more I see of men, the better I like dogs.” Of course, dogs have a huge advantage. They don’t do religion.

  13. StephenJP says:

    @Graham Martin-Royle: I understand that all New Zealand lamb is halal. Wonder if they’ll start labelling it properly after Brexit.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Do they bristle with indignation? (All right, I’ve got my coat!).

    Re New Zealand meat:

    I’m assuming that that is up to date. It looks as if not all NZ meat is halal, but that all animals are stunned, even those slaughtered according to religious requirements.

  15. Peter Ratcliff says:

    When the halal certification expires on a paint brush what happens?