Tourism Ministry told to be more considerate about Malaysia’s multi-racial and multi-religious makeup.
PETALING JAYA: Part of the audit report tabled in Parliament today concerned an audit conducted on the Fabulous Food 1Malaysia event that revealed a variety of non-halal stalls serving dishes with pork, frogs and wine in it.
The issue of contention seemed to be that the event was a government-sponsored one and that the non-halal food was not segregated in a separate part of the area, but displayed and sold alongside halal dishes.
According to the report, “It was found that these shops were not segregated and placed side-by-side to stalls that were selling halal food.”
The report also contained a word of caution to the Tourism Ministry, reminding officials that some degree for consideration was required for those who did not consume non-halal food as Malaysia was a multi-racial, multi-religious nation.
“…the organiser and ministry must consider the factor of religious or ethnic sensitivities which mirrors Malaysian culture.
“Other than respecting the ideological and religious diversity, it is also to ensure inter-racial harmony is maintained,” the report read.
The report highlighted that among the non-halal dishes served at the FF1M 2013 in Jalan Alor was bak kut teh, frogs, claypot wine chicken, claypot pork feet and pork noodles.
Another such event in Taman Johor Jaya served Chinese hamburgers and frogs.