Oh Lawd! You’d think that God had no hand in creating pigs. If you’re a believer, of course. If you’re not you’d probably wonder what porcine mentality inhabits the works at KHL Printing Company.
Do they think that Muslims would somehow be defiled if they chanced on a photo of a pig? And why only the faces of pigs? Why not the pot bellies and teats hanging from the underbellies? Sure if anything is to give offence they would be the items to do that rather than those cute faces.
But such is the Malaysia we have. Its been like this for a long time but lately its been shoved deeper into the sty and as a result there’s a lot of hogwash there.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 — Seemingly innocuous pictures of pigs in the front and middle pages of today’s International New York Times (NYT) have been blacked out in the Malaysian edition of the paper, raising both amusement and concern among readers.
A frontpage story in the international newspaper featured a picture of piglets standing in the snow but the printers of the Malaysian edition, KHL Printing Co, had blacked out the faces of each animal.
A continuation of the story about rising demand for pigs reared in the open on page 19 of the paper got the same treatment, with the faces of two adult pigs blacked out.
A representative from the printing company based in Shah Alam told the Malay Mail Online in a telephone conversation that pictures of pigs are not allowed in a Muslim country like Malaysia.
“From last time also we do this. If there is picture of nudes or like this we will cover. This is a Muslim country,” the spokesman said when asked why the faces of the pigs had been censored.
In standard English, his remark would translate as: “We’ve been doing this for some time. We block out pictures of nudes and things like these. This is a Muslim country.”