PETALING JAYA: The company that makes local whiskey Timah has agreed to consider changing the name and image on the label of its award-winning product, the Department of Home Trade and Consumer Affairs has said.
Its Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the company, Winepak Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd, had requested a week to discuss with its stakeholders and its board of directors the name and image change on the product.
“This is part of the joint decisions taken together during a meeting between representatives of the company and the government on Wednesday 27 October.
“The hybrid meeting took place in a harmonious environment within the concept of Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian family) to achieve consensus for the good of the nation,” he said in a statement Thursday (October 28th).
Alexander said the meeting came as the government took note of the issue surrounding the Timah whiskey brand, which has been the subject of discussions on social and electronic media since its launch in early October.
The meeting followed the first discussion held between Winepak and the Intellectual Property Company of Malaysia (MyIPO) on Monday, October 25.
Alexander added that the ministry, through MyIPO, will improve procedures, which involve several relevant ministries and agencies, so that a similar problem does not occur again in the future.
“I hope all parties can understand and give the government a chance to find the best solution for all parties involved,” he said.
Timah whiskey has courted the wrath of PAS and other Islamic groups in the nation because of its name Bahasa Malaysia.
Critics also argued that the portrait on the label of the Timah whiskey bottle looked like a man wearing a Muslim skullcap.
However, the maker explained that the name Timah referred to tin mining in colonial Malaysia while the man on its label is Captain Tristram Speedy, an English officer in Malaysia during British colonial times.