Let’s take a stand for once. Don’t let stupid people win.
what’s going on with “Timah” whiskey. These guys had been around for a
while. They went about their business in peace. No one complained. Then
this year, they won some awards. The local social media radar picked
this up. The empty tins started singing.
Timah is a common contraction of the Muslim female name “Fatimah”,
they say. Never mind that “timah” is, simply, the Malay word for “tin” —
an ancient word, by the way, with Austronesian roots far predating
“Fatimah”. Never mind that this was the intended meaning all along. The
irresistible, inevitable conclusion is that “timah” refers to the Muslim
female name “Fatimah”. There can be no other reading. A straw (wo)man
was invented, the fiction propped up and magnified to humour the
stupidity of the masses. To drink the stuff was to drink a Malay woman,
whatever that means. This was a calculated insult to their religion, and
so help them God, Timah whiskey should close shop to spare their poor
else is one to do? Should we expect DBP to coin a new term for “tin”?
The Latin-derived “stanum” perhaps, like how the Malay word for
“potassium” is “kalium”?
this self-righteous gatekeeping only feeds the perception that Islam is
either so insecure a religion, or its adherents in this country so
monumentally stupid, that they are terrified by phantoms that they
themselves conjured in the first place.
isn’t a slippery slope. It’s happened before and it will happen again.
It’s been going on for years, if not decades. We let it happen. We keep
letting stupid people hijack the narrative and write themselves into the
script as the hero of the story. We keep letting stupid people win.
Lest we forget:
took down their Hari Raya billboard ad because stupid people couldn’t
tell the difference between a pig and a wombat in a baju Melayu.
housing development in Langkawi had to repaint their roofs because
stupid people saw Christian crosses in the design and nauzubillah it was
messing up their iman.
Anne’s had to call their pretzel dogs “pretzel sausages” because stupid
people calling the shots on what’s halal in this country didn’t want to
associate ritually impure “dogs” with food. Heaven forbid it might
confuse Muslims into thinking the dear things contain actual dog meat.
(I’m looking at you too, A&W. “RB” in place of “root beer”? For
You really can’t make this up. Team Stupid: 3 — Everyone Else: 0.
that last point, here’s some earth-shattering news: there’s a chain of
hot dog joints throughout the Middle East called “Wazzup Dog”. Catchy
name. Good reviews. Look them up. Pretty sure they’re halal, too. Let’s
out-halal them by pretending hot dogs are not called hot dogs.
Let’s go full stupid. Let’s rename guinea pigs next.
we keep caving in to stupid people, others will think they are right
after all. We need to crash this bandwagon fallacy. We can’t afford to
let the tyranny of the stupidity dictate where things are going for this
the time of writing, the people behind Timah are considering a name
change. I wish them all the best, whatever the decision may be. It’s
their call to make. That said, it would be nice to see them stand their
ground against stupidity. Maybe then the empty tins would shout
themselves hoarse, tire of the silliness, and then shut up in good time.