Timah whisky issue: Society needs to be educated to think logically, says Azalina

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Society needs to be educated to think in a more logical manner, following the controversy over the local whiskey brand 'Timah', says Pengerang Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

"When we were small, we ate hotdog, coneydog, so how? Our children love hotdogs, don’t say that we tell them that they can’t ... so I think this is important that we need to teach our society to think in a more logical manner,” she said.

Azalina said this when interjecting in Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Rosol Wahid’s winding up debate on the Trade Descriptions (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday (Oct 28).

Rosol said that there was indeed a need to produce a mature, prudent and responsible society so as not to take advantage of any issue for the benefit and profit of certain parties.

"We don't want it (the issue of misinterpretation of product names) to be a precedent... In the future (perhaps) there will also be an issue related to root beer. This will see no end,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Dewan Rakyat, sitting today, passed the Trade Descriptions (Amendment) Bill 2021 which seeks to amend the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 (Act 730), to restructure and strengthen its functions to be more comprehensive.

Act 730, among others, aims at promoting good trade practices by prohibiting false trade descriptions and false or misleading statements, conduct or practices in relation to the supply of goods and services. - Bernama

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