100 days – Day 96: Scottie Dogs
THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES: BARKING MAD!
Politicians and religious leaders in Malaysia have criticised the Commonwealth Games organisers for the use of Scottie dogs during the Opening Ceremony; about forty Scotties. wearing tartan coats (with the name of each National Team on them, led the athletes around Celtic Park, as each country paraded in.
Why the objection? Are they cat lovers instead (try training a cat to lead in a bunch of sport competitors!) No! Rather, the use of dogs connected to Muslim countries was “disrespectful”.
One newspaper reported:
‘Many Muslims refuse to have direct contact with dogs, which are considered by some to be “unclean” in Islamic culture. Some overseas Muslim groups have reportedly previously called for a jihad on dogs.
Possibly making matters worse was the fact that Jock, who was supposed to lead out the Malaysian team, sat down and refused to move as soon as his coat was put on, meaning he had to be carried by the team representative.
Mohamad Sabu, the deputy president of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party said: “Malaysia and all Islamic countries deserve and apology from the organiser.
“This is just so disrespectful to Malaysia and Muslims – especially as it happened during Ramadan. Muslims are not allowed to touch dogs, so the organiser should have been more aware and sensitive on this issue.
“It is hoped this incident can teach other Western countries to be more respectful in the future.”
Dato Ibrahim Bin Ali, a far-Right politician, former MP and founder and president of Malay supremacist group Perkasa also called for an apology.
“I think it is unbecoming. The hosts have not been sensitive enough – especially in a so-called knowledgeable and civilised society like Britain,” he said. “It is shameful and has offended not only Malaysia as a Muslim country, but Muslims around the world.” ‘
JOCK, the mascot for the Malaysian team, commented, “Woof, Grrr, Arff!!” (loosely translated: “stupid *****”)
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