KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 – Mineral water producer Spritzer Berhad will withdraw all its water bottles that carry the Halal logo, along with the the picture of a Hindu deity, from the market with immediate effect. The company’s Public Relations Manager Winnie Chin said the company’s sales representatives would be asked to withdraw the products from the shelves of every retail outlet nationwide.
This is in response to the complaint by Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) chief Datuk Nadzim Johan today that the product would create doubts within the Muslim community. Nadzim had earlier said the logo was feared to suggest “elements of worship through the water”. He also questioned how the halal logo that was endorsed by Jakim could be used when the religious picture was there.
Apart from withdrawing the said product from the market, Spritzer would also cease the ongoing printing process, and prevent the products ready to be marketed from being sold or displayed. “Our company is not insensitive to religious issues. We just didn’t expect tourist hot spots would be associated with religious issues.
“This is unintended, we did not purposely offend anyone,” Chin told The Rakyat Post. The company, however, would not issue a public apology for now and focus on the tasks at hand. Chin clarified that the photo of the Hindu deity was merely a result of the company’s collaboration with the Malaysian Tourism Board to promote local tourism hotspots.
“We applied for a permit from the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board and got clearance from them to print images of tourist hot spots on our bottles. This includes Penang’s Gurney drive, The Helang Square in Pulau Langkawi, Taiping Zoo, KL Twin Towers and Putrajaya.” Chin said the company became aware of the complaint only this morning and PPIM did not try to establish any formal contact or notify it before going to the press. Spritzer Berhad is expected to issue a statement on the issue tomorrow.