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Timah Can Keep Its Name, Agrees Cabinet

Timah Can Keep Its Name, Agrees Cabinet

But, Winepak Corporation Sdn Bhd will have to put an explainer on every bottle.

Azizul Rahman Ismail

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Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the Cabinet has agreed that Timah whiskey does not need to change its name

However, Winepak Corporation Sdn Bhd, the maker of the award-winning whiskey, will have to include an explanation on every bottle that says the name of the spirit refers to the Malay word ‘bijih timah’, which means tin, reported Sin Chew.

According to Alexander, the idea was proposed by the manufacturers of Timah themselves. 

The company had previously discussed the name change with its stakeholders and board of directors.

Timah first gained notoriety when it won the Silver Award at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition (SFWSC) 2020.

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It then gained infamy when people were said to have misinterpreted its name and even felt insulted by it for some reason

READ MORE: What The Fish? Timah Explains Origin Of Controversial Whiskey Brand

Even the PAS Ulama Council and the Penang Mufti threw their two cents into the issue. The latter said that the picture on the bottle – British explorer Tristram Charles Sawyer Speedy – looks like a pious man with a long beard and wearing a kufi.

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