Timah agrees to consider changing its name

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by BERNAMA

TIMAH, the brand of locally produced whisky manufactured by Winepark Corp (M) Sdn Bhd, has agreed to consider changing the name and image on the label of their wine products after the government raised concerns over the use of the word “timah”.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the company had applied for a period of one week to discuss with shareholders and their board of directors changing their name and image.

This meeting is also a follow-up to the first meeting held between Winepark and Malaysian Intellectual Property Corp (MyIPO) on Oct 25, 2021.

“The matter is among the results of the decision reached in the meeting of the company’s representatives with the government yesterday,” he said in a statement.

The meeting was also attended by Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa, the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Minister Idris Ahmad (picture) and National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique.

Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) secretary general Datuk Seri Hasnol Zam Zam Ahmad, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources deputy secretary general Abdul Wahid Abu Salim and MyIPO DG Abdul Haris Lakar were also present.

“I hope that all parties can understand and give the government a chance to find the best solution for all parties involved,” Nanta Linggi added.

“This hybrid meeting was held in a harmonious atmosphere, appreciating the concept of the ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ to reach an agreement for the good of the country,” he added.

KPDNHEP through MyIPO will improve procedures involving various ministries and relevant agencies so that the same issue does not recur in the future.

Previously, Idris had said that alcoholic beverage company to immediately change its “Timah” brand and the picture used on the bottle.

He had said that it should not happen as they are provocative while the use of the name could cause confusion to the community and religion.

“We do not agree with the principle of using the ‘Timah’ brand name. What does the company mean by that name? Is there a new normalisation? This is what we are worried about,” Idris said in a Bernama report.