In a bid to promote a well-known ethnic Chinese soup, "bak kut teh," the Malaysian Tourism Ministry has introduced a halal version of the dish that fulfills Islamic dietary rules.
The problem? They still intend to call it bak kut teh".
Already some Muslims are planning to send a complaint to the Tourism Ministry, urging it to find a new name for the halal version. I totally agree with them.
I don’t care that this halal "bak kut teh" contains chicken, seafood or vegetables instead of pork because when you say "bak kut teh", I think pork ribs soup. "Bak kut teh" is made with pork ribs and frankly it MUST have pork ribs.
If it doesn’t, then you can’t call it "bak kut teh". It’s that simple.