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Malaysian Mini-Mart Officials Charged for 'Allah' Sock Incident

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In Shah Alam, Malaysia, a court has brought charges against five executives associated with a local mini-mart chain and its supplier for allegedly offending religious sentiments. This action follows the sale of socks bearing the word "Allah" in one of the mini-mart's stores. The incident garnered widespread attention after photos of the socks circulated on social media, causing outrage among some Muslims, particularly during the fasting month of Ramadan.

Among those charged are Chai Kee Kan, the 57-year-old chief executive of KK Super Mart, along with his wife, who serves as a company director. They are accused of intentionally causing religious offense in Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim nation. Additionally, three officials from the supplier, Xin Jian Chang, face charges of abetting the alleged offense.

Despite the charges, all defendants have pleaded not guilty. If convicted, they could face a maximum penalty of one year in jail, a fine, or both.

KK Super Mart has issued an apology, expressing seriousness regarding the matter and immediately halting the sale of the socks. Similarly, the supplier, Xin Jian Chang, apologized, stating that the offending socks were part of a larger shipment from a Chinese-based company, with only five pairs bearing the sensitive word.

The case has been adjourned until April 29, with the five executives released on bail.

In Malaysia, Islam holds the status of the official religion, and the majority of its population identifies as Malay-Muslims. However, issues related to race and religion remain contentious, stemming from historical racial riots in 1969.

In response to recent events, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar issued a royal rebuke, emphasizing the importance of maintaining social harmony and caution when discussing sensitive topics like religion, race, and royalty. He stressed that errors in matters concerning religion and race, regardless of intent, cannot be tolerated.

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