Malaysia: Rooster barks like dog to avoid offending Muslims

Malaysia sorry for Chinese New Year rooster ad cock-up

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysia has apologised after a government ad in Chinese-language newspapers featuring a picture of a barking rooster to mark the Year of the Dog sparked a flood of mockery.

The full-page advert by the domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism ministry showed a rooster emitting the word “wang”, used to represent a dog’s bark in Mandarin.

The advert, printed in Chinese-language newspapers in the multi-ethnic country on Thursday, also carried a message welcoming a “prosperous Year of the Dog”.

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