Ex-M'sian minister said penguins are halal to consume

In response, Twitter did what it does best, memes.

Jean Chien Tay | January 28, 2022, 02:08 PM

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(Editor's note:Β A previous version of this article identified Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri as an ex-PAS member. We have amended the article to reflect that he is a non-partisan senator before his ministerial appointment.)

Twitter users in Malaysia were amused when ex-Religious Affairs Minister Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri said penguins were "halal" to consume in a tweet on Jan. 25.

Zulkifli was responding to a fellow Twitter user's queries about the potential "punishment" of consuming penguin meat, supposedly from a religious point of view.

The ex-minister said penguins were "cute and halal", though he added that some types of penguins were facing extinction, such as the emperor penguin.

Two adult emperor penguins and a juvenile. Image via Ian Duffy/Creative Commons.

"Together, let's protect them (penguins)," he said.

Zulkifli also uploaded a more detailed response on his website, where he cited religious texts as the basis of his answer.

Meme-d by Twitter

Meanwhile, commenters took the liberty of making penguin-related memes.

Some drew inspiration from the penguins in the animated movie, "Madagascar", while others turned to another animation series about penguins -- "Pingu".

A popular supermarket chain in Malaysia -- Mydin -- also chimed in, urging people not to go to their outlets to look for penguin meat.

"We don't sell (penguin meat) ya," the supermarket tweeted.

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Top image via @aqiffhaziq/Twitter & Datuk Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri/Facebook