Malaysian retailer attacked over 'Allah' socks


KK Tremendous Mart chain has apologized after footage of it promoting socks sparked widespread anger amongst Muslims.

A comfort retailer chain in Malaysia that sparked outrage over promoting socks with the phrase “Allah” on it was hit with Molotov cocktails, police mentioned.

The assault on Saturday got here days after prime executives of KK Tremendous Mart chain had been accused of injuring spiritual sentiments by promoting socks.

Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu, police chief of Kuantan metropolis in Malaysia's east, mentioned the explosive system induced a small fireplace on the entrance of the shop's department, however no accidents had been reported.

“The assault remains to be beneath investigation, however we aren’t ruling out that it might be associated to an incident involving stalking with the phrase 'Allah' in it,” he instructed AFP information company.

Footage of the socks unfold on social media this month, sparking public anger amongst some Muslims who thought of them offensive, particularly as a result of they went up on the market throughout the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

About two-thirds of the 34 million inhabitants are Malay Muslims, with massive minorities of ethnic Chinese language and folks of Indian origin additionally training Islam.

A petroleum bomb was thrown at a KK Tremendous Mart outlet in Perak state on Tuesday, Reuters information company reported.

The chain's founder Chai Kee Kan and his spouse Loh Siew Mui, an organization director, had been formally charged on Tuesday with “deliberately aspiring to outrage spiritual emotions”. Three representatives of KK Tremendous Mart provider Xin Jian Chang had been additionally charged.

All of the defendants pleaded harmless. The chain's executives had been launched on bail with a listening to on 29 April. If convicted, they resist one 12 months in jail, a superb, or each.

Malaysia's second-largest mini-market chain had beforehand apologized for the socks and mentioned it had taken quick motion to cease promoting them. It additionally sued the provider of the socks, accusing it of damaging and sabotaging the repute of its model.

The provider mentioned the “problematic socks had been half of a bigger cargo of 18,800 pairs ordered from a China-based firm”.

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