When I was very, very small, maybe less than 8 years old, I remembered helping my mother to bake Chinese New Year peanut cookies with lard. My mother would warned me that these were not edible by my Malay friends. So, I asked her what would happened if let’s say they didn’t know and accidentally consume it? She told me our gods (we were Taoists) would greatly punished us.
When I have become a mother myself, I too make sure that my children abide by these strict reminders. Usually, the primary school children would come to my house after school while waiting for their sports activities. There would be a big bunch of them, like 6-7 children, two of them are Muslims. Taking pity on the hot day and long hours before their sport, I normally offered them some simple meals like fried nuggets, fried rice or something economical. However, I always make sure the two Muslim boys (as young as 8-9 years old) have packet biscuits and packet drinks to consume if they didn’t mind taking from me.
Meanwhile, I would have a much young child at home and he would sometimes, joined the Muslim boys to see the PS2 or computer games while the Chinese/Indian boys were eating. I told him he is never to munch something in front of them. He would argued, “But I am not eating pork!” I told him I don’t care what he eats because the two boys wouldn’t be able to know and we are to respect them.
So, I hope all parents also teach their children on the sensitivities involving other faiths taboos.
Therefore, I think this news of Indonesian serunding (or what we Chinese call bak-hu) containing pork is really, really shocking and disgusting. Like my mom said, “The god will greatly punish.” Anyway, I usually discourage my children to take such products like the Chinese pork floss because it is expensive, we are not sure of the source of the meat (e.g. unhealthy discarded meats) and who knows what they put in as preservatives and flavourings.
The news from Malaysiakini.
Waspada serunding babi di pasaran
“Sebenarnya tekstur serat babi lebih tidak kelihatan kerana banyak mengandungi lemak. Oleh itu, kita menguji di makmal dengan menggunakan alat bernama the real-time PCR (tindakan berangkaian polimera),” ketua badan itu Husniah Rubiana dipetik berkata.
Menurut sebuah akhbar negara itu Republika, jenama-jenama itu ialah:
Dendeng/abon sapi (lembu) gurih cap Kepala Sapi 250 gram
Abon/dendeng sapi cap Limas 100 gram (keluaran syarikat palsu)
Abon/dendeng sapi asli cap ACC
Dendeng sapi istimewa berjenama Beef Jerky Lezaaat (keluaran MDC Food Surabaya)
Dendeng sapi Istimewa No 1 cap 999 (keluaran S Hendropurnomo Malang).
Husniah dilaporkan berkata satu daripada jenama itu didapati menggunakan tanda halal yang kononnya dikeluarkan Majlis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), manakala pengeluar lain menggunakan nama syarikat milik orang lain, menggunakan alamat tidak benar
atau tidak tercatat pengeluarnya.