Shoe logo issue: MCMC warns against spreading content touching on race, religion, royalty

Design on the sole of the shoes which is alleged to resemble the word ‘Allah’. Source: Vern’s/Facebook

By DayakDaily Team

CYBERJAYA, April 8: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) today has issued a stern warning to the public against uploading, sharing, or spreading social media content related to sensitive topics involving the 3R (Royalty, Religion, Race).

This caution was issued in response to a viral controversy surrounding a local shoe company’s design that was claimed to resemble the word ‘Allah’ on the sole of one of its shoes.


Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar had directed the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) to investigate the matter, highlighting the gravity of the issue and the government’s swift actions in addressing the public’s concern.

According to MCMC, they will not hesitate to enforce the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 against any individual or group attempting to exploit the situation with content that could lead to racial tensions.

They will also emphasise the legal consequences for those who disregard the warning.

Anyone with relevant information concerning the controversial shoe design is urged to report it to the authorities, which includes the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) or directly to the MCMC through their official reporting platform.

The shoe controversy erupted after a photograph of a local shoe company’s logo went viral on social media, sparking a range of reactions from online users, which later led to the authorities’ response in making subsequent investigations.

Since then, the company has issued a public apology, clarifying that it never intended to create a controversial design mistake, and took immediate action by halting sales of the shoes and offering refunds to customers who had purchased them. — DayakDaily