An ad featuring a wombat in a traditional Malay costume, wishing Malaysian’s “Selamat Hari Raya” had to be retracted after several members of the public thought the wombat was a pig.
According to Malaysian media, several consumers, mistaking the wombat for a pig, said that the animal is haram (forbidden) to the Muslim community. Servcorp Malaysia also put out a statement on its social media site apologising for the “confusion caused due to the use of a Wombat in a recent digital advertisement in Kuala Lumpur.”
The Australian company also added that it uses the Wombat as its company mascot as it is native to Australia. The company added that despite the advertisement depicting a wombat and having the prior approval of DBKL (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur), the advertisement has now been removed.
Here’s the full statement: