Australian serviced office company Servcorp has apologised after its mascot – a little wombat in a boater – was included on a seasonal Ramadan billboard ad in Kuala Lumpur, but horrified Malaysians mistook it for a pig.
Under the wombat was a traditional Malay greeting “Selamat Hari Raya”, which is said at the end of Ramadan.
The company copped it on social media from people who thought the company was being offensive toward the Muslim faith during the holy month of Ramadan — something which it said was never the intention of the advert, which appeared on one of the capital’s busiest streets, Jalan Bukit Bintang.
On the Servcorp Facebook page, the company apologised for any confusion or offence the native Australian animal may have caused.
“Servcorp is an Australian company and uses the Wombat as its company mascot – the wombat itself is a small furry bear like animal that belongs to the Koala Bear family and is native to Australia,” Servcorp said on Monday.
“It would seem that some people mistook the wombat for a pig and during the holy month of Ramadan this might lead to some sensitivities.”
Here’s the post.
And here’s what Sidney the Wombat looks when he’s not on a huge billboard.
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