A political party in Malaysia has demanded an apology from organizers of the Commonwealth Games for “disrespecting” Muslims by using dogs as mascots during the Opening Ceremony last week.
Some 40 Scottish Terriers, dressed in tartan coats, led each of the national delegations out into Celtic Park in Glasgow on July 23.
The animals were greeted with loud cheers at the stadium and were hailed for their “adorable” quotient on Social Media networks.
But the pint-sized terrors didn’t go down too well with the conservative opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party who took exception to the dogs’ presence, particularly during the month of Ramadan.
Mohamad Sabu, the deputy president of the party said: “Malaysia and all Islamic countries deserve an apology from the organiser.
“This is just so disrespectful to Malaysia and Muslims – especially as it happened during Ramadan. Muslims are not allowed to touch dogs, so the organiser should have been more aware and sensitive on this issue.
“It is hoped this incident can teach other Western countries to be more respectful in the future.”
Dogs are considered “haram” or unclean by many Muslims around the world, including in parts of Muslim majority Malaysia.
Mr Sabu seems to have been further incensed by the fact that the terrier assigned to the Malaysian contingent refused to move after his tartan outfit was put on and had to be carried around the stadium by the team representative.
A Glasgow 2014 spokesman told the Telegraph: “Glasgow 2014 have received no complaints from the Commonwealth Games Associations of the competing nations and territories following the Opening Ceremony.”