Monday, July 31, 2006

Malaysia bans unsuitable names

Malaysians will not be able to name their children Chow Tow, Hitler or 007 because of a new rule that prohibits parents from giving their children unsuitable names. From BBC:
Now names like the Hokkien Chinese Ah Chwar, meaning snake, and Khiow Khoo, meaning hunchback, are being ruled out.

So too are Cantonese monikers Chow Tow, meaning smelly head, and Sor Chai, meaning insane.

Members of Malaysia's Tamil community will be discouraged from using the likes of Karrupusamy (black god), and Malays from trying names like Woti, meaning sexual intercourse.

But the ban extends further.

Parents will not be able to call their babies after animals, insects, fruit, vegetables or colours.

8 comments:

Myra Leong said...

Why would any parent want to name their child Chow Tow???

Fannie said...

Parents will not be able to call their babies after animals, insects, fruit, vegetables or colours. This is too much.

Alvin said...

Wat??

No Toyota Tan??

Shy said...

How about names like Jesus, Adam, Moses? Are they allowed?

Bengster said...

Can appeal liao. hehehe

sham said...

Toyota Tan rocks man!
wahahahahaha!

Mr Big said...

I think they miss out on banning the use of a sign for a name like what the singer Prince did last time.

Lord Kimbo said...

I think Prince is now called Prince again.

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