Malaysia: Shoe Brand Criticized by Muslims for Selling High Heels With Logo That Resembles Arab Writing for God

By Trisha Andrada

Apr 08, 2024 05:30 AM EDT

A shoe business based in Malaysia issued an apology and pulled some of their footwear off sale after receiving concerns from Muslims who saw similarities between the logo and the Arabic lettering for the word God.

Vern's Apologizes and Pulls Several Shoes After Incident

Some high-heeled shoes had a mark that Vern's said showed a spiral wrap around the ankle and a stiletto heel shape. It did, however, acknowledge that the logo's possible confusion may have been due to flaws in the design, The Associated Press reported.

The company claimed it suspended sales of the shoes and refunded buyers immediately.

The statement shared by Vern's on social media categorically denied any intention of disrespecting or insulting any faith or belief. "The management would like to humbly apologize and seek forgiveness. We hope for compassion so we can rectify this mistake."

Malaysian shoe company apologized and removed several products from market when Muslims saw similarities between the logo and the Arabic letters for God. 
(Photo : TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

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Religion-Related Topics Can Be Controversial in Malaysia

The 34 million people who call Malaysia home are mostly Muslim, but there is also a sizable Chinese and Indian minority. This makes religious matters a delicate subject in the country.

For many Muslims in Malaysia, the Arabic name for God, "Allah," is sacred and should never be associated with shoes or feet.

The issue surfaced when negative social media postings brought attention to the logo's similarity. In response to public concerns, religious leaders and law enforcement have said they are investigating the situation.

According to The Star, Vern's founder Ng Chuan Hoo said he would cooperate with authorities on the controversial case. "Let the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and police do what needs to be done regarding their investigations."

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