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Flag Printed With 'Allah' And Figurine Resembling 'Terrorist' Found In Toy Set Sold In Perak

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Mahnun Mat Isa, 40, said she was shocked to discover the tiny toy flag with the word “Allah” in Arabic affixed on a sticker and was even more puzzled to find two 'terrorist' figurines inside the set.

The teacher told Berita Harian that she found the offending looking figurines and flag inside the toy set bought by her youngest son from a shop in Taiping, Perak.

Holding up the toy box cover, she pointed to the pictures on the cover which shows the flag with the Arabic wording and the black-masked figurines attired in gear usually associated with militants.

The price tag still affixed to the box shows that it cost RM5.90 for the 'Falcon Commandos' set that appears to be a knock-off of the famous Lego bricks sets.

The code SY627-7 is imprinted on the cover and the manufacturer details on the back show that the toy is produced by a manufacturer in China, Sheng Yuan.

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"I have reported the matter to the police and  the Perak Islamic Religious Council (Maipk) in Parit Buntar on May 25 as well as urge them to take action.

“I ask the authorities to not freely allow the entry of toys that touch on religious sensitivities in this country," Mahnun told Berita Harian.

“What’s more shocking is that the terrorist character resembled a man with a head cloth.

“I came to know about it when my son who was playing with the toy showed me the ‘terrorist’ character holding a banner which displayed the words ‘Allah’ and ‘Muhammad," she told reporters.

The US manufacturer of another LEGO inspired offshoot BrickArms had also courted controversy over its military fighters line, which featured a bearded militant with a face-covering hood, a tiny toy assault rifle, a little grenade launcher and plastic bombs that can be attached to an explosives belt, Fox News reports.

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The character is called "Bandit — Mr. White" and retailed for US$14. The launch of the toy range back in 2008 had outraged the British Muslim organization known as the Ramadhan Foundation, which called the figurine "absolutely disgusting," Sky News reports.

The foundation's chief executive, Mohammed Shafiq, was quoted as complaining that the toy is "glorifying terrorism."

The BrickArmsLLC company website in responding to the worldwide criticism back then had published a statement that the founder Will Chapman's wife and three sons help design the toys. The line even began as a "request in 2006 by my youngest son (then 9 years old) for World War II weapons," according to the statement published.

- mD