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Cathay Pacific

Offended

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 November, 1998, 12:00am

A Cathay Pacific advert which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on October 29, promoting the airline's new service to Istanbul, Turkey, showed a scantily-clad girl pointing at a mosque.


In the same issue there was a four-page special report celebrating Turkey's 75th anniversary, in which there was a picture of the same mosque, namely, the magnificent Sultan Ahmet mosque. A mosque is a sacred place of worship, not a venue for entertainment. Through its tasteless advert, Cathay Pacific has shown a lack of respect for this important religious monument and has hurt the feelings of Muslims.


I am sure all Muslims in Hong Kong will agree with me that it is inappropriate to run a picture of a mosque and a scantily-clad woman in the same advert. We will not tolerate these kinds of adverts.


I hope, out of respect to Islam, that the airline will be more careful in the future and that it ensure this advert is not printed again.


S. A. BUNARI Kowloon

 

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