A member of Egypt’s parliament, Bedier Abdel Aziz has proposed a law banning the use of western names in the country, sentencing parents to six months in jail or of between £40 and £220 fine of for giving their children ‘Western’ names such as ‘Mark’, ‘Lara’ and ‘Sam’, reports PUNCH.
“Using such Western names and abandoning Arabic ones will lead to an undesired and radical change in our society and culture,” he was reported as saying in The Egypt Independent.
He added: “Our sons will no longer be connected to their true identity,”
The MP also said that non-Arabic names are difficult for Egyptians to pronounce.
The proposal was met with scorn on social media, with many suggesting it was an extremely trivial matter not worthy of discussion in parliament.