McDonald’s Malaysia denies having channeled aid to Israel | Malaysia

McDonald’s Malaysia Managing Director and Local Operating Partner Azmir Jaafar stressed that as a local business, McDonald’s Malaysia does not contribute, support or be involved in any political or religious conflict in any country. – Photo by Saw Siow Feng

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 – McDonald’s Malaysia has denied getting aid to Israel and called the case a blatant lie and slander.

Its managing director and local operating partner Azmir Jaafar explained that McDonald’s Malaysia (Gerbang Alaf Restaurants Sdn Bhd) has been fully taken over by the Saudi group Reza with a local business partner since 2017, in which the company’s equity is fully held by Muslims.

He also pointed out that as a local business, McDonald’s Malaysia does not contribute, support or participate in any political or religious conflict in any country.

“McDonald’s Malaysia is aware of the existence of a viral WhatsApp message regarding a call to boycott our brand. McDonald’s Malaysia wishes to clarify that the boycott is unfounded and that the statement on our brand in support of aid to Israel is a blatant and slanderous lie, ”he said in a statement today.

Azmir said the company’s position on the matter was explained at length in 2017 and widely shared with the public through its WhatsApp messages, in addition to being posted by mainstream media, online and in blogs.

He said that the same year, the company also obtained the views of the Office of the Mufti of the Federal Territories on the matter, which, among other things, stated that the call for “wajib boikot(Mandatory boycott) is only valid if ordered by the country’s leadership, and boycott without valid facts can be considered defamation under Islamic law.

Azmir added that McDonald’s Malaysia filed a police report against individuals and groups who made the false statement and disseminated baseless messages on social media platforms and other channels to boycott McDonald’s restaurants across the country. .

He said the matter had also been informed to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission for further action.

The company will not hesitate to take legal action to protect its rights and interests, as well as the well-being of its more than 15,000 local employees.

“McDonald’s Malaysia has never been involved in any program that supports Israel. In fact, our explanation on the matter has been well accepted by non-governmental organizations such as the Malaysian Association of Muslim Consumers (PPIM), Humanitarian Care Malaysia (MyCARE), Aqsa Syarif, Palestine Center of Excellence and Viva Palestina Malaysia ”, did he declare.

He said McDonald’s Malaysia is also praying that the oppression and terrorism against Palestine will end soon. – Bernama

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