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Wong Chun Wai
Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

Malaysia, Asian Opinions

McDonald's protest: Why hurt our own people?

The Star/ANN | Wong Chun Wai | Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

The easiest way to strike Israel is simply to boycott products produced by the pariah state that it exports directly or indirectly via a third country.

And if you want to stretch it further, we can snub companies, mostly American ones, that financially back groups linked to the Zionists.

But as simple as it may sound, in our anger with Israel, any such boycott isn't as practical in reality.

I can give up McDonald's in favour of Ramly Burger but, seriously, most Malaysians are practical enough to know that the current boycott would not cause a dent to the US-based parent company's business.

The protest outside a McDonald's outlet in Dungun, Terengganu, recently didn't attract much media attention but its aftermath surely did.

The selection of an outlet outside the federal capital, away from the local and foreign media, itself shows the organisers are not too media savvy.

What outraged Malaysians was the throwing of objects, the rattling of doors of the premises and the hurling of verbal abuse at the staff.

Surely, we cannot tolerate the harassment and intimidation of the outlet's Malaysian workers, who are merely there to earn a decent living.

The boycott, if it continues, will certainly affect the livelihood of the workers and their families as it has been reported that 85 per cent of McDonald's staff nationwide are Muslims. Furthermore, from a business point of view, half of the 27 local franchisees are Muslims.

McDonald's has been picked because it is obviously an easy target. But if we want to be consistent, then we need to stop drinking Coca Cola or coffee from Starbucks, and almost every food and drink products at our supermarkets. Just check the Boycott Israel Products website.

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