The countless attacks by the Israeli Zionist regime on Palestine has broken the hearts of many Malaysians. In expressing their upmost support, a lot of them have already launched several boycott campaigns on products and brands associated with the country.
In this case, McDonald’s Malaysia has also become a target of dissemination of inaccurate information on social media. As a response to that, the fast food chain stated that they’re aware of the spread of a text message (mainly on WhatsApp), urging the public to boycott the brand.
“McDonald’s Malaysia is aware of the existence of a viral WhatsApp message regarding the boycott of our brand. We would like to make it clear that the boycott is baseless and the statement about our brand channeling aid to Israel is a lie and slander,” the fast food chain said in a statement posted today (Tuesday, 18th May).
In addition, managing director and local operating partner Azmir Jaafar explained that McDonald’s Malaysia (Gerbang Alaf Restaurants Sdn. Bhd.) has been fully taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Reza Group with a local business partner since 2017, in which the company’s equity is owned by Muslims.
“As a local company, we would like to emphasise that McDonald’s Malaysia does not contribute, support or be involved in any political or religious conflicts in any country,” Azmir was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, it’s been reported that McDonald’s Malaysia has lodged a police report against individuals and groups who came up with false allegations as well as those who had spread unsubstantiated claims through various social media platforms.
As a matter of fact, the matter has also been notified to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).