McDonald’s Malaysia, new Saudi owners and non-halal cakes: They got a bloody nose in Sarawak! And maybe one in Sabah, too.

Saudi Arabia’s Lionhorn Pte Ltd owns McDonald’s.

6 Jan 2017

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McDonald’s halal-cake policy should not extend to Sabah, says minister

KOTA KINABALU: A Sabah minister wants McDonald’s Malaysia to emulate its Miri outlets by doing away with a policy requiring only halal-certified cakes into its premises.

Special Tasks Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang, who is also Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president, hoped the state government would instruct McDonald’s against implementing the non-halal cake ban policy as soon as possible.

He said McDonald’s outlets in Peninsular Malaysia have been instructed by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to prohibit cakes without halal certification to be brought into its establishments.

Teo, however, pointed out that the ban was incompatible with the multiracial and multi-religious community in Sabah.

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McDonald’s di Sarawak buang notis kek halal

January 6, 2017

Cawangan McDonald’s di bandar Miri sebelum ini meletakkan notis berkenaan, yang mencetuskan kontroversi di Semenanjung
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KUCHING: Selepas amaran kerajaan Sarawak akan kesan negatif sekiranya McDonald’s turut mengenakan peraturan kek halal di negeri ini, restoran makanan segera itu bertindak mengeluarkan notis yang melarang pelanggan membawa masuk kek yang tidak mempunyai sijil halal Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim).

“Tindakan segera oleh McDonald’s itu adalah bijak dan respon positif terhadap bantahan penduduk Sarawak mengenai dasar tidak popular itu,” kata setiausaha politik kepada ketua menteri Michael Tiang, dalam satu kenyataan.

Cawangan McDonald’s di bandar Miri sebelum ini meletakkan notis berkenaan, yang mencetuskan kontroversi di Semenanjung susulan rungutan orang ramai yang menganggap peraturan itu tidak masuk akal.

Antaranya, mereka mempertikaikan sama ada kek yang dibuat sendiri juga perlu mendapatkan sijil halal Jakim.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/2017/01/06/mcdonalds-di-sarawak-buang-notis-kek-halal/

5 Jan 2017

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McDonald’s new halal policy not welcome in Sarawak

PETALING JAYA: A senior member of Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s staff has criticised the “halal-certified cake” policy imposed by McDonald’s in the peninsula, telling the fast food giant not to apply it in the state, The Borneo Post reported.

Michael Tiang, who is the political secretary to Adenan, called the policy that only halal-certified birthday cakes are allowed at their premises as “totally incompatible with Sarawak’s multi-cultural and religious society”.

“If McDonald’s Malaysia were to implement the same policy at its fast food outlets in Sarawak, I believe that non-Muslim consumers might resort to boycotting the fast food chain,” he said in a statement released yesterday.

Tiang reiterated how the harmony and tolerance among the people of different races and religions in the state was one of the unique features about Sarawak.

“In fact, such solidarity is the pride of all Sarawakians. Sarawak cannot condone any religious or racial extremism which would only destroy the solidarity among Sarawak people.

“Thus, in order to preserve such harmony, the state government has been very merciless towards extremists, religious bigots and racists by denying their entry to the state,” the Sarawak-based daily quoted Tiang as saying.

 Tiang’s comments echo that of a consumer group in Sarawak, which on Monday had spoken up against the policy by McDonald’s to allow only certified halal cakes into its outlets.

Consumer Voice of Sarawak (Covas) president Michael Tiong said that the fast-food chain should not even think about enforcing such a policy in the state as it was “nonsensical”.

He believed any such rule would cause greater segregation and destroy the multi-cultural and multi-religious environment that the people of Sarawak had been living in all this time.

2 Jan 2017

Sarawak consumer group condemns McDonald’s halal cake policy

Calling the fast food chain’s policy absurd, Consumer Voice of Sarawak calls for consumers to make McDonald’s the ‘last place for birthday celebrations’.

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PETALING JAYA: A consumer group in Sarawak has joined the chorus of voices speaking up against the latest policy by McDonald’s in allowing only certified halal cakes into its outlets, The Borneo Post reported today.

Consumer Voice of Sarawak (Covas) president Michael Tiong said that the fast-food chain should not even think about enforcing such a policy in the state as it was “nonsensical”.

He believed any such rule would cause greater segregation and destroy the multi-cultural and multi-religious environment that the people of Sarawak had been living in all this time.

“We believe that the current move by McDonald’s is pure nonsense. If the cakes were produced by Muslims but if they were not certified halal, is the cake then immediately or automatically non-halal?

“Then all homemade cakes, even those made by Muslims, immediately become non-halal just because it is without certification,” he was quoted as saying by the Sarawak-based daily.

He called on Sarawakians to “fight back” against McDonald’s and make its outlets the “last place to go for birthday celebrations”.

30 Dec 2016

McDonald’s halal cake rule paints Islam as intolerant, preacher says

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 ― McDonald’s policy of only allowing halal-certified birthday cakes into its outlets could fuel the view that Islam is an intolerant religion, PKR’s Islamic Council leader Wan Ji Wan Hussein said today.

He said the jurisprudence on food matters in Islam on matters of “halal (permissible)” and “haram (forbidden)” is not complex, citing the views of notable Islamic scholars that Muslims should not be fixated with how food is processed.

“There was a fiqh (understanding) that with food where you cannot see its preparation, you should not be too fixated on whether the ingredients are halal or not,” he told Malay Mail Online.

“What they are doing will only make Islam look like this very rigid religion when, actually, especially on matters of food, it is quite simple,” he added.

The preacher added that in the climate where prejudice towards Islam is already high, the controversy surrounding McDonald’s halal cake policy would only draw more negativity towards the religion.

“It makes Islam looks extreme. And what will happen is it will further alienate non-Muslims from the religion,” he said.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/mcdonalds-halal-cake-rule-paints-islam-as-intolerant-preacher-says?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.FxpQm7VD.dpuf

29 Dec 2016

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Mc Donalds only halal cake? Since i am not halal by your definition, i shall stay away from your restaurant

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Only halal cakes allowed inside, says McDonald’s

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PETALING JAYA: McDonald’s Malaysia has confirmed that only certified halal cakes are allowed inside its chain of restaurants.

In a statement to FMT, McDonald’s said the policy was in compliance with guidelines issued by the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) for halal certification.

“As a company that offers only halal-certified products, we implement a ‘no outside food policy’ to ensure that all products served and consumed at our restaurants are halal.

“In the case of ‘birthday parties’ at McDonald’s, we have made an exception to allow customers to bring in their own birthday cakes as part of their celebration, provided that the cakes are certified halal.”

It said the policy was important to the integrity of its halal certification and it would continue to comply with Jakim’s standards.

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McDonalds Malaysia confirms only letting halal cakes into premises to fulfil halal cert requirements

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McDonald’s sells Singapore, Malaysian franchise to Saudi group

SINGAPORE: McDonald’s Corp said on Friday (Dec 2) it had sold the franchise rights for its restaurants in Singapore and Malaysia to Saudi Arabia’s Lionhorn Pte Ltd as part of a plan to move away from direct ownership in Asia.

The fast-food chain said it transferred its ownership interest in 390 restaurants, more than 80 per cent of which were company-owned, on Dec. 1 to Lionhorn.

Lionhorn is led by Sheik Fahd and Abdulrahman Alireza, who are franchisees for nearly 100 McDonald’s restaurants in the western and southern regions of Saudi Arabia.

McDonald’s did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.

Reuters reported in October that McDonald’s was nearing a deal worth up to $400 million to franchise the outlets to Reza group, which also owns and operates McDonald’s outlets in the western and southern regions of Saudi Arabia.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/mcdonald-s-sells-singapore-malaysian-franchise-to-saudi-group/3337806.html

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3 Responses to McDonald’s Malaysia, new Saudi owners and non-halal cakes: They got a bloody nose in Sarawak! And maybe one in Sabah, too.

  1. Doris Looi says:

    Whatever

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