2 July 2017
Perkasa wants gov’t to boycott ‘pro-LGBT’ Starbucks, Microsoft
Malay rights pressure group Perkasa has urged the public and Putrajaya to boycott companies that support the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, citing in particular popular coffee chain Starbucks.
According to Amini Amir Abdullah, the group’s Islamic affairs bureau head, Putrajaya should also revoke business licenses of such companies, including Microsoft.
“(Their business license should be revoked) because they support homosexual marriages and the LGBT community, which is against our country’s aspirations and the national agenda,” said Amini Amir in a statement today.
Amini Amir was responding to news that Starbucks chairperson Howard Schultz had supported gay marriages and the LGBT movement, but did not cite any specific report.
In 2013, Schultz had admitted during a shareholder’s meeting that the company’s pro-LGBT stance had resulted in a dip in revenue.
However, Amini Amir and Perkasa’s position appear to echo that of the Muhammadiya, Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim organisation claiming to have around 30 million members.
Muhammadiya’s leader Anwar Abbas told Reuters recently that the Indonesian government should revoke Starbuck’s operating license as the company’s support for the LGBT community is “not in line” with the nation’s ideology.
1 July 2017
Muslim leader urges Indonesians to boycott Starbucks over LGBT stand
JAKARTA: A leader of Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim organisation has called for a boycott of Starbucks, saying that the international coffee chain’s pro-gay stand risks ruining the “religious and cultured” core of the Southeast Asian nation.
With the exception of the ultra-conservative Aceh province, homosexuality is legal in Indonesia. But police raids on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have risen in the world’s most populous Muslim country.
Anwar Abbas of Muhammadiyah, an organisation that has around 30 million members, said the government should revoke Starbucks’ operating licence as the company’s support for the LGBT community is “not in line” with the nation’s ideology.
“If Starbucks only does business, then fine. But don’t bring ideology here,” Abbas told Reuters by phone on Saturday.
PT Sari Coffee Indonesia, which holds the licence to run the Starbucks chain, is a legal entity that “always obeys the prevailing regulations and appreciates the cultural values in Indonesia“, an executive at its parent company said.
“We also value the religious background of our customers and employees,” Fetty Kwartati, a director at PT MAP Boga Adiperkasa Tbk, said in a text message.
Indonesia’s reputation for tolerance and pluralism is already under scrutiny after Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic-Chinese Christian, was sentenced in May to two years in prison for blasphemy in a trial that came after mass Islamist-led rallies last year.
Asked why he had taken a stand against Starbucks, Abbas said he was informed in a chat group about a pro-LGBT comment made by the company’s senior executive, Howard Schultz.
Schultz is now chairman of Starbucks after stepping down from his previous role as chief executive.