McDonald Malaysia employs over 12,000 people nationwide and over 10,200 are Malay-Muslims said Sarawak Asssistant Minister (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said.
“The boycott against McDonald’s Malaysia over alleged links to Israel would only hurt its majority Malay-Muslim employees,” he said, reports The Borneo Post.
Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman when stating his support for boycotts against any companies linked with the Zionist-regime (helping to fund attacks on Gaza) said protests should be done in manners that can educate the public.
He reminded that many of the employees are those of the Islamic faith.
“I support such boycotts but it should be done in a cautious manner. We have to take account of the well-being of restaurant workers who are mostly Muslims.
“There are a lot of implications when boycotting Israel-linked products which we should thoroughly think about, such as locals losing their income.
There is nothing wrong to boycott Israel-linked products but not when it causes fellow Muslims to lose their livelihood,” he told the media when contacted yesterday.
McDonald’s provides business opportunities to more than 50 local suppliers who also provide employment opportunities to more than 2,500 locals.
McDonald’s Malaysia pointed out that 67 of the restaurants are owned and operated by 27 local franchisees, of whom half are Malay Muslims.