Saturday, January 10, 2009

Gaza prompts boycott in Malaysia

9 January 2009 BBC

The removal of Coca-Cola from thousands of restaurants in Malaysia in protest at US support for Israel will hurt the local economy, the company has said.

The drinks company was responding to boycotts of US-made goods called by Muslim groups in Malaysia.

Malaysia has called at the United Nations for action to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Former leader Mahathir Mohamad has also called for a global boycott of the US dollar and US products.

"As everybody else, we are deeply touched by the human side of the situation in the Middle East," Kadri Taib, Coca-Cola Malaysia public affairs and communications director, said in a statement.

"Given the local nature of our business, we believe that calls for boycotts of our products are not the appropriate way to further any causes, as they primarily hurt the local economy, local businesses and local citizens," the company said.

It added that the beverage company employs some 1,700 Malaysians, 60% of whom are Malay Muslims. click for more

Yet another idiotic, emotional outburst from a hypocritical leadership. So quick to blast the US and Israel when the other party is Moslem.

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