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Friday, January 6, 2017

McDonald reportedly removed halal-only cake notice in Miri outlets

McDonald's Malaysia instructed its outlets in Miri, Sarawak to remove the notice allowing only halal cakes on its premises, claimed a political secretary to Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem.

The aide, Michael Ting, said this followed Miri branches of McDonald's being the only outlets in Sarawak that have followed Peninsular Malaysia in putting up the notice.

"They had received an instruction from their headquarters to take down the notice to complement the tolerant spirit in Sarawak,” he was quoted as saying by Borneo Post.

Ting said it was a "wise move" and positive response to the strong objection by Sarawakians.

He added that McDonald's should not extend its policy of disallowing cakes without halal certification into its premises.

“It is always Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s stand that racial or religious extremism has no place in Sarawak as Sarawak practices a culture of tolerance, moderation and mutual understanding towards all races and religions,” he was quoted as saying.

A check by Borneo Post revealed a number of McDonald's outlets in Miri denied putting up the halal cake only notice while an outlet in Sibu removed it after briefly putting it up.

When contacted, it said McDonald's "politely declined any further comment on this matter for now". - Malaysiakini

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