Saturday, August 9, 2014

As I See It on Friday

The McD boycott came and went. Does this mean that those who have supported the boycott can now resume their patronage of McDonald’s and this particular Friday will soon become a distant memory?
 
Even before the said boycott, Malaysians already knew about the Tuesday demonstration at a McDonald’s (!) outlet in Dungun, Terengganu and more than just protesting, unidentified articles were thrown at the outlet and its doors “rattled” (whatever that means!).















Image credit: http://www.bintulu.org/2014/08/06/anti-isreal-protest-at-dungun-mcdonald-restaurant-terengganu-photos.php

In Kuala Lumpur, according to Malaysiakini, there were 'protests' (if you want to call them that) at two outlets but generally, it was uneventful.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
McDonald's near Masjid Jamek, Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur
 
There were a couple of 'protests' elsewhere, according to the New Straits Times  one was reported in Alor Star, Kedah where one protester labeled McDonald's an Israeli-owned franchise and another in front of a McDonald's outlet in Ayer Keroh, Malacca.














McDonald's, Air Keroh, Malacca. Image credit: http://www.nst.com.my/node/21357

I did say I would be at a McDonald's yesterday, didn't I? In fact, I was at four locations to check them out. And I even ate at two of these places in Subang Jaya and Bangsar.
 
Anyway, there were no signs of any protestors when I was there. From my observations – and I spent at least 45 minutes at each of the 4 outlets – business was unusually slow. This was confirmed by McDonald's staff at both the Subang Jaya and Bangsar outlets. In other words, the normal fast-food crowds were not there. I can conclude that many Malaysians did boycott McDonald’s.
 
I snapped some photos of the four McD outlets when I was there:
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

McDonald's Drive-Thru, SS15, Subang Jaya. 12:00-12:45 PM


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
McDonald's Section 14, Petaling Jaya. 1:15-2:00 PM


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

McDonald's MidValley. 4:55-5:40 PM


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

McDonald's, Jalan Telawi 5, Bangsar. 6:00-7:00 PM
 
For those who participated in the boycott, did they spend Friday in serious reflection of the plight of Palestinians who are suffering in Gaza? What else did these Malaysians do, I wonder? And what about the Malaysian jihadist wannabes – did they feel sufficiently moved by their abstinence from the McD burgers and chips (and Coke) to now want to go to Gaza to fight the Israeli army and become martyrs?

2 comments:

Glam said...

Goh Day Way writes on August 09 @ 5:51 PM on Fb: I'm wholeheartedly in favour of boycotting Maccas, but only bcos they serve such s#1+ masquerading as food! It's cruel & inhumane to expect people to eat such crap. For good measure we should include KFCrap, Starfucks, and all the other junk food places for serving such rubbish "food" & "coffee". Indict them all for crimes against humanity!

Glam said...

Aaron Leong writes on August 09 @ 6:24 PM on Fb: A much more worthy arguement than using Zionist as an excuse. A very worthy cause.