Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Starbucks Boycott

Perkasa, which campaign for the rights of ethnic Malay Muslims, have joined calls by Islamic conservatives in Indonesia for a boycott of Starbucks to protest against the international coffee chain's support of gay rights. 

Perkasa also approve the demand that Starbucks' operating license be revoked. 

Muhammadiyah’s snub of Starbucks has even gained support from the Indonesian Ulema Council. The groups' opposition to Starbucks comes after a video from 2013(!) circulated online of pro-LGBT comments made by the company's chairperson and former chief executive, Howard Schultz. 

In the broadcast, Schultz (left) said Starbucks embraced diversity and "not every decision is an economic decision" – in response to a shareholder who complained that the company had lost customers because of their support for gay marriage. 

Whether Perkasa and/or Muhammadiyah, these agitators who, I suspect, are just lowlifes who have so much free time on their hands that they initiate a boycott that is unlikely to serve any meaningful purpose at all! 

They persist in behaving like malignant viruses that have one singular intent, i.e. to spread hate and loathing. 

Anyway, I don’t believe the boycott will gain traction. Methinks, Starbucks addiction is not to be triviliazed!

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I was at the BDO Kuala Lumpur Office at Menara Centara in KL's Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

I was one of 4 speech coaches facilitating the Persuade with Power workshop involving 24 participants. 

And I had engaged with three of the four groups. 




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