Malay nationalist group urges Muslims to boycott Starbucks over LGBT support

Source: Asian Correspondent

Customers sit outside of a Starbucks cafe in Jakarta, Indonesia July 1, 2017. Source: Reuters/Agoes

FAR-RIGHT, ethnic nationalist group Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia has echoed calls by Indonesian Muslims to boycott Starbucks and other western companies over their public support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

“Perkasa urges Muslims in this country to boycott Starbucks because this United States-based international coffee chain supports LGBT and same-sex marriage,” said spokesman Amini Amir Abdullah in a statement, as quoted by the Malay Mail Online.

Coming just a day after similar calls from a senior Muhammadiyah figure in Indonesia, Amini said his statement was spurred by reports that Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz supports same-sex marriage.

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LGBT pride march in Taylor’s University cancelled after Islamist pressure

Source: The Malay Mail Online

AThere has been no public statement so far from the student organisers, who called themselves ‘Pride Not Prejudice’, besides the deletion of the event’s Facebook page. Pic from AFP by Dibyangshu SARKAR.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — A three-day lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) public awareness campaign that included a pride march that was scheduled for next month in Taylor’s University was cancelled last night.

The event, called “Courage in the Face of Adversity” and organised by its students, was cancelled following protests since Tuesday by pro-Islamists blogs that were incensed it would be held during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

“The Pride event in Taylor’s University has been cancelled and will not happen. Please be informed,” the Campaign for Equality and Human Rights Initiative, or Pelangi, said in a brief Facebook status last night. Read more