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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Health Ministry confirms Klang woman is first Zika case in Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The first confirmed case of Zika in Malaysia involved a woman who had returned from Singapore with her husband on August 21, 2016 after a three-day. — MMO File pic

The first confirmed case of Zika in Malaysia involved a woman who had returned from Singapore with her husband on August 21, 2016 after a three-day. — MMO File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — Malaysia confirmed today the first case of the Zika virus infection in the country involving a Selangor woman who had visited Singapore.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the first confirmed case of Zika in the country involved the woman who had returned from Singapore with her husband on August 21 after a three-day visit to their adult daughter there.

“This patient is a 58 years-old woman residing in Bandar Botanic, Klang, Selangor and is the mother of a female confirmed with Zika infection in Singapore,” he said in a statement today, noting that the ministry received report of this first-ever case yesterday.

According to Subramaniam, the doctor at a private clinic had on August 30 diagnosed this patient as a “suspected case of Zika” after she sought medical attention for her rashes since August 28 — one of the symptoms of Zika.

The diagnosis was also due to her recent travel to Singapore and her daughter being confirmed as having Zika virus infection on August 30.

The woman tested positive for Zika virus based on the result yesterday of her urine test while her blood test result is still pending, he said. Read more

Retain our tried and tested methods — Ismail Merican

Source: The Star Online

LIKE many Malaysians, I am disturbed by the current developments and directions our country is taking. Race and religion seem to be used as tools to gain popularity and leverage by individuals who appear to be oblivious to the negative repercussions that may ensue.

This motley group of people comprises politicians, religious leaders and spokespersons of minor NGOs. They believe that by doing so, they will move the whole nation closer to God.

Some have caused irreparable damage by encouraging Muslim parents not to vaccinate their children. This is the height of absurdity and reflects the huge knowledge gap they seem to have on the benefits of vaccination.

Granted there may be side effects but the benefits of vaccination in the prevention of disease far outweigh its risks and millions of lives have been saved by it.

Then there is the issue of herd immunity. If fewer people are infected with the disease through vaccination, fewer people can spread it to others.

Therefore, people who are not vaccinated are less likely to contract the disease if those around them are protected. The proportion of the community that needs to be individually immune to a disease in order to provide herd immunity is higher for diseases that are more contagious. Read more