Over 100 KFC stores in M’sia shutter following pro-Palestine boycotts
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Over 100 KFC stores in M’sia shutter following pro-Palestine boycotts

More than 100 KFC stores in Malaysia close temporarily due to pro-Palestine boycotts

Over 100 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) stores in Malaysia have temporarily shuttered amidst ongoing boycotts related to the Gaza-Israel conflict.

As of Saturday (27 April), 108 branches in the country have ceased operations, Nanyang Siang Pau reported.

Kelantan was the hardest-hit state, with 21 — or almost 80% — of its outlets closed.

Source: Google Maps

Following closely was Johor, with the temporary suspension of 15 outlets.

Boycott of brands in Malaysia began in 2023

Since October 2023, Malaysians have been boycotting brands perceived to have links to Israel, including popular fast food giants such as KFC and McDonald’s, as well as the Starbucks coffee chain.

The wave of boycotts has recently intensified.

During this year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri period, Free Malaysia Today revealed that KFC customers in the country were labelled “dogs”  in several social media posts.

The incidents prompted Mohd Na’im Mokhtar, Minister for Religious Affairs, to urge individuals partaking in such campaigns not to resort to “excessive and extreme” measures.

QSR Brands says closure of outlets is motivated by economic strategy

According to The Star, QSR Brands, which operates KFC outlets in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Cambodia, confirmed the temporary closures of the KFC outlets.

Closure notices were also seen at some of the affected outlets.

Source: China Press

In a statement, the company explained the economic rationale behind the measure.

It said that employees from affected stores were given opportunities to relocate to operating outlets “as part of a tactical strategy to optimise resources in trade zones with higher customer engagement”.

QSR Brands also highlighted that its priority continues to be offering customers “quality products and services” while ensuring job security for its 18,000 staff in Malaysia.

Source: KFC Global

The company did not confirm the number of affected stores in the country.

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