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KFC Closed 100 Outlets in Malaysia amid Pro-Palestinian Boycott

KFC Malaysia closed the 100 outlets due to ongoing boycott to Israel.

According to Anadolu Agency, KFC Malaysia has closed over 100 outlets as a result of the ongoing boycott because of its connections to Israel.

Since October 7 of last year, KFC has reduced its operations across Malaysia, especially in the state of Kelantan, as a result of a boycott sparked by resistance to US support for Tel Aviv following Israeli strikes on Gaza.

The Straits Times said on Monday that QSR Brands, the owner and manager of KFC’s fast-food chain in Malaysia, had closed 108 of its locations nationwide, citing information from a local Chinese-language daily.

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There has been a dramatic drop in customer traffic at KFC stores recently, which forced the US fast-food chain to close its more than 600 shops in the mostly Muslim nation of Southeast Asia.

“KFC is not on the list of businesses that BDS is targeting. In an interview with the Singapore-based journal, Professor Mohd Nazari Ismail, the leader of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Malaysia, a pro-Palestinian organization, noted that a sizable portion of Malaysians link KFC and any other American fast-food brand with Israel.

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) is an international movement that calls for Israel to be sanctioned for its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory.

According to the source, KFC sees the boycott as an opportunity to stop running some of its less profitable outlets.

This month, protests against US backing for Israel forced KFC to close its first location in Algeria just two days after it opened.

Since Hamas launched a cross-border offensive on October 7, 2023, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 1,200 people, Israel has been bombing the Gaza Strip.

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