CNA enquired with McDonalds Singapore on whether it only allowed halal birthday cakes on its premises; McDonalds affirmed it did since 1992 as part of the halal requirements by Muis. This came after McDonalds Malaysia confirmed it had a similar policy, which drew ridicule online
Before we even discuss on religious tolerance, respect, etc. We hope you understand that Malaysians have always played the racial / religious card wherever and whenever possible and this McDonald cake incident is just another manifestation of a systemic religious undercurrent in Malaysia..
Earlier this year, Malaysia halal regulatory officials also asked popular pretzel outlet Auntie Anne’s to change the name of their product “pretzel dog” to “pretzel sausage” to avoid confusion among Muslims. Before that, they banned the pig character when displaying the movie poster of ‘Journey to the West’. They also allegedly have ‘halal lifts’ in some premises to avoid ‘cross-contamination’ (pics below)
Singapore had her fair share of bigoted people. Politicians making racist remarks, employees discriminated due to their tudungs and people eating pork in halal establishments, etc. Due to our proximity with Malaysia and our simillar demography, it is inevitable that their racial /religious undertones and politics will seep their way into our newsfeeds and our news consumption.
It is therefore heartening that our netters seemed empathetic to this ‘news’ so far. Most agreed that McDonalds was just complying with Muis’ requirements and highlighted that this is nothing new.
We do acknowledge that some of these cakes might be home baked and thus do not have the halal cert.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to common sense and discretion. The intent of the policy is to foster cohesion and the last thing we want is to end up like our Malaysian neighbours.
Remember that Singapore is for Singaporeans – regardless of race, language or religion.
We have and we will continue to coexist as one united people.