December 5, 2002

‘No to Coke' move by Malaysian group

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Thousands of Muslims in Malaysia on Wednesday began a boycott of US soft drinks giant Coca-Cola, Nadzim Johan, executive secretary of the Muslim Consumer Association of Malaysia (MCAM) said.

"The boycott is in response to Western interference in the internal affairs of Muslim countries in the guise of fighting terrorism," Nadzim told AFP.

"It is non-violence. It is also a fight against discrimination, not just against Muslims but everyone."

Nadzim said the campaign would last three months and that the group would evaluate the impact and would then launch a similar action against another US product such as McDonald's.

The MCAM launched its campaign Wednesday by publicly emptying dozens of Coca-Cola cans.