Chocolate jihad? Angry Malaysian Muslims are calling for a holy war against confectionery giant Cadbury after pork DNA was found in some of its products.
The controversy started when pig traces were found in two Cadbury chocolate products following tests conducted by the Malaysian Health Ministry.
Reacting to the discovery, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department immediately suspended the products’ halal certification.
Cadbury said it would recall all pork tainted items from stores.
More than 20 Muslim groups in Malaysia called for a nationwide boycott on all Cadbury products, saying that a holy war needs to be waged against the confectionary giant for attempting to “weaken” Muslims in Malaysia.
At a news conference, the groups which include the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM), Perkasa, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Darul Islah Malaysia (Perkid), Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) and the Halal Muslim Entrepreneurs’ Association (Puhm) claimed that Cadbury had “crossed the line” by selling its porcine-tainted chocolates, and that swift action was needed.
Perkasa Selangor chief Abu Bakar Yahya told reporters:
They have betrayed us Muslims by putting ‘haram’ elements through the foods we consume in our body, to weaken us Muslims.
That is why Muslims are weak, divided.
A Malay woman present at the conference shouted hysterically:
Will Cadbury wash away the tainted blood in our veins? I want to wash away the tainted blood of my children who have consumed the chocolates… how will money even compensate that?
Perkid president Ustaz Masridzi Sat claimed most social ills and apostasy cases in the country involving Muslims stemmed from them consuming food which was not halal; Sat went on to proclaim:
Because the person eats pork it is difficult to guide him to the right path. When the day of judgment comes, that person will be wearing a pig-face because of what he has eaten. We need to unite, we must declare jihad!
Jihad? Holy war? Over chocolate? The stupid, it burns.