Muslim man apologises after foul-up over Texas Chicken’s ‘Church’s’ brand

KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 — The Muslim who questioned Texas Chicken’s “Church’s” brand dipping sauce has surfaced again on social media, this time with a heartfelt apology to the fast food chain for the uproar caused by his complaint.

The man who calls himself Mista Bob Faishah on Facebook even told the fried chicken chain that he still enjoys their food, with his favourite dish being its winglets.

Screengrab from Facebook.
Screengrab from Facebook.

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“Hi TCM. Deepest from my heart that i want to ask apologized for my post before (1 june). For that time i only want to inquiry regarding the brands of ‘church’ brand. And after TCM do explain to my inquiry n i accepted that was the co brand from san Antonio, Texas..

“I hope with my apologized here can stop all the negtve (sic) things goes more bigger.. That what can i say i only just want to inquiry regarding that brands only.. But for ur info i still enjoy my meal with my favorite winglets from TCM.!

“Once again.. I’m apologized for my post before that i had removed because i don’t want that all people read n negtve (sic) thingking of my inquiries,” he wrote on the social networking site yesterday.

Texas Chicken Malaysia immediately replied to thank the man for his apology, saying it understands that his intention had merely been to enquire about the brand of its dipping sauce.

“We appreciate and respect the courage and effort you have made to explain your side of the story and trust the rest of the online community feels the same way too. We sincerely hope this puts an end to all negativity and we can all move on from here.

“We are glad to know that you still enjoy our spicy winglets and look forward to welcoming you back again soon!” the outlet wrote.

Mista Bob Faishah had on June 1 written to Texas Chicken to seek the origins of its “Church’s” brand dipping sauce, claiming that eating food from “church brands” is unsafe for Muslim consumption.

In his post to Facebook then, the man had also claimed that most of Texas Chicken’s customers are Muslims, adding that he was “worried” about eating food with a label that says “Church’s”.

It is unclear what the man had meant by “church brands”, but he was likely claiming that Muslims may not eat food from churches.

There is no such prohibition in Islam.

Texas Chicken Malaysia later responded to explain that “Church’s Chicken” was the chain’s name in the US, and not related to Christianity.

It further explained that some of its sauces were imported from the US, in which case these will carry the Church’s Chicken branding.

Growing religious conservatism in Malaysia has given rise to more such incidents, with regular “halal” scares taking place before — more often than not — turning out to be hoaxes.

Recent incidents run the gamut from alleged pig DNA in chocolates to complaints over a picture of the Hindu temple at the iconic Batu Caves being too close to the “halal” logo.

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