Why Carlsberg? Probably because it is a Danish firm, and it was in Denmark that those infamous cartoons of Muhammad were published a few years ago. To the Islamic State, that’s blasphemy, and blasphemers must be murdered. Note also that the reach of the Islamic State appears to go well beyond Iraq and Syria.
“Isis planned a terror attack against Carlsberg,” The Local, August 11, 2014:
Danish brewer Carlsberg was on the target list of the Islamist militant group Isis, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.
The outlet reports that a Carlsberg facility in suburban Kuala Lumpur was among the attacks Isis planned to carry out in Malaysia.
The South China Morning Post reports that Isis, or the Islamic State (IS) as it is now known, has expanded into Malaysia and Indonesia, picking up local followers inspired by its declaration of an Islamic caliphate. At least 19 Malaysians suspected of being linked to the terror organization have been arrested this year.
“During questioning, they [the suspects] admitted one of their main objectives was to attack the government,” Ayub Khan, a senior official for Malaysia’s Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division, told the South China Morning Post. “They also discussed planning attacks against a disco, pubs in Kuala Lumpur and a Carlsberg factory in Petaling Jaya.”
Carlsberg is the biggest beer brand in Malaysia with a more than 50 percent share of the local market. The Danish company has been brewing locally in Malaysia since 1972.