Fitna: Making Dutch Companies Lose Money = Good, Losing Money Yourself = Bad

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From The Star 4 Apr 2008:

Boycott won’t hurt ties with the Netherlands

KUALA LUMPUR: The boycott of Dutch products in protest of the controversial short film, Fitna, will not affect ties between Malaysia and the Netherlands.This was because the Malaysian Government did not initiate the boycott, International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.“Consumer groups and a supermarket chain initiated the boycott. We leave the matter to them. If they feel that they should not buy Dutch products, that is their decision. We will not stop them from boycotting,” Muhyiddin told reporters after an official visit to the Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Bhd (MIDF) here yesterday.Fitna is a 15-minute film produced by Dutch legislator Geert Wilders which paints a negative image of Islam by linking the Quran with violence. It has angered Muslims worldwide and protests have grown in the country.

Dutch Ambassador to Malaysia Lody Embrechts said the film did not in any way reflect the perspective or policy of the Dutch Government.

Asked whether the boycott may affect the country’s exports to the Netherlands, Muhyiddin said: “I hope not. The Netherlands is a very important market for us.”

He said the country was the largest export market for Malaysia with exports amounting to RM2.07bil.


Uh huh.

So let me get this striaght… If Malaysians boycott all trade with the entire Netherlands over a 15-minute film by a lon, independent individual…

Malaysia stands to lose much more. Oh, teh ironiez!

Just like the case in Sudan where the government itself called for a boycott of Danish goods in response to reprintings of the Mohammad cartoons.

Showing their incredible rage-induced myopia, the Sudanese government failed to notice that Denmark only exports around $23 million worth of goods to Sudan.

Meanwhile, Sudan received $26 million in Danish aid in 2006 and a $100 million humanitarian and reconstruction package is planned through 2009.

Denmark thus responded as you would expect anyone to respond to ingrates… They stated that they would oppose any debt-relief for Sudan, which owes Denmark $405 million.

Just goes to show that you really should measure yourself up before taking on economic heavyweights. 

But luckily for Malaysia, the Dutch are unlikely to hold a grudge against our consumers and refuse to pay us that lovely RM2.07 billion.


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2 Responses to “Fitna: Making Dutch Companies Lose Money = Good, Losing Money Yourself = Bad”

  1. Nasaei Ahmad Says:

    If heard only Muslims in the Middle East truly and quite fully cooperated in boycotting Dutch’s and Denmark companies’ products. And the companies lost some millions dollars. In Malaysia..not really cooperation among the Muslims maybe. Of course not easy to call everbody to join the cal..Muslims or non-Muslims. I think, if buyers really boycott, then any company will greatly suffer.

  2. Amir Says:

    Remember Rafiq Husseini, the close Abbas aide who was caught with his pants down? Well, Husseini was suspended, but not because he solicited sex from a Christian woman who sought Abu Mazen’s assistance with a personal problem:

    Both Husseini and the secretary were also caught on tape bad-mouthing Abbas and his two sons, Tarek and Yasser, whom they dubbed “crooks and thieves.” Husseini is also heard on the tape referring to Yasser Arafat as the “biggest swindler.”

    That will get you fired, won’t it?

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