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From The Star 4 Apr 2008:
Boycott won’t hurt ties with the Netherlands
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.
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!
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.