Should we boycott US goods and services?

Many Malaysians are calling for a boycott of US products .

While I understand their sentiments of frustrations and their religious obligations, I do not agree with the call for the boycott. 

Boycotting US products does not merely mean to stop eating burgers in MacDonalds, or fried chicken in Kentucky FC, or drinking coffee in Starbuck, or wearing Reebok or Adidas shoes..

Many of those who called for the boycott fail to realise the boycott would not affect the big multinational much; compared to the worldwide sale; adrop in sales in Kentucky FC, for example, would be literally like a drop in an ocean for KFC Interantional. What would be affected would be the local franchisee s, the local minority shareholders and the staff, mostly young Malay school leavers or part timers..

They also fail to realise that the very computer used to type their statements calling for the boycott have  operating software which is written in the US and marketed by US companies. Most of the PCs used in offices or at home run on Windows, some on Mac . Both Windows and Mac are from the States.

What about using Google search engines , or yahoo, or youtube?

google-yahooHow do we boycott these globalised companies?

The world is becoming so globalised that we may not realise that inside many product, especailly electronics and digital ones, there are parts and sub-parts from all over the world. Some may be from Malaysian, some from taiwan but even some of the parts from Malaysia would have sub-parts manufactured in the States. So it is now so diificult to draw a line. Some US products are made in China. Some US software are designed in India. So are we going to boycott all these as well?

Many of the best text books  at tertiary level or research magazines are from the States. Do we forego these as well and become a laggard in knowledge?

Even Starbuck and coffeebeans are good for our economy and our aspiration to become an innovative society. The presence of these cafe gives us ideas on how to operate local cafes in styles different from yerter-years.

In 2006, I worte this:

Even  Starbucks and Coffee Beans bring changes. These chains and their franchisees have set up so many outlets that it is now so convenient for anyone with a wifi notebook or PDA to be connected to the rest of the world while sipping a cup of coffee in these outlets. Their presence has helped create a new industry of local cafes and eateries with wifi facilities. If we have not allowed them to come in a few years ago, I am not sure whether we would still have these local cafes operating along the lines of Starbucks. These changes help to bring in technological changes and new ideas, and with these new ideas, new businesses and industries will grow

So boycott for the sake of boycotting would not do any good for the country.

I understand the sentiment of seeing innocent people killed or injured. Perhaps a more realistic way to help is to give some donations ,  food and medicine to those innocent people affected by the war. Or, better still, go and influence those people , through writings,  other media etc, to accept the fact that there should be a place for everyone in this world, be they Israelis, Palestinians, Bangladeshi, Chinese, or Indians..

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45 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ahoo
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 12:10:04

    Yes, you are absolutely right, Dr Hsu ! When we have ‘old horse’ barking up the wrong trees with son in tow, what else can the reporters write ? Just as he said it, period.

    How can we boycott US or Jewish goods in general ? Many times, he talked with ‘no sense’ at all but just to make noice to get people’s attention for his own glory. IF we are to really boycott all the socalled US products, we may as well shut down all computers with MS, stop flying in Boeing, close down all starbucks (owned by his crony anyway), KFCs’ (owned by his people) etc.

    We are globalised anyway and any boycott will indirectly affect us as we have many Malaysians working in these outlets. Can Dr MM provides them monthly salary for that many months of intended boycott ? Don’t just talk only but be prepared to walk the talk. Of course when he and his children have billions stashed away for old age, he need to remember that many graduates out there are still struggling without any proper job. They are the ones running these ‘American’ fastfood chains and if we are going to boycott it, who will be hurt most ? It is the workers who are manning these outlets as less sales mean less workers and retrenchment will take place.

    Many people will think very highly of this old Dr M but certainly not all his policies shines. There are many policies that were handled badly and he will make excuses that his cabinet members were the ones when abd decisions were made. He is one despot that Malaysians are happy to live without after 22 long years. He can continues to sing all he can but not many people will share his viewpoints. Let us instead fight corruptions in all sectors of society to save those wastages for the poor in the country side such as Trengganu, Sabah, Sarawak and many other areas.

    Why talk about sending funds across to help war victims when our own poor are neglected ? This is hyprocrisy and double talk. We need not look far but just at the orang asli’s in the many states who are our own people and are in needs both in education as well as livelihood. What has the govt of the day done for them ? Budget in millions but where are those monies ? Did it ever reach the hardcore poor or some politicians doing some creative accounting ? Save ourselves first before we can save others.

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  2. ahoo
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 12:16:37

    sorry typo : noice should be ‘noise’ and abd should be ‘bad’. my apology.

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  3. lunaticg
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 12:30:48

    Hi!
    totaly agree with you that boycotting US product isn’t an easy task but at least people try to do something to stop the war. that is the most important.

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  4. klm
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 13:15:48

    1.What is there to boycott? The US don’t make things anymore. Unless you count toxic financial papers and who want to buy these.

    Boycotting all these so called US goods will throw people in China, Indonesia Vietnam, Malaysia etc out off jobs.

    Even in the United States, it is hard to find US made goods, unless these are cars and aeroplanes.

    It is like cutting off the nose to spite the face.

    2. So what, if the US supply the Apache Helicopters, Abram Tanks, and missiles to Israel.
    There is a need of overwhelming force to keep mischief makers in the Middle East in check. The Israelis is probably the more reliable people than any of the Middle East states. Heaven forbid if Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Egypt or Libya were to gain an overpowering military force.

    Without a strong force to keep things in check, the Middle East will be in worse shape. The fact that the whole Middle East feel impotence with regard to Israel is a balance in a perverted way.

    3. These are not nice ideas. If you want a historical perspective of what it will be like, go back to look at China during the Three Kingdom period. Without a strong force to keep things in check, warlords would spring up. Look at Somalia and its pirates. (These are not the romantic pirates of the Caribbean).

    In the Three Kingdom period some 60% of the population were wiped out by constant wars- estimated to be about 30 million people.

    So putting these killings in perspective, it is the lesser of the evils. And I don’t mean to be hardhearted.

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  5. Asadmalaysian
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 13:47:10

    First & foremost I condemn any form of violent aggression that will invariably lead to innocent blood shed. Its wrong to lop deadly rocket bombs into another country & its equally wrong to retaliate with massive military aggression.

    Secondly, I also abhor taking side blindly & adding woods to the fire to further aggrevate the situation. Its wrong to point accusing fingers just at one party.

    The idea of boycotting US products or products from any other countries that support Israel is another thoughtless & immature proposition that can only come from those who seek self political mileage. This boycotting exercise will at best cause more complications to the already very complicating Middle East conflict. But at worst, it openly reflects Malaysia as being an UNSTABLE country for foreign investments.

    2 wrongs don”t make a right!
    Please do us Malaysians a favour, don’t ‘bomb’ our own economy! But if we do manage to frighten away investors, please don’t blame it on Israel ok?

    Malaysia really BOLEH. Sigh!

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  6. Meng
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 14:21:41

    ahoo Well said.

    “”Why talk about sending funds across to help war victims when our own poor are neglected ? “”

    The money will go to buying more weapons, more killing and their leaders having a good time in syria.

    Anyway Hamas is of the worst kind hiding behind civilian whilst engaging their foes. So do we pity them.

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  7. two-face
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 14:40:14

    Agree. The boycott is more symbolic rather than to be a real threat to American economy.

    Some may not agree with Dr. Mahathir but when he was in office he did exactly that – remember Buy British Last and the Look East Policy? It opened up the minds of Malaysians that there are more in the world other than the westerners.

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  8. pohwatchdog
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 17:10:49

    Welfare begin at home. Let us be rational and logical. We need to take care of our Malaysian underprivileged and still need our concern and care. Do we think by boycott American goods it will brings down America? We should understand that a lot of Malaysian who are employed in this multi national company. Don’t just shout and neglected our Malaysians bread and butter. At the end of the day, we need to move on.

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  9. petestop
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 20:18:00

    Don’t forget he paid millions of USD to a Jewish lobbyish to gain an audience with President Bush.

    Talk about being a hypocrite !!

    Say one thing to the public, do another thing in private.

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  10. A true Malaysian
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 21:23:07

    KT voters, would you like to take a vote? Click here

    http://poll.pollcode.com/ITSg

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  11. Frank
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 21:39:04

    Why the demented old goat proponent for the boycott of American goods and the use of USD, simplistic enough – he wants to make history for himself! Since Bapa Malaysia had been accoladed to Tuanku Abd Rahman, his only relics to be recorded in the history will be – Bapa Mahathirism, which he also feels weird and doesn’t sound good to his next in the lineage!

    Therefore, he wants to make fresh history in the world book or at least, if not the world book, the OIC book – that he will be remembered as the unassailable Mahathir – the big brother of OIC! No father for him in OIC cuz he knows his Mahathirism is crossed breed of Nazism which carries the symbol of swastika!

    I call that a stupid act to pose a boycott to the US product – with only the coca cola in his list of preference, others he dared not mention! There are nincompoops too who simply jumped in to the mass and walked with him, just that they didn’t throw stones to break the green houses of Mac Donald and Kentucky for why? Simple as that – the nominated franchisees are whom none other than the Malays – his cronies! It will be like shooting his own foot with the silver bullet and break his own rice bowls if those outlets are crumbled!

    Some guys out there still believe that he is voting for the poor Gazans, so called the condemnation to Israel for their atrocity is noble and his concerns of ‘humanitarian crisis’ is real and he could be that philanthropic and sympathetic?! Watch out the hypocrites or you will be doomed to be fated like the Gazans, die without knowing the cause and yet happy to be martyrs!

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  12. Monk
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 23:07:48

    For a start, those Cabinet ministers supporting a boycott should discontinue their children education in the US if they are so dead serious about their stand and principle over the Gaza killing fields.

    Otherwise, it’s just sheer hypocrisy. Anwar is right about the BN’s hypocrisy. These stooges should look into our own backyard first. Malaysia is signatory to some UN’s charter on human rights etc. Amend their actions first before shouting across the oceans.

    monk

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  13. inthemiddle
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 23:38:31

  14. humbleforest
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 03:32:07

    The recession has started with many retrenchments going around the country / countries. If this “clever” idea of boycotting is beneficial to the families that are going to lose their jobs in boycotting and with the support of jobs or income replacement from the authourities or those who called for the boycotting, then it is feasible to do so.
    Will boycotting creates more jobs for the jobless or more problems to the country ?

    It is just like, which one will one choose,
    1. boycott the war ? Or
    2. boycott peace and harmony ?

    it is the wise only understands.

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  15. humbleforest
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 03:42:14

    PEACE.
    When everyone can erase one’s Five Defects such as, greed, anger, lust, strong cravings, passions and radiates the Five Constant Elements such as, humanity, courtesy, trustworthiness, justice and Universal Wisdom, then there will be PEACE.
    Peace comes Justice, total indiscrimination. no protection for one’s own like-mindedness wrongdoings.

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  16. klm
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 08:37:11

    inthemiddle gave the link to an interesting article.
    It is possible that Cheney and the neocon could have a hand in the intrigue to cause trouble for the Obama administration.

    The troubles in the middle east are about oil. Who is funding and arming Hamas? Iran, Syria or maybe even OPEC.

    Who is Dick Cheney working for? The US or other interests. It raises the question of the industrial military complex.

    What is the real story of the flare up of the conflict between Hamas and Israel?

    By taking face value of the issue and talking boycott do no fix any problem. It is just like a little boy throwing a tantrum. All show. no substance.

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  17. klm
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 08:42:37

    Therefore it is presumptuous to think that by talking peace, it will come to Palestine. No. It is about hardcore brutal power. Somebody need to throw weights around the place.

    Maybe we need an alien to come in to tell Hamas nd Israel that if they dont stop, it will blast them to atoms. Neither one of them will listen to the Secgen of the UN. Because he do not have the means to do so.

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  18. klm
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 10:10:00

    By the way, if you want an example of stupid got action here is one in Malaysian Insider today.

    “PM to Muhyiddin: Explain statement on suspension of FTA talks with US.”

    Badawi talked of charging Israel for cirme. But when his Minister suspend FTA talk with US, he chicken out. See what I mean by all show and noise only.

    Muhyiddin makes a very dangerous precedent of making a unilateral decision without cabinet discussion that has impact of trade and foreign relation with a major power. In fact he is defying Badawi. It show there is a break down of leadership in the govt.

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  19. Dr Hsu
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 10:48:54

    In Malaysia, everything is about political mileage and posturing.

    When a politician was talking about changing all vernacular schools to National school, he himself is sending his children to International school… Which is the ultimate hypocrisy.

    To suspend FTA talks just beacause of this middle east war? That is like relegating Malaysian Interest to one side in order to gain political mileage for himself…

    Whenver UMNO is having fights , all these posturing will come up, and the country inetrest and the Rakyat’s interest is deemed less important than climbing up the political ladder…

    That is the sad thing in malaysia, and that is where refomr is urgently needed but nowhere to be seen…

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  20. A true Malaysian
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 11:14:19

    I see these people as a bunch of clowns. These clowns always think Malaysia is so great that can have great impact on the economy of US.

    Even our great old goat talks without proper thinking on his call for boycott of US goods and issue open letter to Obama, of which I don’t even bother to read.

    These clowns should look themselves in the mirror. Maybe they do not have a proper look at themselves for a very long time.

    In this very stage of Malaysia, BN component parties can still do nothing at all? Just imagine.

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  21. A true Malaysian
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 11:19:49

    Then, if Umno win in this coming KT bye-election, they would surely be more arrogant than now. Problems and dilemmas that we are facing will be more complex than now.

    No hope that these clowns can ever repent. Is this a definition for ‘Recalcitrant’ of ‘devil incarnate’?

    KT voters, make sure you vote for Pakatan Rakyat. Don’t let the whole Malaysia down.

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  22. LHHENG
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 11:58:12

    Only a stupid and sinile bum like our Mamak kutty will make such proposal to boycott US goods. Perhaps with his ill gotten BILIIONS$$$ he can buy over KFC, Mac, Pepsi, Coca Cola etc…….
    Not to forget, he should close his Chedet website as it uses US technology. Also empty his mansion completely as most of the gadgets I beleive are US made.
    Real stupid a_sehole.

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  23. A true Malaysian
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 12:33:16

    Dr. Hsu and all,

    Read the below comment from The Malaysiakini. Very scary.

    On M’sia likely to slip into technical recession

    Micheal: It is a known fact that the Malaysian economy is heading for a recession this year despite repeated denials from the BN government. This thanks to the corrupt practises of its leaders.

    With crude oil and palm oil prices reaching the floor coupled with the slowdown in the semi-conductor amd manufacturing sectors, the Malaysian government is facing the risk of bankruptcy.

    Money in the GLCs and finance ministry has not been properly managed and the stock market has been artificially supported by the BN government to give the false impression of a rosy economy.

    (By the way, Bursa Malaysia has quietly altered the trading system to enable the authority to lift the KLCI index at the last few minutes of daily trading ie, between 4.45pm to 4.50 pm).

    The money channeled to ValueCap should be used to create more jobs instead of propping up the stock market which is non-productive at all.

    Petronas ,which has been the ‘money-generator’ for the government, is likely to report losses for the first time if crude oil price remain low.

    Therefore our beloved country is running the risk of bankruptcy if the behaviour of the governing leaders remains unchanged.

    http://malaysiakini.com/news/96392

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  24. klm
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 12:58:14

    ATM. There is one easy solution. Ratcheting up the level of violence in the Middle East will see oil prices go up. Petronas will be profitable again.

    Pay a few millions to Hamas, etc and voila.

    Simple evil solution.

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  25. klm
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 13:00:56

    BTW. Chinese based BN parties privately admit KT by(e)-election is very difficult.

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  26. A true Malaysian
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 14:39:58

    klm,

    Read this latest news from Malaysiakini.

    瓜登补选进入关键的最后72小时,回教党今日投诉,选情告急的国阵不择手段,利用政府机关和使出肮脏手段来争取胜利,包括施压公务员投给国阵、制造虚假选报、贿赂选民,以及制造幽灵选民等等。

    虽然回教党无法出示任何证据,但是坚持这些严重的指控属实,并挑战副首相纳吉和登州大臣阿末赛益作出否认。

    Can we see a gentlemen fight for BT Battle. For better or for worse, at least let us witness a gentlemen fight.

    http://malaysiakini.com/news/96408

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  27. serendipity hopeful
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 16:13:05

    All this talk of the boycott, it is nothing but a LOAD of BULL! See where is it coming out from – the Loud Mouths of the people who are so rich that there is no need for them to work.

    It is all POLITICAL RHETORIC! Pure motivation for political mileage disguised as compassion for the people of Gaza.

    WHAT A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES!

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  28. klm
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 22:23:44

    ATM. What makes you think this will be a gentlemen fight. Najib already said, this is a must win. This has many meaning. To me, it means all bets off. Bribe, threaten, lie, steal, make promise, do anything. Just win..

    And by the way, someone once said that a gentleman is one who say please before stabbing your back. By all count you can many things about Najib, but you cannot say he is not a gentleman.

    An this is highly speculative. But Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbawe is in KL. This was reported in the news.

    NewsZimbawe reported abut his stay in Nikko Hotel ” guest said: “It was like a mini-riot with his bodyguards brandishing guns and ordering people out the way. A member of staff said he comes to the race here every year.”

    Now this is a master of hardball electioneering tactics. He make UMNO’s tactics look like child play. i wonder what is he doing here at this time. Advising UMNO on hardball tactics.?

    You name it he has done it:

    – violent intimidation,
    – murder,
    -kidnapping,
    -torture,
    – ballot box stuffing,
    -starvation
    – etc

    The BN Govt is a good friend of Mugabe. The BN govt gave him free timber to build his palace. He airfreight the Malaysian timber by air. Imagine that.

    I have no basis to say he is advising Najib. But it sure make good election rumour. After, this is an Internet blog (sorry Dr. Hsu)

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  29. A true Malaysian
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 22:38:24

    klm,

    Did I say “this will be a gentlemen fight”?

    Please clarify and prove.

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  30. klm
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 22:46:25

    ATM. My apology. I misquoted you.

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  31. A true Malaysian
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 23:08:39

    Apology accepted, klm.

    If not me, then who?

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  32. tonyboneka
    Jan 15, 2009 @ 17:53:51

    If an issue repeat again, it implies the root cause has not been cured. Is boycott US the leverage point? Convince me. Don’t be led by issue, think about the structure. “以”和为贵。

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  33. jeff
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 10:00:32

    Boycott all you want, Israel will continue it bombardment until the threat is eliminated. Good luck! hahaha… remember you are living in a free country , you can eat anything, go anywhere or use whatever country products you want in Malaysia, it is your right as a Malaysian .

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  34. Atila
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 04:05:57

    Dr. Hsu,

    After reading you write up, the truth is you do not understand who are the Zionist and why Zionist are against the “religion of the sky” (Islam, Jew-Torah and Christianity).

    Majority non-Muslims Malaysians get painted the wrong picture of the Palestinian-Israel conflict.

    Malaysia like the rest of the nation fully rely on media from USA and west world for news that are distorted to their advantage.

    The Palestine-Israel blood shed has been going on for 60 years since 1948, after Balfour Declaration and Oslo Declaration. Any non-Muslim and Muslism Malaysians aware of this declaration?

    Its only in the book from the religion of the sky that mentioned the Canaan was occupied by Canaanites around 1800B.C then the Hebrews first migrated there. Canaanite civilization covered much of today’s Israel, West Bank, much of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

    For Malaysians those non-Muslims and not from the religion of the sky, the Palestine and Israel Conflict boils down to history-religion.

    What has happened in Gaza Strip, it is not something that would never occur in Malaysia. Think if one day a nation simply barge into Malaysia and take over the ruling within a few days.

    By reading all the comments above, I m sad that Malaysians are so very narrow minded, self vain and arrogant to think such conflict would not happen here in Malaysian soil!

    Guess what are the artilaries used in Gaza…
    all weapons, bullets and missiles with DU 238 to destroy future Palestinian by producing mutants babies and phosferous content to burn rite before your eyes though you cant see fire.

    DU 238, Depleted Uranium was extensively bombarded like 2,300tonnes during Iraq war. Today the female Iraqis are giving birth to mutants that you can never imagine.
    Wake up Malaysians!!

    This is Democracy Made in USA, dumping DU238 onto other people’s backyard.

    That why the Muslims want to boycott the products whatever we can and patronize “BUY MALAYSIA MADE”

    I recommend that you read the booklet titled “The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict” by Jews for Justice in the the Middle East. Would be glad to send you a copy.

    Thank you.

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  35. A true Malaysian
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 11:40:12

    Atila,

    Thanks for your input.

    But, I personally don’t think this conflict can be solved if both parties still harbour hate and hatred with one another…the vicious cycle of avenging and revenging will be there.

    Why not break this cycle by way of acknowledging in each other rights to exist and promote co-existence?

    I know many Muslims know well the conflict, but resort to terrorism in the name of Jihad is definitely not the way. Politics in Israel, Palestine, USA, Arab world, can be dirty, as ‘politician’ have their self-interest to take care first, their people second. This is always the case for politicians. Just look at Umno, MCA, Gerakan, MIC. Same kind of things happening in Malaysia.

    Play lesser politics by politicians can solve the conflict sooner and better. Perhaps, both side can call for ‘referendum’ to decide what to do. Politicians can tell us whatever thing.

    A good politician is the one who play politics less.

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  36. Atila
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 19:29:46

    Salam…True Malaysian

    Islam is a global religion. What happens out there is a pinch to us here.

    Muslims do not resort to terrorisn as what you think and your mind is also being brain washed by western media.

    The word terrorism was introduced in early 20th century.

    For example, 9-11 isnt the act of terrorism as what USA and its allies painted to the world.

    Lies and and lies from the USA governments to bad name Islam world wide. What happened after 9-11 was the reverse, Islam became the fastest growing religion world wide even on the soil of USA despite western media bashing us Terrorist.

    I believe in tranparency, i can be contacted at 0124697746, I have something for you to see on a DVD. Pls feel free to call me. Thank you.

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  37. A true Malaysian
    Jan 20, 2009 @ 20:01:56

    Atila,

    Thanks a lot. If my comment on

    “I know many Muslims know well the conflict, but resort to terrorism in the name of Jihad is definitely not the way.”

    is deemed as ‘brain washed’ by Western media, then I afraid many in the world already being ‘brain washed’.

    Brain washed can be dangerous as those we see in the form of BTN as described by Muslim friends. That is why I am all for Muslim friends to ‘open all’ for the benefit of non-Muslim brothers and sisters like me, so to clean up mine and others’ “washed brain”.

    Do you have any blog? If not, perhaps you could start one for this purpose. Cheers.

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  38. Atila
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 02:44:52

    Dear True Malaysian

    Thank you. I like your write ups.

    It all started when Israel arrived steadily into Palestine Land in 1882, followed by Balfour Declaration in Nov 1917 then Oslo Declaration…this are tools to tie the hands of 22countries in Arabs…Israel got help from British…then 1948, Israel declared itself a state, it legally owned a little more than 6percent of the land of Palestine…then 1967… until today.

    Some Malaysians are too young to understand “Filastin” the olden days for the current “Palestine” whatmore to understand why this Land of Canaan such great turmoil & blood drenched for the past 60years.

    Actions of Israel against UN and dont heed any soul in this world has created Muslims with vengeance towards the Israels and USA.

    I dont blame the Muslims for the Jihad including Hamas. They must do what is to be done when their land being robbed away.

    Hamas started off something at par like a small yayasan in malaysia, then it played bigger role as the needs of the country arises. Off course the USA painted the wrong picture of Hamas to the world. Just like last time the war TV series in 1970s, its USA propoganda that USA soldiers is always better than the German soldiers….I forgot the name of the TV series.

    USA has off course many times attached “mock-Jihad” to blame the Muslims and labelled them terrorists, example 9-11 labelled to Osama.

    Yes the western media is brainwashing people’s mind, yet after 9-11 Islam remains the fastest growing religion in the world. Becoz of the sudden rise of Islam in the world, the world halal hub market is USDtrillion per year. Thats why there is no need to worry when Muslims boycott Isreali related brand names.

    World halal hub is becoming so important that Rotterdamn has its own halal port to handle halal products into EU countries.

    Almost one month has gone by, boycott from Muslims nations continues, you can see many Israeli related companies are in worry, sales is affected. Well…its only boycott not taking lives or maiming their children.

    There are blogs but i do not trust any, i dont know who or what is behind the blog. I would certainly advise you one in future.

    From my sincere heart, I really want to pass the DVD regarding 9-11 & Iraq American soldiers to you.

    Since USA speaks justice in their context of democracy, the DVD shows details that we missed out during the casting over the TV.
    Shocking but real, no alterations…its minute details that we as human overlooked.

    Right now…..my Lebanese-Palestine friend whom i lost contact with her 3days after Israel bombed Gaza Strip, she maybe alive, maybe injured or maybe dead.

    My NGO friend may enter Gaza Strip this weekend to deliver aids for two days. Palestinians would never touch or take anything related to USA even USA currency. So the donations got to be changed into EURO.

    How many Malaysians would be willing to cross
    into Gaza Strip now? Very few. Many would rather surf the net, humiliate the Palestines and Hamas.

    Each time when we congregate for prayers, the imam at the mosque in USM Penang would recite “doa qunut Nazilah” for the Palestinians.

    I cant help but tears flow…you can hear other Arab women also in tears. Islam is global we feel for our sisters and brothers.

    I now realised, though my ancestors from this Malay archipelago was being invaded by Portuguse, Dutch, English and Japanese, for 443years, they were not displaced like the Palestinians.

    Palestinians dont live by day or by hour or by minutes BUT by seconds.

    Dr. Hsu,
    in view of humanity, what has Gerakan done so far to ease a little bit the Palestinians?

    Thank you.

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  39. A true Malaysian
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 13:02:05

    Dear Atila,

    Thank you for your nice words, but really, credit should instead be given to Dr. Hsu for allowing us to air our views in this excellent platform.

    I have read your input about this Israeli-Palestinian history and really, we can learn much from history on how this world is evolved since long-long ago.

    My view is that, at end of day, we human really need to learn how to co-exist with each other however we dislike the other race or religion that we live with. That is the reason why great religions of the world teach us to recognise and acknowledge the right of existence of another race of different faiths. Religions see us as equals and do not recognise us as Chinese, Malay, Indian, Israeli, Palestinian or whatever.

    I see Israeli arrived steadily into Palestine Land in 1882 as human migration, just like our forefathers arrived in Malaya from China, India and Malay archipelago. What different here was that our forefathers acknowledge each other rights of abode in Malaya then.

    Both Israeli and Palestinian really need a lot of wisdom to solve their conflict amicably. The longer the conflict dragged, the longer both people suffer and there will be no end to this conflict. Anger and hatred should not be the way to solve this problem.

    Just wonder, Atila, can this conflict be seen not from the angle of religion as both Isreali and Palestinian are not purely Muslim or non-Muslim?

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  40. Atila
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 23:57:33

    Dear True Malaysian

    Thank you. I have great admiration to your writeups.

    In my view and I believe many would share the same….it is a fact : a war on religion – the religion of the sky (Jew-Book of Torah, Islam and Christian). The Zionist is against these religion for a very very very long time.

    The Zionist is a modern name to this group of people. It is mentioned in the Quran as the group of Jew (the non-Torah) and is also mentioned in the Bible.

    The Quran does not teaches to hate or anti this group of people, but educate us their character during the days from our prophets. They have not change one bit until today.

    The Jew of Torah is also against Israeli attacking the Gaza Strip. In fact, they are the ones residing in peace-harmony for centuries with the Palestinians until Zionists came into their land in 1880s.

    This group of people (Zionists) is also mentioned in the Quran prohecies and i normally have discussion on this topic with my Christian godsister.

    Being a Muslim, after thousands my brothers and sisters died and maimed by Israeli, it is very difficult for us to “peace” with them. We rather die matyr or “mati syahid” for Islam.

    Why? Becoz Israelis do not fear United Nations resolution or any soul on this earth.

    What happened to all this resolutions …
    “Recalling relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolution 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967, 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973, 446 (1979) of 22 March 1979, 452 (1979) of 20 July 1979, 465 (1980) of 1 March 1980, 476 (1980) of 30 June 1980, 478 (1980) of 20 August 1980, 904 (1994) of 18 March 1994, 1073 (1996) of 28 September 1996, 1397 (2002) of 12 March 2002, 1515 (2003) of 19 November 2003 and 1544 (2004) of 19 May 2004,”

    It all fake, bluff and tonnes of lies on the existing of United Nations and USA whatmore Israeli.

    Thank you.

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  41. A true Malaysian
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 12:38:49

    Dear Atila,

    Based on what you written, I can understand your sentiment as a Muslim. Muslims feels ‘unfairness’ over USA being ‘powerless’ against Zionists (a new term that I learned from you that not all Israelis are bad, only Israeli Zionists are).

    But, is such sentiment does any good to you, or to the rest of Muslims? My view is that, if Muslims persist to have such sentiment, the Israeli-Palestine conflict can never be resolved. The ice will be forever there.

    Perhaps Muslims can learn from history of Germany where East and West Germany managed to break the ‘Berlin Wall’ and become one country again after so many decades of separation. How? By recognising each other rights of existence, and a place of abode in the planet Earth that we share.

    To me, as Israel is surrounded by the Arabs, which you mentioned “it legally owned a little more than 6percent of the land of Palestine”, can the whole Arab world recognising this and ‘be friend’ with Israelis rather than ‘be enemy’? Muslims world may think that they lost in this struggle or ‘cannot hide their faces’ in showing this kind gesture, but, over time, you guys can recoup back whatever lost earlier in return for peace and prosperous living. After all, you recognised that the Torah Jews are good people.

    I still standby my view, to solve problem by wisdom, not by hate or hatred.

    Cheers to you Atila. I am honoured to know you here in blogosphere. Next, if I landed myself in Penang, I call you out.

    Justin and romerz are Penangites, perhaps you can meet with them. They are nice gentlemen.

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  42. Atila
    Jan 23, 2009 @ 02:30:17

    The Land of Canaan, now partly of it called Gaza Strip is a mentioned in the prophecies of Quran.
    Yes the ice is going to be there for such time.

    The conflict is purely religion based and you cannot compare it with Germany or any parts of the world. Israel is a race mentioned in the Quran and they character hasnt change a bit until today.

    Everybody wants a peaceful nation but not Israel and it allies the new world order when resource are depleted in their own nations.

    Malaysians those the non-Muslim dont understand what it is there in Land of Canaan that Israeli
    rushes to get for themselves.

    What is there in Gaza Strip that Isreal wants and has demolished the existence of historical sites belong Islam and Christianity and Jew. Israel has demolished many Islamic sites…does any Malaysian non-Muslism realised? No. Becoz they do not know the in-depth of the religion of the sky.

    22arab countries are binded and tied up in their hands and mouth from Balfour to oslo Declaration since 1917. They cannot do anything at all.

    United Nations failed, resolutions are just papers.

    USA is pro-Zionists.

    Who from this earth can help the Palestines?

    Allahswt will solve it HIS ways. Ameen.

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  43. A true Malaysian
    Jan 23, 2009 @ 11:52:17

    Dear Atila,

    Maybe as you said, non-Muslim like me do not know the in-depth of the religion of the sky and thus I couldn’t appreciate fully the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

    You also mentioned this conflict is “purely religion based” and “Allahswt will solve it HIS ways”.

    With this, I really hope Allahswt is powerful, merciful and compassionate enough to solve this conflict without further bloodshed of both Jews and Palestine.

    Nevertheless, I still believe this conflict could be resolved by people by putting ‘religions’, hate, hatred and weapons aside, recognising each other rights of abode and see each other as fellow human, not as enemy.

    Think about it, Atila.

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  44. sonata
    Feb 21, 2009 @ 14:02:02

    i agree with your statement that boyycot us product does not merely the best way as it can increase the rate of unemployment in our country. doesn’t it?

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    Aug 05, 2009 @ 18:52:26

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