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Monday, January 12, 2009
Boycott American goods to save Palestine? Think again
Malaysia former PM, Tun Dr. M urge the Malaysian to boycott US goods (source) in order to save Palestine. So what is your take for this? Well, it is always very easy to such call.....and with his influence as the PM in Malaysia for the past 20 years before the current PM, Abdullah Badawi, I'm sure some will follow suit.
There are those two face bloggers or internet users who might have call for the same action via blogging, Facebook. Little do they know that Google, Facebook also from the States. And we will actually see some of them at Starbucks, McD etc. If Dr. M call for the boycott action, is he going to lead by example first? Will he stop using Google? Is he going to stop blogging? Because if he voice it out, he should lead by example. Don't use laptop or PC. Those CPUs are American products. Google also from the States. Next, if he has a Facebook account, he should stop using it totally.
For those who are wondering whether to follow or not.....think again. First of all, go ahead and check, whether Dr. M or those who answer the call to boycott the American goods really boycott the American goods. This includes not using google, PC (they should not have use it in the first place), Facebook etc. If those promoting this boycott via Facebook or msn, we can totally ignore them. Cause they don't walk the talk.
Then, we have to know....most franchise chain like KFC actually owned by Malaysian, and most of their staff are also Malaysian. Since KFC Holdings is a listed company, the bumiputras definitely have 30% stake in it. If we actually boycott the like of KFC or McD, who will actually suffer? Do you think the Americans? No....it is us, Malaysian who will suffer the most. Less staff are required because of low business output, KFC Holdings share will drop like no tomorrow because they cannot produce decent earnings to attract investors....more and more KFC or McD restaurants will have to close down due to no business and this translates to more jobless Malaysian and more bankruptcies.
We can continue to say that we want to boycott US goods such as CPUs, chipsets, search engines. But who will suffer in the end. Malaysian. Intel CPUs or chipsets were manufactured in VFs in many countries including Malaysia. Granted, we boycott it, so Intel and AMD need to layoff their employees. Who do you think will suffer? Those working in VF, of course. And where do this lead us? More jobless Malaysians.
To those who think boycott American goods will be able to save Palestine....think again. It is us, Malaysian who will suffer the most. Jobless, bankruptcies etc. In fact, with jobless and bankrupcies rising, it also means that Malaysian who wanna donate to Palestine, are unable to do so. What does this lead us to? Less donation and contributions from Malaysia. So, is this going to help Palestine? Think again.
I, for one will not answer the call to boycott the American goods. I also urge others especially those belongs to the working class like me to think over it carefully. Recession is at the doorstep and if we are still so childish to boycott this and boycott that, suddenly the Americans pull out their investment from Malaysia, who is the biggest loser? So, think again. There are many ways to help Palestine. Boycott American goods definitely not the way.