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The Confusing Tale of How #BoycottMalaysia Led to a War Between Indians and Malaysians

Do Indians want to boycott Malaysia? Or do Malaysians want Indians to boycott their country? The story is confusing.

Shreya Basak | News18.com@ShreyaBasak5

Updated:October 2, 2019, 1:38 PM IST
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The Confusing Tale of How #BoycottMalaysia Led to a War Between Indians and Malaysians
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It's not unusual for a hashtag that's often filled with hate to trend on Twitter. What is unusual about this particular hashtag-- #BoycottMalaysia-- is that it has managed to divide two countries that are somewhat unlikely enemies.

While #BoycottMalaysia started trending on Twitter, no one could figure out what exactly happened-- Do Indians want to boycott Malaysia? Or do Malaysians want Indians to boycott their country? Well, both.

The story of this hashtag is quite confusing.

A speech by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly irked a few Indians. In his speech, the Malaysian PM raised the issue of Kashmir along with Turkey and China. His remarks accusing India of “invading and occupying the country” of Jammu and Kashmir have not particularly gone down well for many Indians, who have supported the abrogation of Article 370.

In his speech, the Malaysian PM had said, "Now, despite the UN resolution on Jammu and Kashmir, the country has been invaded and occupied". He further urged India to "work with Pakistan to resolve this problem."

One of his tweets added fury to the fire. He said, "The helplessness of the world in stopping atrocities inflicted on the Rohingyas in Myanmar had reduced the regard for the resolution of the UN. Now, despite UN resolution on Jammu and Kashmir, the country has been invaded and occupied."

His statements outraged several Indians, who took to Twitter to express resentment against his observation on the Kashmir issue.

 

Now, this is where the story takes a turn.  In a quick comeback, Malaysians urged the angry Indian nationalists to go ahead and #BoycottMalaysia.

The hashtag is still trending, with more and more hatred every minute.

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