BESUT, July 31 (Bernama) -- The government has no intention of boycotting goods from the United States and Britain to protest against their support for Israel's assault on Lebanon because the action can backfire on Malaysia, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He said those who called for a boycott should think very deeply about it.
"We should not talk big and then have to backtrack when our action becomes a burden to us," he told reporters after performing the ground-breaking for the Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia (UDM) campus in Kampung Tembila here Monday.
On the meeting of several member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday to discuss the Lebanon fighting, Abdullah said it would focus on preparations to contribute troops to a peacekeeping force once a ceasefire was agreed.
Besides Malaysia, 15 other OIC countries are expected to attend the meeting.
Malaysia has already stated its readiness to send peacekeepers to Lebanon.
Abdullah said Malaysia would continue to press for an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon.
"As long as a ceasefire was not enforced, Israel would continue with its atrocities and more Lebanese civilians will die and the country's infrastructure will be destroyed," he said.
He said it was most regrettable that the United Nations Security Council special session on Lebanon did not achieve any result because there was no support by the United States for a ceasefire.
Instead, America supplied more weapons to Israel and this further emboldened the Jewish state to do whatever it wanted, he said.
LUMUT, July 29 (Bernama) -- Umno Youth will release a list of brands and international companies with operations in Malaysia that are known to be supporting the Israeli regime financially.
Deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the move was to inform the public of the brands and companies so that they could either boycott or remain as their clients.
Speaking to reporters after presenting a working paper at an Umno entrepreneurial seminar at Teluk Batik near here Saturday, he said the movement did not want to launch a boycott campaign as it had been ineffective in the past.
"I will suggest that we distribute a list of the companies which are clear Israeli supporters according to their profits so that we are aware of who are helping Israel," he said.
He said the people should be informed of these companies so that they could use their right as consumers whether they wanted to continue using their products.
Khairy said the movement Friday received an e-mail on an international coffee shop chain allegedly supporting Israel and sending funds to the zionist regime.
He said if there was truth to the claim, the people must be told so they could make their own assessment whether they wanted to continue supporting the company which has a chain of shops in the country.
Khairy also said Umno Youth would continue with its protest against the Israeli atrocities by holding demonstrations throughout the country.
He said it was important for Malaysians to continue voicing their protest against Israeli aggression on Palestine and Lebanon.
Khairy and Perak Umno Youth chief Zainol Fadzi Paharudin later led some 500 of the movement's members to hold a demonstration near the seminar venue to condemn Israel.