Numerous tweets from users in India are making the #BoycottMalaysia hashtag trend on Twitter after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said India and Pakistan should work together to resolve the conflict over Jammu and Kashmir in a speech presented at United National General Assembly in New York on Sept 27.
"Now, despite UN (United Nations) resolution on Jammu and Kashmir, the country has been invaded and occupied. There may be reasons for this action but it is still wrong. The problem must be solved by peaceful means. India should work with Pakistan to resolve this problem. Ignoring the UN would lead to other forms of disregard for the UN and the Rule of Law," Dr Mahathir said in his speech.
Some claim in their tweets that it's untrue that Jammu and Kashmir are being occupied while others are accusing the Prime Minister of publicly siding with Pakistan against India in the ongoing dispute over the region.
They are also calling for a massive boycott of Malaysian tourism, products and services, including airlines. As of press time, there are over 8,800 tweets with the hashtag #BoycottMalaysia.
Malaysian users have also joined in the conversation by expressing disappointment over the #BoycottMalaysia hashtag. They are urging the others to focus on Dr Mahathir's speech asking for a peaceful resolution over India and Pakistan's territorial dispute instead of inciting more hatred.
with the recent #BoycottMalaysia. one of the reason i respect @chedetofficial as my leader of the nation. Sure he has some bad policies and controversy and what not. But he's outright outspoken stand on whats wrong is something all future malaysian prime ministers should be— shiroyatsu (@hariz44577106) September 30, 2019
So proud of our Prime Minister, despite his old age he is one of only few people in this world who is brave enough to speak about the truth and stand for those people’s rights! #BoycottMalaysia ??? Nahh you guys are actually terrified about the ugly truth. #ProudMalaysian here— faz (@sensationalblue) September 30, 2019
As a person who has lived in both India and Malaysia, the #BoycottMalaysia makes no sense. Malaysia is not anti Indian or Hindu (visit once and find out) in the slightest; @chedetofficial was highlighting the negative state of Kashmir right now! Focus on the PEOPLE is the msg!— Anirudh Narayanan (@UhKneeRude) September 30, 2019