"This is the time for the bloggers to do something useful and not just use their blogs to condemn the government" - Zahid Hamidi, Minister in the PM's Department.
Minister in the PM's Department Zahid Hamidi has urged Muslim bloggers (that means me, I suppose - I am Muslim and a blogger) to help counter the attack against Islam by anti-immigration right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders who made a 15-minute film "Fitna".
The short film, posted in the internet, features violent imagery of terrorist attacks in New York and Madrid set against passages from the Quran that are distorted and taken out of context.
Pas, the National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students, Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim), World Assembly of Youth (WAY), Malaysian 4B Youth (4B) and Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam (DMDI) and Umno Youth have called for the commercial boycott of Dutch products in a protest over the film.
To be honest, I have not seen the film. Maybe I don't want to. But I will. Actually, I am so curious but I know I'd be closing my eyes throughout because of the violence.
All I can say for now is that I am not surprised that it was a Dutchman who made the film.
Oh...you know the Dutch, they are very very liberal, open, free.
And, of course, this film was made in the name of art and artistic freedom...
I'm sure Geert Wilders was aware that such a film would inflame Muslims across the globe.