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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Boycott Singapore's Optus

In light of Singapore being the major shareholder of Optus, and Singapore's insistence on killing that beautiful boy, I have just switched from Optus as my phone and internet provider. It took half an hour, but I believe I have a moral duty to refrain from sponsoring murder. And I pray that somehow his life will be spared, but the future is shaped by many different wills, and the outcome is not up to me alone.

The war against drugs is a war against people. Not a single cap of smack sits on death row. Not a single joint has been strip searched by the pigs. Not a single pill has lost custody of its children due to incarceration. Not
a single vial has been roughed up and interogated. And world wide drug use has been diminished not one whit. It is not a war against drugs; it is a war against people.

You may well argue that substance addiction causes problems, but you can't claim to really care if your response is to make the problems worse. Losing your life to a brutal regime is a lot more harmful than maybe turning up for work too hungover too often.

Please, even in this ecumenical world, let's agree on some basic standards of how to treat humans. We'd all be happier if "Do not kill" was observed not only by individuals but also by states.

3 Comments:

  • At 02 December, 2005 12:54, Anonymous Ivan said…

    I'm certainly boycotting anything to do with Singapore and it's barbaric and hypocritical government. To inflict a death sentence for a crime such as this is sub-human. Based on my (incomplete) research, the following companies are all blacklisted by me and my family:

    * Australand (http://www.australand.com.au/)
    * AV Jennings (http://www.avjennings.com.au/)
    * CLP Group (http://www.clpgroup.com/)
    * Optus (http://www.optusnet.com.au/)
    * Pacific Internet (http://www.pacific.net.au/)
    * Singapore Airlines (http://www.singaporeair.com/)
    * SingTel (http://www.singtel.com/)
    * TRUenergy (http://www.truenergy.com.au/)
    * ViewQWEST (http://www.viewqwest.com/)

    Does anyone know of any others?

     
  • At 02 December, 2005 12:56, Anonymous Ivan said…

    I'm certainly boycotting anything to do with Singapore and it's barbaric and hypocritical government. To inflict a death sentence for a crime such as this is sub-human. Based on my (incomplete) research, the following companies are all blacklisted by me and my family:

    * Australand (http://www.australand.com.au/)
    * AV Jennings (http://www.avjennings.com.au/)
    * CLP Group (http://www.clpgroup.com/)
    * Optus (http://www.optusnet.com.au/)
    * Pacific Internet (http://www.pacific.net.au/)
    * Singapore Airlines (http://www.singaporeair.com/)
    * SingTel (http://www.singtel.com/)
    * TRUenergy (http://www.truenergy.com.au/)
    * ViewQWEST (http://www.viewqwest.com/)

    Does anyone know of any others?

     
  • At 04 August, 2009 00:44, Blogger VapidVirupa said…

    Yes optus is apparently also one of the sponsors of 2 Day FM the people involved with the rape coffession exploitation of 12 year olds on air. By all means Optus and Qantas should be on your boycott list if they are involved with that company.

    Ven Virupa
    ven.virupa@gmail.com.au
    Buddhists against sexual exploitation!

     

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