The #WeAreAllRohingnyaNow Campaign has begun calling upon Malaysian customers of Digi to switch their service provider to any of the local companies in protest against Digi’s parent company Telenor over their stubborn silence on the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar, where Telenor is heavily invested.
The campaign has been reaching out to the Norwegian telecom company for months, encouraging them to follow the example of Unilever (which has also invested millions of dollars in Myanmar), to issue a public statement in support of UN recommendations for resolving the crisis, and calling for the protection of the Muslim minority. Unilever pledged a firm commitment and suffered no negative repercussions to its investments in the country, but Telenor has not only refused to take a public stand, but has rather adopted policies that seem to align with the divisive agenda of the regime; including an educational programme offered exclusively through Buddhist monastic schools.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees have fled to Malaysia and the issue of Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing resonates deeply with the majority Muslim population, who perceive the persecution as being motivated by religious bigotry.
Telenor’s Digi subsidiary in Malaysia has become one of the main telecom providers in the country over the past several years, and many customers are unaware that Digi belongs to Telenor, and do not know about Telenor’s investments in Myanmar; so they have yet to make the connection between Digi and the ongoing strife in Rakhine state, and Telenor’s potential capacity to intervene. And the company surely hopes that Malaysians will never make that connection.
Telenor CEO Sigve Brekke himself acknowledged his company’s power recently when he shared an article on Twitter about the enormous impact of ‘Myanmar’s telecom revolution’, yet Telenor continues to refuse to utter a single word about the internationally recognized human rights abuses committed by the regime against the Rohingya.
If we want Telenor to change its stance on this issue, we have to change our stance on Telenor. Malaysian customers of Digi need to deliver a clear message to Telenor that they will choose a telecom company that reflects their values and that cares about the issues that matter to them. Local providers such as Maxis and Celcom do not have investments in Myanmar, and customers can opt for either of them, or indeed, for any of the other Digi competitors in Malaysia that do not seek profit through indifference to the suffering of their fellow Muslims.
Stand with the Rohingya and #DumpDigi today!