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1Malaysia Pad linked to cow head protest

 | June 18, 2012

A chain email calls on Malaysians to boycott the product.

PETALING JAYA: An email making the rounds in cyberspace is urging Malaysians to boycott the 1Malaysia Pad, claiming the company selling it is headed by a participant in the infamous cow head protest in 2009.

FMT received the email with attached photographs of Shohaimi Shahadan, the executive chairman of MalTechPro Sdn Bhd, which launched the 7-inch pad last month.

1Malaysia Pad uses the Android Gingerbread operating system.

The email tells Malaysians not to buy the product even if it is cheaper than China-made tablets.

It alleges that Shohaimi is an Umno crony who participated in the 2009 protest in Shah Alam against the Selangor government’s intention to relocate a Hindu temple from the city’s Section 19 to the Section 23 residential area.

The protesters angered Hindus because they displayed the severed head of a cow, an animal regarded as sacred in Hinduism.

The protest leaders were recorded as saying there would be blood if the temple was relocated to Section 19.

Umno denied that it inspired the protest, but photographs taken at the scene showed that several demonstrators were the party’s branch leaders in Selangor.

The anonymous writer of the email requests receivers to relay it to as many Malaysians as possible.

It is learnt that 1Malaysia Pad will enter the market next month at RM999 for the first 5,000 units.

The tablet comes with two cameras—a 3.0 megapixel device at the back and a 0.3 megapixel device in the front—WiFi and 3G data capabilities, a Li-Polymer 4000mAH battery and a 32GB micro SD memory card.

Shohaimi could not be contacted for comment.


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