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Danmark sælger ud Aldrig Mere Krig har opfordret Amin Shah til ikke at købe Danyards krigsskibe - og det virker! Af Tom Vilmer Paamand - december 1996
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Aldrig Mere Krig has warned Amin Shah not to buy warships from Danyard - and he won't!
 
Danyards kanoner En malaysisk millionær hyldes i de danske aviser som den store redningsmand. Dato Amin Shah vil lægge 600 millioner kontante kroner på bordet hos Danyard-værfterne i Aalborg og Frederikshavn, der var truet af lukning - og masser af danske arbejdspladser er reddet.
Alle jubler - og baggrunden for investeringen ryger langt ned i teksten: Malaysia har brug for krigsskibe og der er en ordre på 27 nybygninger på vej til en samlet værdi af op mod 10 milliarder kroner.
Danyard har i årevis kæmpet for at få del i den ordre sammen med Naval Team Danmark, en sammenslutning af danske våbenfabrikanter. De fik sendt inspektionsskibet "Vædderen" på charmetur helt til Asien. Regningen blev sendt til de danske skatteydere, selv om Rigsrevisionen brokkede sig.
Danyard og vennerne i Naval Team Danmark har god ekspertise i bygning af krigsskibe. I samarbejde med det danske forsvar har gruppen udviklet og bygget Standard Flex skibene til det danske forsvar. Det er denne knowhow, som den malysiske millionær vil have fingrene i.
De nordjyske arbejdspladser er reddet på kort sigt, men mon ikke Dato Amin Shah hurtigt får faxet de danske arbejdstegninger hjem til Malaysia. Her kan skibene bygges billigere og der er ingen besværlige regler for våbeneksport.
Mens resten af pressen hylder dødens kræmmere vil vi lige gøre opmærksom på, at enhver arbejder har ret til at nægte at deltage i militær produktion. Og det er den eneste arbejdsvægring, der ikke betyder karantæne for retten til dagpenge.


Aldrig Mere Krig har sendt følgende brev til Amin Shah:

Director
Dato Amin Shah bin Hj Omar Shah
Penang Shipbuilding Corporation Sdn. Bhd.
10th Floor Ming Building
Kuala Lumpur, 50250
Malaysia

Dear Amin Shah

We have learned in the newspapers that your payment of U.S. $100 million for the Danyard shipyard in Denmark is delayed. We can understand there are many reasons to reconsider that plan.
The Danyard shipyard has a special expertise in making naval vessels - the Standard Flex and the Osprey Class programme - and Malaysia wants to buy new naval vessels. After a delivery to Malaysia, you will most likely have other customers wanting to buy naval vessels from you.
Buying Danyard seems to be good business. You could let Danyard build the naval vessels and export them from Denmark to Malaysia, or copy Danyards drawings and build the ships in one of the many cheaper shipyards, you own.
But if you are planning to use the Danyard drawings to produce naval vessels at another place, you could get into serious trouble. The Standard Flex-ships are developed with the Danish Navy and the plans are therefore partly owned by the Danish government. Buying or just getting permission to use the plans outside Denmark will not be easy.
Surely you have heard, Denmark has laws to control the export of arms. No arms are to be exported to sensible areas.
The "Amnesty International Report 1997" claims this about Malaysia:
"Fourteen possible prisoners of conscience were detained without trial under the Internal Security Act (isa). An opposition member of parliament went on trial charged with sedition and publishing "false news". The head of a women's non-governmental organization faced imprisonment for publishing a report on ill-treatment in camps for detained migrant workers. It was reported that 71 detainees had died in migrant worker detention camps since 1992. Caning continued to be inflicted for a range of crimes. At least six people were sentenced to death and at least three were executed."
Many other possible customers in the area of Asia have a worse reputation than Malaysia - fx. Indonesia. If the Danish government decides against export, your plans would be worth nothing.
We are a peacegroup from Denmark, pacifists and against all military production. If we in any way by nonviolent means can stop export of naval vessels to Asia, we are going to do it. It is possible to stop such export in Denmark - even an allied NATO-member as Turkey is a forbidden area for export of Danish arms.
If you are planning to build naval vessels one way or other using the technology from Danyard, you are making a very risky investment.
But if you would like to invest in others of the products from Danyard - chemical tankers, container vessels, fast ferries, bulk carriers, ro-ro and other special purpose vessels - you are more than welcome.

Peace from Geert Grønnegard
Chairman of Aldrig Mere Krig
Danish section of War Resisters' International

Og Amin Shah vil ikke længere købe Danyards krigsskibe!

Krigsskibe giver Danyard problemer
Den malaysiske rigmand Amin Shah vil ikke investere i Danyard og værftet i Frederikshavn er derfor truet af lukning. Danyard mistede en stor ordre på seks patruljebåde til Malaysia, der var en afgørende del af aftalen med Amin Shah. Danyard i Aalborg, der står for produktionen af krigsskibe, udskilles i et selvstændigt selskab, så det ikke berøres af problemerne i Frederikshavn.
(Jyllands-Posten 031297)
 
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