ALOR SETAR: The public should reject the campaign to boycott products of non-Muslims or Bumiputeras and should prioritise buying Malaysian goods.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the campaign, purportedly conducted by certain parties, was immature and inappropriate.
It can bring about disunity among the people, he warned.
“The Cabinet recently issued a statement that Malaysians who love the country should reject the campaign to boycott goods or products of non-Muslims or any other parties. This should be supported by the people in the country.
“Apart from rejecting the boycott, let us give priority to Malaysian goods to show our love for the country,” he said when speaking at the opening of the 36th Malaysian Chinese Cultural Fair here today.
Elaborating further, Lim said such differences should not be sown in country or any part of the world as it would only result in negative effects.
Lim, who is DAP secretary-general, said to avoid such a situation, the people should promote the spirit of “multilateralism” to ensure all efforts in the country are productive.
“If we promote unilateralism, there would be trade wars which we can see will bring about losses to both small and big countries.
“This is why we want free and fair trade. We want to avoid trade wars which we are seeing now. These will prove detrimental to all parties,” he said.
On Wednesday, the Cabinet, through a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Department, stated that efforts to boycott goods produced by non-Muslims in the country were inappropriate.
Cabinet ministers also rejected the narrow thinking and stand based on racial sentiments played up by certain parties as it could jeopardise the country’s harmony and prosperity.
Last Friday, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said such action was only done by people with shallow thinking.
Earlier, in BUTTERWORTH, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail also called on the public to buy Malaysian products first rather than only to focus on buying products of Bumiputeras.
He said for a multiracial country like Malaysia, the campaign to buy Malaysian products should be supported by all quarters, regardless of race, to maintain peace and harmony in the country.
“In the context of our country, I really think that we should give priority to the ‘Buy Malaysian products first’ campaign.
“We don’t need to say ‘buy Malay first’ or ‘buy Muslim first’.
“I say we all should buy Malaysian products first,” he said after opening the Telok Air Tawar’s House of Knowledge and flagging off participants of the Telok Air Tawar Merdeka convoy here today.