PETALING JAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today hit out at MCA and MIC for not publicly objecting against the support allegedly given by PAS and Umno to a campaign pushing for a boycott of non-Muslim made products.
“Despite such a boycott campaign, it is regrettable that there are non-Muslim or non-Bumiputera political parties like MCA or MIC, who shamelessly debase themselves by continuing their political cooperation with PAS and Umno,” he said in a statement.
“So far, they have not even dared to raise their objections directly to their political masters in PAS and Umno, displaying the difference between the consensus-driven approach through active engagement and discussion in PH and the unilateral diktats of the new coalition under PAS and Umno.”
Lim, who is also the finance minister, criticised PAS and Umno leaders who “continue to lend support to this divisive and destructive campaign”, without naming them.
“That such a boycott campaign will deprive consumers of certain products and services or cause consumers to lose out in terms of better pricing and quality, is ignored or sacrificed to promote a new racist and religious extremist ideology,” he said.
Lim also agreed with the National Patriots Association (Patriot) that the federal government did not come out early to oppose the campaign to boycott non-Muslim and non-Bumiputera made products and services.
He said it was only after the boycott campaign was openly and publicly supported by top Umno and PAS leaders and gained public traction when racial and extremist religious sensitivities were played up that Putrajaya saw the potential danger to national unity, diversity and religious harmony.
He noted that Patriot president Mohamed Arshad Raji had dismissed the boycott campaign as “nonsensical, irrational, idiotic and disruptive”, saying it hindered economic progress and was bound to fail.
“DAP agrees with Patriot that we must all think as Malaysians,” he said.
Lim, however, stopped short of commenting on Arshad’s remarks that the Cabinet seemed to be waiting for Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s cue to act over the boycott.
Arshad had said the Cabinet either “does not have a mind of their own or are unprincipled enough” and that it had not done enough to “stem the nonsense”.
Lim pointed out that the Cabinet had issued a statement a few days ago opposing such a boycott because it could jeopardise national unity, and instead called for a campaign to buy Malaysian products and services.
“The prime minister had openly asked those responsible to cease their movement to boycott non-Bumiputera products and services, describing them as shallow-minded people seeking only to create anger in others,” he said.
The campaign movement began on social media recently, with the Bumiputera community urged to avoid buying products made by businesses owned by non-Bumiputeras.