PETALING JAYA: MCA has warned Lim Guan Eng against “cunningly pitting” the party against PAS and Umno over the boycott of non-Muslim made products, saying the DAP secretary-general should stop playing the race card.
MCA vice-president Ti Lian Ker was referring to Lim’s criticism of MCA and MIC for “not even daring to raise their objections to their political masters in PAS and Umno” over their alleged support of the boycott campaign.
Ti reminded Lim of a news report on Sept 2 that quoted MCA president Wee Kia Siong as condemning “irresponsible” groups calling for the boycott. Wee also said it was important for all Malaysians to support local brands.
“Let’s not hurt each other or hurt ourselves because no rational businessmen would choose their customers based on race and religion,” Wee had been quoted as saying.
Ti accused Lim of “cleverly wanting to up the tempo and temperature of race and religion by pitting MCA and MIC against PAS and Umno”.
“It is this (kind of) very cunning political trickery by the likes of Lim Guan Eng and other DAP leaders that have caused a rising of the racial temperature on the national scale,” he said.
Ti, who is also a senator, warned Lim against “playing or firing up racial conflicts to divert his personal issues” and avoid Wee’s challenge for a debate on issues concerning the Penang tunnel.
He said Lim should heed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s call that all Malaysians should not play up sensitive issues in the interests of any party.
The King, speaking at an investiture ceremony in conjunction with his official birthday at Istana Negara today, said if political polemics were prolonged, sooner or later it would start taking its toll on the people.
Meanwhile, MIC vice-president C Sivarraajh told Lim to “shut up” and “focus on his flaws as finance minister”.
“Who said we didn’t oppose the boycott? MIC and MCA said clearly (to) buy Malaysian products, regardless of whether they were produced or sold by Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sabahans or Sarawakians,” he told FMT.
The former Cameron Highlands MP claimed that it was Pakatan Harapan that started to politicise the boycott after PAS and Umno leaders began campaigning to buy and support products made by Malays.
Sivarraajh said there was nothing wrong in supporting such products.
“But it is wrong when they urge Malaysians to boycott other businesses,” he said.
“Boycotting is not good for Malaysia. The economy will be affected once everyone starts to boycott each other’s products.
“I believe we should all focus on developing the nation rather than stage boycotts,” he said.
FMT has reached out to Lim for comments.