Priority to buy Malaysian products

PETALING JAYA: Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun stressed that a buy Malaysian goods campaign should be given priority compared to a move to boycott the products of non-Muslims in the country.

She said by supporting Malaysian-made goods, it would increase the country’s revenue.

The government prioritised Malaysian-made goods as it could improve the country’s economy, she said.

“Besides, the country has a multiracial society, and the 62nd National Day (recently celebrated) this year is due to the unity that we have maintained over the years. The actual campaign (should be) about buying Malaysian-made goods,” she told a press conference following a pre-launch of the Rural Entrepreneurs Carnival (KUD) 2019, here yesterday.

Rina (second right) officiates at the pre-launch of Rural Entrepreneurs Carnival (KUD) 2019 at Sri Pentas, Bandar Utama. Photo: Bernama

She was commenting on whether the boycott campaign would affect non-Muslim merchants.

On Sept 4, the Cabinet agreed that an attempt to boycott the products of non-Muslim entrepreneurs in the country was extremely inappropriate.

The decision was reached at a weekly meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The Cabinet also rejected narrow-minded thinking and stance based on racial sentiments that some parties were trying to play up because it could affect the country’s harmony and well-being. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had  attributed such move to people with shallow thinking and that it would not have much effect, as it would only fuel anger. – Bernama