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UMNO’S CALL TO BOYCOTT CHINESE PRODUCTS WILL DAMAGE MALAYSIA.
THERE HAVE BEEN CALLS TO BOYCOTT PRO-UMNO BUSINESSES AND CRONY FIRMS, BUT THIS CALL BY PRO-UMNO NGOs TO BOYCOTT PRO-PAKATAN FIRMS IS NEW!
The new Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister is turning out to be a minister for UMNO Malaysians ene though he says, “We are a ministry for Malaysians.”
Blogger: This Minister lacks wisdom. Instead of publicly announcing that any boycott by UMNO of so-called pro-Pakatan Rakyat firms works against unity, he gives in to their “right to do so”.
WHAT’S THE NEXT TARGET? WHERE WILL IT TAKE US?
Umno vets calls for AirAsia boycott
A group of Umno veteran members have reportedly called for its party members to boycott the budget airlines AirAsia and AirAsiaX.
This follows AirAsiaX CEO Azran Osman Rani’s outburst against Utusan Malaysia over its allegedly racist headline two weeks ago ‘Apa lagi Cina mahu?’ (What more do the Chinese want?)
The group’s secretary Mustapha Yaakub reportedly claimed yesterday that Azran’s admonishment of Utusan was tantamount to belittling his own (Malay) race at a time when Malays are under pressure from many parties.
“Azran’s statement is really disparaging to the Malays. Since AirAsiaX would not punish him, then Umno veterans will do so by boycotting AirAsia and AirAsiaX.
“To us, Azran is the poster-boy of a Malay who has forgotten his race. This is the Malay that is said to be an ingrate.
“It is individuals like this who cause the Malays to lose their identity to the extent of being willing to pawn the dignity of their race,” Mingguan Malaysia – the Sunday edition of Utusan – quoted Mustapha saying today.
Meanwhile, Mingguan Malaysia columnist Awang Selamat said Utusan will shun any advertisements from AirAsia until Azran apologises.
“Without Air Asia, Awang Selamat will not have any problem. Furthermore, the value of the advertisement given is very small, lower than advertisements for herbal and hair treatment,” said the writer, who always refers to himself in third person.
Awang Selamat is understood to be a pseudonym for Utusan editors.
Umno vets calls for AirAsia boycott
UTIUSAN TARGETS AIRASIA!
No Air Asia ad till CEO apologises, Utusan says
KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — Claiming AirAsia advertisements to be cheaper than hair and herbal products, Utusan Malaysia’s Awang Selamat has told the Umno-owned paper to stop taking the airline’s ads until its chief executive apologises for criticising the broadsheet’s racist piece.
In its Mingguan Malaysia weekend edition today, columnist Awang Selamat — the nom-de-plume for the paper’s collective editorial voice — said AirAsia should be thankful that the Malay paper had never written or criticised the budget airline with any negative articles.
“Let the company’s advertisement go to another paper, but not Utusan.
“Without Air Asia, Awang Selamat will not have any problem. Furthermore, the value of the advertisment given is very small, lower than advertisements for herbal and hair treatments,” it said.
The columnist also compared Asia’s biggest budget flier to Malaysia Airlines (MAS), and described the national carrier as having better service and a strong nationalist spirit.
“To those who serve we are polite, especially the Malaysian airline whose service is better and thick with nationalism,” it said.
AirAsia’s chief executive Azran Rani Omar had come under the right-wing daily’s hammer after criticising Utusan on his Twitter account for what he reportedly saw as a racial instigation in the aftermath of the May 5 polls.
He was also reported to have criticised Malay group Perkasa for its hardline stance as an irrelevent organisation that had caused Malays to be myopic.
In response, the paper had published daily views from Perkasa leaders, the Muslim Consumers Society of Malaysia and pro-Umno activists who slammed Azran, branding him “arrogant” and a Malay who had forgotten his roots.
Perkasa’s acting president Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar who had rallied to the paper’s defence blasted Azran, saying the latter could not have climbed up to his present position without the “Malay power fought for by Utusan Malaysia”.
“Has Azran never though that the licence issued by the government to Air Asia is because at first the airline was owned by Malays?” Abdul Rahman was quoted as saying in one such report.
Chinese businessmen say boycott on community’s products “racist”, will hurt economy
The Chinese community is being vilified for Barisan Nasional’s poor showing in Election 2013. — File piKUALA LUMPUR, May 19 ― The call by pro-Umno bloggers and Muslim groups for a boycott of Chinese businesses is racist and will harm the country’s economic growth, according to businessmen from the community.
Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 4.1 per cent in the first quarter of the year as a result of weaker exports and slower growth in public spending, compared to 4.7 per cent in the same quarter in 2012 and 6.4 per cent in the last quarter of 2012.
“How can you say boycott? Who loses? The government and Malaysia are the ones that will lose out,” Chen Kien Keong, chairman of the Tea Trade Association of Malaysia, told The Malaysian Insider yesterday.
“The priority now is the economy… so few people also pay income tax,” he added.
Only 10 per cent of the working population in the country pays income tax.
Khoo Kah Jin, president of the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Car Dealers and Credit Companies Association, said the call for a boycott of consumer goods produced by Chinese companies was “racist”.
“If they boycott Chinese brands, (the) Chinese can boycott Malay brands ― where does it end?” he told The Malaysian Insider.
“Politics is politics. This is all consumer items. How can you boycott? Leave politics aside,” Khoo added.
PPIM wrote on its website that Malaysians who love peace and harmony must boycott “DAP products” like Massimo bread, Old Town White Coffee, the Pappa Rich restaurant chain, Cap Sauh wheat flour and 99 Speedmart.
Pro-Umno blog, theunspinners.blogspot.com, called yesterday for a “Buy Malay first! Buy Chinese last!” campaign and listed several products sold by Muslims and by “DAP allies”.
The predominantly Chinese DAP opposition had been accused of instigating Chinese voters to turn their backs to the BN.
The minority race make up about 30 per cent of the country’s 28 million population but is seen to hold great economic clout.
The list of products sold by “DAP allies” includes Isomax Isotonic drink, Malta beverage, Buruh brand cooking oil, as well as the EconSave supermarket, while the list of products sold by Muslims includes Gardenia brand bread, Saji brand cooking oil, Cap Bidara brand wheat flour, as well as the Mydin supermarket.
Other pro-Umno bloggers involved in the campaign are bigdogdotcom.wordpress.com, gerakan-anti-pkr.blogspot.com, parpukari.blogspot.com, and anotherbrickinwall.blogspot.com.
Guna kuasa membeli ajar Cina DAP angkuh
Jurucakap NGO berkenaan, Datuk Nadzim Johan berkata, mereka bukan mahu bersifat rasis memboikot produk-produk berkenaan, namun sudah sampai masanya rakyat sedar dan bangkit.
“Adakah mereka dianiaya? Selama selepas merdeka siapa yang kaya? Bukan Melayu yang kaya, namun kita tidak pernah mempersoalkannya. Kenapa bangsa lain nak mempersoalkannya pula?” dakwanya dalam satu sidang akhbar di Jalan Tun Ismail di sini hari ini.
Dalam pada itu, Nadzim berkata, pemboikotan yang dilakukan terhadap beberapa produk itu juga mengambil kira kepentingan kesihatan rakyat negara ini.
“Ada produk yang kita kesan mempunyai kimia yang boleh merosakkan kesihatan dan tidak ramai yang tahu mengenai perkara berkenaan,” katanya.
Setakat ini, ada lima produk yang akan diboikot oleh gabungan NGO Islam dan akan ditambah dari semasa ke semasa.
Senarai penuh produk yang diboikot oleh NGO-NGO Islam itu boleh didapati dengan melayari laman web Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) di http://www.ppim.org.my
SENARAI BARANGAN MILIK ORANG ISLAM1. Roti Gardenia (Syed Mokhtar Bukhary)
2. Bihun Jati Bernas (Syed Mokhtar Bukhary)
3. Minyak Masak Tiara (FELDA)
4. Minyak Masak Saji (FELDA)
5. Susu Manis Pekat Saji (FELDA)
6. Susu Manis Cair Saji (FELDA)
7. Magge Sajimee Saji (FELDA)
8. Mayonis Saji Mayo Saji (FELDA)
9. Marjerin Pelangi (FELDA)
10. Sos Cili Pelangi (FELDA)
11. Sos Tomato Pelangi (FELDA)
12. Jem Peanut SunBear (FELDA)
13. Sardin Agromas
14. Sardin Pertima
15. Kopi Hang Tuah
16. Bihun Sufi
17. Mi Kuning Sufi
18. Kuey Teow Sufi
19. Garam Sufi
20. Sos Lada Hitam Sufi
21. Sos Cili/Tomato Sufi
22. Kicap Masin/Manis Sufi
23. Tepung Goreng Sufi
24. Minyak Masak Sufi
25. Telur Cap Sufi
26. Ubat gigi Najwa
27. Ubat gigi Halagel
28. Garam Halagel
29. Tepung gandum Cap Bidara
30. Tepung gandum Faiza
31. Jus minuman Safina
32. Syampoo D’herbs
34. MyMart (kedai keluaran Mydin)
35. Bihun KampungBOIKOT BARANGAN GENG DAPSENARAI BARANGAN SEKUTU DAP
1.Tepung Gandum Cap Sauh
2. Sri Murni Minyak Masak
3. Sri Murni Nugget
4. Marina Nugget
5. Marina Tuna
6. Aminah Hassan Sos Cili
7. Aminah Hassan Sos Tomato
8. Aminah Hassan Bihun
9. Roti Massimo
10. PowerRoot Ali Cafe
11. PowerRoot Oligo Cereal
12. PowerRoot 9SPOT ISOTONIK
15. Teh Cap Masjid
16. Teh Guru Cap Masjid
17. Pau Ahmad
18. Old Town White Coffee
19. Pasaraya EconSave
20. Pasaraya KK mart
21. Pasaraya 99 SpeedMart
22. Minyak Knife
23. Minyak Buruh
24. Minyak Naturel
25. Minyak Daisy
26. Drinho ALL DRINKS
27. Isomax Isotonic
29. Farm Crows Butter
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Minister to meet ‘boycott Chinese products’ NGOs
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Hasan Malek plans to meet with the 20 Muslim NGOs which have called for a boycott of products made by a number of Chinese Malaysian companies.
Commenting on the action by the NGOs, Hasan said he respected the stand of the group because as a neutral body, it had freedom of expression.
“Every NGO has the right to express an opinion and this ministry does not want to be involved… because our function is to protect the interest and rights of the people,” he said.
Hasan, however, said he would call for a meeting with the representatives of the NGOs concerned in the near future to discuss the matter in detail.
At a media conference on Tuesday (left), 20 Muslim NGOs called on Muslims to boycott several products by Chinese Malaysian companies which they claim funded Pakatan Rakyat in the 13th general election (GE13).
Minister to meet ‘boycott Chinese products’ NGOs
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Boycott pro-Pakatan Kuok firms’
It accuses the tycoon of funding Pakatan Rakyat and practising racial discrimination.
PETALING JAYA: The Muslim Consumers Association today called for a boycott of five businesses owned or partly owned by tycoon Robert Kuok, accusing him of racial discrimination.
Nadzim Johan, who heads the association, said the boycott would affect the Pappa Rich and Old Town White Coffee restaurant chain, Sri Murni oil, Marina fish products, Massimo bread and two flour brands produced by a Kuok company.
“It’s a selective boycott,” he said, adding that the action was endorsed by several other NGOs.
He accused Kuok of siding with Pakatan Rakyat in the recent general election and “contributing” to the deterioration of race relations.
“We have information from staff of certain companies that their companies have provided funds for Pakatan,” he said.
Nadzim appeared to be blaming Kuok and Pakatan for what he said was a souring of relations between the Malays and the Chinese.
“We spoke to former Malacca chief minister Mohd Ali Rustam who worked closely with the Chinese community. He said that during his election campaign they don’t even look at him,” he said.
He added that the boycott was also intended to prevent PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim from “further inciting the rakyat” and DAP from making use of Chinese Malaysians to “obtain power”.
Nadzim also accused the Kuok companies of practising racial discrimination and manufacturing products that are dangerous to health and not in full compliance with halal requirements.
“Papa Rich is certified halal, but it buys ingredients from suppliers who do not have the halal certification. Old Town discriminates by giving their franchises only to the Chinese,” he claimed.
He alleged that the flours produced by Kuok’s mills use the poisonous benzoil peroxide as a whitening agent.
NGOs urge boycott of ‘Chinese pro-Pakatan’ firms
A group of Islamic NGOs are urging the Malay community to boycott several products and companies belonging to the Chinese, which they claim are funding the opposition in the 13th general election.
Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) chief activist Nadzim Johan said the actions by such companies have caused disunity in the country.
Hence, he said during a press conference this morning, the NGOs wished to “send a signal to the companies concerned not to misbehave”.
Among the products and companies in the firing line are two restaurant chains, a supermarket chain, as well as popular bread and flour brands.
Meanwhile, in a joint statement that was later distributed, the NGOs stated that the boycott is a simple but effective way of curbing PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim from further “inciting the rakyat” and the DAP from making use of the Chinese community to “obtain power”.
NGOs urge boycott of ‘Chinese pro-Pakatan’ firms