PETALING JAYA: DAP has been questioned on why the party has not called out Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan for defending the "Buy Muslim Products" movement but is quick to jump on MCA on the same.
In a press release on Saturday (Sept 21), MCA vice president Datuk Ti Lian Ker said that those who voted for Pakatan Harapan race-free "New Malaysia" had been let down by the coalition and Mohd Redzuan's statement.
Ti added that Mohd Redzuan did not seem bothered about how such a campaign was contrary to the values espoused by Pakatan and said that it would be unhealthy when it came to building bridges among the ethnic groups in Malaysia.
He reiterated MCA's stand that any campaign to boycott goods or businesses along racial or religious lines was unhealthy for the nation.
"A wiser recommendation would be to support the growth of local talent via a 'Buy Malaysian Products' campaign, irrespective of the faith professed," said Ti.
Ti also took DAP to task and asked if the party would take a bold stand by sanctioning or reprimanding Mohd Redzuan publicly or during Cabinet meetings.
"Instead of asking MCA's stand to divert bad press away from Pakatan and despite the MCA president having made very clear the party's position on this issue, what is DAP's and Lim Guan Eng's stand on Mohd Redzuan's approval of a consumer campaign along religious lines?" he asked.
Mohd Redzuan reportedly said that the campaign was not wrong if it did not boycott other products and that the racial tension stirred by the campaign was due to misunderstanding about it.
"It is not wrong for a campaign to buy Muslim or non-Muslim goods because it is up to the consumer's own decision-making abilities.
"It is not wrong to campaign – the choice is that of consumers to buy Muslim or non-Muslim products. This is an open market," Mohd Redzuan was quoted as saying by Bernama during a programme in Melaka on Friday (Sept 20).
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