BUSINESSES in this country, whether the production of goods or services, are open to all communities and cannot be monopolised by a certain group, says Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister said the government’s priority has always been to maintain a healthy business climate in the country to ensure the rakyat benefit from it.
“Whatever business venture, comprising the production of goods or services, must first not be monopolistic in nature and priority must be given to a healthy business climate, competitive prices, quality products and services, without ignoring the halal element, and must protect the rights and choices of the consumers.
“That is the official stand of the government, ” he said in reply to a supplementary question by Hassan Karim (PH-Pasir Gudang) who asked if the government should be supporting the “Buy Muslim First” (BMF) campaign as Malaysia was a multiracial and multicultural nation.
Saifuddin said the government was for the implementation of the Buy Malaysian Product Campaign, thus ensuring a competitive business ecosystem and prioritising consumer rights.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (BN-Bera) in his supplementary question said Saifuddin was confused with the BMF campaign as it was not a boycott. He said Muslim products were also Malaysian made.
“I hope you are not confused and give a negative impression of the BMF campaign that it is a boycott against non-Muslim products, ” said Ismail Sabri.
To this, Saifuddin said he was very clear about the issue and was not confused with the BMF campaign.
“In my (earlier) answer to Parit Sulong and Pasir Gudang, I did not mention the word boycott at all, ” he added.
Saifuddin said every entrepreneur must continue to provide the best products and services for Muslim and non-Muslim consumers.
Earlier, when replying to a question from Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (BN-Parit Sulong) whether the BMF campaign had a negative impact on the country’s economic growth, Saifuddin said the ministry did not have the data to conclude that.
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