Salahuddin: Boycotting non-bumiputera products will hurt the economy

Salahuddin: Boycotting non-bumiputera products will hurt the economy

JOHOR BAHRU: The campaign to boycott non-bumiputera products will damage the nation’s economy and create enmity among the people.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said even though Muslim consumers prefer halal food, boycotting non-bumiputera goods is not the best way to go about it.

“Recently, there is a campaign being propagated by some parties to boycott non-bumiputera products.

“I want to say tonight, that Muslims need halal food products but we cannot boycott (non-bumiputera goods). This is wrong…it should not have happened,” he said when opening the 2019 Mooncake Festival Carnival organised by the Johor Bahru Qiong Min Khek Chow Yek Cultural Association last night.

There is a campaign going on social media by a small group to boycott non-bumiputera products in Malaysia.

Salahuddin, who is Pulai MP, said Muslim consumers should not think this way and consider the effects of the boycott to the country and people.

“As the minister (of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry), I always encourage the people to plant fruits and vegetables. There are Chinese planting durians, there are also Malays planting durians. There are also Indians planting vegetable\s and some Indians have big farms breeding cows and goats as well.

“There will be no winners with the boycott if each race started boycotting each other’s products. Can you imagine what will happen to the country?” he asked.