The National Patriots Association (Patriot) is correct that the PH Federal government did not come out early to oppose the campaign to boycott non-Muslim and non-bumi products and services, that was undertaken by several opposition-leaning NGOs. Only after the boycott campaign was openly and publicly supported by top UMNO and PAS leaders and gained public traction by playing up racial and extremist religious sensitivities, then did the PH Federal see the potential danger to national unity, diversity and religious harmony.
National Patriots Association (Patriot) president Brigadier-General (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji had dismissed the boycott campaign as “nonsensical, irrational, idiotic and disruptive”, threatens to hinder economic progress, and is bound to fail. DAP agrees with Patriot that we must all think as Malaysians.
The Prime Minister had openly asked those responsible to cease their movement to boycott non-bumiputera products and services, describing them as shallow-minded people seeking only to create anger in others. Cabinet had issued a statement a few days ago, opposing such boycott as jeopardizing national unity and urged a campaign to buy Malaysian products and services instead.
Even though one of the pro-opposition NGO heading the boycott campaign has denied boycotting non-Muslim or non-bumi products and services, PAS and UMNO national leaders continue to lend support to this divisive and destructive campaign. That such a boycott campaign will deprive consumers of certain products and services or cause consumers to lose out in terms of better pricing and quality, is ignored or sacrificed to promote a new racist and religious extremist ideology.
Despite such a boycott campaign, it is regrettable is that there are non-Muslim or non-bumi political parties like MCA or MIC, who shamelessly debase themselves by continuing their political co-operation with PAS and UMNO. So far they have not even dared to raise their objections directly to their political masters in PAS and UMNO, displaying the difference between the consensus-driven approach through active engagement and discussion in PH and the unilateral diktats of the new coalition under PAS and UMNO.