The racists and religious extremists should heed Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s advice that those responsible to cease their movement to boycott non-bumiputera products. The Prime Minister is correct that such a movement by some shallow-minded people would not help improve any situation but only create anger in others.
This boycott of non-bumi products has reached disturbing levels until the Prime Minister is compelled to comment upon it. If this is the case, then by extension, foreign products especially hand phones should also be boycotted. A number of NGOs also called for a boycott of halal products made by non-Muslims.
Such boycotts would be counter-productive not only in terms of jeopardizing national unity but cause consumers to lose out by boycotting products which are superior in price and quality. If PAS and UMNO are not against both non-Muslims and non-Malays, both parties should adopt a similar stand condemning such boycotts of non-bumi products.
Malaysians should take heed of retired national shuttler Lee Chong Wei’s call to rally public unity ahead against racists “shooting vulgarities” at each other over petty issues. A Chinese Muslim convert and preacher had claimed that Malaysian Chinese Malaysians should not pretend to love Malaysia, if they vote for “ultra kiasu” – a reference to DAP – when they would support Badminton players from China over Malaysian players like Misbun Sidek or Lee Chong Wei.
Lee denied this vehemently and that badminton players received support from all races regardless of race. Lee said petty issues like Dong Zong or the introduction of Jawi illustrations in vernacular schools’ Bahasa Malaysia textbooks should not tear us apart or succeed in spreading racial hate. Lee is also correct that we must never allow evil people – regardless if they are Chinese, Indians and Malays – defeat our country, our people.