PETALING JAYA – Malaysian police will call Agriculture Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob over his remarks in social media urging Malays to boycott Chinese businesses that refuse to reduce their prices despite the drop in fuel costs.
On his @KBAB51 Twitter account Monday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said: “@PDRMsia will call Menteri Pertanian (Agriculture minister) to record his statement on the issue. The police will ensure that harmony between races is respected.”
Ismail Sabri Yaakob in a Facebook post said Malay consumers had a role in helping the government to fight profiteers by using their collective power to lower the price of goods.
“Forgive me for sharing my views, but besides the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, which uses the Price Control Act and the Anti-Profiteering Act to act against traders who raise their prices indiscriminately, the greatest power lies with consumers.
“The majority of consumers are Malay, Chinese are a minority, if the Malays boycott their businesses, they will surely have no choice but to reduce their prices,” he said in a Facebook post.
The post has been shared numerous times by other Facebook users and several also congratulated him for being “bold” in his statement.
He also singled out the Old Town White Coffee chain owned by OldTown Bhd, saying Perak DAP adviser Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham owned shares in the company.
“Malays are still refusing to boycott (Old Town White Coffee) what more when its owner is said to be the DAP Ngeh family of Perak who are known to be anti-Islam.
“As long as the Malays don’t change, the Chinese will take the opportunity to oppress the Malays,” said Ismail.
In his post, Ismail took Malay consumers to task for continuing to patronise Chinese outlets “even though their halal certification is suspect” and even though some of these outlets have had action taken against them. He did not specify which businesses these were.
“Imagine, many Chinese eateries have no ‘halal’ logo and they have been raided a few times and caught because their ‘halal’ certification is suspect, (but) Malays continue to crowd these restaurants, when there are thousands of Malay restaurants which genuinely ‘halal’,” he had said.
He then cited Old Town White Coffee as an example and claimed that it was owned by Ngeh’s family whom he said were “anti-Islam”.