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Apabila ada yang bertanya adakah benar kenyataan tersebut keluar dari mulutnya sendiri, tanpa ragu beliau mengakuinya dan sedia bertanggungjawab.
Menerusi status Facebook berkenaan, Ismail meluahkan rungutan terhadap sikap orang Melayu yang kadangkala membiarkan diri mereka dipermainkan apabila tidak bersatu memboikot barangan yang dinaikkan atas sebab tak munasabah oleh peniaga Cina begitu juga premis yang mempunyai isu berkaitan status halal meragukan.
Ismail berkata, orang Melayu adalah pengguna majoriti di negara ini maka jika mereka bersatu sudah pasti harga barangan terpaksa diturunkan dan status halal pun taklah dibuat main. - mynewshub
Boycott Chinese businesses, minister tells Malays
In a Facebook posting that has since been pulled down, Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ismail Sabri Yaakob told Malays that since they formed the majority of consumers in the country, they should boycott Chinese establishments as a means of forcing the owners to lower prices.
He said that although the government through the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, could tackle errant businesspeople using the Price Control Act and the Anti-Profiteering Act, it was consumers who ultimately wielded the greatest power when it came to lowering market prices.
He lamented however that Malays continued to frequent these establishments although many of these food outlets either did not have “halal” certifications or if they did, had certificates that were “suspect”.
He fingered out Old Town White Coffee and wondered why Malays did not instead go to the thousands of other Malay restaurants that were genuinely “halal”.
He said, “but still the Malays refuse to boycott…more so when the owner is said to be from DAP Perak’s Ngeh family who is widely known to be anti-Islam…”
He also said that it was time Malays changed their consumer behaviour patterns in order to stop the Chinese from exploiting them any further.
“…as long as the Malays do not change… the Chinese will continue to take the opportunity to suppress the Malays”.
Earlier today, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Hasan Malek warned that the authorities could act against restaurants and food outlets if they refused to bring down prices following lower prices at the pump and deferred electricity tariffs.
“If they can increase prices when the fuel cost went up, they can reduce prices now that the pump prices have been falling,” he said in a statement carried by the Star Online. - fmt
Old Town White Coffee denies any links to DAP...
The Old Town White Coffee restaurant chain has denied having any links to DAP or its politicians, following allegations made by Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
In addition, it noted that is a publically listed company on Bursa Malaysia’s main board, and that none of its board members are active members of any political party.
“We would also like to clarify once again that Old Town White Coffee is not affiliated with any political party, or any politician as recently alleged by a certain public figure, nor does the company have any political interests,” the company’s chairperson, Ahmed Tasir, said in a statement today.
Previously, Ismail Sabri (right) made a controversial Facebook posting urging for a boycott on Chinese Malaysian businesses, in which he made reference to Old Town.
“Just look at Old Town White Coffee... They are suspicious... but still Malays are not boycotting (the company). Moreover, the company is owned by the Ngeh family (of) Perak DAP, which are anti-Islam.
“As long as Malays don't change, the Chinese will take advantage and oppress the Malays,” he pointed out.
He said this in claiming that Chinese businesses have suspect Halal certifications and yet Malays do not boycott them.
Ismail Sabri has since clarified that he was referring to “stubborn Chinese traders” who refuse to drop goods prices despite falling fuel prices.
Meanwhile, a report by The Malaysian Insider quoted - the now former - Perak DAP chief Ngeh Koo Ham, as saying that he never owned any Old Town shares and denied that he is anti-Islam.
Ngeh (left) reportedly demanded Ismail Sabri to retract his remarks within 48 hours, and said he would be lodging a police report against the minister tomorrow.
As for Old Town, Ahmed assured that the restaurant’s halal certification remained valid, and that claims to the contrary are untrue and misinformed.
“Old Town White Coffee does not serve any non-halal food products or alcohol, and all our food and beverages are prepared in a halal manner.
“We will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities to ensure that all our outlets in Malaysia remain halal-certified,” he said. - mk
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