KOTA KINABALU: Avoid making statements that can cause racial conflicts and disharmony urged human rights activist Datuk Patrick Sindu, here today.
He said, leaders must not label traders based on racial identities when advising consumers in Malaysia.
“I support his (Federal Minister) statement to boycott traders who refused to decrease their prices, but a minister should not make statements that can result into racial issues.”
Commenting on the statement made by the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, in his Facebook page recently regarding on Malay consumers to boycott Chinese business owners who are unwilling to reduce prices of goods, Patrick stated that unscrupulous traders are not identified by race .
“Not all traders who did not reduce their prices are Chinese, and there are also traders from other races.”
“Though the minister’s advice has a good intention, it hurt the feeling of the Chinese. So I call on the leaders of this country not to touch on race when giving statements as we are a multicultural and multi-religious society,” he said.
Ismail Sabri has given his explanation regarding on his previous statement which was not aimed at the Chinese traders but to all retailers and business owners who refuse to reduce prices of goods even when the oil price has fallen.
Regarding on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation, Patrick once again call for the government to postpone its implementation in Sabah and Sarawak.
This is due to the basic infrastructures and public transportation services in Sabah and Sarawak which are not on par with the Peninsular and other developed countries, he said.
“If the GST is implemented in April across the country, it will give a huge impact to all consumers in Sabah, as we still need to develop towards this norm. The postponement of GST is crucial in easing the consumers’ financial burden.”
“I hope the government will consider to postpone the GST implementation in Sabah and Sarawak until they are ready or else it will just be burdening the consumers,” he reiterated. – SayangSabah