By Aathi Shankar
BarisanÂ Nasional (BN) senior partners, MIC and MCA have refuted DAPâs claim that Umno and PAS had backed a âBoycott Non-Muslim Productsâ campaign.
Presidents of both parties, Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran (MIC) and Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong (MCA) reproved DAP for propagating a non-existent boycott.
They also slammed DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng for making unfounded allegations against MIC and MCA of not only being quiet but tacitly backing the boycott.
The Barisan Nasional leaders said both Umno and PAS leaderships had denied that they were involved in any boycott campaign.
Indeed, insisted the duo, the âBoycott Non-Muslim Productsâ campaign doesnât even exist.
They said Umno and PAS were only supporting a âBuy Muslim Products Firstâ grassroots campaign.
âWe have checked and found that Umno and PAS got nothing to do with any boycott.
âThere is no campaign to boycott non-Muslim productsâ,â said both leaders in separate statements this week.
Vigneswaran said both Umno and PAS were only encouraging Muslims to prioritise purchases of Muslim-made products.
He said the parties were merely promoting and marketing Muslim products and developing potential talents of Muslim entrepreneurs.
âBuy Muslim products first is not same as boycott non-Muslim products,â pointed out Vigneswaran.
Ka Siong, on the other hand, did not mince his words as he berated Guan Eng for acting like a âkera kena belacanâ (jumpy monkey).
Since Guan Eng was now the Finance Minister, he said the DAP leader can easily take legal action if there was economic sabotage.
âItâs unwise for Guan Eng to give reckless statements just to pit the opposition parties against each other,â said Ka Siong.