KUALA LUMPUR – The Buy Muslim Bumiputera First (BMBF) campaign should not be seen as an act of pouring hot oil into the heated racial fire tension in the country.
On the contrary, the real motive of the campaign is to promote the products produced by the Bumiputera and Muslims and at the same time, provide a wider option for the consumers.
According to the Chief Activist of the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) Datuk Nadzim Johan, it is important to promote bumiputera and Muslims products in order to increase their economy status through trade.
He said, in the long run, such measures can strengthen racial unity in Malaysia as the racial economic gap will be reduced.
“The Malays are known for being courteous and soft, non-provocative and like to give and take. Sometimes, such attributes are seen as weakness.
“When people see us as weak, they like to insult us and take advantage on us.
“If we do not want to be insulted, we need to strengthen the Malays through their economy. When everyone in a country is rich, the racial tensions will not happen.
“The campaign is not to spark racial tension but to invite the bumiputeras and Muslims to join hands and strengthen our economy.
“We do not pay tax (much) all these while. The other races pay a lot of tax, thus, when these Muslim entrepreneurs become successful, they can also pay the same amount of taxes like the other races. How can we pay tax when we are poor?
“In the long run, we can have the same social status as the other races in the country,” he said when met by MalaysiaGazette.
It is undeniable that the campaign was initiated following several hot racial and religion issues such as the jawi khat and the upside down flags. Nadzim said that everything happened for a reason.
Those incidences became a wake up call for the Malays and Muslims. They do not want to be looked down by the other races and it caused the bumiputeras to unite in order to reach that objective.
Furthermore, through this campaign, many people realised that the products produced by bumiputera is an option in the market.
“Through this campaign, the consumers will get to know the products produced by bumiputera and Muslims. It is not wrong for them to buy products from the non-Muslims but when they have a choice, it would be better for them to choose Muslim products as these entrepreneurs pay zakat.
“Zakat is then contributed to the needy.
“The national economy will continue to grow,” he added
Nadzim also asked the Government-Linked Companies (GLC) to provide opportunities for the bumiputera products to be marketed at their premises.
He said, the products produced by bumiputera has the equivalent quality of the products produced by the other races. -MalaysiaGazette