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09/05/2019 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – A recent social media campaign calling for the boycott of non-Muslim products in Malaysia has received criticism from many, including Malaysian President, Penang Mufti and the president of People’s Justice Party (PKR).

Recently, certain groups have been pushing for a campaign on social media to boycott goods produced by non-Muslims. The boycott originally began as a campaign by Muslim NGOs to encourage consumers to first purchase goods produced by Muslim and Bumiputera (a controversial Malaysian term to describe Malays and other indigenous races of Southeast Asia) companies.

Soon, the Muslim Consumers Association and the Malaysian Chambers of Entrepreneurs Business Development also joined in and called for a ban on non-Muslim products that use Jawi script, a localized, adopted Arabic script used as written language in the Malay world.

These attempts have been denounced by prominent Malaysian figures. Last Friday, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that he did not agree with the boycott, pointing out that it was only carried out by people with shallow thinking.

Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor also stated that the campaign is liable to pit the multi-racial population in this country against each other, which is unacceptable in Islam.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim described this campaign and “unhealthy.” He said, “If you want to promote halal products, it is acceptable. But if you are trying to promote it by using contentious issue, this is not healthy.” He added that, the racial connotation underlining the recent boycott campaign was not healthy for the nation’s multi-racial and multi-religious society.

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