Malaysia Cabinet tells minister to explain call to boycott Chinese traders

Malaysia Cabinet tells minister to explain call to boycott Chinese traders
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (C) had written on his Facebook page calling on the Malays to boycott Chinese businesses that refused to reduce their prices despite the drop in fuel costs

PETALING JAYA - The Cabinet has instructed the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister to issue a statement explaining his actions to the rakyat, says MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

In a statement, Liow said the Chinese community was very dissatisfied at Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob's Facebook post on Feb 2 urging Malays to boycott Chinese traders.

"The minister's first Facebook post caused a huge uproar. The Cabinet has to resolve this issue as quickly as possible to prevent it from getting out of hand," he said.

Liow said MCA's central committee meeting on Tuesday decided to demand that Ismail Sabri retract his statement.

"We have requested the Cabinet to document our decision," he said, adding that MCA has also asked the Cabinet to approve the party's stance regarding this issue made on Feb 4.

Ismail Sabri later removed the post and explained that it was only directed at Chinese entrepreneurs who had declined to reduce their prices.

Late last night, Ismail Sabri told reporters the Cabinet had indeed asked him to explain the matter and he would be doing so before Chinese New Year but "would sit down with Liow first".

He said the Cabinet felt any dispute between an Umno leader and MCA leaders was not good for Barisan Nasional and the Prime Minister wanted to see the matter closed.

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