Malaysian minister issues statement of regret over call to boycott Chinese traders

Malaysian minister issues statement of regret over call to boycott Chinese traders
Transport Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai.

PETALING JAYA - Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said he accepted the statement of regret from Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob over the latter's remarks on boycotting Chinese businesses.

"As my colleague, Datuk Seri Ismail has officially issued a statement of regret, and as a member of Cabinet, I take note of his statement of regret and hope that this matter is put to rest and we shall move on," Liow, who is MCA president, said in a statement.

Here is the full statement:

"On the issue of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri's call to boycott Chinese traders, I have made clear MCA's stand at Cabinet this week and the Cabinet had instructed Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri to issue a press statement to take responsibility for his controversial Facebook post in order to end this issue.

"I respect the collective decision of YAB Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Razak and the Cabinet that we need to provide closure on this issue. As my colleague, Dato' Sri Ismail has officially issued a statement of regret, and as a member of Cabinet, I take note of his statement of regret and hope that this matter is put to rest and we shall move on."

Minister urges public 'not to drag my family into it'

KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has asked the public not to attack his family over his controversial Facebook comments.

He said his children's "outbursts" on his son's Instagram account was a natural reaction.

Ismail Sabri's children had been involved in a heated exchange on Instagram after the words "racist family" were posted on his son's photo of the family having dinner together on Tuesday.

"I am proud of my children. When their father was attacked, they defended me. It's my son's personal Instagram account and he had uploaded a photo of us having dinner.

"Why drag my children into this? Of course, he will get angry.

"If you attack me, I can take it. But don't touch my family. Don't involve them," he said yesterday.

Ismail Sabri's son, who used the username "dafiismail", had posted a photo of the family when a follower wrote "racist family", while another said "finally, someone said it".

A heated argument followed with other people, believed to be Ismail Sabri's other children, joining in and hurling insults.

"Dafiismail" is believed to be the minister's son, Akademi Fantasia 5 contestant Dafi.

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