BANGI: Malaysians should choose carefully the American and Israeli products they want to boycott as some products are partly owned by Muslims or locals, said Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
“Some brands are not totally owned by Israeli or American groups. Their shares are owned even by Muslim countries, including bumiputras in Malaysia.
“It is better to focus on a few products like weaponry. There should be a ban on Muslims buying weapons directly from these countries or even through a third party,” he told reporters after attending the 100th year memorial of Indonesian politician Mohammad Natsir at the Kolej Universiti Islam Selangor yesterday.
Khalid, who is also PKR secretary-general, was responding to calls from several Muslim groups and leaders that consumers boycott products from the United States and Israel to protest against the attack on Gaza.
He said a better move would be to refrain from investing in or using banks affiliated to Israeli or American interests.
He said all Pakatan Rakyat MPs would attend the special Parliament session tomorrow to discuss the Gaza issue.
In Ipoh, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin urged the people to find alternatives to American-made goods.
“We are asking Perakians to find other alternatives. It would be cheaper and better,” he said after a solidarity gathering for the Palestinians at Stadium Indera Mulia on Friday.
[Source : The Star Online]