Patriot: Stop the boycott, focus on poverty and unemployment
The National Association of Patriots (Patriot) today called on politicians to immediately stop the campaign to boycott products made by non-Muslims.
Patriot president Mohamed Arshad Raji urged the people to think as Malaysians, regardless of their cultural backgrounds.
”The campaign to boycott such products... would only meet with failure, as there are many other economic issues which should be given attention.
"The issue on the national poverty rate (for instance). As announced by an expert from the UN, the actual rate should be between 16 to 20 percent and not at the official level of 0.4 percent, he said in a statement today.
“The unemployment rate for those aged between 15 and 24 years is still high at 10.4 percent.
"The average household debt is still high at 83 percent of the GDP.
"The weak position of the ringgit compared to that of the American dollar will cause the inflation rate to rise,” he added.
Patriot also called on the people of Malaysia, regardless of race, to use their wealth and position to generate job opportunities and strengthen the national economy.
It also wants to see national wealth distributed fairly based on ethnic and regional distribution.