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No statistics on claims that BMF reducing prices of goods, opposition admits

Last Update: 15/11/2019

KOTA BHARU, Nov 15 -- The opposition’s elected representative who claimed that the Buy Muslim First (BMF) campaign had succeeded in reducing the prices of consumer goods, has admitted that he made the claims without referring to any specific data and statistics.

In fact, Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi, who is the Member of Parliament for Tumpat, also said that his claims were merely based on people’s observation and feedback.

The observation and feedback were gathered mainly from housewives and cooks, as well as consumers’ association, he told Bernama.

Che Abdullah made the claims during the debate at the Dewan Rakyat sitting yesterday.

Earlier today, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry rubbished the claims that the BMF campaign had reduced the prices of goods.

Its secretary-general Datuk Muez Abd Aziz said such claims were unfounded because the prices of goods were dictated by offers from manufacturers, suppliers and retailers.

“It also depends on the initiatives and sales campaigns conducted by retailers who are competing among themselves to attract the attention of consumers,” he told Bernama when contacted today.

Muez said the ministry had no plans to change the Buy Malaysian-Made Products campaign, which was launched in 1984, to accommodate the so-called BMF.

The ministry, he said, considered the promotion of local products as more important and a better way to get good bargains.

“We are working hard to promote the Buy Malaysian-Made Products campaign. We are sticking to this. It is more important to promote local products,” he said.

According to Muez, the Buy Malaysian-Made Products campaign could save consumers up to 20 per cent when shopping for necessities.

He said house brand products, which are far cheaper than other brands, would be preferred by consumers and this would boost support for Malaysian-made products.

An independent retail research firm also confirmed that there was no evidence that the prices of consumer goods had dropped due to BMF.

Retail Group Malaysia managing director Tan Hai Hsin said the Buy Malaysian-Made Products campaign is more appropriate to promote domestic consumption and economic growth.



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