KUALA LUMPUR – July 15, 2015: An MCA leader today took to task a non-governmental organisation for alleging that swindling is part of the Chinese trading culture.
MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker in a text message to The Mole described the statement by Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) as irresponsible and uncalled for.
He said proper actions should be taken against those who make such sweeping statements touching the sensitivities of race or religion irrespective of who they represent or their stature.
“The Chinese have had a tradition of honour and hard work that contributed to their success in business.
“However there are also greedy traders who exploit the ignorance of consumers in the name of profiting.
“Thus, it is the role of leaders and associations like PPIM to identify and narrow down these traders irrespective of their ethnicity to ensure that traders do not exploit the unsuspecting consumers,” he said.
Ti was referring to the statement by PPIM president Datuk Nadzim Johan who yesterday claimed that ethnic Chinese traders are adopting swindling as part of their business culture.
Nadzim, as quoted by a Malay news portal said that ethnic Chinese businesses regularly cheated Malay consumers and regarded it as a legitimate way for them to earn extra profit.
“We cannot deny that it is really their practice. It has become their culture even in trading.
“What more, they feel that with swindling they can earn. Unfortunately, those who always got conned are the Malays,” he said.
The remark was made following the weekend racially charged riot at Low Yat Plaza here.
Ti in his statement added that leaders like Nadzim were obviously ‘too lazy’ to do their work.
“Instead of producing facts, figures or cooperating with authorities to weed out these capitalistic traders, he has chosen the easy way out of playing to the political market of racism.
“This is unbecoming of a leader and I hereby ‘ticked’ off such leaders and advice them to repent during this holy month (of Ramadhan) whereby we are celebrating the Malaysian spirit of tolerance, restrain and forgiveness,” he added.
Being a representative of Muslim consumers, Ti reminded Nadzim to fall back on the bigger picture of building a positive Malaysia in the spirit advocated by Islam and refrain from making known his askew personal feeling.
In view of the prevailing worries over racism and extremism, Ti called upon the authorities to come down hard on those who make extreme bigotry statements.
“This is to contain the growing market of extremism as a result of individuals who are out to get their ‘minutes’ of glory or attention in making insensitive remarks or statements that is hurting and bleeding the nation profusely.
“We have come a long way to enjoy the unity and harmony today. Let’s not allow a few ingrates destroy the harmony that we have built for decades as a result of freer media or practice,” he said.