KUALA LUMPUR – Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is willing to cooperate and give his explanation to the police next week regarding his statement on wanting consumers to boycott businesses that refused to lower the prices of goods.
However, the date has not been set.
“I have informed the police, after Jokowi’s (Indonesian President Joko Widodo) visit, I will have time. Maybe I will be a little free next week..what day I’m not sure..the police need to have free time as well and I also need to be free,” he told reporters after launching the Farmers’ Market Price Drop Sales programme, here today.
On Monday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar stated on his Twitter account that the police would call Ismail Sabri to get his explanation regarding the issue.
Ismail Sabri had previously been reported to urge consumers who were predominantly Malays to boycott businesses that were mostly controlled by the Chinese, but he explained however, that his statement was intended for all consumers and businesses irrespective of race, adding that the businessmen he meant were those who refused to lower prices of goods even though fuel prices had gone down.
He made the statement to put pressure on profiteering businessmen so that prices of goods could be lowered to help reduce the burden of the people. – BERNAMA