MALAYSIAN PRODUCT' Campaign
you walk into any supermarket the next time you go shopping, notice the sign
which says "Buatan Malaysia" and next to this sign, there is another
one which says "Imported."
Have you ever wondered why
the sign was put there in the firts place? And what is it trying to tell us?
There are many
amongst us who would prefer to select goods which are imported from abroad for
the sake of its high quality.
But, if everyone
starts to bypass our locally manufactured goods for those which are imported,
we are not going to help our economy very much.
At a time when
the Malaysian economy has just started to get back on its feet after the setback
which the country had experienced during the past few months, it is an act of
chivalry and a matter of nationalistic pride to throw our might behind local
producers of goods and services.
It is one way
to help our economy back on its feet again. Goods produced locally by our own
manufacturers and producers are unquestionably as good if not better than foreign-produced
are competitive and they are as much sought-after by foreign tourist whom we
see mingling with the local at markets and bargain places.
Is there a
need at all for reminding the people to buy goods made in their own country?
shoppers are free to choose whatever they want to get with their hard-earned
cash. It's their money and they are free to spend them on any goods they choose
to buy, be it foreign or domestic.
True. But buying
goods and services produced locally simply means helping our owns producers
to promote Malaysian goods among the people thereby reducing the outflow of
local currency abroad.
Some of these
growing number of locally-produced goods are quality apparel and shoes, household
good such as refrigerators, tv and hi-fi sets, washing machines, motorcycles
and motorcars for both domestic and export markets.
So, the next
time you go shopping, think twice before you decide to put that bottle of imported
jam or preserves into your shopping basket.
Next to it
on the same shelf is an equally good one which proudly says "Buatan Malaysia.'