A MONTHLY SUPPLEMENT OF RAKAN SARAWAK BULLETIN

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'BUY MALAYSIAN PRODUCT' Campaign

When 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 ones.

Their prices 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?

After all, 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.'


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