The interpretation of â€œMalaysianâ€ in the “Buy Malaysian” campaign will be very liberal. Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said “Made in Malaysia” will include anything that ultimately benefits Malaysia, whether a company or an end-user.
Shahrir was responding to questions from retailers on what constitutes a “Malaysian made” product.
“While on one hand we have been promoting Malaysian brands, there are some products made elsewhere that carry a Malaysian brand.
“We donâ€™t want to be so picky and say we mustnâ€™t buy XYZ because itâ€™s actually made in China, although it carries a Malaysian brand,” he said.
“What is important is, to look at the purpose of the campaign, which is to make sure that every ringgit spent has a value enjoyed by a Malaysian or a Malaysian worker, that will then benefit this country.
The idea is to get as much value as possible out of each ringgit spent back into the system to benefit Malaysians, he told newsmen at the launch of the Dutch Lady Milk Industries (M) Bhd price reduction campaign.
What constitutes Malaysian-made goods include pre-packed goods with the name and address of a manufacturer in Malaysia on it; products that are made, assembled and modified locally; goods that go through the final process in Malaysia; and foreign goods manufactured under licence in Malaysia.
Source : New Straits Times