Consumerist: Why Are Malaysian Consumer Groups Protecting Big Business?

Dato Jacob George

‘It is a pity that there are far too many opportunist out there masquerading as consumer advocates and undermining consumer interest while others, use consumerism as a political tool for their personal political interest and agenda, after all they are active members of certain political parties themselves and using consumerism they can rub shoulders with the political elites making political inroads for themselves!’

Image result for consumerism

Consumerist: Why Are Malaysian Consumer Groups Protecting Big Business?

Of late, many things that we have held sacred have been compromised on the altars of political expediency!

Whether it is the fight against corruption, common ethical principles, decency decorum or plain truth!

Everything these days come at a spin – clouding the real issues and muddying truth in many flavors and colors and worst these days along racist and fascists eyes!

Image result for consumerism

We are in a situation where we do not know the good from the bad guys!

I have always encouraged the sprouting of consumer groups to address consumer issues.

But today am so disappointed that the very ethical principles and beatitudes of consumerism are today compromised as certain groups claiming to be consumer groups start to do business themselves, or protect and speak for big business!

The fathers of consumerism will turn in their graves at these all over the globe!

This is an abomination only seen in Malaysia as certain consumer groups protect and speak on behalf big business under the scrutiny of accountability, good governance and ethical business practices!

Or we see them attacking issues which have a religious or racial flavor which fundamentally we as consume groups do not do!

We address all forms of irregularities, all market place vices, all unethical fraudulent practices that threatens consumers!

We do not address issues along political, racial and religious eyes!

To the consumer advocate – you are either right or you are dead wrong and we do not compromise!

Who do we blame for this situation?

It is a pity that there are far too many opportunist out there masquerading as consumer advocates and undermining consumer interest while others, use consumerism as a political tool for their personal political interest and agenda, after all they are active members of certain political parties themselves and using consumerism, they can rub shoulders with the political elites making political inroads for themselves!