Just two months after the Johor state ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar’s dressing-down of a “Muslim only” laundrette in Muar, another business has attracted the attention of the public with its “Malays only” sign.
A Japanese healthcare and home products shop in Larkin Perdana, Johor Baru, has allegedly displayed a notice outside their outlet informing patrons that Bahasa Malaysia would be used to conduct all promotion sessions.
As reported by The Star, the notice was written in both Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin, requesting their Chinese patrons to visit the store’s other outlets that catered to the community.
The store manager told China Press that the company was trying to expand its market base to include more Malays and Indians, so it has set up outlets in Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Johor where only Bahasa Malaysia was used.
The manager added that the company has one outlet in Klang, Selangor, that uses Chinese as the medium. She said initially, the company had mostly Chinese customers as its products were not certified halal. However, some items have obtained the certification.
According to the manager, having different premises for different races is only a marketing strategy.
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(Source: The Star)