Buy Muslim First campaign tests race relations in Malaysia

It began as a campaign for Muslims to be more vigilant about halal, or syariah-compliant, products.

But Malaysians are living in interesting times and the last few months have seen the Buy Muslim First campaign gain momentum and morph into what is seen as a boycott of goods and services produced by non-Muslims.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2019, with the headline 'Buy Muslim First campaign tests race relations in Malaysia'. Subscribe