‘Did Agong ask to stop boycott?’ – defiant Akmal stands his ground

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Claims there is nothing to be afraid of as he was merely voicing out the people’s concerns.

Despite the “final warning” from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for all quarters to refrain from playing up the controversial “Allah” socks issue, Umno Youth chief Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh seems bent on standing his ground on the matter.

Asked by Malaysiakini whether he would heed the king’s decree, as well as the Umno leadership’s call for him to turn down the heat on the issue, Akmal asked: “Did the king ask to stop the boycott?”

When pressed on whether he would take responsibility over his vocal boycott call against the convenience store chain and stand down, Akmal instead asked the reporter to explain which part of his campaign is considered “fanning the flame”.

Separately, Akmal also took to Facebook to say that there is “nothing to be afraid of” as he was merely voicing out the people’s concerns.

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“The people have made their decision without any coercion. Keep calm and boycott peacefully,” the Merlimau assemblyperson said.

Earlier today, Umno supreme council member Bung Moktar Radin said that the party leadership had ordered Akmal to stop playing up the “Allah” socks issue and the calls to boycott KK Mart.

“The Umno president has asked Akmal (to stop it) and explained that KK Mart is not planning to persist with the matter, so we accept that (prolonging) the matter needs to stop.

“The Yang di-Pertuan Agong also called on all parties to stop taking advantage of the issue and for me, that is enough,” Bung was quoted by Berita Harian, telling reporters in Sabah last night.

It is worth noting that the Umno supreme council had previously backed Akmal’s boycott call.

Apart from KK Mart, Akmal has also initiated a boycott campaign against cosmetics entrepreneur Aliff Syukri’s products after the latter’s Hari Raya video was deemed disrespectful of the sanctity of Ramadan. – Malaysiakini