KOTA KINABALU, 3 April 2009: Newly-appointed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should take charge of the consumer affairs portfolio to counter the current economic crisis.
This is the hope of Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) vice-president Datuk Patrick Sindu.
Patrick said Najib, who is also Finance Minister, had the executive power to decide on economic issues, especially pertaining to consumerism.
“It is best that consumerism issues lie in the hands of the prime minister.
“I also hope that consumer affairs would not be combined with other matters to form one ministry or there will be a conflict of interest.
“Now is a very critical time to address economic issues concerning the country and the people,” he told Bernama when contacted here today.
In congratulating Najib on his appointment, Patrick said the sixth prime minister would lead the nation to greater heights.
However, he hoped that after the three by-elections on 7 April, full attention would be given to healing the country’s economy and addressing consumer related issues.
Patrick also expressed his gratitude to outgoing prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for his contribution to the nation. — Bernama