In March 2016, he blamed price hikes on those who don’t believe in God.
This is the UMNO man, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin, a Minister, who said, “It’s those who don’t believe in God [who] are the ones who always raise prices. Those who believe in God will follow ethical ways and not simply raise prices.”
9 December 2017
Rising cost of living is God’s will, says Umno leader
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Hamzah Zainudin quoted a saying, or hadith, attributed to Prophet Muhammad which states: “Verily, it is God who sets prices, who makes things hard, easy and gives out blessings”. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 9, 2017.
THE rise in living costs is God’s will, said an Umno leader and Cabinet minister today, when addressing concerns raised by Malaysians on the rising cost of living.
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Hamzah Zainudin quoted a saying, or hadith, attributed to Prophet Muhammad which states: “Verily, it is God who sets prices, who makes things hard, easy and gives out blessings”.
The hadith also states: “I (The Prophet) hope to meet God in a situation where no one demands from me a cruelty in blood or property.”
The hadith was in response to an person who complained to the Prophet prices of goods were high and had wanted the latter to set prices, Hamzah said.
Hamzah added the saying shows the government’s attitude is based on what has been taught by the Prophet which is to not interfere in the free market of a country.
“However, based on the Islamic principles of justice and concern for the people, the prime minister has agreed not to raise the prices of basic items,” he told delegates at the Umno general assembly.
These items include sugar, flour, cooking oil, rice and cooking gas.
10 March 2016
Malay Mail Online
Those who disbelieve in God always raise prices, minister tells Parliament
KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 ― Only those who don’t believe in God will raise the prices of goods and services, Domestic Trade, Co-Operatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said in the Dewan Rakyat today.
His unexpected reply came after opposition lawmaker Dr Tan Seng Giaw asked if the recent rise in the prices of goods was in the “hands of God”.
“YB Kepong asked if raising prices of goods is in the hands of God. God has never told anyone to raise prices or reduce it.
“It’s those who don’t believe in God [who] are the ones who always raise prices. Those who believe in God will follow ethical ways and not simply raise prices,” Hamzah said.
The Larut MP then suggested that the rival lawmaker’s query indicated the latter’s lack of faith.
“His question might be because he is unsure whether to believe in God or the otherwise,” Hamzah added.
When met outside the Dewan Rakyat later, Hamzah said Tan’s question was “not very funny”.
Hamzah Zainuddin Kata Tuhan Tidak Pernah Suruh Naik Atau Turunkan Harga Barang http://ift.tt/1Raynvj