Patriot slams curb on alcohol sales, says corruption more damaging

24-Nov-2020 Intellasia | FreeMalaysiaToday | 6:02 AM Print This Post

An INGO representing retired armed forces officers has described the move to curb the sale of alcoholic drinks as ridiculous, questioning authorities if consuming it was more dangerous than corruption.

“We would like to ask the pious Ahmad Marzuk Shaary to tell us if drinking alcohol or corruption is the bigger evil,” National Patriots Association (Patriot) president Mohamed Arshad Raji said, referring to the deputy minister in the prime minister’s Department (Religious Affairs).

“Which is more damaging to our society and nation? Which evil attracts Malays most?”

Arshad asked Ahmad Marzuk and Federal Territories minister Annuar Musa to look at the large number of immigration officers arrested last week for alleged human trafficking and the many politicians currently facing corruption charges.

“Which of the two evils should be acted upon first? Should it be banning liquor or eradicating the scourge of corruption among the Malay society?” he asked, adding that corruption was generally more damaging to our society.

On Shary’s contention that DBKL’S ruling on the sale of liquor might be extended to the rest of the country, Patriot said it was both unnecessary and ridiculous.

Annuar recently announced the new rule which will come into force in all federal territories next October. Under the new rule, sundry shops, grocery stores, convenience stores and Chinese medicine shops will be barred from selling alcohol.

“The public, especially the non-Muslims, are mindful that PAS leaders had always assured them that they would not be subjected to regulations pertaining to Islam, including the hudud.

“As such, Patriot would like to remind Marzuk and other PAS leaders not to make a mockery of their words. Otherwise, public perception of their hypocrisy will only worsen,” Arshad said.

He said if curbing the sale of alcohol was because of drink driving, there were better ways to tackle the problem.

“The approach must be an all-inclusive consultation which must include businesspeople, not merely a select group. If health is the issue, they should know there are numerous other foods and beverages that are worse for our health compared with beer and mild alcoholic drinks.

“It is not Patriot’s business to promote any alcoholic drink. But upholding social justice, encouraging fair business practices and voicing against bullying tactics are within the bounds of our business,” he said.

Arshad said Malaysians had been living together for generations with much tolerance, understanding and mutual respect.

“It was based on this understanding, among others, that our colonial masters gave us our independence in 1957.

“Politicians need to be reminded of the ramifications of their decision to curb liquor sales and not issuing licences. It will adversely affect jobs, small businesses, transport, restaurants, hotels, tourism, and national income.

“Also, others might see our leaders as Taliban-like,” he said.


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