I guess my previous postings were not too clear. The real message that I want to convey is that the liquor industry in Malaysia is in bed with UMNO/BN since God knows when. They are one of the major financier of BN’s well-oiled election machinery and they will never support anyone else considering how the BN made it very easy for liquor to be sold in Malaysia.
In Malaysia, liquor is allowed to be sold for profits by major liquor corporations. The minimum level of liquor not subjected to Excise Act is 8.8%. In other words, in Malaysia any alcoholic beverage with liquor content less than 8.8% can be sold like Coca Cola and Sprite by anyone, even by a laundry shop.
Yet, Malaysia makes Islam as it’s official religion when countries like Norway and Sweden has liquor levels much lower than that to be subjected by regulations (4.7% and 3.5% respectively).
If you noticed, beers in Malaysia has alcohol content less than 5% which makes the sales of beer not subject to licensing. In other words, beer can be sold just like Coca Cola which explains why beer companies are doing so well in the KLSE.
Beer Companies Makes Tons of Profits Because of Malaysia’s Relaxed Liquor Regulations
The relaxed liquor laws engineered by UMNO/BN since Merdeka. As a result these liquor companies have been raking in billions. They have a symbiotic relationship with UMNO and the bond is hard to break.
One can argue that other industries help BN also. True, but other industries do make as much profits as the liquor and gaming industries. It’s no surprise that liquor and gaming stocks in the KLSE are Blue Chip stocks no matter how bad the economy is.
In other words, they can ship out money to BN by the truckloads, and yet, they can still recover the losses in a matter of months or even weeks. The BN will then be able to continue with their “Blitzkrieg” campaigning and win back the government each time. They can do so considering their endless supply of cash allows them to do so.
UMNO is a Hypocritical Party of the Highest Order
They conduct body snatches, they prevent use of the word Allah by the Catholics, they make issues out of conversion laws and organize demonstrations in the name of Malay supremacy, the make an issue when Dr Nasir suggested that Zakat can be distributed to non-muslim poor in Selangor ( the prophet himself distributed zakat money to idolaters during his time), they cry foul when Karpal said “over my dead body” on the Islamic state issue, they declare Malaysia as an Islamic state and many more.
Yet, they get aids from liquor and gaming industries by the bulk. They ensure relaxed regulations for the liquor and gaming industries ensuring billions of profits for them. They protect the liquor and gaming “taukehs” with their lives. They made it so well that it puts shame in the Federal Constitution provision that states that the religion of the Federation is Islam.
Why? Because each time UMNO will need to show people that they are the true defenders of Islam. They need to show people that they too are the defenders of Islam and how do they do that? By snatching bodies from grieving families. Why didn’t they snatch him when he was alive? That has been my question to them for a long time.
The issue I listed above is used by Zahid Hamidi and his goons to woo PAS into joining hands with BN in the name of protecting Islam. PAS people do not know that the fact that PAS is out of BN is the main reason why Islam is still respected by the people.
UMNO are hypocritical b**st*ds. They have always been so, They will always be so, forever.
The Issue is not Drinking or Selling Liquor
I do not have any reservations for non muslims to sell, buy or drink liquor. But I have every objections to liquor be sold for massive profits in Malaysia by big liquor industries who in the end will give money to BN to maintain their status quo.
Liquor should be sold by the government to the people not for profits but just to fulfill the needs of the people. It should not be privatized or even used as a tool for profits by big liquor industry who in turn will try to make people drink more than what they normally drink by their various “advertising” gimmicks and tactics.
It should not be used as a tool to support tyranny of Barisan Nasional and UMNO and it should not be a political tool for certain factions in PAS to project their image as if they are the defenders of Islam and no one else. It is a real issue and it should be handled with utmost respect and objectivity.
In Islam, even the prohibition of liquor was done gradually and that’s prohibition among those who are already Muslims. In other words, during the time of the Prophet, the prohibition of liquor on Muslims was done in stages and not abruptly. What’s more if we are dealing with liquor policy among non muslims, in which, liquor is not prohibited.
Hasan Ali Doesn’t Represent PAS but Fraksi UMNO
So, for Hasan Ali to mouth off like so without a detail policy and proposal is nothing more than a political gimmick to push his own dying popularity. I know the people in Hasan Ali’s circle and I know how these people think. You can get a glimpse of how these people operate in my latest expose “
PAS itself is very “liberal” and very accommodating to Non-Muslims feeling and needs when it comes to liquor as testified by Raja Petra in his latest article (How they prostitute Islam for political gains http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/25592/84/).
He is now involved in a conspiracy to replace all his ADUN except two so that he can ensure their loyalty (should he decides to jump to the other side).
"Mengikut Perjanjian itu, tiap-tiap Negeri akan menerima 5% daripada nilai petroliam yang dijumpai dan diperolehi dalam kawasan perairan atau di luar perairan Negeri tersebut yang dijual oleh PETRONAS atau ejensi-ejensi atau kontrektor-kontrektornya".- Tun Abdul Razak, Dewan Rakyat (12hb. November, 1975)