Brewers in Malaysia, Carlsberg and Heineken have just about resumed operation after 2 months of no-action, the public listed company’s have endured massive losses and have only started to regain their business under CMCO. But just when things are about to look promising, alcohol beverages are currently receiving a bad rap after drunk driving accidents seem to be on the rise.
Its so serious, that the Transport Ministry is already working on amending the Transport Act to impose heavier punishment for drink driving related accidents, at the moment even serious injury caused by drunk drivers are only subjected to minor reprimands. Just as this week, a group of people were injured when a driver went amok in his 4WD ramming his vehicle into stalls, police later confirmed the driver to be intoxicated.
The latest number of incidents has prompted Islamic party, PAS calling on the government to immediately suspend all productions, businesses, and sales of alcoholic beverages so as new measures can be taken to prevent drunk driving.
In making the call, its Information chief Kamaruzaman Mohamad said PAS viewed seriously the number of fatal accident cases involving drunk drivers that had become so rampant lately.
“Looking at the frequent accident cases involving drunk drivers, PAS hereby suggests to the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to immediately suspend all productions, businesses, and sales of liquor until new measures can be taken.
The Chief does has his views after all Malaysia was named 10th largest consumer of alcohol by the World Health Organisation, on average we consume 15 liters per capita and spend RM2 billion annually on these beverages.
Kamaruzaman wants the government to set up a Special Cabinet Committee to take immediate action he also urged the Customs Department and local authorities (PBT) to revoke all sales licences of alcoholic beverages sold in 24-hour convenience stores.
Looking at the setup of our current government with strong Islamic standing and the recent fatal cases by drunk drivers, the PAS Chief has a strong chance of getting his way.