Sunday, October 11, 2009

Here is an article by Bakri Musa. I commented below, and I don't think my comment will pass through but i hope you read it and especially my comment!!!

A Malaysian Alcohol and Tobacco Board — M. Bakri Musa

OCT 12 — The recent controversy over the sale of beer in Selangor underscores the need for a more sensitive and enlightened policy to handle issues that predominantly affect one community. Often they are handled crudely and ineffectively, resulting in increased inter-communal suspicion and hostility.

Another ready example is the issue of stray dogs. The real public health menace, apart from the aesthetic matter of dog poop all over the place, gets buried in the racial overtones of the ensuing discussions. Then there are pig farms. Yet these are readily solvable if only we are willing to learn from others and strive hard not to fall into the ready-set racial trap.

Consider the sale of alcohol; it touches at the heart of Muslim sensitivity. Yet there are real public health concerns regarding its unrestricted sale. In America, alcohol is the number one factor contributing to homicides, road accidents, and domestic violence. In my practice I see all too frequently the ravages alcohol inflicts on the human mind and body.

In America, the sale of alcohol to a minor is a felony; serving drinks to an intoxicated guest (at home or in the bar) exposes the host to civil liabilities for injuries caused by the drunkenness. Sobriety police roadside checks are a feature at weekends and holidays. A doctor arrested for drunk-driving risks losing his or her medical licence.

Alcohol is a dangerous and destructive drug; it should not be made readily available like chewing gum.

In Canada, the government has exclusive control over the sale and distribution of alcohol. You have to go to a government-owned store to buy wine or beer. Canada’s British Columbia (BC) province controls the sale of alcohol through its two agencies. Its Liquor Distribution Agency (LDA) has exclusive rights to import, purchase and distribute all manner of alcoholic beverages. LDA then sells them through its own BC liquor stores. Incidentally, LDA is one of the province’s top employers.

BC’s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch issues licences to bars and other establishments that serve alcohol directly to customers to be consumed on the premises. It inspects the facilities for compliance with public health and other standards, conducts educational sessions for licensees on the responsible serving of alcohol, and runs background checks on its licensees.

Malaysia should have its own Alcohol and Tobacco Board (MATB) that would have exclusive rights to import, purchase, distribute, and sell all alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. It should also have exclusive powers to grant licences to bars and clubs in the manner of BC’s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.

The system would work thus. MATB would buy the alcohol brewed by local manufacturers, from Carlsberg to the local Nathan Toddy Producer, and then sell the products directly in its stores as well as to retail customers like bars and toddy shops. Carlsberg and all the other producers would sell their products only to MATB; they are of course free to export. MATB would also have exclusive rights to import all alcohol products.

MATB would do the same with tobacco products. In setting up its outlet stores, MATB would have to follow strict guidelines as to proximity to mosques, schools and playgrounds.

Additionally, MATB would have the sole authority similar to BC’s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch to grant, monitor and revoke the licence to bars, clubs and other similar establishments.

Such a government entity would also reduce two major problems associated with both alcohol and tobacco: the importation and sales of contraband and fake products. With contraband there is the obvious loss of state revenue, and consequent corruption with its corrosive effects, with fake products there is the associated health hazards especially with adulterated alcohol products. About a third of the tobacco products sold in the country are either contraband or fake products. With alcohol, the figure is definitely much higher especially with the premium brands.

As MATB would be a monopoly, it should be extremely profitable. To discourage its directors and staff from drawing excessive salaries, MATB would be a GLC with a salary scheme comparable to the civil service.

I am assuming that we can create a government enterprise that is free of corruption and cronyism. I realise that is a great supposition. I am also very much aware that such an agency would attract the corrupt like maggots to rotten meat.

If MATB is wildly successful, the government would benefit directly both from the increased profits and taxes. If it behaves like a typical government entity such that buying beer would be as trying as getting your driver’s licence, then society too would benefit from the decreased sales and consumption. Thus society is completely “hedged;” it would gain either way.

The greatest benefit is that it would remove a highly charged racial issue and convert it into a profit-making scheme. That is reason enough to adopt my suggestion. — bakrimusa

my comment

hmmm let's talk about dogs and their health menace?, what about cats and their poops and rats which carry the deadly disease, big fat rat not unlike the little napoleons who are in charge of these menace. Cats having babies everywhere and especially when they are in heat the noise they make and the din it cause leave me mute. Kill all the cats and dogs but wait Muhammad is know as a lover of cats and his friend a compiler of hadiths were given the moniker the lover of cats, Abu Hurairah, They too can carry rabies just like all animals even rabbits.

So I wonder why Bakri Musa only talks about dogs. It is better to talk about strays because they are all strays and a humane policy to solve the problem is needed. Owners must be taught their responsibility of caring for their pets but to talk only about dogs smack of chauvinism same thing about Alcohol.

To say drinking is bad is foolish and show his inability to understand Alcohol and her compounds. Ether Alcohol is use in medical field, drinking wine sparingly is good for your health, yes I admit the benefit it gave fail to outweigh the effect it has on people but here is the crunch, it is to control not to abolish.

U.S. try during prohibition period but fail tremendously and who can forget Al scarface Capone who profits from that debacle. Even Joe Kennedy was said to make his fortune selling alcohol during prohibition time. Wine is use in many religious ceremony, in Christian and Jewish faith. Wine and brandy is use in cooking. The Steaks that we eat and the sharkfin soup that we love were cook using that. Tapai has wine as part of its fermented process yet i love it may be not you. I am a teetotaler but I love my tapai and my sharkfin soup!!!!

The Government is trying, we try by increasing the taxes that result in smuggling which is a criminal activity. If we go to any shop that sells Alcoholic beverages or tobacco there is a sign there that says sell to minors prohibited. But again it is we the continuously break the law. The sign also says sell to Muslims is prohibited but enforcement is weak. You go to Green Apple etc the sign also says Malays are not allow to go for massage. It irks me, I love my massage but Bakri you never make noise did you? Maybe you also love massage like me. So to me Drinking Whoring Gambling are man's ill. How many laws we make Man will break and if we believe in democracy and human rights we must accept the right of Man to Drink and to fuck and to gamble. We can only try to control it and govern it we can't deny their rights!!!!


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