Malaysia ranked world’s 10th largest consumer of alcohol
By CHRISTINA TAN
Lung cancer is one of the main causes of cancer deaths in Malaysia. In fact, 95 per cent of lung cancer patients die within five years of diagnosis. A whopping 90 per cent of lung cancer is caused by cigarette . The occurrence of lung cancer is also high among non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand (passive smoking).
Its a well established fact that both alcohol (except for medical) and tobacco is bad for the health. Indeed tobacco is among the top killers (via cancer) in the world.
Unlike RON95 PETROL, DIESEL and LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (LPG), alcohol and tobacco have no real benefit to the people as consumer/food items.
So, my humble suggestion is... WHY NOT the Government stop scaring the people with impending fuel price hikes and turn your sight on these two killer items amid us.
WHY can't the Government of Malaysia consider increasing its Government TAX on Alcohol and Tobacco ... say double the current rate to make up for the Government subsidy for fuel?
Some religious bigots would come into the picture even before understanding this suggestion in totality.
The revenue from these hiked SIN TAXES could be channelled, not to some PAS run political-religious indoctrination camps in Kelantan, but to fund our defense expenditure (runs into hundreds of millions, if not billions of ringgit lately).
WHY NOT the SIN TAX?