KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has been named by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the world’s 10th largest consumer of alcohol despite its small population and size.
Statistics by the international body this year also showed that Malaysians spent over US$500mil (RM1.5bil) on alcohol with a per capita consumption of seven litres. Beer consumption in Malaysia is 11 litres per capita.Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Heng Seai Kie said the problem of alcohol consumption in the country was getting serious. “Alcohol is not only causing a lot of health issues but is also contributing to a significant number of accidents,” she said here yesterday. - TheStar
** There is so much hype following the release of the above statistics on alcohol consumption in Malaysia and as usual some bankrupt politicians are harping on this issue to attack the Government.
Tobacco-Related Cancers Fact Sheet
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2010)
Lung cancer is the most preventable form of cancer death in our society. (Source: Cancer Facts and Figures 2010)
Lung cancer estimates for 2010 (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2010):
New cases of lung cancer: 222,520
Deaths from lung cancer: 157,300
Besides lung cancer, tobacco use also causes increased risk for cancers of the mouth, lips, nasal cavity (nose) and sinuses, larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterine cervix, and acute myeloid leukemia. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2010)
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).
KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has pledged its support and 100,000 supporters for the polls watchdog Bersih 2.0′s rally, dubbed the “Walk for Democracy.”
This was announced by PAS central committee member Mohamad Sabu and Kuala Krai MP Dr Hatta Ramli at a press conference here this afternoon.
“We will mobilise 100,000 members and supporters from PAS alone,” said Sabu who is eyeing the party’s number two post.
He revealed that the rally would be held on July 9 at 2 pm in Kuala Lumpur.
Asked on the motive behind the rally, Hatta said the government had not agreed to the demands made in the first rally four years ago. -FMT
WHAT are Bersih’s demands?
For a free and fair elections amid claims that the Election Commission has failed in its duties.
WHO is behind Bersih?
More than 90% of them are OPPOSITION POLITICIANS and their die hard supporters and members. - (The above news article just reaffirms this point)
In 2007, under the failed leadership of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Opposition fooled the Home Minister and moved 10,000 odd of the members and supporters onto the streets of Kuala Lumpur in a blatant show of force.
The Nov 07 Bersih Rally was all about showing the numbers, aimed at amplifying the kind of support the Opposition seemingly enjoyed at that time.
BERSIH’s camouflaged their actual agenda well by crying out for electoral reforms and free & fair elections.
If indeed the electoral process or elections were rigged by the BN government, how could the Opposition have wrested control over Kelantan more than 20 years ago?
How could PAS have taken control of Terengganu in 1999 if the electoral process was indeed rigged and the Election Commission was a tool of the BN government as often accused by the Opposition?
If indeed the whole process was corrupt and the Opposition were cheated, hoodwinked and victimised during the elections, how the hell did they manage to win over and form the state governments in Kedah, Penang, Kedah, Perak(for a short while) while maintaining control over Kelantan?
In 2007, under the weak and rudder-less leadership of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, those behind Bersih even dragged Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and Istana Negara into their dirty game.
The KING had to issue a statement to refute Opposition lies that His Royal Highness had sanctioned the illegal Nov 2007 rally.
The Opposition have found an apt chairperson for Bersih in the person of Ambiga Sreenivason.
The former Bar Council president who was recently barred from setting foot in Sarawak for her ‘mulut bacul’.
In 2007, the then weak and rudder-less government under Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his equally ‘smart’ Home Minister allowed the YELLOW Bersih to take to the streets and dirty this country on Nov 10.
Exactly two weeks later on Nov 25, the RED Hindraf did the same thing under a different banner.
The movers behind these two ‘muscle flexing’ rallies are the same people who aimed to show that the Government of that day was incompetent to even stop them.
The Sarawak state government had the guts to bar Ambigafrom the state following her unethical calls for the people of Sarawak to take to the streets ‘like in Egypt”.
Would our current Home Minister take the necessary ‘preventive steps’ to put a stop to such blatant abuse of freedom in this country?
If the government is not prepared to grab the bull by its horns, then all organisations – political or otherwise – who are against the Opposition’s antics via the likes of Bersih should make the necessary moves.
Wonder what would it be like if all Barisan Nasional linked NGOs and associations unleash their members and supporters for a similar show of force on the 9th of July on the streets of Kuala Lumpur and Penang…when Bersih is planning for another show of force?
I hope Malaysia would pray for his speedy recovery ... I am!
I'm sure many around the world would do so too.
Guess its not too much to ask for the Religious Department to urge the rakyat to pray for the speedy recovery and well being of a leader who has sacrificed his entire life for the well being of his people, and others beyond the shores of Malaysia.
My dear Malaysians, lets pray for God to shower Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad & Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali with continued good health.
p/s These are the witnesses : Senior Pakatan Rakyat leaders attended the function last night, including Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy, Klang MP Charles Santiago, Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, Teluk Intan MP M Manogaran and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo.(some admitted having heard those degrading words from the now suspended Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who is embroiled in a SEX VIDEO SCANDAL)
Question No:2 : Anwar Ibrahim! Did you screw the "Chinadoll" as stated by Datuk Eskay and 'shown' in the video? (Datuk Seri Wan Azizah may want to assist you in handling this question).
The Prime Minister reiterated the message, elaborated and invited Malaysians to share their thoughts, ideas and vision with the Government.
The term “government knows it all” certainly doesn’t mean the Government knows nothing as some are quick to paint. I gather that the Government, or rather the Prime Minister is just being open.
What was done behind closed doors are now being gradually opened for greater participation and civilised discourse. As the populace “grows”, the Government invites greater ownership.
At the BlogHouseMalaysia organised conference, Najib engaged the regional bloggers in an open Q&A – dialogue in the presence of former Prime Minister, Premier blogger and Blog House Malaysia patron Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Najib reassured that the Government would ensure media freedom and uphold the MSC Bill of Guarantee of “no internet censorship”.
(If Dr Mahathir was indeed a control freak he certainly wouldn’t have introduced the MSC Bill of Guarantee)
To cut a long story short, I guess we should seriously look around us and think for a second if we truly lack “Press Freedom” in this country.
Most of our mainstream newspapers have become more blunt (some are of course sliding into oblivion), the various political party newspapers and newsletters are selling like hot-cakes despite their half-truths and outright lies.
Blogs are practically ‘on fire’ with loads of information on any given subject. Micro-blogging site Twitter is staple food to an increasing number of Malaysians – no matter who or where they are.
The internet is absolutely free from any kind of censorship.
If all that doesn’t spell freedom, I just wonder what freedom of the press really is in the eyes of the so-called ‘fighters of press freedom”.
The ‘government knows-it-all” days maybe over but an increasing number of partisan Non-Govermental Organisations and their political masters seem to be after the “know-it-all” title now.
These NGOs and some ‘old politician’ seem to know it all and since they think they know it all they expect everyone else to toe their line.
p/s Utusan Malaysia too exercised their freedom by sacking one of their journalist who happens to be the National Union of Journalist president (an Opposition party sympatiser – if not hardcore supporter) to protect the interest of the company which employs thousands of responsible journalist who certainly uphold the spirits of Press Freedom.