PLANTATION Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali has called on the government to ban gambling and further restrict sales of alcohol.
The Kuala Nerus MP said that the government led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should look at banning gambling because it is forbidden by all religions, Malaysiakini reported.
“There are no intelligent people, who love morals, who love peace, who like (gambling).
“Because gambling is known to cause conflict, ultimately, gambling must be banned. That is the reality that the world has to accept,” he said in an interview with a broadcaster which he posted on his Facebook.
Khairuddin added that alcohol sales needed to be reviewed to prevent Muslims from buying the item and to curtail drunk driving.
He said Malaysia could emulate Singapore, which still enforced strict control over alcohol consumption even though it is led by non-Muslim leaders.
“For example, we see Singapore led by non-Muslims, but they prevent alcohol from being sold widely because they see alcohol as harmful,” he claimed.
He explained that PAS will still allow liquor to be sold but in a controlled manner only.
In August, PAS’ Pasir Puteh MP Nik Dr Muhammad Zawawi Salleh said the Christian Bible was distorted (dipesong) during a debate in the Dewan Rakyat over increasing the punishment for drink driving in the Road Transport Act amendments bill.
Zawawi had claimed that all religions forbade the consumption of alcohol.
Khairuddin himself has come under fire for violating quarantine orders after returning from a trip to Turkey in July.
Khairuddin has been fined RM1,000 for the offence but he’s not out of the woods yet as police are still probing the case further.
The lengthy investigation has sparked claims of of double standards in law enforcement.