PAS MP hopes no more alcohol industry in Malaysia

By S. Harrish

PAS Pasir Mas MP envisions Malaysia without an alcohol industry, saying this can be achieved through educating the public.

“We hope that in the end, the alcohol industry will be no more in our country. This may need to be done through gradual education so that the public sees that alcohol is not needed in their lives,” said Ahmad Fadhli Shaari, according to a Malaysiakini report.

Ahmad Fadhli said when there is no more alcohol it would solve the issue of drink driving and make such harsh laws unnecessary.

He suggested that as a temporary measure, parking at bars be limited to discourage drinkers from driving and encourage them to take either public transportation or e-hailing rides instead.

Last year, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, who is now the de facto law minister, said the party has no intention of banning alcohol should it form the federal government.

He had stressed that even in PAS-ruled Kelantan, non-Muslims are allowed to purchase and consume alcohol.

“From the Islamic perspective, the consumption of alcohol is permitted for non-Muslims. PAS, as a party based on the principles of Islam, has no wish to create a policy banning alcohol for non-Muslims,” Takiyuddin had said.