Malaysiakini : The Malay/Muslim community make up at least 60 percent of the nation.
The heads of the various government departments, the ministers, leaders
of government-linked companies, schools, universities, police, and
armed forces are mostly Malay.
Every residential area has many
mosques and surau within shouting distance of one another. Mat Rempits
who are repeat offenders are told to attend religious classes.
Widespread Islamic influence
Even things like root beer or hot dogs have to be renamed. Muslim converts, the born-again Muslims, act more Muslim than most Muslims.
one time, in a conservative state on the east coast, Malay men who were
absent thrice for Friday prayers, were paraded around town in a hearse.
is no escaping the Islamic influence, and yet PAS’ claim that the
annual presence of some beer guzzlers poses a serious threat to Islam in
Idris said alcohol affects Malaysia's harmony,
tranquillity, and public security. He is a perfect example of Dr
Mahathir Mohamad's "Melayu mudah lupa".
The ‘cow head’ incident involved racist Malay/Muslims who threatened the peace. However, no beer was involved.
When some Malays were furious that bumiputera Christians use the word Allah in their prayers, no one consumed any beer; nevertheless, these hot-headed thugs caused public disorder.
said alcohol was responsible for domestic violence, traffic accidents,
poverty, fights, health problems, and poor work performance.
sounds like he is describing a drunk person based solely on how he's
seen them portrayed on television shows and movies, but has never
actually encountered a drunk person in real-life.
Idris has provided a possible explanation for the poor work performance
and belligerence of the annoying Little Napoleons in some government
Drunk drivers may cause traffic accidents, but why did PAS omit the fact that drinking is responsible for relatively fewer road deaths compared to other causes?
some Malay households, it is not alcohol which causes domestic
violence, but a bullying, possessive, and jealous husband, or one who is
under financial strain and deals with his stress by beating his wife.
The herd mentality is strongest when GE15 is imminent. Amanah’s Permatang Pasir state assemblyperson Faiz Fadzil joined the bandwagon and agreed that Oktoberfest should be banned.
Amanah should learn to be original. Trying to ape PAS will not get them more votes.
Alcohol for new Malay mothers
people may remember Wincarnis, a tonic wine. Older Malaysians know this
drink as a blend of fortified wine, malt extract, and a combination of
When I was a child, Wincarnis was consumed by nursing
mothers during confinement, including in many Malay households. A small
glass helped stimulate the appetite before the new mothers ate their
herb-infused sup ayam kampung (village chicken soup).
tonic was popular in Malaysia, Singapore, the Caribbean, and the Gulf.
It is said to be rich in vitamins, especially energy-giving Vitamin B
complex, and has beneficial effects on the circulation system and blood
The alcoholic content for Wincarnis is 17 percent. Most
German beers have an alcoholic content by volume (ABV) of between 4 to 7
For comparison, Tiger beer has an ABV of 4.8 percent,
Anchor is 5.0 percent, Carlsberg Special Brew is 7.5 percent, and
Foster's is a mere 4 percent.
When the older makciks
(aunties) met the new mothers in our extended family, the bottle of
Wincarnis was produced, and the air was thick with cries of “It's good
for your blood”, “It's heaty and will do your circulation good”, or
“Drink up! It will get your strength back.” And the new mothers did not
There was no talk of domestic violence, of maksiat
(immorality), or of the liquor being a gateway to crime and evil. It
didn't promote alcoholism among family members and did not destroy the
More importantly, the alcoholic drink did not challenge the
role of Islam in the family, or nation. Family members continued with
the prayers and rituals expected of a Muslim.
If only PAS would
realise that at a time when jobs are scarce, Oktoberfest may provide
much-needed employment for many Malays in several industries, like food
and beverage, hospitality, tourism, warehousing, bottling factories,
transport, and sales and marketing.
Every little bit helps and Oktoberfest could give a much-needed boost to the economy.