Kuala Lumpur (The Star/ANN) – 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 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.
Heng was speaking to reporters after launching booklets and seminars on “Promote Healthy lifestyle: Reduce Alcohol Harm” organised by the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) and supported by IOGT International, a worldwide community of non-governmental organisations, and the National Association of the Prevention of Drug Abuse (Pemadam).
She said the ministry, through the National Population and Family Development Board, would hold a campaign to create awareness on the danger of alcohol abuse.
She said 10 seminars would be held nationwide this year.
They would be conducted in Mandarin, Malay, English and Tamil and were aimed mostly at those from the Chinese and Indian communities, which had a high alcohol abuse rate.
“The public has to understand that alcohol is not part of our culture and it will bring harm if it is abused,” she said.
Earlier, in his speech, KLSCAH secretary-general Yong Yew Wei said the Road Safety Council estimated that drinking and driving caused 30% of road accidents nationwide, with 38% of these resulting in fatalities.
“A study also shows that absenteeism from workplace among alcoholics is 16 times higher than others,” he said, adding that non-governmental bodies played a vital role in promoting a healthy lifestyle.
”WHENYOUR FACE CHANGE THE SUN IS SHROUDED IN DARKNESS, AND WHEN THE STARS LOSE THEIR LIGHT, AND WHEN THE MOUNTAINS ARE MADE TO VANISH, AND WHEN SHE-CAMELS BIG WITH YOUNG, ABOUT TO GIVE BIRTH, ARE LEFT UNTENDED, AND WHEN ALL BEASTS ARE GATHERED TOGETHER, AND WHEN ALL HUMAN BEINGS ARE CONFRONTED WITH THEIR DEEDS, AND WHEN THE GIRL-CHILD BURIED ALIVE ASKS FOR WHAT REASON SHE HAD BEEN SLAIN, AND WHEN THE SCROLLS OF MEN’S DEEDS ARE UNFOLDED, AND WHEN HEAVEN IS LAID BARE, AND WHEN THE BLAZING FIRE IS KINDLED BRIGHT, AND WHEN PARADISE IS BROUGHT INTO VIEW: EVERY HUMAN BEING WILL COME TO KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE PREPARED” (QURAN 81:1–14, TRANS. MUHAMMAD ASAD)
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Needless to say, these expenses, which range from a few million to hundreds of million ringgit for each constituency, come from the pockets of taxpayers.
The President and First Lady were visiting his ancestral home of Moneygall, the home of his great-great-great grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, when they visited a pub and drank them some Guinness.
Obama looked at the assembled crowd and quipped, “I have been told that people are very particular about the person behind the bar.” He then glanced at the bartender and said “So people ask for this guy?”
He then took a long sip and said “That’s good stuff there.”
He looked around a bit, put his hand in his pocket, pulled out some money and stated: “I just want to show that the President pays for his beer.”
Obama downed the thick beer in only four slurps. Christy O’Sullivan, a government clerical worker who took a long lunch break to watch the Obama’s trip to Moneygall, told the AP: “The president actually killed his pint! He gets my vote. He’s the first president I’ve actually seen drink the black stuff like he’s not ashamed of something.”
Obama did better than the Queen did on her trip to the Guinness factory last week. She and Prince Philipawkwardly stared at a pint of Guinness before moving along for the rest of the tour.
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