‘Drink if you want but no need for beer fests’

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SEREMBAN: Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan says he has no objections to non-Muslims wanting to drink beer or other alcoholic drinks but that there was no need to organise events such as beer festivals.

He said such festivals did not set a good example to the younger generation.

“I do not want to talk about religion but that it is also not right in terms of moral values, Just imagine youngsters seeing older people struggling to stand because they are intoxicated.

“Beer festivals started with the ‘Oktoberfest’ in Germany, and it just leads to chaos. Is this what we want in Malaysia? I don’t think rational Malaysians will agree,” he told reporters after chairing the weekly state executive council meeting here yesterday.

He was commenting on people complaining about the cancellation of the Better Beer Festival slated to be held in Publika, Kuala Lumpur at the end of the month.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had disallowed the festival after police advised that certain quarters planned to stage attacks on the venue.

With regard to the Seremban Market which was damaged by fire recently, he said efforts were being taken to get the repairs done by Chinese New Year next year.

Mohamad also said that three agencies, the state education department, the Negeri Sembilan Islamic religious department and the state fire department had been tasked with ensuring that tahfiz schools in the state were free of fire risks.

Later at a separate funtion, the menteri besar presented incentives of RM100,000 each to Amirahman Abas and Normalina Alias, who had emerged as champions of the International Quran Recital Assembly.

Amirahman was the winner in the men’s category in 2011 and 2014 while Normalina in the women’s category last year.