PETALING JAYA: PAS has called on Putrajaya to suspend the production and sale of alcohol until a solution is found to curb drink driving, following the spate of incidents involving intoxicated drivers.
The Islamist party said the Perikatan Nasional government, which it is a part of, should set up a special Cabinet committee comprising a few ministries to tackle the problem.
During this period, it also suggested that the Customs Department and local councils suspend the issuance of licences to sell alcohol and stop its sale at 24-hour convenience stores.
“Drink driving should not be viewed lightly. Such offences stem from weak laws and enforcement apart from the selfish and stubborn nature of drunkards,” the party’s information chief, Kamaruzaman Mohamad, said in a statement.
He noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) had ranked Malaysia No. 10 when it came to alcohol consumption.
According to WHO statistics, Kamaruzaman said, Malaysians spent over RM2 billion on alcoholic beverages in 2016, while beer consumption was at a “worrying level”.
His statement comes after a man was killed last night when a car which was going against traffic flow, driven by a motorist believed to be drunk, collided into him in Kuantan.
A few days ago, a driver of a pick-up truck who tried to ram shoppers and traders at a Ramadan bazaar in Bukit Sentosa, Hulu Selangor, was believed to have been drunk.
On May 3, a policeman on duty at a roadblock at the Kajang Selatan toll plaza on Lebuhraya Kajang-Seremban (Lekas) died after being hit by a four-wheel-drive vehicle driven by a man believed to have been intoxicated.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said he was reviewing proposals to amend the law regarding deaths caused by those driving under the influence of alcohol.
He will be meeting the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to review the proposed amendments.
“The amendments must be finalised by the middle of June, and will take into account the views of the people via a survey that is currently being conducted, before it is raised at the Cabinet,” he said.
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