Dr M: Beer fests? Worry about the drug problem instead


PETALING JAYA - Those criticising Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed over his silence on beer festivals have been told not to turn a blind eye to the drug abuse problem that the country faces.

The former prime minister of 22 years said if non-Muslims wanted to drink beer until they passed out, that was their problem.

"The important thing is that they do not to cause problems for others or drive while they are drunk," he wrote in a post entitled "Beer" on his blog chedet.cc on Tuesday.

The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman said what was more distressing was the misuse of drugs by Muslim youth, he said, which allegedly led to the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz arson in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 14, resulting in the loss of 23 lives.

Dr Mahathir also questioned why Muslim youth were involved with drugs in the first place and if more could be done to make them reject it.

He said the problem of arises because parents do not guide their children, and the responsibility for inculcating an anti-drug culture rests on the shoulders of religious teachers instead.

He added that there was insufficient emphasis on Islamic teachings and practices as well as the difference between good and bad.

Dr Mahathir said without this, some youth were easily led astray, including getting involved with drugs.

"I am ashamed to read reports of bad behaviour by Muslims, especially youths. I believe Muslims should give more emphasis to this issue, instead of preventing non-Muslims from drinking beer," he said.

"This is my opinion. If you want to be angry with me for not breaking beer bottles in front of the Mentri Besar's office, then so be it," he added.