Soft Drinks Vs Alcoholic Beverages
"The virus does not discriminate. It infects everybody, from the pious to the corrupt or from the rich to the poor. The authorities should also not discriminate against non-halal products." said Dato' Seri Raymond Liew as he mentions that Malaysia is a plural society where every religion and culture must be respected. There should not be any discrimination between halal and non-halal products.
Dato’ Seri Raymond Liew, Founder, and President of McMillan Woods
The Government announced on 6th April 2020 that Heineken Malaysia Bhd and Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd are to seize operations throughout the entire duration of the Movement Control Order (MCO). Dato' Seri Raymond Liew, Founder and President of McMillan Woods commented on the Government's decision, "Why should the Government stop the manufacturing of beer during the movement control order? What is the rationale? I am unable to comprehend".
"What's the difference between the manufacturing of food and related drinks? Beer is a beverage, by whatever definition," Dato' Seri Raymond Liew added. He also mentions that the Government should lay their hands off private sectors when deciding what is best for the economy, just like the recent relaxation of allowing the private sector to negotiate with their employees on payouts.
According to the Confederation of Malaysian Brewers Bhd, Heineken, and Carlsberg supply nearly 80% of the beer in the market. The brewery industry contributes RM2.27 billion annually in taxes and has provided employment for 57,989 locals. These breweries are estimated to face losses of up to RM189 Million per month if the suspension of operations prolongs.
In a modern era of a multicultural society, discrimination should not exist. The leaders of the country should be made examples for others to follow in order to obtain a comfortable living environment for all.