PPIM: Majority Want Alcohol, Gambling, Nightclubs, Sugar Drinks Banned

PPIM: Majority Want Alcohol, Gambling, Nightclubs, Sugar Drinks Banned

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 June 2022 – A majority of Malaysians want the government to ban alcohol, gambling, bars, nightclubs, karaoke joints and the sale of sugary beverages, on top of the proposed smoking and vaping ban announced by Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin.

This is based on an online survey conducted by the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM), involving 1,259 respondents.

The survey was carried out to gauge the views of the general public on other negative habits apart from smoking and vaping for future generations.

PPIM findings are as follows:

  • 89% want the government to ban alcohol
  • 69% want the government to ban the sale of sugary beverages
  • 86% want the government to ban gambling
  • 79% want the government to ban nights clips, karaoke joints and pubs from operating

The government recently announced plans to implement a ban on the sale of tobacco products including vape products to those born after 2005.

Despite the survey revealing that many also want the government to curb other bad habits, PPIM chief activist Nadzim Johan@toqqi said PPIM does not agree with the government’s plan to impose blanket bans on the sale and use of products for future generations even though such proposals were well-intentioned.

Nadzim was also of the view that such bans could lead to other problems, including an increase in the sales of black-market items and other criminal activities. Apart from it being difficult to enforce such bans, it would also burden the enforcement agencies and make criminals of consumers above the age of 18.

“We are also aware that other products and services have a negative impact on consumers. For example, alcohol can destroy a community, sugary drinks can affect one’s health and gambling can cause one to fall into debt.”

“And if the government is adamant about banning cigarettes and vape for health reasons, many have also made it clear that they want the government to curb other negative habits for the coming generation,” he said at a press conference here today.

The survey was carried out for a week on this website and collated input from 1,259 respondents.

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