PBDSB supports call to ban cheap liquor

Deny Nico Sua

KUCHING, June 20: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) wants the government to seriously consider the call for a full ban on all liquor priced below RM50.

PBDSB Puncak Borneo women’s chief Deny Nico Sua said they strongly supported the call by Malaysian Anti-Cheap Liquor Movement (MACLM) who wants the government to take aggressive action against the sale and production of cheap and fake liquor in the country.

Yesterday, MACLM president David Marshel was reported as saying the movement was disappointed with the Health Ministry for not being serious enough in confronting the issue following reports of 15 deaths linked to the consumption of tainted alcoholic drinks in recent months

“In Sarawak, cheap liquor of all brands are widely sold, especially in rural areas. Most, if not all, the consumers are the Dayaks,” Deny said in a statement today.

“We don’t know how this alcohol is produced and we have seen many deaths taking place in West Malaysia. We also urge the government to consider banning the sale or to cancel all liquor licences issued to sundry shops or small scale supermarkets,” she said, adding that this is a worthy cause for all Dayaks and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to fight for. — DayakDaily