I’ve had it with expensive booze! We’ve been payin thru our frikin nipples for goddam years, while the government and F&B outlets get loaded. Malaysians earn one of the least, but pay probably the most in the world for regular alcohol. Fuckdatshit.
Malaysians spend billions every year on alcohol – mainly coz it costs shitloads – the fault of greedy businessmen and the government tax. The tax itself that they collect comes to more than a billion bucks!
That’s a thousand million. From us drinkers. Every damn year. Puta madre man.
Last year, we spent RM5.6 billion on beer alone!
Thus, we’re obviously influential as consumers, and definitely an economic force – it’s time we realize that and empower ourselves.
Thus, today, we as responsible alcohol consumers formed a group called Alcon (Alcohol-Consumer Rights Group, Malaysia). No shit. The objective, to sum it up, is to act as a pressure group and fight for the basic rights of all alcohol consumers in Malaysia, which number at least a million.
We’ve been silent all these years! Why the fuck?!
Stupid or wat?
We already pay the second highest duties/tax on alcohol in the fuckin world! Every bottle/can u buy retail, at least 40% of the hard-earned money is going to the govt! Is that fair? So there is absolutely zero justification for the government’s recent proposal to INCREASE the tax in Budget 2012 next week.
In fact, fuck it, we’ll be asking them to DECREASE the goddam tax. Since the Budget is just a proposal document, we gotta make some noise. If they go ahead and do it anyway, at least they wont take things for granted anymore, and wont shaft us as an easy source of funds.
Between 1991 and 2006, there has been an increase of 169 percent in the beer and stout excise rate.
Take beer for example – for every can u buy for say 5 bucks, almost 4 bucks is tax! Dats booshit.
As it is, people are turning to cheap-ass, locally-made shit (read this report) coz its cheap – like 10-20 bucks a bottle of liquor. Some stupid assholes who run bars are doing it too. (These guys are next on my shit list.)
Outlet owners and alcohol companies are free to join the group and contribute in anyway possible. Just understand that the priority of the group is alcohol consumers. And it will be driven by consumers themselves.
Thus, the long-term thrust will be getting consumers a better deal, whether we gotta get it from the government or from the other stakeholders. If not now, then at least in the future.
Someday we might even consider formalizing it as an association, but that’s not a priority right now. One thing’s for sure – the so-called consumer associations we have here aint gonna do shit for us.
In fact, traitors like CAP (Consumers Association of Penang) will probably support insanely-high prices. Consider these people our enemies.
Response to the group has been good. 300+ members in under 6 hours. We’ll be writing letters to the papers (u can do that too), and considering getting a signature petition out to the media and the Ministry concerned.
This is a campaign yall. A straight-up, people’s campaign.
Make a stand or shaddafuck up. If u’d like to help, drop me a comment or mail.
Get more people, and join the fight here.