Oktoberfest Mess: Impotent MCA blames DAP even as Liow Tiong Lai does an about-face on ban!

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22 September 2017

MCA should aim its venom at DBKL, not DAP – S’gor rep
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MCA has been told not to divert attention from its “impotence” against a DBKL ban on a beer festival by maligning DAP.

Bukit Gasing assemblyperson Rajiv Rishyakaran called MCA central committee member Ti Lian Ker’s claim that DAP had done nothing when the Oktoberfest in Petaling Jaya three years ago was blocked, “baseless and malicious”.

“DAP has always stood for the rights and freedoms of all races, as enshrined in our constitution.

“This includes the right for non-Muslim adults to consume alcohol responsibly, the right to hold an event in a controlled environment, as approved by the police and other relevant authorities.

“In the One Utama Oktoberfest issue of 2014, DAP leaders ensured the right for the event to be held on such grounds,” he said in a statement today.

Rajiv added that it was the organiser’s own decision to move the event to the rooftop carpark, following a similar controversy that has afflicted this year’s Better Beer Festival in Kuala Lumpur.

“Such a move (of venue) by the organisers is understandable, (because) as a major shopping complex, they (One Utama) would have to balance the needs of all their stakeholders.”

In 2014, PAS Selangor exco Iskandar Abdul Samad criticised the Oktoberfest to be held in the state, and the matter was eventually resolved with the event being moved from the mall’s open-air carpark to the fourth-floor parking lot.

The move did not deter participants to the event, which included opposition leaders such as DAP national vice-chairperson Teresa Kok, who courted criticisms for her show of support.

From sensitivity to security

Ti was responding to criticisms against MCA for their failure to stop DBKL from rejecting the Better Beer Festival’s permit.

The second largest BN component party’s leaders further drew scorn when they shifted from criticising the ban, to accepting the government’s rationale.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/395992#W38SF4LwyhYxbiMR.99

21 September 2017

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Liow gets brickbats for about-face on beer fest ban


Yap Pik Kuan

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MCA president Liow Tiong Lai is being roasted on social media over his statement that it is acceptable for City Hall to block the Better Beer Festival due to “security concerns”.

Liow yesterday said he accepted and respected the decision after he was informed by Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor that it was based on issues of security.

That has not gone down well with social media users who said Liow’s compliance would do him and his party no favours in the next general election.

In the Facebook comments section, Lee Tai Wah wrote: “This will be bad for MCA in the coming election.”

Don Don posted his agreement with: “Guess you won’t be getting much votes coming GE (sic)”.

“MCA MCA…that’s why all the Chinese hate you…,” said Terence Tan.

Another user Kent Tyhv wrote, “that is y the Chinese community rejects MCA”.
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Others attacked Liow’s seeming lack of principle in the issue.

“This self-serving and unprincipled minister lacks the courage to stand up and fight for what is right. So predictable,” wrote user Azlan Che Mak.

User Memori Melaka even threw shade at Liow’s appearance in Pete Teo and Liew Seng Tat’s short film, “Citizens”.

“What a lame excuse for a Minister? I think he better go back to acting in cheap YouTube videos.”

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/15441/

20 September 2017

Today:

Following today’s cabinet meeting, MCA president Liow Tiong Lai said he accepted Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) decision to deny a permit to organisers of the Better Beer Festival 2017 to hold the event.

“If it is political or religious sensitivities, then I would not accept it.

“But if it is a question of security, this is something I cannot get upset about,” said Liow, according to Kwong Wah Daily.
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Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/395778#qzSDHGdvIGgPwmmx.99

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Yesterday: 

According to Sin Chew Daily, Liow said that the event has been held over the past few years without any incident and therefore DBKL should not stop it now.

“We cannot accept personal opinions being adopted as government policy, which can lead to Kuala Lumpur becoming an international laughing stock.

“We uphold the Federal Constitutional and freedom of various ethnic groups. As long as the country’s laws are not violated, we believe DBKL should allow the event to take place,” he said.

Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/395778#qzSDHGdvIGgPwmmx.99

19 September 2017

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Beer fest ban causes unease in business, non-Muslim communities


Looi Sue-Chern

CITY Hall’s refusal to allow the Better Beer Festival to proceed in Kuala Lumpur is causing ripples of unease in the food and beverage industry and the non-Muslim communities.

The lack of an explanation for the decision beyond “political sensitivities” does not help matters.

Pressed for a comment by the media, mayor Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz had said: “…no, no comment. Just say it’s a sensitive issue.”

With the general election expected to be called anytime in the next 11 months, many see the city authority’s stance to be a political move. Some feel they have been made the scapegoat in the tussle.

“It is not a good sign, and no doubt there is worry among people in the beer industry,” said a Damansara pub owner Kennhyn Ang.

“There is concern whether in future, other large events with beer as a feature will be restricted,” he told The Malaysian Insight.
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Those who were planning events that featured alcoholic beverages were now worried they could also face problems, she said.

“We are planning a cocktail festival early next year. We don’t know how this issue with the Better Beer Festival will affect us.

“Maybe we will have to postpone it until after the general election. That will cost us.”

Ng said the present “climate” would make some foreign companies collaborating with local ones to organing events reconsider their partnerships.
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Non-Muslim rights

Natul Ismail felt differently, tweeting “Why must Muslims get all excited about banning the beer festival? Let the non-Muslims enjoy. The Muslims need not concern themselves.”

Nadia Carey said alcohol was available everywhere and nobody was forced to consume it.

“We are multiracial.. depends on the individu (sic) .. why making (an) issue (of it) here? No one (is) forcing Muslims to drink anyway…” she said.

AbangDeddy on Twitter posted: “I object to the objection against Better Beer Festival. Just make it clear HARAM UNTUK ORANG ISLAM cukup la (it is enough that it is illegal for Muslims). Let the non-Muslims have at it!”

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/15273/

Beer today, dogs tomorrow?

September 19, 2017

If we want others to respect our rights, then we should respect the rights of others, even if we disagree with them.

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By Thomas Fann

At best, I would consider myself a social drinker – a very occasional glass of wine with a meal and, at most, a few pints of beer a year, never to the point of intoxication.

Thus, the reason I view with great concern the cancellation by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) of the Better Beer Festival in Kuala Lumpur which was slated to be held on the weekend of Oct 6 and 7, is not selfish but for the direction in which this country is heading.

I am not concerned that religionists raise objections or even organise protests against events deemed “sinful” as this is within anyone’s right to do, but for a local authority that is supposed to regulate based on health, public order and safety criteria, to fulfil the demands of any religious group is going beyond its mandate in a pluralistic society like Malaysia.

The objection to the annual Better Beer Festival was raised by Islamist political party PAS in its news platform HarakahDaily on the grounds that “it is something shameful for an Islamic country like Malaysia, when treacherous programmes can easily gain a place in the society’s heart and it is allowed to be organised without obstruction”.

PAS further added that Kuala Lumpur may become known by the world as the biggest centre of vice in Asia as such events can lead to crime, free sex, rape and so on. It also warned “that there could be extremist actions when society is unable to accept the treachery and feels under pressure”.

Come on, let’s get real.

A weekend event at a posh shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur to showcase 250 varieties of craft beer (beers brewed by small breweries) from around the world can lead to free sex and rape on the floors of the shopping centre and make the city known as the vice capital of Asia? I doubt so. What it is making us out to be, is being the biggest laughing stock in the world, thanks to such outlandish claims.
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My concern is, now that they have become emboldened with this “success”, what will their next target be? Will it be the closure of all pubs and bars and the eventual outlawing of alcohol?
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Is alcohol the only item that Islamists find offensive? What is next? Banning the consumption of pork, keeping dogs, the display of any graven images or symbols (like statues, sculptures, idols, crosses), un-Islamic attire, un-Islamic music and instruments and non-Islamic festivals like Christmas, Thaipusam, Wesak, Chinese New Year and Kaamatan (Harvest)?

As it is now, we are already facing the creeping Islamisation of our public services like dress codes at government departments, education curriculums, local authority policies and guidelines.
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If we want others to respect our rights, then respect the rights of others, even if we disagree with them. Do to others what we would want others to do unto us.

Thomas Fann is a social activist and chairperson of Engage, an NGO involved in strengthening democracy, defending human rights, promoting social justice and protecting the environment.

The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2017/09/19/beer-today-dogs-tomorrow/

18 September 2017

DAP, PKR, MCA condemn decision to disallow KL beer festival

September 18, 2017

DAP says city hall’s action is inconsiderate while MCA says the local authority cannot arbitrarily reject the application.

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PETALING JAYA: DAP, PKR and MCA have condemned the decision by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to disallow The Better Beer Festival 2017, scheduled for Oct 6-7.

In a joint statement, five MPs, from DAP and PKR, called for a review of the decision by the local authority.

The five, namely Tan Kok Wai, Teresa Kok, Fong Kui Lun, Lim Lip Eng and Tan Kee Kwong, expressed shock at the cancellation of the event as DBKL had not given any reasons to reject the application for a permit by the organisers, MyBeer Malaysia.

“All this while, such activities were carried out without disrupting anybody or causing any trouble.

“It is clear the festival’s target are not Malays but non-Muslim traders and visitors, as well as foreign tourists.

“We regret this incident as a local authority like DBKL is trying to create a diversion by acting like a religious champion.

“Their action is inconsiderate and appears to bow down to political games and ignores the muhibah spirit,” they said in a statement.
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The five MPs also said the cancellation of the event would jeopardise the country’s tourism industry as many foreigners would be afraid to come here owing to the government’s apparent restrictive ways.

The statement said DBKL needed to realise that it was serving all Malaysians, regardless of colour or creed. It is also responsible for spurring tourism growth as KL is the capital city.

“We suggest that the Federal Territories minister order DBKL to withdraw the rejection of the application.

“We also call on the tourism and culture minister to resolve the issue well,” they added.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/09/18/dap-mca-condemn-decision-to-disallow-kl-beer-festival/

18 September 2017

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PAS IS HAPPY. SO IS MCA!!! AND OF COURSE, UMNO DID IT THROUGH ITS APPOINTED DBKL MAYOR…

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PPIM praises City Hall for shutting down ‘Better Beer Festival’

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Muslim Consumers’ Association (PPIM) has lauded Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for shutting down the planned ‘Better Beer Festival 2017′.

PPIM chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan said the impact of alcohol on society must never be underestimated.

He said it is important to keep in mind that alcohol and alcohol problems affect the health, safety, and well-being of the people.

“The use of alcohol is associated with an increased risk of injuries and accidents, not to mention numerous medical, psychiatric, social, and family problems.

“Even a single episode of excessive drinking can lead to a negative outcome.

“The image of beer-drinking people does nothing to help our society which, as it, has enough trouble of its own,” he told the NST.

Warning that alcohol consumption can lead to addiction which can be just as dangerous as drug abuse, he said alcohol consumption should not be promoted in any way.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/09/281248/ppim-praises-city-hall-shutting-down-better-beer-festival

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‘It’s sensitive’: KL mayor mum on reason behind beer fest cancellation

By Azril Annuar
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DBKL was reported to have rejected an application from the organiser Mybeer (M) Sdn Bhd following objections from PAS politicians who had claimed the festival would encourage immorality and turn Kuala Lumpur into Asia’s vice capital.

In a statement earlier today, PAS MP Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali praised DBKL for refusing the festival, saying the local council “carried the aspirations of all Malaysians who reject the organisation of any immoral festival that damages the people.”

Barisan Nasional component MCA has since warned the DBKL that it will encourage radical and extremist pressure if it is inconsistent in upholding their own laws and policies.
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Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/its-sensitive-kl-mayor-mum-on-reason-behind-beer-fest-ban#500U2B9BhxvSh2Le.99

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2h2 hours ago

No permit, no fest: Beer fest organisers apologise to public

 

PETALING JAYA: Organisers of The Better Beer Festival 2017 have confirmed that the event will not proceed as scheduled on Oct 6 and 7.

In a brief statement, MyBeer Malaysia expressed disappointment over having to cancel the event and said, “At our meeting with the officials at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), we were instructed to cancel our event as there were issues with the licensing.

“We were further informed that the decision was made due to the political sensitivity surrounding the event.

“We regret any inconvenience caused to our patrons, partners and sponsors, and thank you for your unwavering support over the last week,” it said.

Earlier today, DBKL corporate communications director Khalid Zakaria said MyBeer Malaysia’s request for a permit to hold the event at Publika Shopping Gallery, received on Aug 28, had been rejected.

“If the organiser proceeds with the event, we have the right to take action to the full extent of the law,” he said.

The announcement came amid opposition from PAS, whose central committee member Riduan Mohd Nor labelled the event as a “vice festival”, that could lead to Kuala Lumpur becoming known as the vice centre of Asia.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/09/18/no-permit-no-fest-beer-fest-organisers-apologise-to-public/

According to the Better Beer Festival’s website, it is organised by Malaysia’s largest craft beer distributor MyBeer from October 6 to October 7 in Publika.

The festival is in its 6th edition with 43 independent breweries across 12 countries expected to showcase 250 different craft beers with food and live music performance also expected.
Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/citing-annual-beer-fest-pas-warns-of-kl-seen-as-asias-vice-hub#vq0j8dvfs1eAY5ty.99

12 September 2017

PAS Youth mulls options against beer festival

Anne Muhammad
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PAS Youth is mulling its options to protest against an upcoming beer festival in Kuala Lumpur next month in conjunction with Oktoberfest.

“We’re thinking about it, let’s see the situation first,” said PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi.

Khalil, who is the son of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, was asked if the party wing will be organising a protest against the event.

This was after PAS central committee member Riduan Mohd Nor yesterday warned the Better Beer Festival 2017 that it will attract reprisals from extremists.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/394857

11 September 2017

PAS leader fumes over ‘Better Beer Fest’

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A PAS leader has warned that the “Better Beer Festival 2017” slated for next month will likely attract reprisals from extremists.

PAS central committee member Riduan Mohd Nor said the event involved “vice activities” and would lead to kebencian (hatred) from society.

“This has to be taken seriously. (We) must not only allow the wishes of some humans to worship their desires.

“Society will not tolerate the violation of God’s laws. They will be under pressure and this will lead to extremist activities,” Riduan said in a statement published by Harakah Daily yesterday.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/394794

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Art Harun dares PAS to prove negative impact of beer festivals
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PETALING JAYA: Activist-lawyer Azhar Harun says PAS should provide statistics and proof to back its argument that the annual craft beer festival in Malaysia will increase crime rates.

“Has there been a study by PAS or survey by PAS to show that in respect of the beer festival every October the crime rate goes up? Or has the crime rate gone up in Germany every October?” he said when contacted by FMT today.

Azhar was referring to PAS central committee member Riduan Mohd Nor reportedly calling the annual beer festival a “vice festival”.
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Azhar, who is popularly known as Art Harun, said PAS objects to the beer festival on a yearly basis, adding that the party’s stance on this is not surprising.

He added that PAS should look at Palestine, a country Malaysia supports wholeheartedly, where the beer event is also celebrated.

“It is a Western non-Muslim event, it started in Germany and it caught on in other countries. It happens everywhere, even Palestine.

“So if people want to hold that in Publika, why are we objecting?” he said, referring to the annual Oktoberfest celebration.
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Referring to Riduan’s warning that there could be “extremist” actions in response to the “treacherous programme”, Azhar said it did not sound like a warning but like a threat instead.

“People will be worried. It is an irony PAS has come up with this when our Prime Minister (Najib Razak) has gone to meet US President Donald Trump,” he said.

Zaid says that if PAS is unhappy with the festival they should protest against Najib and not the people.

Meanwhile, DAP’s Zaid Ibrahim said if PAS was unhappy with the festival, it should bring its concerns to Najib, not the people.

“Why protest and then make a political case out of it? You want to ban the festival go and see Najib,” Zaid told FMT.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/09/11/art-harun-dares-pas-to-prove-negative-impact-of-beer-festivals/

10 September 2017

Citing annual beer fest, PAS warns of KL seen as Asia’s vice hub

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 — PAS today called an annual craft beer festival here next month a “vice festival,” warning that Kuala Lumpur could become known as Asia’s vice centre if such programmes carry on unobstructed.

PAS central committee member Dr Riduan Mohd Nor claimed that news about Better Beer Festival 2017 was shocking and inciting Muslims’ anger, further alleging that Muslims would not be able to stay silent with such an event being held in Kuala Lumpur.

“It is something that is shameful for an Islamic country like Malaysia, when mungkar (treacherous) programmes can easily gain a place in the society’s heart and it is allowed to be organised without obstruction.

“We can’t bear it if Kuala Lumpur is known by the world as the biggest centre of vice in Asia,” he said in a statement on PAS mouthpiece HarakahDaily today.

He said it was regretful that the organisers had picked Malaysia for its beer festival despite them purportedly saying that it was an activity for non-Muslims that is also intended to promote tourism.

“Although Muslims are not the target for participation, but there is no limit or obstructions if there are Muslims who join, simultaneously inviting anyone to attend including Muslims,” he claimed.

“If this event in 2017 is successfully organised, it is not impossible that activities that are even bigger in scale would be held in years to come. What is the guarantee of safety that can be given to the public who are not involved, such as crime, free sex, rape and so on,” he said, despite acknowledging the beer festival’s collaboration with ride-share firm Uber for a “Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign to ferry participants home.
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Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/citing-annual-beer-fest-pas-warns-of-kl-seen-as-asias-vice-hub#vq0j8dvfs1eAY5ty.99

 

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