Ronnie Liu outflanked on alcohol-serving ban
Pix lifted from teresakok.com
The Selangor state government announced [Jan 14] it would set up special funds for Muslim workers who are forced to resign from entertainment outlets serving alcohol.
Malaysian Insider reported Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim as saying a special secretariat to oversee the retrenchment fund would ensure the smooth implementation of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Enactment. The state syariah law apparently bans Muslims from working in premises that sell alcohol.
Nonetheless, the fact that they’re creating such a retrenchment fund indicates that the Selangor government will go ahead with the ban.
The Subang Jaya Municipal Council’s curb on (businesses which serve alcohol) hiring Muslims has been put on hold to avoid mass unemployment, a special state exco meeting yesterday afternoon was reported to have decided. This however is only a temporary measure.
Selangor exco Hasan Ali (PAS) claimed that the ban secured the approval of non-Muslim council members. (Members nominated to sit on the council by DAP and PKR owe an explanation to the non-Muslim public on this.)
Hasan stressed that the “law is exclusive to Muslims and does not involve non-Muslims” and therefore “no party should be concerned its implementation”. (Oh really? So the money bailing out the soon-to-be jobless Muslims will not come from public coffers to which all races have contributed?)
And how about the other bit of ‘good news’ where it says that businesses failing to abide by the condition would be subject to a compound or the withdrawal of their licences. Does this not impact on non-Muslim business operators too?
Furthermore, they’re being forced to let go their Malay and Indonesian staff.
We’ve yet to hear Hannah Yeoh, who’s the Subang Jaya Adun say anything on this. And what about the voice of Caliph Umar Lim Abdul Aziz? Oh, but how could we forget. As DAP’s chiefest promoter of Islamism, naturally he — like Ridhuan Tee — despises arak.
Perhaps Ronnie Liu is an outcast. Ronnie was after all decisively sidelined at the state DAP party election. He has a show cause action hanging over his head.
How ironic that the politically marginalized Ronnie is the one guy representing and defending the interests of the traditional DAP voters while the mainstream DAP leaders seem to have forgotten whose votes (nope, not the Malay, not the Muslim votes) it was that carried them to power.
PAS at least has made its stand clear on Islamic issues and the party backs all these Islamization moves to the hilt.
The embattled Ronnie Liu was not consulted when MPSJ announced its ban.
Is the MPSJ a local council or a religious council? Please answer the question, Hannah!