Take Beer… PAS overtures & Mirzan M owning San Miguel
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Take Beer… PAS overtures & Mirzan M owning San Miguel

On one hand, PAS Youth has called for a ban on the sale of alcohol in Muslim-majority areas in all Pakatan Rakyat-held states and Perak. The caveat is: PAS Youth will not call for a total ban because “we respect the rights of non-Muslims to consume alcoholic beverages”.

To facilitate that, PAS Youth said sale of alcohol will be banned in Muslim-majority areas. (NB: We really have to define how the statues had defined Muslim-majority areas without dispute.)

‘Send Me A Gal’

On the other hand, it was revealed September 10 that Mirzan Mahathir, the eldest son of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was recently appointed to the board of San Miguel Corp, the biggest food and beverage conglomerate in the Philippines and the owner of San Miguel Brewery Inc.

Takbir or take-beer as the controversy went on both sides of the political divide, today, Mirzan had to surface to defend his investment company’s stake in San Miguel Corp that “it’s just plain business“. He argued that the San Miguel was well on the way to diversifying substantially from its brewery business.

FAMOUS LAST WORDS… My first taste of fresh San Miguel drought was in Hong Kong during the early 80s, in between feasts on the famous Shum Chan roast goose ( 深井烧鹅 )and right in front of the brewery in the same county. Folks there, with their funny-slang English, ordered me “Send-Me-a-Gal” as the amber lubricant.