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Octoberfest or Deepavali?

Where Alcohol Needed The Most?

 

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest funfair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.

This festival is also conducted in most countries including Malaysia. Basically this function is about drinking alcohol in big gathering attended by many people from Malaysia and also other countries. This function will serve variety types beers.

Oktoberfest created many issues among Muslim’s and Non-Muslims. The Muslims were against this event, but the Non-Muslims were given full support for this event. Tony Pua said, “It is normal for non-Muslims in Malaysia to drink alcohol at birthdays and weddings and it is a right that is protected by law.” He added, “There is nothing shocking about drinking alcohol.”

Pua, who is also the MP for Petaling Jaya Utara said, “There is no need for extreme views on Oktoberfest as it is only a small event that some companies use to promote their alcoholic beverages. It has been held without incident for five years already.” Pua did however caution those who chose to drink, to abide by the laws of the country and comply with public safety. “Drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.”

The Former Tourist Minister, Yen Yen also commented that “We also have people coming from all over who wish to take part in the festival,” she was quoted as saying in The Star today. She also noted that Tourism Malaysia had no role in promoting the German beer festival but said it had never been an issue in previous years. “If Oktoberfest is banned, then we can never have any such programme (where beer is served) at all. “As far as I am concerned, it is up to the individual concerned whether he or she wishes to attend such a festival. No one can be compelled to do so,” she was reported as saying.

Let’s look into the perspective of Indians. Well, we can’t deny that Indians also drinking alcohol. Now Deepavali is around the corner. What they have to say?

Yes, I heard about Oktoberfest, I don’t see any big deal in this function. Can we avoid from people drinking beer if this function is been cancelled. That’s impossible right? At the same time it is not breaking any rules and regulations. So, I don’t understand what is the issue about? During Deepavali, Indians can never be separated from beer and alcoholic drinks. This has become a norm and the other race like Malays think that it’s a part of our culture. Well, certain things you can’t avoid. Anyway, I will like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Happy Deepavali,” said Shan from Bandar Baru Sentul.

“Drinking is not a good thing actually. Hinduism has never taught us to drink. Health wise, it is obviously also not healthy. But Indians enjoy drinking, especially during the festive season. If we really realize, what ever the fiction is, even a salary day will be celebrated with alcohol. That has become a tool for celebration,” said Rajkumar. He also added, “recently, I went to a funeral house, quite late, and I saw the men outside the house drinking beer and playing poker cards. Where is our culture? This is how Indian community going to be? I am very disappointed.”

Alcohol is a mood-changing legal drug that belongs to the class of drugs known as ‘depressants’. This doesn’t mean that alcohol makes you depressed (although it can have this effect). It means that alcohol slows down the central nervous system and inhibits many of the brain’s functions. It also affects almost all of the body’s cells and systems. Hence, be careful how much you drink and make sure you don’t behave over the limit. Do Not Cause Trouble For People!

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