Alcon is basically a consumer rights group for alcohol consumers in Malaysia to reduce the high tax, the petition is here:
We the undersigned ask that the government reduce the unusually high duties and taxes levied on alcohol in Malaysia, as compared with the rest of the developing and developed world.
We strongly feel that responsible Malaysians have been subjected to EXTREMELY EXCESSIVE duties and taxes for alcohol. Malaysians are still low-income earners, but the prices we pay for alcohol are quite ridiculous.
In terms of income vs price, Malaysians probably pay the highest for alcohol in the WORLD. This is a very distressing and unsustainable situation.
The huge majority of drinkers do so as a form of recreation and a social activity. There are not alcoholics, and are responsible citizens. Many are professionals, businessmen and artists.
However, the cost of moderate drinking can cost up to 25% of a person’s monthly salary. In most countries, for the same volume of drinks, it would only be 5-10% of the monthly salary.
Alcohol consumers already contribute close to 10 billion ringgit (5.6 billion spent on beer alone in 2009), but our views as stakeholders have never been taken into consideration by the government. In addition, the government’s revenue from alcohol taxation are already in the billions each year.
It’s time that the government shows some concern about this situation.
Please do not look to us an easy source of government funds anymore.
Join the Facebook group here:
Once you’ve joined the group, if you want to attend the launch the event page is here:
This event is only for Alcon members. Please click Attending ONLY IF YOU ARE 100% SURE you are attending, rain or shine, coz we have to cap it at abt 250 attendees max. Otherwise, you might not show up, and you’ll deny other members the chance to attend.
Please register if you are sure you can attend, the head-count is essential and it’s not an open door event.
In other related news, it’s also KL Cocktail Week! Check out the event here (includes details, itinerary etc):