Govt urged to promote awareness on drink driving

Compiled by C. Aruno and Hanis Zainal and R. Aravinthan

ANY ban against the sale of alcohol goes against the spirit of multiculturalism in Malaysia, says Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong).

Sin Chew Daily reported its president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan as saying that such a ban would

not only harm the country’s free trade policies but infringe on the rights of non-Muslims to consume alcohol.

Instead, Goh urged the government to promote awareness on the dangers of drinking and driving and to encourage drivers who drink to use ride-sharing services.

Earlier this week, PAS had called on the government to immediately suspend the production, businesses and the sale of alcoholic beverages after a drunk motorist drove against traffic in Kuantan and killed a man.

> China Press reported that a lingerie brand in China had closed more than 1,400 of its outlets in the past six months after replacing their brand ambassador, 45-year-old supermodel Lin Chi-ling, with an actress half her age.

Internet users were quick to compare the two right after the change.

“It is clear who is the embodiment of a perfect woman and who is but a little girl,” one wrote.

The lingerie-maker’s latest move, however, failed to save itself from its poor finances, which had been in the red since 2016.

At its peak, the brand had 8,085 outlets across China in 2015 and was once dubbed “China’s Number One Lingerie Brand”.

According to the China Business Journal, the company suffered an after-tax net loss of 980 million yuan (RM595.21mil) in the last financial year.

Lin, who got hitched to Akira, 38, from Japanese boyband EXILE last year, had served as the brand ambassador since 2013.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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