And we have morons and then we have IDIOTS ! Today we have S.M. Mohamed Idris. (pic.) And I want to come to the defense of smokers !
Yes the call for fixing the price of cigarette packets at RM 30.00 per packet by a stupid man who claims to head the consumer's association of Penang thinks smoking is a social problem! He has not heard of "mat & minah-rempits" and drug addicts who snatch bags I'd guess ! ( read here )
Does he know the millions of ringgit as loans awarded by the government to tobacco farmers both here in the peninsular and in the East Malaysia ? If smoking is sooooo so bad then why does the government of the day grant the loans in the first place ? How many of the farmers depend on smokers to put food on the table and send their children to school huh ? How about repayments of that loan ? How many of our parliamentarians smoke ? Opps...sorry....our parliamentarians chomp on expansive, branded and imported cigars that are hand-rolled on the thighs of and by 80 year old virgins in Cuba !
Excise tax duties from cigarettes alone help maintain so many government ministries stay afloat and this president of CAP is supposed to protect the rights, rising costs and choices of the citizenry and what does he do but put more hardship on the lower and average "cigarette dependent" and tax-paying citizens who have a habit to smoke ! Next he'll go for the price of beers, yes ?Alternatively the ganga trade will flourish !
There is just so much hypocrisy and double standards in the government. One ministry offers loans to tobacco farmers, then another ministry spends millions campaigning "anti-smoking" efforts, another ministry collects millions as revenues from taxes of the consumers who smoke and yet another ministry welcomes foreign cigarette companies to set-up businesses here. And another ministry to collect millions by putting traumatic and gory photographs on cigarette packets and make a "killing" by monopolising the market producing these packets. Typical crony action at it's best and at work here !
Now tell me why would millions of ringgits be spent both by the government and foreign cigarette companies as investments in this country, not to mention advertising revenue for healthy sports for this "preacher" to prophesies the dangers of smoking ? It is a fundamental and constitutional right of an adult individual to choose as he pleases ! And we don't need any from you, Mr. SM Mohamed Idris ! Get it ? Go for the retailers who sell cigarettes to the kids, okay ? You want to stop anyone from smoking go find out how many in your family are smokers first be it cigarettes or marijuana !
Sheeesh....the gall of this moron just to get some cheap attention for his waning popularity ! There's one born every day in Malaysia !
.......now excuse me while I light-up !