Monday, June 06, 2011

Cheers .... Who's Your Daddy!



Considering the fact that a large part of our population is not supposed to be drinking, Malaysians should wonder no longer of our place globally when it comes to alcohol. It was widely known that outside of Ireland, Malaysians were the largest consumer per capita of Guinness. Needlessly, we now know why some of the bigger alcohol producers are listed in Malaysia - yes, part of the reasons may be colonial in nature, but still you want to be producing close to your biggest clients in Asia.

As an afterthought, Malaysia could be up there owing to possible smuggling activity, esp to places where the sin taxes are particularly high, because its seriously ridiculous when half the population do not drink.

I still remember, in the 70s, the CEO of Hennessy (or is it Remy Martin), never having set foot in Asia, choosing to visit Malaysia because he wanted to see why this place called Malaysia consumes so much of their brandy. He naturally walked into one of the many wedding dinners and was vomitting blood at how most Malaysians were drinking his brandy. Adding lots of water and ice, and gulping down in one go amidst shouting like mad crows "yammmmm...sennnggg" was very traumatic for him.

But hey, business is business, if I was producing the best vodka and you choose to down it with chocolate syrup, I may not agree with you but I am going to take your money anyway while shaking my head.

9 comments:

Andy said...

"He naturally walked into one of the many wedding dinners and was vomitting blood at how most Malaysians were drinking his brandy. Adding lots of water and ice, and gulping down in one go amidst shouting like mad crows "yammmmm...sennnggg" was very traumatic for him."

hahaha.... cant stop laughing at these sentences!!! rofl...!!!

brian.wong said...

Sir, you has been so health conscious lately, which is good. No alcohol and handphone, plus no sexy picture.

clk said...

what does "per capita amongst drinkers" mean? does it mean for Malaysia, we exclude the general muslim population which is about 60%? how about those below 18 years of age?

if this is so, that would mean the non-muslim >18yrs old adults are gulping lots of booze. and don't forget the Singaporeans who come over to JB and the Brunei folks in Labuan as well which may explain their low figures in that chart....something ain't right here or else the customs dept will be looking for discrepancies over the taxes collected which may be too low!

Ahh...statistics!

ChampDog said...

I have an impression is Singapore.

solomon said...

Drink for enjoyment and enjoy drinking have two different definition.

Just wondering with the increasing sin tax each year, would it really stop the booz?? Why not make a reverse since one expect reverse brain drain....

Voltboy said...

Hi Dali,
Where did you get all your background pictures. They are so cool! Especially this cock-fight one.

Yasha said...

Love It!!!!

p.s. I promise I'm not one of those who down vodka with choc.

James said...

lots of smuggling out from langkawi and labuan to other countries

Dexter Morgan said...

Not to mention downing JW Blue Label with diet coke or red wine with lots of ice. :D