According to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs, Datuk Idris Ahmad, the Oktoberfest celebration should not be endorsed because it has the ability to destabilise social harmony and safety.
Idris explained that Oktoberfest activities, which usually entail the consumption of beer, may cause societal issues because alcohol is involved unreservedly in an event setting as non-Muslims are not prohibited from drinking alcohol.
“During Oktoberfest, everybody should follow Malaysian laws and regulations. Islam is the federal faith,” Idris stated.
He asserted that consuming alcoholic beverages at a public party must be prohibited because it can cause social ills that disrupt unity and wellbeing.
“Additionally, the intoxicant effects of alcohol can result in domestic violence, traffic fatalities, poverty, scuffles, health complications, and issues with work productivity,” he…