Someone tell me. If toddy makes people get drunk, why does the City Council allows it?
What is the rationale of operating toddy shops all over the city? People get drunk and then, fell on roadsides. Some ride bicycles in a drunken stupor, endangering themself and other motorists.
Even worse, many of these drunkards will probably go home and hit their wives and kids. Some probably had to steal money, or old shoes or someone’s mangoes (on the trees la) to buy their toddy fixes.
I can’t comprehend. Why?
In case you do not know what toddy is, it is a fermented drink harvested from coconuts shoots. Some people will climb up to the trees, poke a hole at the young shoot, let the juice drips and leave it to ferment. It is called tuak. Very dem high one. But sickly sweet. It is cool to drink tuak when you have some seafood in Sitiawan. Or as a guest in an Iban’s long house. Tuak is also needed to make ‘huat kueh’, a kind of steam rice cake.
But over here in Penang (and don’t know if other states have them), we have licensed toddy shops. Plenty of labourers and those of the lower income group who can’t afford beer will hang out at toddy shops. During the day, all the time.
I pass by one toddy shop here everyday. (in Kampung Baru, across Chung Ling High School). It is the same scene everyday. Why, why, why? Why must these men spend their money on toddy when they can’t even feed their children well? Why? Why didn’t the Minister works harder to change the mindset of these lower income group? Probably the Minister is busy with semivalue wig.
Another reason is probably if the Government doesn’t make toddy legal, some parties will resort to moonshining. I.e. making their own alchohol. Once upon a time, This had killed many due to poisoning.
Anyone ever drank tuak before? Nice eh? I tried before in Sitiawan, in some palm oil estate, with seafoods. Best nya.