I totally agree with your editorial about alcohol claiming innocent lives (“Bring in speed guns, breathalysers”, Sept 22).
Alcohol is without doubt the fuel to almost all social problems in the country.
What do we stand to lose from imposing a blanket ban on the production, distribution and consumption of alcohol?
I would say not much but everything to gain.
Over the years, alcohol had caused and will continue to cause and bring pain and misery to many citizens of PNG that money cannot compensate.
Drink-driving leads to fatal road accidents; tribal conflicts stem from drunken brawls; innocent wives and children being terrorised by drunk husbands and fathers; promiscuous behaviours; spending hard-earned income on alcohol at the expense of family’s well-being; wild sex-parties leading to all kinds of sexually transmitted diseases and the list goes on.
I would like to tell Foreign Minister Sam Abal that alcohol is not an issue only in his electorate but throughout the country.
As such, I call on him and his colleagues in the Cabinet and fellow MPs to get rid of this evil once and for all.
Come on, Papua New Guineans, let us be united and call for a total ban on alcohol in the country.