SHAH ALAM – Selangor Umno today urged Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to stop “playing politics” over the issue concerning the Better Beer Festival 2017.

Its information chief Datuk Zein Isma Ismail said Azmin, must be firm and come out with a decision against organising the event in Selangor.

Zein said Selangor Umno would not hesitate to join other non-governmental organisations in protesting against the event should the PKR-led state government give the green light for it to be held in the state.

“Why should a beer festival be held here in Selangor, where the majority of its residents are Muslims? Why not do it in other states, like Penang for example?

“Azmin as the Menteri Besar should not play politics in this issue or try to gain political mileage by saying that he is leaving the matter to the local authorities.

“Everyone knows that the local authorities fall under the jurisdiction of the state government, which he heads. As a Muslim leader and an MB who swore an oath in front of the Sultan of Selangor, Azmin should not allow this.

“What benefits would it even bring to Selangor? The festival has received protests not only from Muslims but also non-Muslim groups,” he told a press conference at the Selangor Umno office, here today.

The festival was initially slated to be held in Kuala Lumpur. However, it did not receive permission from Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

Police later said that the event would pose security concerns.

Meanwhile, Zein said the festival, should it be allowed by local authorities in Selangor, has also posed security issues, as highlighted by the police.

Zein also slammed Azmin’s administration for its failure to close down a beer factory in Shah Alam, as promised by the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

“When they wanted to take Selangor, an opposition leader in their campaign promised that once they capture the state, the beer factory would be closed down the next day.

“But until today, the factory is still standing and operating as usual.”

Meanwhile, on another matter, Zein lambasted the Selangor state government for its failure to take action to arrest dengue cases.

He said official statistics released by the Health Ministry showed that Selangor has the highest number of cases between Jan and Sept nationwide, with 37,804 cases.