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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Cheap ethanol mmm

If there is anywhere that the people would never get affected by increases of 'sin taxes' in the country's budget, it would have to be Langkawi island. Liquour and beer and cigarettes and cigars go for a fraction of what it would cost anywhere else in Malaysia.

For example, a bottle of Bacardi Limon 1L that I purchased cost me only Rm45. In KL that same bottle would easily cost over RM100. A 1L bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label cost RM60 in comparison with the pub price of RM180. A can of Carlsberg or Guinness costsRM1.40, which is the same as the price of a can of Coke in some places. Plenty of liquor from all over the world; and plenty of variety can be found in a simple shop in comparison with a liquor specialist in KL A 200 cigarette carton of Dunhill costs RM35. Et cetera.

But for some strange reason, the hotels and resorts charge similar prices for alcohol as one might pay for in KL; I'm not too sure whether it is because they're trying to make a quick buck or because they are subjected to pay for the duty. Hmmm..


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