Fed Gov sees need to review alcohol sales in grocery shops

THE Housing and Local Government Ministry agrees there is a need to review the sale of alcoholic drinks in grocery stores in the country.

Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Mutalib said the ministry has also issued instruction letters on June 9 asking all state governments to identify special premises involved in its sale, reports the MalayMail.

He said this in Parliament today when responding to a question whether the ministry will review the sale of alcoholic drinks at the grocery stores.

“The ministry through local authorities only issues business premises licence under the Trade, Business and Industrial Licensing Bylaw after fulfilling the conditions set by the state government, district office, police and the Customs Department.”

He said although the licensing for the sale of alcoholic drinks fell under the jurisdiction of the Customs, the ministry was of the opinion that there was a need to review it as liquor brought more negative effects compared to positive effects to the community.

“That is why if you see from the Islamic point of view, it is clear that alcohol is haram and thus not allowed to be consumed by Muslims.

“I am sure other religions also disagree with the adverse effects from those involved in accidents after consuming alcohol,” he added.