Pas rep hopes KL’s liquor restrictions will be followed in other states

By S. Harrish

A TERENGGANU Pas assemblyman hopes all states and local councils will follow the liquor sales restrictions being imposed in Kuala Lumpur.

The Batu Buruk assemblyman Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi said the move does not prevent non-Muslims from drinking alcohol, but merely regulates liquor sales, reports Malaysiakini.

“I feel that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) move should be lauded and hope that it would be emulated by other states and local councils.

“This effort is in line with the government’s policy to create a healthy lifestyle, and a civilised and responsible society,” he said in a statement published by Harakah.

He said non-Muslims could still purchase liquor at licensed premises.

DBKL’s new guideline states that from October 1, 2021, sundry shops, convenience stores and Chinese medicine shops will no longer be allowed to sell hard liquor.

Other conditions include prohibiting stores that sell hard liquor from facing police stations, schools, hospitals, or places of worship.

However, pure or mixed liquor products in traditional medicine will be exempt from this ruling and beer will still be allowed to be sold at these premises from 7am to 9pm and the beers must be placed separately from other beverages.

Premises and activities that allow liquor sale include restaurants, pubs, bars, hotels, commercial complexes, warehouses, supermarkets, hypermarkets as well as promotional activities that serve liquor.