KUALA LUMPUR – The decision by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in stopping the sales of liquor in grocery stores beginning October 2021 is final, said the Minister of Federal Territories, Tan Sri Annuar Musa in a tweet today.
Keputusan DBKL tidak membenarkan kedai runcit menjual arak mulai oktober 2021 adalah muktamad.
— Annuar Musa (@AnnuarMusa) November 18, 2020
DBKL announced earlier that all grocery stores, convenience stores and Chinese medical halls will not be allowed to sell liquor, with the exception for traditional medicine purposes.
According to DBKL, under the Liquor License Guideline that came with effect on 15 November 2020, no new or renewal license will be issued on intoxicating alcoholic drinks (LMK) for all grocery stores, convenience stores and Chinese medical halls. The license renewal will only be allowed until 30 September 2021.
“The type of LMK and premises allowed are for wholesale, store, shop house and business complex.
“Besides that, public house class 1, shop house, hotel, business complexe. For retail, it would involve supermarket, hypermarket and business complexe,” DBKL said in a statement.
However, several quarters including the DAP Chairman of Federal Territory cum the Member of Parliament of Cheras, Tan Kok Wai questioned the decision.
According to Kok Wai, he will have a meeting with the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur to withdraw the new guideline.
According to him, the new regulation was against the rights of the non-Muslims to practice their culture which is guaranteed under the Federal Constitution.
Quoting a report by MalaysiaKini, Kok Wai said that the new regulation was also seen as an ‘anti-trading’ rule. Law-abiding business owners who pay taxes would be sacrificed in the ruling. –MalaysiaGazette