Kuala Lumpur: The Federal Territory MIC has welcomed the latest liquor guidelines introduced by Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL), stating that easy access to liquor is encouraging social ills. FT Information Chief, DR Pala Kumaran said that the guidelines issued by the DBKL were a necessary step as irresponsible alcohol consumers were adding to social problems, including domestic and civil crimes.
Adding that along with adults, youngsters are also slaves to alcoholic beverages like samsu, which are very easily available in stores in residential areas.
In a statement, he said that these activities not only affect consumer health but are also marginalising the country’s development.
Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa had earlier said that a survey had been conducted on the guidelines used in other countries including on the system practised by Singapore before their introduction here.
Here are four rules announced by DBKL:-
- The guidelines lay down that grocery stores and convenience stores cannot sell liquor products from 1 October 2021.
- Traditional Chinese medicine stores are subjected to ban
- Traditional medicinal purpose stores are allowed to operate as usual.
- Ban on samsu sales from 15 December 2020.