Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has imposed a ban on the sale of liquor at grocers, convenience stores, and Chinese medicinal shops starting 1 November.
In a statement, DBKL said customers can still purchase beer at such premises, but they can only be sold from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
The ban was first announced by DBKL last November and was supposed to start on 1 October this year, but it was temporarily suspended for a study DBKL was conducting.
On 30 September, the Federal Territories Minister, Shahidan Kassim said the rules were put on hold for a month to allow discussion with stakeholders.
“All relevant parties have expressed their views and concerns on this matter.” DBKL said in the statement.
“After considering the views of all the parties involved, DBKL has decided to streamline and refine the existing guidelines.”
“The new guidelines and conditions for applications for liquor licences are effective from 1 November and must be complied with by all parties involved in this industry.”
The new guidelines also said that business owners must prepare a separate display space and sales area for beer and this must be locked or barred after the allowed time for the sales of beer.
As for Chinese medicine halls, the sale of mixed or pure liquor for medicinal purposes must obtain the approvals from the Health Ministry.
The ban came under fire from opposition lawmakers and civil society after it was announced last year, due to concerns over the violation of the rights of non-Muslims.
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