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New Restrictions on selling Hard Liquor in Grocery & Convenient stalls in Kuala Lumpur

New Restrictions on selling Hard Liquor in Grocery & Convenient stalls in Kuala Lumpur

Following a new guideline on Liquor License issued by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) on 17 November 2020, there will be new restrictions on selling hard liquor in groceries, convenient stores and even Chinese medicine shops starting 1 October 2021.

Source: Madison

Renewals of the Liquor License will only be allowed up to 30 September 2021, and no new license will be issued starting 1 October 2021 under this new ruling. However, there is an exemption under the guidelines which allow pure or mixed liquor products which will be used in traditional medicine to be sold at the stores.

DBKL had imposed a time frame for selling non-hard liquor products (i.e. beers) too. Where they can be categorized into the following:

  • Class A: Public House (Pub/Bar/Lounge/Restaurant), allowed from 10a.m. to 12p.m. , whereas if one have permit to sell hard liquor, you can sell them up until 2a.m.
  • Class B: Wholesalers, allowed from 7a.m. to 9p.m.
  • Class C: Beer Shop, allowed from 10a.m. to 12p.m.
  • Class D: Groceries/Convenient store, allowed from 7a.m. to 9p.m.
  • Class E: Temporary license, as stated on the license

There’s more to the new amendments, where coloured license will be issued. Blue license meant that customers can drink in the premise, whereas yellow license only allow customers to take away.

Starting 15 December 2020, the sale of Samsu, a cheap intoxicating liquor will be illegal too.

Check out the guidelines released by DBKL here!

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