SEREMBAN: The government of Negri Sembilan does not intend to impose new restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages in the state, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
He said the current rules that prohibit Muslims from buying such drinks were sufficient.
“We have a licensing committee that includes representatives from the customs department, police and local councils who regularly monitor the sale of these drinks to the public in the state.
“Customs, for example, also check establishments authorized to sell alcoholic beverages to ensure that they do not sell more than the allowable quota during a certain period,” he told reporters in a report. meet at the Department of Wildlife and National Parks here.
He said any business owner who violates the condition will have their license revoked.
Aminuddin expressed hope that all neighborhoods will strictly follow the rules on the sale of these drinks.
He said non-Muslims should also be sensitive to this and not sell alcoholic drinks to Muslims as this is strictly prohibited in Islam.
“We have to be sensitive to these things. So if we are all ready to follow the rules, then I don’t see any problem here,” he said, adding that as long as Muslims are strong in their faith, they needed not to worry about selling these drinks to non-Muslims.
Aminuddin said state authorities, however, were prepared to ban the sale of these drinks in areas populated by Muslims.
On November 4, the minister of the prime minister’s department, Idris Ahmad, said local authorities were allowed to enforce the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages to Muslims.
He also expressed hope that this would lead to a broader restriction on the sale of alcohol openly to Muslims.
On November 1, Kuala Lumpur City Hall implemented a new decision banning various stores, convenience stores and Chinese medical centers in the capital from selling hard liquor.
However, these stores are allowed to sell beer from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The restriction prohibiting various stores, convenience stores and Chinese medical centers in Kuala Lumpur from selling hard liquor was first mentioned on November 15, 2020.
Originally scheduled to be implemented on October 1 of this year, the ban has been postponed for a month to finalize a study on the guidelines.