THE LIQUOR sales restriction guidelines prohibiting sundry shops, convenience stores and Chinese medicine shops in Kuala Lumpur to sell hard liquor have been postponed.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said in a statement that the guidelines, which were supposed to be effective starting Oct 1, will be postponed for a month until Oct 31.
"The postponement of the guidelines was to finalise the study on the control of liquor sales in the city.
"We have received complaints and objections that easy accessibility of hard liquor can be harmful to the safety of the public.
"Currently, business owners with liquor licences are allowed to sell liquor at sundry shops, convenience stores and Chinese medicine shops until Oct 31," the statement said.
On Nov 15 last year, DBKL issued new guidelines on the criteria for liquor licence applications and that existing sundry shops, convenience stores and Chinese medicine shops that sell hard liquor could only renew their liquor licence until Sept 30 this year.
One of the new guidelines also banned the sale of liquor by businesses located near police stations, places of worship, schools and hospitals.
Earlier, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said DBKL would chair a meeting with relevant agencies on the decision of the liquor sales ban guidelines.