Proposed liquor sale curb in KL


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Mar 2003

Reports by FOO YEE PING, IZATUN SHARI and DALIHAH IBRAHIM

ENTERTAINMENT joints in Kuala Lumpur will be barred from selling liquor to youths below 21 years under an amendment to the Entertainment (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) (Amendment) Bill which is expected to be debated this meeting.  

Another amendment in the Bill seeks to punish those who operate illegal entertainment outlets with a fine of between RM10,000 and RM50,000. 

At present, the fine does not exceed RM20,000.  

The Bill will also introduce a minimum fine for offences in which the penalty has not been expressly provided. The general penalty is now a fine of not more than RM2,000 but this will be amended to between RM2,000 and RM20,000.  

Meanwhile, a Barisan MP related to the Dewan about a direct selling company marketing a type of “miracle” drinking water said to cure various illnesses. 

Datuk Badrul Hisham Abdul Aziz (BN-Hulu Langat) said the water, sold at RM4 per bottle of less than one litre, was touted to have higher oxygen content. 

“The seller will show written testimonials from patients who have supposedly been cured by drinking it,” he said when debating the motion of thanks on Royal Address. 

Badrul Hisham questioned the authenticity of the “miracle water,” saying the authority should act on this. 

Datuk Abdul Hamid Abdul Rahman (BN-Sg Benut) spoke against child labour, citing examples of children being made to sell religious books, including the Yassin, at five-foot way. 

He said the children were also made to raise funds supposedly for the construction of mosques, especially in the east coast. 

Lim Hock Seng (DAP - Bagan) questioned the taxi coupon system that had been implemented in several places including shopping complexes. 

“How can a trip from Sunway Pyramid to USJ14 cost RM11 using the coupon when it would only cost RM4.60 based on the meter?” he asked. 

Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar (BN - Larut) said the opposition's allegation that the Government had involved the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in the people's religious school controversy, was extreme. 

“Do they think that the King is only a rubber stamp and do not know about the content or current issues?” he asked.  

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