Shah Alam City Council under fire for seizing beer cans


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 01 Aug 2009

KLANG: An action by the Shah Alam City Council enforcement unit in seizing the 70 cans of beer from a retail outlet in Section 8 has come under fire from various parties, including a Selangor state executive council member.

As a result, the cans and bottles of beers confiscated on Wednesday had been returned to the outlet owner, said exco member Ronnie Liu.

“I told the council enforcement chief it was wrong for them to do so. The officers had since apologised to the outlet owner,” said Liu when contacted about the recent seizure.

Liu said the enforcement officers told him the decision to confiscate the beer was made during the council full board meeting.

“The enforcement officers told me that some councillors had pressured them to confiscate beers from the retail outlets.

“But none of the councillors dared to own-up when queried who issued the instruction,” said Liu. He added that the enforcement officers thought they were doing the right thing.

“But I told them that something like this was unacceptable in a multi-racial society,” said Liu.

The exco member had also told the enforcement unit head to check directly with him if he received similar instructions in the future.

Selangor MCA deputy chairman Datuk Liew Yuen Keong said MBSA had acted irresponsibly, and had not adhered to the stand made by the state to allow beer to be sold in these outlets in Shah Alam.

“What happened is a major setback to the state’s tourism industry. The Mentri Besar should make sure it does not happen again,” he added.

MIC national youth deputy coordinator S. Murugesan said MBSA should remember to always act within the ambit of its power.

The local authority must also be sensitive and be aware of the rights of other communities living in Shah Alam, he said.

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