PETALING JAYA: The plan to ban the sale of alcohol in 7-11 stores in areas with high Muslim population by the Malacca state government will lead to ethnic segregation, said Senator Koh Chin Han.
The Malacca MCA Liaison Committee secretary said the state government was drawing figurative or real-life ethnic-based perimeters that would indirectly segregate neighbourhoods along racial-lines.
“Such a move is unhealthy as integration among the various ethnicities is prevented.
“The population will end up being restricted to themselves or future development policies maybe based on these demographic borders,” he said in a statement on Friday.
Koh, who is also an MCA central committee member, then questioned whether the state government would stretch this rule to include the Terendak army camp of which Muslim military personnel are the majority.
“Will the mess hall there, which serves and sells duty free beer and liquor be shut down, thus severing the rights of non-Muslim soldiers?” he asked.
Koh went on to question whether the state government would go as far as removing medical aids and solutions which contain alcohol and if Muslim doctors and nurses would be prohibited from swabbing their patients’ injuries with alcohol meant to prevent infections.
“Will the domestic airport be next in the target line since commercial airlines carry with them alcoholic beverages for passengers?” asked Koh, who added that MCA urged the Malacca government to rethink the suitability of the alcohol ban proposal in view of job losses and communal separation.
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