BUTTERWORTH: The Malaysian Anti-Cheap Liquor Movement is disappointed that compounded hard liquor is still being sold in 150ml bottles without compliance with the new ruling in the amendment to the Food Regulation Act 1985 which was gazetted in May last year.
Its president P. David Marshel said he made a spot check at a well-known supermarket here and found that such liquor was still being sold without health warning labels.
“By right the 150ml bottles should have been removed from shelves before Dec 1 when the amendment came into effect.
“The Health Ministry had given manufacturers 18 months to make changes to their packaging and labelling of products, and to comply with the World Trade Organisation practice,” he told a press conference on Saturday.
Marshel added that those who went against the new ruling were liable to a fine of not more than RM10,000 or jail of up to two years.
“As such, action must be taken against the supermarket for non-compliance,” he said.
Also present was Malaysian Anti-Cheap Liquor Movement secretary Satees Muniandy.
The health authorities also raised the legal drinking age to 21 from 18 and imposed health warnings on alcoholic products effective Dec 1.
Compounded hard liquor sold in coffee shops, medicine halls and sundry outlets will no longer be cheap.
These drinks can only be sold in 700ml bottles and with the increase in tax, a drink which can now be purchased for RM5 will cost RM50.