NIBONG TEBAL: Two outlets on the mainland were issued with compounds totalling RM8,000 for selling illegal liquor.
This came following inspections by Health Department officers, who seized three cans and 14 bottles of liquor, worth RM349 from the premises.
The department’s environmental health, food safety and quality officer Mohd Wazir Khalid said they sent the samples for testing following the seizure in Bukit Mertajam and Seberang Jaya yesterday.
“Since May, we have conducted weekly inspections and issued compounds amounting to some RM12,000 after inspecting 42 premises,” he told a press conference.
Mohd Wazir said some of the liquor had labels, claiming to be from Germany and were sold between RM10 and RM15 per bottle.
Penang Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin, who was also present, said one local and four foreigners had died of methanol poisoning since April.
In a related development, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre received 19 reports of methanol poisoning nationwide as of Friday.