Liquor sale in FT: Issue transparent and fair guidelines after consulting stakeholders, says MCA


MCA welcomes the willingness by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim to listen and engage with stakeholders on the issue of liquor sale in the Federal Territories.

The issue involves many parties particularly the Chinese community and shopkeepers, hence, a comprehensive guideline is needed to be fair to everyone.

The liquor sale restriction in the Federal Territories announced on Nov 15, 2020 was supposed to take effect on Oct 1.

However, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has since postponed the guidelines for one month until Oct 31 to finalise the study.

We trust the minister will do his best to keep the policy open to accommodate all.

We understand that DBKL wishes to improve its management on liquor sale. However, the final decision should not be a one-size-fit solution, as that would be unfair to many and hamper Kuala Lumpur’s economic activities.

Malaysia is viewed as an inclusive, culturally accepting nation by other countries. As the capital of Malaysia, it is crucial to make a good impression for inbound tourists.

Hence, we urge the relevant authorities to be mindful of our multicultural background and be fair to everyone.

DATUK NICOLE WONG SIAW TING

Federal Territories MCA liaison committee chairperson

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