Nanta: Sales of liquor allowed at convenience stores, not factories and specialty stores

File photo depicting bottles of liquor. Photo source: CC0 Public Domain

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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, June 5: The sales of liquor in grocery and convenience stores such as 7-Eleven is allowed during the implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) period.
However, only factories and shops selling alcohol completely are not allowed to operate.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said this in light of the ‘confusing issue’ of the sales of liquor between supermarkets or convenient stores and specialty stores selling liquor, which is being hotly debated at the moment.
Liquor shops are listed under non-essential services and therefore, not allowed to open.
This situation differs to the sales of liquor in supermarkets and grocery stores because there is no specific standard operating procedure (SOP) telling people what they can or cannot buy.
“The KPDNHEP supports the decision set by the National Security Council (NSC) and will ensure that the SOP is complied with by all parties involved.
“I appeal to all parties not to sensationalise this issue and together with the Ministry and the Government and all Malaysians to fight the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a statement last night.
Nanta added that he has also instructed the Deputy Minister and also the highest official of the Ministry to always provide a clear explanation to the community on any issues related to KPDNHEP. — DayakDaily