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Sabah Orders Liquor Stores Shut, Sales In Supermarkets Still Allowed

Sabah Orders Liquor Stores Shut, Sales In Supermarkets Still Allowed

Supermarkets can still sell alcohol, liquor specific stores not allowed.

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Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said there is no instruction given to stop the sales of alcohol in Sabah’s supermarkets.

The state Local Government and Housing Minister added that although there was no specific order to stop supermarkets or grocery stores form selling alcohol, liquor shops were not allowed to operate.

When asked whether there was a ban on selling alcohol in Sabah, he replied, “A supermarket is a supermarket. You can buy anything that it sells. The standard operating procedure (SOP) does not specify or itemise what you can or cannot buy.”

He said that liquor stores, however, were listed as non-essential, and therefore not allowed to operate.

Are shops selling liquor only, an essential service?

Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun

Dispute had already emerged regarding the sale of alcohol earlier this week in Peninsular Malaysia, where reports of grocery stores, supermarkets and sundry shops where the sale of alcohol was disallowed as it is a non-essential brew.

In addition, the state of Sabah has enforced an amended version of the current nationwide lockdown SOP, with shops and businesses mostly allowed to operate until 7pm.

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