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No U-Turn On Liquor Sale Requirements For Kopitiams, Says Tengku Zafrul

No U-Turn On Liquor Sale Requirements For Kopitiams, Says Tengku Zafrul

Tengku Zafrul denied that liquor sale requirements have been cancelled.

Hakim Hassan

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Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz has denied that directives have been made to cancel alcohol licensing requirements for coffee shops and kopitiams.

He said in Parliament that, so far, the government doesn’t intend to withdraw any approval for liquor licenses.

Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong previously mentioned that the government has canceled liquor license requirements imposed on eateries after he spoke with the Finance Minister.

READ MORE: U-Turn: Now Kopitiams No Longer Need Licence To Sell Beers, Says Wee Ka Siong

It’s under the Licensing Board

Tengku Zafrul was quoted by Bernama saying that based on the existing policy, the minimum retail sale on the premises must have a license under the Excise Act 1976, and licensing is approved by the Licensing Board in accordance with Section 35, Excise Act 1976.

Meanwhile, through an order which was gazetted in 1977, licensing for liquor sales under the Licensing Board, which is appointed by the Minister of Finance, is delegated to the Menteri Besar or Chief Minister.

Accordingly, the allegation or allegation that the Minister of Finance has revoked the delegation of power is untrue. There is confusion in the implementation and enforcement of this liquor sales license at the state level. I would like to assure once again that the delegation of power through the order gazetted in 1977 still remains.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz

Everyone is confused

Tengku Zafrul also mentioned that the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) will take immediate action to ensure this confusion does not recur and ensure that the power to give out liquor licenses is under the Licensing Board.

It was a response to an additional question by Tony Pua Kiam Wee (PH-Damansara) who asked why didn’t the Finance Ministry directly revoke the liquor sales licensing order so that no power is delegated to the state government.

Zafrul appropriate action will be taken to resolve the matter by the end of this year, 31 December 2021.


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