Selangor told to step in on liquor sale ban issue (29.5.15)

Mah Siew Keong

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government should intervene in the recent ruling that barred the sale of liquor in medicine shops.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Mah Siew Keong (pix) ‎said that a blanket ban was not right. And the location where the ban was imposed should be considered.

”Malaysia is an open society and there should be tolerance in this.

”‎Let’s not be too extreme, and I think the state government should intervene in this issue,” he said after launching the Angling and Recreational Exhibition Fair at Setia City Convention Centre here, Friday. ‎

The Petaling District Licensing Council had barred the sale of liquor in medicine shops.

In a move that affects Chinese medical halls in Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya and Shah Alam, the council also warned that those who did not adhere to the new regulations could have their licences revoked.

The move drew strong protests from medicine hall groups who are demanding explanations. ‎

Mah said it was unnecessary to create new rules that causes problems to the people and businesses.

On 1MDB, Mah said the Cabinet had decided that ‎second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah would be the spokesman over the issue and would announce details on the company’s restructuring.

He also disagreed with former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s call for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to step down‎.

Mah said that all leaders from both political divides should be allowed to serve their terms.

“They were given the mandate.

”Let them finish serving their term and let the rakyat decide during the next election if they have done a good job,” he added.

Source: The Star

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