MCA slams ban on liquor sale in Selangor medicine shops

MCA slams ban on liquor sale in Selangor medicine shops

KUALA LUMPUR - MCA has slammed the ban on the sale of liquor in medicine shops in parts of Selangor which has cast uncertainty over their future.

MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) described the move by the Petaling District Licensing Council as "drastic" and demanded that the Selangor government resolve the matter as soon as possible.

He said these Chinese medicine shops have been selling alcohol for decades, which the predominantly Chinese customers have used as a "health booster".

"When my grandmother was alive, she took one small cup of liquor everyday. She has never been hospitalised and lived until the ripe old age of 89," he said at the launch of the Malaysia Chinese Medical Association's first website.

Dr Wee said traders should be allowed to sell alcohol as the ban would severely affect their livelihood.

"It is unbelievable to see Pakatan Rakyat, who vehemently opposed the proposed ban of alcohol in Malacca, allowing the same thing to happen in a state they are governing,"

"When the Malacca government proposed to ban the sale of alcohol at convenience stores, DAP made a big issue over it. Why aren't they saying anything about it now?" he asked. He added that DAP had been launching repeated attacks on MCA regarding this issue.

"Now, we are giving it back to them, plus interest," he said.

Selangor MCA state liaison committee secretary Ng Chok Sin said the ban was absurd.

He said the state government must clarify whether this was the first step towards turning Selangor into an Islamic state.

"This move is unacceptable as it not only affects the business of traditional Chinese medicine shop owners, but also applies subtle pressure on the traditional medicine industry," Ng said in a media statement yesterday.

He said it might even set a precedent for other states to follow suit.

Ng said the ban, which he described as a "backward policy", contradicted Selangor's image as "one of Malaysia's most developed and richest states".

MCA Religious Harmony chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said the directive was hypocritical and reeked of double standards.

"Why not apply the same liquor sales ban against established hypermarkets and supermarkets located throughout Selangor which openly retail liquor in their premises?" he asked.

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