malaysia : Is sale of alcohol banned during lockdown?

 police raid on a shop selling alcoholic beverages in Bangsar today has left business groups questioning whether the sale of such drinks was now banned. Confirming the raid, Brickfields police chief Anuar Omar told FMT that as per the National Security Council’s (MKN) SOPs, “all shops selling alcohol are to close immediately, like the Carlsberg factory”. “Alcohol is not considered an essential drink. There is no need to sensationalise this as this is a government order to help stem the spread of Covid-19.” Shaun Cheah, executive director of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry, hoped that MKN would clear the air as their directive on Tuesday was only to close factories producing alcoholic beverages.

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