Thank to over zealous religious group. Buying liquor or alcoholic beverages from convenience stores in Selangor will soon require one to produce their identity card (or MyKad).
Earlier this month there was uproar over PAS called to ban the sale of alcoholic beverages in Muslim majority areas such as Shah Alam. Selangor Menteri Besar, instead said convenience stores should practise self-regulation not banning in the sale of alcoholic beverages in Muslim-majority areas.
State executive councillor Ronnie Liu said the law prohibited the sale of alcohol to youths below 18 and Muslims, and storekeepers were just doing their part to make sure the law was adhered to.
“It is not that the cashier has the right to ask for your identity card but it is the law that they cannot sell alcohol to these groups and they have to make sure they are not breaking the law.
“The shopkeeper may ask them to show their identity card. Otherwise he might be penalised for selling alcohol to Muslims or the under-aged,” he said.
Citing convenience store chain 7-Eleven as an example, he said it was clearly stated that the company would sack employees if they were to sell alcohol to Muslims.
On Muslim employees handling alcoholic drinks, Liu said he was of the opinion that they had a right to be employed as the Federal Constitution is silent on the matter.
“It is okay to work in hotels, airlines and other places where some alcohol is offered, as long as they don’t drink,” he said.However PAS exco member Datuk Dr Hasan Ali disagreed.
On Thursday, two Muslim employees of a convenience store were served notices for handling alcohol beverages during a raid by Selangor Religious Department (JAIS).
The 22-year-old man and 31-year-old woman will be summoned to the JAIS headquarters today for questioning under the Syariah Criminal Offences (State of Selangor) Enactment 1995.
The manager of the store, located in Section 25, would also be called to JAIS to explain why Muslim employees were handling alcoholic beverages.
Selangor executive councillor Datuk Dr Hassan Ali said the employees would only be called for education purposes although they could be fined under the law.
“Our purpose is to educate and create awareness regarding the enactment as many do not understand it.
“Under the enactment, Muslims who were caught selling or offering alcoholic drinks can be fined up to RM5,000, or three years jail or both. Those caught for buying can be fined up to RM3,000, jail for two years or both,” he said.