High and Dry: DBKL will not issue or renew licenses for the city’s liquor stores

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will no longer be approving or renewing shop licenses to retail outlets that serve exclusively as liquor stores, the Dewan Negara was told today. 

Deputy Minister for the Federal Territories Dr Loga Bala Mohan told the Senate that the policy was a new DBKL initiative, with an initial rollout in Brickfields, and will be expanded to the entire city soon. 

“We have detected several shops that persist in exclusively selling liquor in Brickfields, and enforcement operations are being carried out there in stages,” he said, as quoted by mStar.

Dr Loga was answering a question from Senator Jaspal Singh, who wanted an explanation of the different liquor licenses issued by DBKL and the policies and preconditions attached to their annual renewal. 

The deputy minister added that outlets granted a Retail License to sell liquor would only be permitted to do so from 9am to 9pm daily, while outlets with a Wholesale License could only sell their alcohol stock in bulk, and also within the 9am-9pm business window. 

It remains to be seen what effect – if any – the new DBKL policy will have on convenience stores that also sell alcohol – as beer of hard liquor – around the clock, such as KK Mart and 7-Eleven. 

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