KUCHING, June 9 Breweries and stores that only sell liquors are not allowed to operate during the current movement control order (MCO), Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Datuk Seri said. Alexander Nanta Linggi.
In a statement yesterday, he said the list of essential services that have been allowed to operate was clearly stated in his official statement released on May 31.
“In the list provided, it was explained that convenience stores or mini markets and grocery stores are classified as essential and allowed to operate this simply means that all items in these convenience stores can therefore be sold to consumers, including alcohol and cigarettes.
“In supermarkets and hypermarkets, the sale of goods is limited to food and drink / essentials, pharmacies / personal care stores and convenience stores / mini markets and restaurants (only for take-out ).
“Just like in convenience stores, spirits are also sold among other essentials in the beverage section of supermarkets and can therefore be sold to consumers. It should be emphasized here that stores selling only alcoholic products are not allowed to operate, ”he added.
Nanta said the ministry took note of the National Security Council (NSC) decision that allows alcohol to be sold in convenience stores, given that locals are allowed to sell it.
This followed claims by Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming that the ministry had never issued a statement on the matter to clarify the air, as the matter had attracted public attention.
Ong also claimed that the ministry had “kept an elegant silence” on the issue of the operation of auto shops, leading to further confusion among business owners who were unsure whether they had received authorization to operate. ‘operation, which resulted in the closure of many workshops and caused unnecessary inconvenience to many parties, including consumers.
“On the issue of auto workshops, the press release issued also clarified that auto workshop services, maintenance and spare parts are listed as activities authorized to operate with employee capacity limited to only 60%. However, car wash services are not permitted.
“Therefore, the allegation that the ministry is silent on these issues is without merit. Information relating to the sectors authorized to operate was also widely disseminated on various platforms, including KPDNHEP’s website and social media, as well as in media announcements, ”Nanta added. – Borneo Post