PETALING JAYA: Those buying alcoholic beverages from convenience stores in Selangor may have to produce their MyKad to show that they are non-Muslims and above the age of 18.
This move is in line with the state government’s decision that convenience stores should practise self-regulation in the sale of alcoholic beverages instead of banning its sale 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 underaged,” 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.
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