Sunday, August 9, 2009

7 Eleven stopped the sale of alcoholic drinks in Shah Alam

Alhamdulillah..meskipun suasana ribut menguasai kerajaan PR di Selangor namun hikmah dan ketentuan Allah tiada siapa mampu sangkal 'iradat' dan perancangan-Nya. Semoga ia perkembangan positif ke arah penerapan kehidupan yang lebih mulia bagi umat Islam di Malaysia..

KLANG: Various convenience stores in Shah Alam have begun self-regulating the sale of alcohol in respect of community sensitivities.

Some have reduced the amount of alcoholic beverages stocked and some others have totally stopped selling alcoholic drinks.

Convenience chain store, 99 Speedmart Sdn Bhd’s Area manager Lew Yu Fa said the company had taken immediate steps on the sale of alcoholic beverages after a meeting with the Selangor government on Friday.

He said three 99 Speedmart stores located in Section 7, 20 and 23 respectively had been ordered by the top management to reduce the display of alcoholic drinks in the store to below 1%.

The alcoholic drinks would not be placed in cooler anymore but on a separate rack next to non-halal items, he said when contacted.

Lew said the company would also place a label at the alcoholic drinks display rack to notify their customers that those under age of 18 and Muslim were not allowed to buy alcohol.

The labels would be in red colour to catch the customers attention, he said.

Lew added that company was still studying various suggestions by the state government on self-regulation on how to prevent the Muslims and teenagers from buying alcohol.

“We’re looking on suitable approach and how to carry it out,” he added.

On Friday, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid said convenience stores in Muslim-majority areas were not banned from selling alcohol to non-Muslim, however, the store owners must practice self-regulation and have a separate cooler for alcohol.

He said this after a meeting with convenience store owners and the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA). The self-regulation move would start in stores from Section 1 to 24 in Shah Alam before it is extended to other Muslim majority areas.

A state secretariat statement said that the approach would be closely monitored and studied in the next one month before a standard formula was drafted for the rest of the state.

To date, 7-Eleven has stopped the sale of alcoholic drinks in 10 out of their 17 outlets in Shah Alam beginning from Aug 5, the had statement said.


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