KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Aug 2009: PAS today called for the enforcement of guidelines on the sale of liquor in Selangor, similar to those in force in Kelantan and Terengganu.
Its secretary-general, Datuk Mustafa Ali, said Kelantan and Terengganu prohibited the open sale of liquor in Muslim-majority neighbourhoods.
“The policy has been implemented in Kelantan and Terengganu, but we do not know what the policy is in Selangor,” he told reporters here.
Last Thursday, Selangor Local Government, Research and Development Committee chairperson Ronnie Liu instructed the Shah Alam City Council to return 70 cans and bottles of alcoholic drinks seized from a convenience store in Jalan Liku, Section 8, Shah Alam.
Selangor PAS responded to Liu’s “interference” by calling for him to be stripped of his local government portfolio.
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, however, dismissed the demand by PAS, saying the state government regarded the matter as a non-issue.
Asked about Umno Youth‘s intention to join a planned peaceful demonstration by PAS Youth tomorrow to urge the Selangor government to strip Liu of his local government portfolio, Mustafa said he was not aware of it. The rally has since been cancelled, news portal Malaysiakini reports.
On another matter, Mustafa refuted a claim that Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz, legal adviser of the Pembela Negara Federation of Non-Governmental Organisation Councils (Magaran), who had pledged support for the Internal Security Act (ISA), was a PAS member.
“We don’t know what his motive was to claim that he is a member of the party, because we are definitely not in favour of the ISA. We have checked his background and found that he has nothing to do with PAS,” he said. — Bernama
See also: PAS and the alcohol ban