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Coffee Shops Informed Of New Liquor Licensing Policy On Short Notice

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Coffee shops selling beers were recently notified of a new policy requiring them to apply for a new licence three weeks ago, just a month and a half before the ruling is supposed to come into force on January 1.

Keu Kok Meng, Petaling Jaya Coffeeshop Association president, said businesses have been taken aback by this sudden imposition of the licensing requirement.

“It will be enforced nationwide. Of that I’m certain, according to the briefing session. It is understood that enforcement comes under the Excise Regulations 1977. The legislation has been there, but they are only enforcing it now.

Keu Kok Meng, Petaling Jaya Coffeeshop Association president (source: The Star)

“Apparently, the Finance Ministry informed the Customs Department about the decision in March, but we are only being briefed now.

“Definitely, we feel a bit shortchanged by the short notice. So, we will certainly appeal the decision. In fact, we have…

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