August 13, 2009 21:49 PM
Selangor Liquor Issue Settled, Says Anwar
PETALING JAYA, Aug 13 (Bernama) — Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the issue over sale of liquor in Selangor has been settled after State Exco members Datuk Hasan Mohamed Ali of PAS and Ronnie Liu of DAP agreed to abide by the Pakatan Rakyat leadership directive.
The Opposition leader claimed that the issue had been blown up by the media and that there was no misunderstanding between the two parties.
“Our stand remains the same. We don’t encourage the sale of liquor to Muslims but the sale of liquor to non-Muslims stays. The issue was brought up to cover the Port Klang Free Zone issue and corruption,” he said after chairing a Pakatan Rakyat supreme council meeting here Thursday.
PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang claimed that the liquor issue was an old one inherited from the Barisan Nasional (BN) state government.
“We managed to settle the issue whereby the rights of Muslims and non-Muslims are guaranteed. It is important for us (Pakatan Rakyat) to remain united despite differing views and ideologies,” he said.
Hasan, the Exco for Islamic Affairs, Malay Traditions, Infrastrcture and Public Utilities had asked the state government to strip Liu of his post as Exco for Local Government, Study and Research.
He claimed that Liu had interfered in the work of local councils after ordering that the beer seized be returned to a convenient store in Shah Alam.
Asked on his threat to quit his Exco post, Hasan skipped the question and said he agreed with the decision by Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
He denied that the decision to make up was for political interest, particularly the Permatang Pasir state by-election in Penang on Aug 25.
Asked whether they had apologised to each other, Liu just kept quiet and shook hands with Hasan.
On Aug 7, the Selangor state government decided that liquor sellers must self regulate by not selling liquor to Muslims and minors, particualrly in Muslim majority areas.