Amicable solution reached between PAS, Penang mall operator for ‘more private’ alcohol sale

COULD this be a mild taste of the ‘green wave’ effect in the offing for Penangites?

PAS Permatang Pauh under the leadership of its first-term MP Muhammad Fawwaz Muhammad Jan who inflicted a shock defeat on incumbent Nurul Izzah Anwar during the 15th General Election (GE15) has swiftly acted on complaints about “open selling” of alcohol at the Sunway Carnival Mall in Seberang Jaya, mainland Penang.

This follows a Facebook post by the PAS Permatang Pauh information chief Jamsari Samad who expressed regret over the matter two days ago.

“We request and demand that the Seberang Perai City Council take immediate action to stop this alcohol promotion to respect the sensitivity of the Muslim community here,” he lamented.

“Is this the administrative policy of the Penang State Government under DAP to allow the open sale of alcohol in shopping malls? It is hoped that the management of the shopping mall will take care of the sensitivity of the surrounding community which is predominantly Muslim in Seberang Jaya.”

Following a series of grievances and complaints from the Muslim community regarding the open sale of alcohol at the Sunway Carnival Mall, Fawwaz said he along with several of the party’s service centre officers had met up with the mall’s management to convey the discomfort of Muslim shoppers.

“We firmly objected to any sale or promotion of alcohol on a large scale such at the main concourse of Sunway Carnival Mall during our meeting (with the mall’s management),” penned the 39-year-old politician who is also the Penang state and Permatang Pauh division PAS Youth chief.

“The event organisers welcome the protest and will act to organise it in a more private manner during this week.”

In order to protect the sensitivity of Muslims and the surrounding community, Fawwaz hopes that such incident his will not happen again.

“The influence of alcohol that intoxicates people will remove the sense of sanity and self-judgment,” added the CEO of Yayasan Darul Hadis Al Filfilaniyyah as well as a religious preacher who is married with 11 children. – Jan 10, 2023

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