Mr Melvin Yong Yik Chye: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) what is the number of outlets found selling liquor beyond the specified trading hours and outside of the licensed premises within the Liquor Control Zone in Little India since 1 April 2015; (b) what actions have been taken against these outlets and the persons-in-charge; and (c) what plans does the Ministry have to curb such violations.
- Since 1 April 2015, 32 liquor outlets within the Liquor Control Zone (“LCZ”) in Little India have been found supplying liquor beyond the specified trading hours or outside the licensed premises.
- Licensees that breach their licence conditions face fines of up to $10,000 and suspension or cancellation of their licence.
- Police are also working with licensees to increase awareness of their regulatory obligations. Such efforts could include placing signages within their outlet to highlight, for example, the restriction in trading hours.