If the new Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill that was tabled in Parliament on Monday is passed, Singaporeans may face the prospect of being banned from drinking alcohol between 10.30pm and 7am in public places, including parks and HDB void decks.
Retail stores across the island will be banned from selling take-away liquor from 10.30pm. The Bill allows for areas where there is a higher risk of public disorder associated with excessive drinking to be designated as Liquor Control Zones. Geylang and Little India are expected to be designated as Liquor Control Zones. Flouting the new proposed rules in these areas will carry a penalty of 1.5 times.
Furthermore, our Men-In-Blue will be empowered to tell someone who is drunk and annoying others to leave a public place and to throw the alcohol away.
This proposed bill brings Singapore's alcohol control bill closer to the liquor control measures now seen in countries such as Australia, United States and Britain.