GOVT SEEKS TO CONTROL HOW MUCH ALCOHOL S'POREANS CONSUME WITH NEW LAWS

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is working to introduce new laws on the public consumption of alcohol in Parliament early next year.

Mr S Iswaran - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, as well as Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry - said that the MHA had conducted a series of public consultations between October 2013 and August this year. The findings will be released this week, he said, adding that "the respondents generally supported having some restrictions to mitigate law and order issues and disamenities".

The measures under consideration include restricting public consumption of liquor and the hours for retail sales of liquor, he said. The MHA will consider public and industry feedback, and take into account the experience from the alcohol restrictions imposed in Little India following the riot in December last year.

He added: "In deciding on the measures to adopt in Singapore, we will balance the diverse interests of various stakeholders including residents and businesses. We will also need to ensure that the regime is practical and enforceable, easily understood with clear rules, and minimal displacement effect."

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