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Singapore set to restrict liquor consumption at public places

Singapore is coming up with the first-ever legislation that would restrict consumption and sale of alcohol at public places late in the night across the country, on the lines of the rules imposed in Little India.

Consumers will not be able to purchase alcohol for take-away or consume alcohol in public places from 10.30pm to 7am daily under the Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill which was introduced in parliament on Monday.

“The start time of 10.30pm is aligned with the closing time of most businesses in residential areas, and it is the time by which most community events end,” the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said.

The restriction will apply to all public places to avoid displacement of problems from one area to another, MHA said. The proposed laws are largely similar to those currently in place in Little India, which were adopted by Parliament last year. Police are able to bar a person from the zone for liquor-related offences such as drunkenness in public.

Little India is a precinct of Indian-origin establishments where migrant workers rioted on the night of December 8, 2013, most of whom were believe to be drunk, the city-state’s worst outbreak of violence in over 40 years.


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