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Kedah MB To Ban 4D Shops To Curb Gambling And Limit Alcohol Sales In State

Kedah may face backlash from the public if the Kedah Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor persists to ban operation of 4D lottery shops and limit alcohol sales within the state. Kedah MB said that this move aims to "tackle the ill results from gambling" by not renewing their business licenses issued by the local councils.

In a press conference on 14 November, Sanusi also mentioned that "those who want to buy (4D lottery numbers) can go to Penang", which enraged citizens. Meanwhile, in the press conference, Sanusi also said that he will enforce the gambling ban as long as he has the power to. “The gambling shop owners reap profits, but the consequences of gambling are felt by the people, especially the non-Muslims.” he said.

On top of banning all 4D gaming outlets, the PAS leader added that the state government will be introducing restrictions on the sale of alcohol in rural parts of Kedah "where the demand for such drinks is low" and the duty-free island, Langkawi. However, this restriction will not affect the non-Muslim consumers.

“Last week, the state executive council discussed alcohol sale at duty-free stores in Langkawi, where sales of alcoholic beverages are allowed, and at unlicensed stores in the state. We hope they will no longer sell them openly any more in Kedah. These actions are being taken to ensure Kedahans are always in a sober state of mind,” Sanusi said.

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