The Malaysian government has made a U-turn and REVOKED its decision to allow Heineken Malaysia Bhd and Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd to continue their operations during the MCO period.
Well it's not like anyone can go out for drinks anyway...
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the approval for the breweries to continue was revoked during a special Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“The International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) will issue a letter of revocation immediately," he said.
“Therefore, the issue no longer arises about Heineken and Carlsberg's operations.”
Heineken had initially suspended operations of its brewery in Petaling Jaya on 24 MAR, due to the MCO that was in force.
However, Heineken obtained approval from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry to resume limited operations with a minimal number of essential workers during the MCO yesterday (5 APR 2020).
Heineken reported that only very essential staff, which was less than 10% of its workforce, would be involved in ensuring a continuous and uninterrupted supply of its products, adding that its non-essential workers would continue to operate from home.
This decision, however, resulted in criticisms from PAS and Muslim groups that questioned this exemption, as alcohol is not considered as an essential item.