Man­dalay booze busts trend­ing down­ward in 2016

The Myanmar Times - - News - SI THU LWIN sithul­win@mm­times.com

AUTHOR­I­TIES in Man­dalay Re­gion have recorded more than 350 cases of il­le­gal al­co­hol sales through Au­gust of this year, with the an­nual to­tal headed for a sig­nif­i­cant drop for the sec­ond straight year.

Tar­get­ing il­le­gal liquor and beer ven­dors as well as restau­rants not au­tho­rised to sell al­co­hol, a to­tal of 355 cases were opened over the first eight months of 2016, Colonel Myo Win Aung, Man­dalay Re­gion’s min­is­ter for se­cu­rity and bor­der af­fairs, told the re­gional hlut­taw on Septem­ber 20.

The min­is­ter was re­spond­ing to an in­quiry from law­maker U Myint Aung Moe (NLD; Chan Mya Tharsi 2), who was seek­ing in­for­ma­tion on the num­ber of li­censed al­co­hol ven­dors in the re­gion and on author­i­ties’ en­force­ment of the In­tox­i­cants Law.

“Town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tors have or­gan­ised co­op­er­a­tion teams with [the ad­min­is­tra­tor as] chair­man, a town­ship po­lice ma­jor as deputy chair­man and mu­nic­i­pal mem­bers to take ac­tion on il­le­gal in­tox­i­cant sales in Man­dalay Re­gion,” Col Myo Win Aung said. “The restau­rants, ho­tels, mo­tels, inns and lodg­ing houses which are sell­ing in­tox­i­cants have been in­ves­ti­gated to de­ter­mine whether they are sell­ing the prod­ucts in ac­cor­dance with the law or not.”

With the num­ber of busts so far this year, Man­dalay is on pace to drop to just about one-quar­ter of the fig­ure in 2015, when 1964 cases were filed. In 2014, a to­tal of 2895 cases were recorded. As with the pre­vi­ous two years, the first eight months of 2016 saw males dis­pro­por­tion­ately rep­re­sented, ac­count­ing for nearly 75 per­cent of cases.

The dip in Man­dalay Re­gion pros­e­cu­tions for il­le­gal al­co­hol sales comes de­spite a promised crack­down ear­lier this year on drink­ing estab­lish­ments that lack FL9 or FL10 li­cences, al­low­ing them to sell for­eign liquor and draught beer, re­spec­tively.

The Myan­mar Times re­ported in July that of ap­prox­i­mately 7000 bars and restau­rants that sell tap beer, only around 2500 hold a FL9 or FL10 li­cence, while the other 4500 have op­er­ated for years with­out sanc­tion un­der a FL17 li­cence, though of­fi­cially this is pro­hib­ited by law.

A to­tal of 5887 shops, bars and restau­rants are li­censed to sell al­co­hol across Man­dalay Re­gion in ac­cor­dance with the In­tox­i­cants law, with nearly half the li­censees – 2796 estab­lish­ments – con­cen­trated in heav­ily ur­banised Man­dalay dis­trict.

– Trans­la­tion by San Layy

Photo: Staff

Man­dalay is crack­ing down on restau­rants, shops, bars and beer sta­tions sell­ing al­co­hol with­out a li­cence.

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