Majority of ST online readers disagree with proposed new alcohol restrictions

SINGAPORE - The majority of readers who responded to an online poll by The Straits Times have said that they do not support the proposed new alcohol restriction laws.

The new Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill, which plans to ban the drinking of alcohol in public places between 10.30pm and 7am, was tabled in Parliament on Monday. It also proposes a ban on sale of take-away liquor from 10.30pm.

As of 9am on Tuesday, more than 9,000 readers have responded to the poll, with 78 per cent disagreeing with the proposed bill.

Reader YangYan Zheng commented on The Straits Times Facebook page: "I feel this is not just a knee-jerk reaction but an overreaction."

Another reader, Romee Ramli said: "I don't drink and I find this rule simply unnecessary and laughable at most. It will further enhance other countries' perception of our country as a nanny state."

Belinder Ng said commented: "Imagine grabbing a beer at 7-11 after a long day at work at 10.29pm.....you only have 1 minute to finish the beer. How dumb."

There were also those who reacted positively to the proposed new restrictions, citing safer streets and less noise as reasons for their support.

Reader Ridzuan Osman commented: "This is a fantastic news. They should drink in the comfort of their homes which is safer."

Sebastian Kwah said: "It's a good move. No more harassment and fights in the middle of the night in residential area."

Terry Teo said: "Should have been done a long time ago. Don't wait for things to happen then implement. Be more proactive and listen to residents for feedback. We want a conducive environment to work and play."

melheng@sph.com.sg

NOTE: The results of our online poll should not be viewed as being representative of the population as they are based only on the segment of our online readers who responded to the poll.

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