New liquor law to come into effect next year

A new law on liquor control will kick in by early next year, said Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran in Parliament yesterday.

This follows a series of public consultation exercises from last October to August, he said. The findings will be released this week.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had embarked on a review of liquor control measures since 2012 to curb law and order problems posed by people drinking alcohol in public.

Mr Iswaran said that the measures considered include restricting drinking liquor in public and the hours for the sale of alcohol.

MHA has also been studying practices in cities like South Australia and Texas, US, where public consumption of alcohol is not allowed at certain times.

"In deciding on the measures to adopt in Singapore, we will balance the diverse interests of various stakeholders including residents and businesses," said Mr Iswaran.