SINGAPORE: Liquor licensing hours at Tekka Food Centre will be shortened from Aug 1, police said in a statement on Wednesday (Jul 27). With the shorter hours, the sale and consumption of liquor at Tekka Food Centre will only be allowed from 6am to 6pm on Sundays, compared to the current licensing hours from 6am to midnight.
This comes after feedback from the public about groups of alcohol drinkers on Sunday evenings, which police said "pose law and order risks" and could have an adverse impact on other patrons who have their dinner at the food centre.
Currently, members of the public can purchase and consume alcohol at Tekka Food Centre from 6am to midnight on Sundays.
Police said the decision came after consultations with residents, grassroots, business owners and other agencies, and that the new restriction will affect 10 liquor licensees in the food centre.
"The Police have received representations from some of the affected liquor licensees while one official appeal has been lodged with the Liquor Appeal Board," a police spokesperson said.
Tekka Food Centre is located in the Little India neighbourhood. The control of the sale and consumption of alcohol in Little India came about following an incident in December 2013, which saw hundreds of foreign workers confront anti-riot forces after a worker was run over by a bus. More than 50 responding officers were injured, and more than 20 emergency vehicles damaged.
A Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill was passed in Parliament and since Apr 1, 2015, members of the public are not allowed to buy alcohol for take-away or consume alcohol at public places across Singapore from 10.30pm to 7am daily.
There are stricter rules for Geylang and Little India, which are designated Liquor Control Zones. Retailers there cannot sell alcohol from 7pm on Saturday to 7am on Monday.
This also applies on public holidays - where no alcohol sales can take place from 7pm on the eve of a public holiday, to 7am the next day. However, the public can consume liquor within licensed premises, such as coffee shops, hotels, bars and restaurants.