Fewer liquor licenses to be allowed in Burma

Liquor license issuing will be curbed in order to reduce alcohol consumption, according to Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Kyaw Tun. Approval of applications will be based on neighbourly consent, rather than on an individual recommendation, he said. However, lower house MP Thein Tun has pointed out that unregistered retailers are widespread, especially in rural areas, and that applicants have been known to forge signatures in the quest for license approval.