PETALING JAYA: The Johor government has banned Oktoberfest celebrations in the state, a couple of days after Terengganu did so.
Johor Menteri Besar Osman Sapian said the state will not grant licences to organise any alcohol-themed festivals, The Star reported.
But the state, he said, will not prohibit non-Muslims from consuming alcohol as there are “premises licensed to sell alcoholic beverages”.
“But to organise such a festival, a licence is required, and we, at the state government, will not issue one,” the English daily reported him as saying after launching the SJKC Tampoi canteen day carnival in Johor.
On Friday, PAS-led Terengganu said there will be no Oktoberfest celebrations in the east coast state.
Tourism, Culture and Information Technology committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said this when refuting claims that the beer festival would be held in Terengganu.
“No one has applied to hold Oktoberfest here, and we will be constantly monitoring to ensure that the festival is not held,” he was reported as saying.
On Tuesday, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad gave the green light for organisers to hold Oktoberfest, a beer festival, in the city, but said they needed to adhere to guidelines set by City Hall (DBKL).
These include barring Muslims from participating and the events must not be held in public spaces.
Oktoberfest had previously drawn criticism, with PAS, among others, objecting to the beer festival, which originates from Munich, Germany.
Last year, the authorities cancelled the Better Beer Festival 2017, held in conjunction with Oktoberfest, citing security reasons.