Canned and bottle beer in 7-Eleven market in Malaysia.

Beer in Malaysia started in 1968, when two leading breweries of Guinness and Malayan Breweries merged to form a new company known as Guinness Anchor Berhad. Previously, the distribution of beer in Malaysia is mainly distributed by Malayan Breweries Limited which is centred in neighbouring Singapore.[1] Carlsberg establish its first brewery outside Kuala Lumpur in 1970.[2] By 2007, several local breweries began to establish their presence in the country although the demands for commercial beers are much higher than a newly local brands.[1] Beside local productions, most beers in the Malaysian markets are imported from neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.


As Malaysia is a Muslim majority country like its neighbours of Brunei and Indonesia, Muslim consumers are prohibited from buying and drinking alcohol related drinks including beer.[3] Any Muslims caught drinking alcohol in public places especially in West Malaysia will be caned and fined.[4][5]

However, no canings have been conducted since 2010 as the punishment has been replaced with a three-week community service at a children's home.[6][7][8]

See also


  1. ^ a b Michael Cheang (17 October 2015). "6 things you need to know about beer in Malaysia". The Star Online. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  2. ^ David H Jernigan; Saroja K Indran. "Country Profile on Alcohol in Malaysia" (PDF). Asia Pacific Alcohol Policy Alliance. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  3. ^ Jason Cristiano Ramon. "Alcohol Policies in Malaysia". USA Today. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Model to be caned for drinking beer in Malaysian bar". The Guardian. Associated Press. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  5. ^ Saeed Ahmed (20 August 2009). "Malaysian model, mother to be caned for drinking beer in public". CNN. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Malaysia beer drink woman's caning sentence commuted". BBC News. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Malaysia spares woman from caning for drinking beer". The Guardian. Associated Press. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Malaysian Model Escapes Caning Punishment for Drinking Beer". Fox News. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2016.