March 2, 2021, 06.38 AM

“The Presidential order has articles regulating investment in alcohol at a number of provinces. These articles should be reviewed and studied more closely,” said PAN’s DPR faction head Saleh Partaonan Daulay.

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“I am certain that investing in alcohol will cause more harm than good. I urge the government to revise the Presidential Order to include more articles to regulate [investment] in alcohol.”

“If alcohol is allowed to be manufactured in some provinces, will there be any measures to keep them from being sold in other provinces? Even as we speak, the [illicit] alcohol trade is thriving among the public.”

Saleh highlighted what he sees as the brisk sale of illegal homemade alcohol, and urged the government to “recalculate its estimated earnings from the alcohol sector,” he said.

“[Alcohol] is clearly a threat to Indonesian millennials. Much of the country's population is also opposed to the alcohol trade.” The Presidential Order legalizing the production and sale of alcohol went into effect on February 2.

These included allowing their production and sale in Indonesian provinces with non-Muslim majorities such as Bali, East Nusa Tenggara, Papua and North Sulawesi, with regards to local customs and traditions.

Local investors, starting from the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises [UMKM] are free to put up any amount of investment, while foreign businesses are required to invest Rp. 10 billion [$701,788] in the business.

(Writers: Ardito Ramadhan, Nicholas Ryan Aditya | Editors: Diamanty Meiliana, Krisiandi, Muhammad Idris)


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