March 2, 2021, 06.38 AM

JAKARTA, – Indonesian Islamic opposition parties have voiced their opposition to President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s Presidential Order No. 10 on February 2, which will allow investment in the liquor industry.

Social Justice Party [PKS] faction head for the House of Representatives or DPR Jazuli Juwaini condemned the order as “harmful to Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution.”

“The Presidential Order [on liquor] is against the first two principles of Pancasila, namely ‘belief in the one and only God,’ as well as ‘just and civilized humanity,” he said in a press release on Monday, March 1.

“Alcohol is taboo in all religions because of its harmful effects. It also has destructive effects on physical and mental health, as well as the thoughts and senses.”

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The Commission I member on defense, intelligence, foreign affairs and information also warned of the possible breakdown of civil society, if the alcohol market was made open to the public, instead of keeping the sector as a closed, highly regulated market.

“If alcohol was sold more openly, it will lead to increased criminality, unrest, and a breakdown of law and order in society,” he said.

“The government should also consider the threat alcohol poses to [younger] generations. [The police] should also show data on the high rate of alcohol-related crime to the government.”

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Jazuli added that the PKS’ standing as an opposition party obliged it to remind the government to cancel the Presidential Order on alcohol.

PKS’ fellow opposition party, the National Mandate Party [PAN] urged the government to reassess the Presidential Order.

“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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