KOMPAS.com – Indonesia decided to revoke the legalization of investments in alcoholic beverages mentioned in Presidential Regulation No. 10/2021.
The decision came after receiving recommendations given by various religious organizations and the local administrations.
In other news, Indonesia received its fifth shipment of Covid-19 vaccine comprising 10 million doses of bulk vaccine from China’s Sinovac on Tuesday, March 2.
Out of the 10 million doses of bulk vaccine, eight million doses will soon be processed to become ready-to-use vaccines by state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma.
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Indonesia Revokes Legalization of Alcoholic Beverage-related Investments
The Indonesian government has decided to revoke the legalization of investments in alcoholic beverages mentioned in Presidential Regulation No. 10/2021 following the recommendations given by religious leaders and regional administrations.
“I would like hereby to convey to you, the attachment to the Presidential Regulation regarding the opening of new investments in the liquor industry has now been revoked,” President Joko “Jokowi' Widodo said in a televised statement on Tuesday.
Jokowi said the decision was made after receiving recommendations given by various religious organizations and the local administrations.
“This decision came after receiving suggestions from the Indonesia Ulema Council [MUI], Nahdlatul Ulama [NU], Muhammadiyah and other organizations, as well as prominent religious leaders, and regional administrations," said Jokowi.
It was reported that the government set the liquor industry as a positive investment list (DPI) as of this year. Previously, however, the alcoholic beverage industry was included in the closed business sector category.
Presidential Regulation No.10/2021 on the investment business sector is one of the derivative regulations of Job Creation Law, which was signed by the president and took effect on February 2.
Indonesia Gets Fifth Covid-19 Vaccine from China’s Sinovac
Indonesia received its fifth shipment of Covid-19 vaccine comprising 10 million doses of bulk vaccine from China’s Sinovac on Tuesday, March 2.
“Alhamdulillah [Praise be to God] 10 million doses of bulk vaccine have arrived today,” said Health Minister Dante Harbuwono in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Dante said the bulk vaccine will be processed by state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma. The company will produce eight million doses of ready-to-use vaccine out of the 10 million doses of bulk vaccine.
“Overall, we have received approximately 38 million doses of vaccine, which are used for the mass inoculation program for all citizens,” he said.
He hoped that the shipment of 10 million doses of bulk vaccine could accelerate the Covid-19 vaccination program in Indonesia.
The government will continue to receive vaccines from Sinovac until the number reaches 185 million doses.
Apart from Sinovac, said Dante, Indonesia will also be receiving other foreign vaccines from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Novavax.
Jokowi Inaugurates Indonesia's Yogyakarta-Solo Commuter Line
President Joko “ Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated the operation of the Yogyakarta-Solo electric train service (KRL) on Monday, March 1.
"Alhamdulillah [Praise be to God], today we will inaugurate and operate the Yogyakarta-Solo electric train service, using an eco-friendly technology in the mass transportation," Jokowi said in a ceremony at Yogyakarta Tugu Station.
This electric train service is replacing the previous diesel train service (KRD) served by the Prambanan Ekspres (Prameks).
Currently, Prameks is still around but its route has changed to Kutoarjo-Yogyakarta in Central Java.
Before the official launch, the KRL has also undergone a trial phase, serving the public for free transportation.
Immediately after the launch, Jokowi also tried to commute with the KRL from Tugu Station to Klaten Station. Accompanying him were Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo.
Also in attendance were Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, State Secretary Pratikno, and Director of KAI Ltd. Didiek Hartantyo.
At the inauguration, Jokowi said the Yogyakarta-Solo commuter line was very efficient as its operational costs are cheaper than its predecessor, the Prameks.https://t.me/kompascomupdate, kemudian join. Anda harus install aplikasi Telegram terlebih dulu di ponsel.