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Jakarta Post

Regions defend alcohol bylaws despite govt calls for revision

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni and Multa Fidrus

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung/Tangerang   /   Sat, January 14 2012   /  12:42 pm

A number of regional administrations are insisting on keeping bylaws that ban the distribution of liquor despite the government’s recommendation that they be repealed because they contradict higher laws and regulations.

Bandung municipal administration says its bylaw will remain in force and it will continue to carry out inspections on roadside stalls and minimarkets, ignoring the Home Ministry’s recommendation to revise the bylaw.

Bandung’s Industry and Trade Agency head, Ema Sumarna, said on Friday that the administration would carry out inspections on 515 supermarkets, minimarkets and stores to ensure that no alcoholic drinks were sold openly.

The policy, he said, was based on a 2010 bylaw and a 2011 municipal decree, both of which stipulate that alcoholic drinks can be sold only at licensed three to five-star hotels, discothèques, karaoke halls and nightcl...