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Conservative forces thwart Indonesia's plan to boost booze investment

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman and Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, March 3, 2021   /  05:29 pm
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A worker checks for defective San Miguel beer bottles and cases at a warehouse in Manila in March 2009.(Agence France Presse/Jay Directo)

Powerful Muslim organizations and Papuan political figures have successfully lobbied the government to revoke new investment rules meant to spur liquor, wine and beer industries in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. Indonesia’s two leading Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, the influential Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and various Papuan leaders, among other political figures, pushed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to repeal the rules on Tuesday, just one month after they had been passed. Jokowi specifically announced the revocation of three provisions in the third appendix of Presidential Regulation No. 10/2021 that enable investments in the alcoholic beverages industries in Bali, East Nusa Tenggara, North Sulawesi and Papua. The provisions allow governors of other provinces, with the approval of the head ...