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Alcohol producers brace for regulation, reject prohibition

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 15 2020   /  01:00 am
In this photograph taken on Wednesday, men toast with their glasses as they drink alcohol in Karachi. - Drinking alcohol in Pakistan can be a complicated affair at the best of times, but for 25-year-old student Iram, the coronavirus pandemic has made getting a beer all but impossible. (AFP/Asif Hassan )

As certain House of Representatives factions seek to resurrect a long-stalled alcohol prohibition bill, alcoholic beverage companies are preparing for additional regulations but oppose outright prohibition. Of the 21 lawmakers that spearheaded the effort to revive the bill, 18 were from the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP), two were from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and one was from the nationalist Gerindra party. They requested that the House Legislation Body (Baleg) resume deliberations on the bill, which was put on hold in 2016. Indonesian Alcoholic Beverages Producers Association (APBMI) head Stefanus said that in principle, he was not opposed to the supervision and control of alcohol – if that was what the House aiming for. “But we should not fully prohibit alcoholic beverages. If we do the latter, we will be like America in the early 1900s when ...