Jokowi Revokes Policy on Alcoholic Drink Investment

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the revocation of an attachment in the Presidential Regulation No. 10 of 2021 concerning the investment which legalizes alcoholic drinks.

“I have decided that the attachment to the Presidential Decree on the opening of new investment in the liquor industry is revoked,” said the President via the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

The Presidential Regulation has sparked many objections in the public. He said that the decision was taken following suggestions from ulema, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the country’s Islamic organizations Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, and other mass organizations.

“As well as religious figures and regional provinces,” he said.

The policy allows the opening of investment in alcoholic drinks in Papua, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Bali, and North Sulawesi. It also welcomes the potential of such investment in other regions.

Earlier reported, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) chairman Said Aqil Siradj strongly objected to Jokowi’s Presidential Regulation or Perpres which was a derivative of the Job Creation Law. He argued that the Holy Qur’an bans liquor as it is harmful.

The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) Sec-Gen Jacky Manuputty appreciated President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for revoking the attachment to Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 10 of 2021 on the investment which legalizes alcoholic beverages.

According to Jacky, PGI deemed there was no urgency to issue such regulation.

“It’s proper that the president revokes it because there is no need to issue a new Perpres specifically for alcoholic drinks. It is enough to implement the existing and applicable Perpres,” the PGI Secretary-General told Tempo on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

He outlined that the legal basis for the alcohol industry in Indonesia is quite clear and strong through Presidential Regulation No. 74 of 2013. The policy stipulates that alcoholic drinks originating from domestic production can only be produced by business actors who received the permit from the Industry Minister.

Besides, businesses importing alcoholic drinks must have a license from the Trade Ministry, and the distribution can only be carried out after obtaining a permit from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM).

Jacky went on to clarify that PGI was not involved in the discussion regarding this Presidential Regulation, including the revocation of the attachment. However, he underlined the importance of law enforcement to curb illegal trade and use of alcoholic drinks.

TEMPO

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