YLKI Comments on PB Djarum's Badminton Trial Polemic



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    The word "Djarum", which is a cigarette brand, remains printed on the back numbers of children participating in the 2019 Badminton Scholarship General Audition at Satria Sports Stadium in Purwokerto, Sunday, September 8, 2019. TEMPO/Irsyan Hasyim

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) stated that the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) and Lentera Anak Foundation did not demand the suspension of PB Djarum’s annual badminton trial, but rather asked the country’s cigarette giant to change their logo in their sports program.

    “KPAI and Lentera Anak foundation are not asking for the selection to be halted. They demand it not include its tobacco brand,” said YLKI chairman Tulus Abadi in his written statement in Jakarta, Monday, September 9.

    Tulus said the use of Djarum’s logo is a violation against the prevailing regulation of PP No. 109/2012.

    “For whatever reason, a logo is a product image which [in this case] is tobacco, albeit it is sponsored by a foundation,” he declared.

    He reiterated that any sports event, even at an international level, including badminton, is not allowed to involve the tobacco industry in any form.

    Additionally, YLKI also slammed Sports and Youth Minister Imam Nahrawi who backed the sport selection sponsored by PB Djarum.

    Tulus asserted that scouting for talents in badminton is a positive program, yet involving the tobacco industry and children as the object was inappropriate and a violation against regulations.