Indonesian Churches Appreciate Jokowi for Revoking Rule on Alcohol Investment



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe 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.

    Read: Jokowi Revokes Policy on Alcoholic Drink Investment