VP Ma'ruf Amin Lobbied to Have Alcohol Law Revoked, Says Spokesman



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  • Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin (Center). ANTARA/Fakhri Hermansyah

    Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin (Center). ANTARA/Fakhri Hermansyah

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Spokesperson of Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, Masduki Baidlowi, on wednesday claims that the lobbying efforts from elderly Ulema could be attributed to the revoked presidential regulation on alcohol investment, which includes the VP’s efforts to revoke the law.

    According to Baidlowi’s voice note sent to a journalist whatsapp group, Ma’ruf Amin “Made many efforts so the President would revoke the law. Ma’ruf purposely kept quiet about this because there is not use in talking to the press amidst current conditions.”

    Surprisingly, Masduki Baidlowi claims that the vice president was made unaware about the issuance of the alcohol investment law and was surprised by it’s existence after it had received multiple criticism. He claims Ma’ruf Amin also received pressure from two of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organizations, NU and MUI, as he was a former leader in both of the organizations. 

    “So Ma’ruf was truly in the middle of it. That was why he took steps internally,” said Masduki.

    Moreover, he said the VP’s attempts were evident in the limited meeting on Sunday where he actively discussed the alcohol investment law and was met with other State Ministers agreeing to see the law revoked before it was reported back to President Jokowi. 

    “Before the President announced it, there was a discussion between the President and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin,” said Masduki.

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