Thursday, 12 December 2019

Gov't to Revise Liquor Prohibition Bill  

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  • A worker of PT Multi Bintang Indonesia Tbk. holds a bottle of Bintang beer for to check the quality at a beer factory in Jakarta (4/17). REUTERS/Beawiharta

    A worker of PT Multi Bintang Indonesia Tbk. holds a bottle of Bintang beer for to check the quality at a beer factory in Jakarta (4/17). REUTERS/Beawiharta

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - After sparking controversies over liquor distribution, the government finally expressed its willingness to accommodate public’s aspiration related to alcoholic drinks.

    The Trade Ministry will revise Trade Director General Regulation No. 04/PDN/PER/4/2005, which regulates the implementation of distribution control over alcoholic drinks class A.

    “The point is, the regulation will be revised, and the authority to allow or ban [liquor sales] in tourist areas will be returned to related cities, as long as it doesn’t violate the existing trade minister regulation,” Srie Agustina, the director general of domestic trade at the Trade Minister, said on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

    However, Srie asserted that the revision would not allow class A liquors to be sold at minimarkets, due to a prohibition set forth in Trade Minister Regulation No. 06/2015 on the second amendment of Trade Minister Regulation No. 20/M-DAG/4/2014.

    “The directorate general regulation will only allow [liquor sales] in tourist area. The liquor sales in other areas would be allowed, as long as being permitted by regents or mayors. But, liquor sales in minimarket are still not allowed,” Srie added.

    The plan to revise the regulation is a part of the list of the deregulation policy issued by the government on September 9, 2015. The aim of the deregulation is aimed at boosting industrial activities and capacity by relaxing regulation and bureaucracy for industries.

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