Indonesian Islamic parties seek alcohol ban 


April 4, Jakarta:  Indonesia‘s Islamic parties have proposed legislation banning alcohol consumption that could see offenders jailed for up to two years, lawmakers told Reuters today, the latest bid to crack down on drinking in the Muslim-majority nation. Under the bill currently being discussed in parliament, the consumption, sale, production and distribution of all drinks containing more than one percent alcohol would be prohibited.
Lawmaker Muhammad Arwani Thomafi, from the United Development Party, one of the parties pushing for the ban, told AFP.  “Alcohol consumption is increasing, especially among young people and it threatens their future because it causes addiction and potentially damages their health,”

Charles Poluan, executive director of the Indonesian Malt Beverage Producers Association, told Reuters that a complete ban would have a devastating effect on the drinks industry and distribution businesses, and put as many as 200,000 jobs at risk,

A regulation banning the sale of alcoholic drinks at mini-markets will come into force on Thursday, although they will still be sold at supermarkets, hotels, bars and restaurants. The Jakarta Post said the proposed legislation banning all consumption would exempt some locations to protect tourism, including five-star hotels and the resort island of Bali.                                               The Oslo Times


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