A proposed ban on alcohol in Indonesia, which could see surfers deserting its dream island of Bali in droves, might have positive knock-on effects for emerging surfing hot-spots elsewhere.
In January 2015, the Ministry of Trade’s legislation banned convenience stores around the nation from selling alcoholic drinks, in hope that this would curb underage locals (especially school kids) from divulging in the act of alcoholic indulgence.
Unfortunately Bali is in the news for all the wrong reasons more and more often of late. There’s the more typical issues that come with concreting over paradise — over-development, pollution and trash disposal and, of course, the traffic — but there are also more troubling issues such as a rise in petty crime, theft, druggings and corruption.
A hotel association has warned the government and the legislative body that Indonesian tourism will “collapse” should the House of Representatives pass a bill prohibiting alcohol in the country.
A controversial bill on alcohol prohibition poses a serious threat to public health and safety as it will lead to rising consumption of illegal alcohol, like the oplosan (bootleg liquor) that recently killed the people who drank it, according to a study revealed on Friday, quoted from thejakartapost.com.
Balinese society are voicing their opposition to a draft law being considered in Jakarta to outlaw alcoholic beverages.
Indonesia, has managed to convince other ASEAN member countries to keep an import tax on alcohol beverages entering the region.
Reports have emerged of a third victim who has allegedly died as a result of methanol poisoning caused by drinking tainted alcohol in a Kuta bar.
The Indonesian Finance Ministry today put into effect a new import duty system that could lead to dramatic increases in the price of alcoholic drinks in Indonesia.
They were drinking at a club called Oscar in the Legian area. Police have been questioning the club owner, bartender, waitress, and one other witness. One of the victims is a Russian national, and the other is an Indonesian citizen from the city of Medan in Sumatra.