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.
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.
“The issue is about the permit. They don’t follow the rules. They also display violence and adult content,” said the firm’s consumer director Dian Rachmawan
Badung Tourism Service in Bali is asking the Indonesian Department of Trade to review and revise Ministerial Regulation Number 6 of 2015 that will severely limit the distribution and sale of beer.
Starting on April 16, the whole minimarts in the capital are prohibited to sell alcoholic beverages below five percent. The ban is a follow-up of Trade Ministry’s Decree.