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.
Indonesia’s top clerical council is demanding the government draw up legislation to make tourism in the country compliant with Islamic principles.
Despite liberalization in Bali of nationwide rules limiting the sales of beer at min-marts and convenience stores, many shops in the Kuta and Legian area of Bali are surreptitiously selling beer in violation of a ban issued by the Department of Trade.
Indonesia’s alcohol prohibition bill is one step closer to becoming law with the House of Representatives agreeing on Friday to further discussion of the bill.
The Trade Ministry’s new regulation on alcoholic beverages, scheduled to take full effect on April 16, will not be enforced on Bali as the ministry has decided that tourism areas would be exempted from the ban.
A ruling from the Minister of Trade limiting the sales of beer at convenience stores and warungs was set to take effect on April 15, 2015.
A priority bill initiated by the House of Representatives has proposed banning all consumption of alcoholic beverages, with imprisonment of between three months and two years for anyone caught consuming alcohol.
coming enforcement of rules by the Minister of Trade limiting the sale of beer to supermarkets, hypermarkets, restaurants and bars threatens small businesses across the Island.
Alcohol can be a hard sell in Indonesia, which has more Muslims than any other country. It’s about to get a whole lot tougher.