Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Indonesian Law to Ban Alcohol to go to Parliament


Lawmakers from secular parties have added their voices to those of their counterparts in Islamic parties in support of a bill prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

A clause in the bill calls for between three months’ and two years’ imprisonment for anyone caught consuming alcohol.

The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Golkar Party and the Democratic Party respectively the largest party and second- and fourth-largest parties in the House of Representatives -- have agreed to the deliberation of the bill.

The Islamist National Development Party (PPP) and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) initiated the bill in 2012, since when it had been on the back burner until Baleg agreed on Monday for it to be taken to the next stage.

The bill is the first of 37 priority bills set to be passed this year, with lawmakers to convene on Thursday.

The bill will, if enacted, prohibit the sale, production, distribution and consumption of all beverages containing more than 1 percent alcohol.

According to the bill, any person consuming alcoholic drinks will face three months to two years in prison or a fine of between Rp 10 million (US$775) and Rp 50 million.

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