Klungkung Refuses to Pass the Bill on the Prohibition of Alcoholic Drinks

The rejection of the draft law against alcoholic beverages continues to occur in Bali. This time the refusal also came from Klungkung.

Deputy chairman of the Klungkung Regional People’s Representative Council, Wayan Baru, Tuesday, November 17, expressed his firm stance against the emergence of this draft law. Because it is feared that its implementation will cause Bali to deteriorate even further, as is happening now. When hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy chairman of the Klungkung Regional People's Representative Council, Wayan Baru
Deputy chairman of the Klungkung Regional People’s Representative Council, Wayan Baru

He said the existence of this draft law killed the economy of the small people, such as the producer of arak (Balinese alcoholic drink) which had been managed in the form of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Even though they are currently trying to get up after being slumped by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The covid-19 pandemic has killed tourism. Tourist visits have dropped dramatically. Wine production also fell, due to reduced consumption. “The emergence of the draft law on alcoholic beverages is very worrying for the small community, especially now that the small community has been hit by economic problems due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

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He considered that the motivation and moment of the draft law were not quite right. “Let the people try to get up first. Don’t make it more difficult for them, with various regulations that actually kill them. This will have no playing around. If this is implemented the impact could be like the second Covid-19 pandemic,” said Baru when met at the Council Building Klungkung Regional People’s Representative.

Kertagosa Klungkung
Kertagosa Klungkung

The arak craftsmen got new hope after the Governor of Bali issued the Governor of Bali Regulation number 1 of 2020 concerning the management of Balinese fermented and / or distilled drinks which was published last February. This is the support of the local government in preserving the local wisdom of the Balinese people, which has been growing for a long time.

According to this Gerindra politician, the draft law on the prohibition of alcoholic drinks must clearly not override the local wisdom of every region in Bali. “So I and the Gerindra faction clearly reject the emergence of the draft law on the prohibition of alcoholic drinks. This draft law clearly has implications for Bali tourism. Bali is a tourist destination with many tourists, both domestic and foreign, who consume alcohol. In customary activities, the Balinese people, one of the ingredients is arak and brem, “said Baru.

Arak Bali, Brem Bali, Balinese local alcoholic drinks
Arak Bali, Brem Bali, Balinese local alcoholic drinks

He emphasized that when it comes to alcoholic drinks, first it is clear the need for tourism. Second, so far it has been proven capable of driving the people’s economy.

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Arak makers in rural areas have tried to comply with existing regulations in order to remain safe in production. If you can see directly, the process is not easy. Have to go through several difficult stages to arrive at the Arak production. “That’s the people’s economic activity, so we from Klungkung Bali remind, not to make laws that will ensnare the people themselves. Moreover, it is a small community,” said the politician from Sakti Village, Nusa Penida.

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