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Could Alcohol Be Banned in Bali?

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | September 14, 2016

Could Alcohol Be Banned in Bali?

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Two prominent Muslim political parties are pushing legislation that would ban alcohol in Indonesia, meaning that the major resort area of Bali could take big hit when it comes to tourism, according to a report in the U.K.’s Express

“The Indonesian island could soon be deserted if a controversial new bill is passed, prohibiting the production, sale and consumption of alcohol. If approved in Indonesia, anyone flouting the ban faces 10 years behind bars. The move affects all of Indonesia’s 34 provinces, including popular destination Bali, famed for its scenery and nightlife,” notes the Express.

This could seriously hamper tourists who come to the country for its beautiful beaches on which they are likely wanting to sip a cocktail. 

Hariyadi Sukamdani, of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association, told the Express: “No matter how beautiful the country is, if they can’t find alcohol, they [tourists] won’t want to come here.”

Balinese musician Rudolf Dethu, leader of two groups opposing the plans, cautions the government against making such a drastic move. 

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“Don’t let the parliament dictate to you what you can drink or the next time they will dictate what time your girlfriend can come to your house, and then what you can wear,” he warns. 

Will the legislation pass? Read more on the proposed alcohol ban here

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