3 Parties submit Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverage Draft Law to the House

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Member of DPR RI’s Commission X from the PPP Faction Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal. (Photo: Doc. DPR RI)

IO – The House of Representatives’ (“DPR RI”) Legislative Committee begins discussion on the Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverage Draft Law submitted by the United Development Party (Partai Persatuan Pembangunan – “PPP”), Prosperous Justice Party (Partai Keadilan Sejahtera – “PKS”), and the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerakan Indonesia Raya – “Gerindra”) Party Factions on Tuesday (10/11/2020). 

Member of DPR RI’s Committee X from the PPP Faction Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal stated that the Draft Law was submitted with the idea that the people need to be protected from negative impacts towards peace and order caused by alcoholic beverage drinkers. The intention and purpose of the Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverage Draft Law are in line with the purpose of the State as described in Paragaraph 4 of the Constitution of 1945. “We seek to grow our people’s awareness of the dangers of alcoholic beverage, and to create public peace and order by restricting drinkers,” Illiza said on Wednesday (11/10/2029). 

Illiza went on to describe the four views that underlie the urgency of putting this Draft Law into the list of 37 Draft Laws in the 2020 National Legislative Program in the material submitted to the General Hearing of DPR RI’s Legislative Committee. The first perspective is philosophical: The prohibition of alcoholic beverage is necessary to implement the values of Pancasila and the Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia of 1945. Second, from the social perspective, many people died from overdose of alcoholic beverage. The large number of alcohol-induced violence and crime in society means that the Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverage Draft Law is urgent to help generating social stability. 

Third, according to a formal judicial perspective, especially in terms of criminal law, the Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverage Draft Law is urgent as the provisions of the Criminal Code are no longer sufficient, this necessitates the creation of new Laws. Fourth, the legal development perspective that views the law as a means to achieve the objectives of the State and its laws, especially criminal laws. “In view of existing realities, discussion concerning the Alcoholic Beverage Draft Law should continue and it should be validated in the interest of the new generation,” Illiza said.

Head of DPR RI’s Legislative Committee Supratman Andi Agtas stated that the Draft Law was suggested by several factions and it is still being harmonized. “This is mostly suggested by members of the PPP Faction,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Deputy Head of the DPR’s Legislative Committee Willy Aditya said that the Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverage Draft Law is still in being discussed by the people who suggested it. The DPR is putting the Draft Law in a queue, as it is working on completing the several Draft Laws already set to become part of the 2021Priority Prolegnas. “Yesterday we only held a meeting for presenting the Alcoholic Beverage Draft Law. This Draft Law is part of the 2020 Priority Prolegnas. We are currently completing the Draft Laws that are submitted from the initiative of Members and from the iniatiative of the Legislative Committee before we determine the 2021 Priority Prolegnas next week,” he said. 

Willy stated that the Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverage Draft Law may not end up in the DPR 2021 Priority Prolegnas, as there is still a long process to undergo. “Ah, it’s still uncertain. But why? Because the Legislative Committee’s team of experts must study it first. Then the Committee will discuss in Task Force Meeting. After the Task Force Meeting, then we’ll discuss it in the Plenary Meeting to decide whether we are continuing with the Draft Law or not. it’s still in the first stage actually,” he said. (dan)