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Distribution, sales of beer banned in Tangerang

The Jakarta Post, September 17, 2005

TANGERANG (JP): The Tangerang Legislative Council passed on Friday a bylaw banning the distribution and sales of beer and other alcoholic drinks in the municipality, a councilor said.

Samsuri, of the Justice and Welfare Party faction, said that the bylaw was expected to be enacted on Oct. 12.

Mayor Wahidin Halim said the ban included the distribution and sales of Bintang brand beer, although it was produced by a company located within his administration.

"The company that produces alcoholic beverages on Jl. Daan Mogot, Batu Ceper district has to be banned from distributing and selling its product here," he told councilors in a plenary session on Friday.

The bylaw was deliberated by the councillors after being proposed by the administration for the sake of creating a "better and clean city".

Wahidin said the new bylaw only banned the distribution and sales of the products but not their production process.

"We have no authority to halt the production of liquor here because business permits for producing the beverage are issued by the central government," he said.

Samsuri said the aim of the bylaw was to curtail the distribution of alcoholic drinks municipality because the high level of consumption there had led to many social problems.

"We wish the bylaw to take effect without exception for places or firms that produce and distribute liquor," he said. (mlt/**)