Berau Regency Regulation No. 4 of 2008 on the Prohibition on the Distribution and Sale of Alcoholic Beverages

This regional regulation replaces Berau Regency Regulation No. 7 of 2003 on the Policing, Surveillance, Distribution and Sale of Alcoholic Beverages in Berau Regency. Unlike its predecessor, it makes no reference to Islam or religion (agama). Arguably, however, by placing a blanket prohibition on alcohol it Islamises public life to a greater extent than its predecessor. For example, pursuant to art 3, it prohibits all persons or legal entities in the regency from storing, distributing, and/or selling alcoholic beverages. Similarly, pursuant to art 4, all persons are prohibited from storing, using, or consuming alcoholic beverages. Contravention of either arts 3 or 4 carries a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment or a fine of IDR 50 million (art 9(1)).

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