I’m always thankful I live in a Buddhist country and not a right-wing Muslim one, but no more so than when I read ridiculous stories about the latest extremist measures in Indonesia, a country that couldn’t be called a ‘democracy’ or ‘open-minded’ in any stretch of the imagination. The latest ridiculous story to come out of Indonesia this week is about Indonesian lawmakers and how they are proposing a total ban on alcohol. Permanently. Nation-wide.
According to the lawmakers, alcohol has a ‘negative impact on the nation’. So much so they are considering putting a law into effect that would give anyone in Indonesia that brews alcohol, sells it, buys it or drinks it a mandatory 2-year jail sentence.
Of course it obviously hasn’t crossed these fools minds about what impact its going to have on tens of thousands of businesses throughout Indonesia or, in fact, companies like Bintang that brew some quite excellent Indonesian beer.
All I can say to that is an Indonesian total ban on alcohol? You can say goodbye to your tourist industry. Something that, of course, Thailand would love. As, being a democracy and open-minded enough itself to allow the consumption of alcohol just about everywhere, Thailand would see even more tourists coming to its fair shores. Tourists that would no longer even consider a trip to Indonesia.
Me? I love Thailand and think more tourists here would be wonderful, so I’m supporting the ban.