Bali, the island province of Indonesia and one of the major international tourists’ destination in South Asia which has seen a surge in it’s tourism since 1980s in geometric progression could well witness it’s fall if the Islamic law is implemented.
As per reports Indonesia is about to pass a new and controversial bill which is made as per Islamic provisions thereby banning alcohol in the country.
The bill, if passed will be imposed in all the 34 provinces of Indonesia wherein production, sale and consumption of alcohol will be strictly prohibited and anyone found violating the law could face a jail term of 10 years.
Now, this has come under severe criticism from the industry experts who has warned of serious implication pointing out that this kind of measure can hit the tourism industry of the island very badly.
Just in case if exemption is granted only for resorts, the general price of alcohol will touch the sky. In this regard Haired Sukamdani, of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association, said: “No matter how beautiful the country is, if they can’t find alcohol, they [tourists] won’t want to come here.”
In a year this picturesque island greets around four million tourists out of which one million are Britishers. So one can easily imagine how much tourism dependent is the state.
Strong opposition to the new law has come from Balinese musician Rudolf Dethu who said, “It’s a radicalisation. It’s about assaulting civil rights. 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.”
It should be noted that previous attempts to impose liquor ban have fallen flat in the country with the world’s highest Muslim population.
It is worth mentioning that Bali is the home of the Subak Irrigation System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.