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  • 150% import duty on Alcohol ??

    Cant help but feel this is yet another government decree to shoot itself in the foot and fuck up the tourist industry in Indonesia. Yet again this is more appeasement to the fanatical Islamists who given the chance would ban alcohol all together from the shelves of supermarkets and liquor stores.

    http://jakarta.coconuts.co/2015/07/2...duties-alcohol

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    I think they just simply don't know when to stop.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by scooterindo View Post
      cant help but feel this is yet another government decree to shoot itself in the foot and fuck up the tourist industry in indonesia. Yet again this is more appeasement to the fanatical islamists who given the chance would ban alcohol all together from the shelves of supermarkets and liquor stores.

      http://jakarta.coconuts.co/2015/07/2...duties-alcohol
      here here !!

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      • #4
        Yes stupidity at its best - "let's make the booze blackmarket even more profitable".

        As my friend in Singapore commented to me today when I told about this - "great then you can come for the weekend, buy a bottle of whiskey on the return trip and it is all paid for" (Ok, I like expensive whiskey but still...)

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        • #5
          I saw a 750ml bottle of Johnny Walker Black in a mini-mart in Kuta for rp900,000 so I scabbed up a large empty JD bottle off the beach, bought 3 x 500ml bags of arak for rp20,000 each, brewed up some strong cold tea for colouring,, mixed them together, put it in the JD bottle & after a couple I didn't know the difference
          The answer is 42 .... any questions? .

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BAJakarta View Post
            Yes stupidity at its best - "let's make the booze blackmarket even more profitable".

            As my friend in Singapore commented to me today when I told about this - "great then you can come for the weekend, buy a bottle of whiskey on the return trip and it is all paid for" (Ok, I like expensive whiskey but still...)
            Funny I was thinking exactly the same thing

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            • #7
              Another examples of Indonesian leaders stumbling over each other to get to the head of the "most Islamic" que.

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              • #8
                Ive been away for a while, but if they are banning Alcohol, what is the point of putting a 150% tax on it, silly question sorry

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                • #9
                  The current economic (and other) government policy is a complete mixture of everything.
                  - Socialism and capitalism: let the private traders run the market, but we want to control prices too.
                  - Foreign investment and protectionism: we want your money, but we want to have full control.
                  - Secular and religious: we don't have religious law, but if you happen to be in minority, God help you.

                  They really like to have their cake and eat it too.

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                  • #10
                    http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.or...Consumer-Goods
                    [COLOR=#333333][FONT=Verdana]Some love to milk Apostate.[/FONT][/COLOR]

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                    • #11
                      Will Lombok and Bali be exempt so this does not aid to crippling their bread and butter industry? or would that be too smart

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Donting101 View Post
                        Will Lombok and Bali be exempt so this does not aid to crippling their bread and butter industry? or would that be too smart
                        Nope that would be too smart, why do you need a tourist industry worth millions of dollars when you can enforce economic piety ??

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                        • #13
                          When you look at the recent change in indo... I have trouble to be optimistic for their future!

                          I have the feeling they are doing everything they can for devaluating their money.
                          Canada use to do that, keeping the money low for being a good potential cheap labor for the US.
                          Hopefully for us this is the past!
                          Sadly for indonesia it's their very possible future (inflation + devaluation of the rupiah).
                          La motivation vient en se motivant ~ Motivation come by self-motivation

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Donting101 View Post
                            Will Lombok and Bali be exempt so this does not aid to crippling their bread and butter industry? or would that be too smart
                            That would bring it's load of problem to have a part of the country who paid very less it's beer than other.
                            It would make sense to offer a tax return for area/business... But I would not count on that!
                            La motivation vient en se motivant ~ Motivation come by self-motivation

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                            • #15
                              ^but other parts don't consume anywhere near as much.

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