CAIRO - Hundreds of Indonesians took to the streets on Thursday, January 12, to protest a reported revocation of laws limiting alcohol sales in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
The nation has not recovered from the multi-dimensional crisis of moral degradation, Amidhan, chairman of Majlis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) said, The Jakarta Globe reported.
Alcoholic beverages are one of the sources of addictive crime.
Hundreds of angry Indonesians took to the streets in the capital Jakarta to protest reports about revoking bylaws limiting the sales of alcohol in the country.
Hurling stones at the ministry of home affairs in central Jakarta, the protestors accused home affairs minister Gamawan of siding with alcohol producers.
The Home Affairs minister should repent, and apologize to everybody, Muhammad Al Khaththath, secretary general of the Islamic People's Forum (FUI), said.
He should step down and return to [Padang, West Sumatra].
Religious groups have accused the home ministry of revoking bylaws limiting the sales of alcohol in Indonesia.
But the ministry denied the allegations, accusing the MUI of spreading lies about alcohol sales, saying it was only revising the bylaws.
Indonesian religious people like to comment. It's their hobby, Gamawan said.
They know nothing about the case they are commenting on. They like to spread lies that tend to be slander. Why is the MUI also commenting without bothering to check [the facts]?
Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim state with Muslims making up around 85 percent of its 237-million population.
Muslim leaders warned against attempts to revoke the bylaws limiting the alcohol sales in Indonesia.
Legalizing the distribution of the alcoholic drinks is dangerous for people's morality, HTI spokesman Muhammad Ismail Yusanto said.
With the bylaws, crime rates could be minimized.
Indonesia has bylaws that regulate the sale of alcohol in the country.
Under the regulations, alcohol is classified into three categories: A (with an alcohol content of 5% or less), B (above 5% to 20%) and C (above 20% to 55%).
The sale of alcohol classified as B and C is limited to places as hotels and restaurants, while alcohol classified as A, such as beer, is being sold anywhere.
It is the [national law and presidential decrees] allowing the distribution of alcohol that need to be revised, said Ismail.
Islam takes an uncompromising stand in prohibiting intoxicants. It forbids Muslims from drinking or even selling alcohol.The general rule in Islam is that any beverage that get people intoxicated when taken is unlawful, both in small and large quantities, whether it is alcohol, drugs, fermented raisin drink or something else.