Responding to the Trade Ministry's prohibition against alcohol in minimarkets, Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama suggested establishing liquor stores for residents who want to buy beer and other spirits.
Trade Ministry Regulation No. 6/2015 on the distribution of alcoholic beverages states that beverages with an alcohol content ranging from 1 to 5 per cent can only be sold in supermarkets.
The new arrangement was made in consideration of the "protection of morals and culture in society" and to tighten supervision of alcoholic drink sales, according to the Trade Ministry. The regulation came into effect on April 16.
"There should be a liquor store that sells alcoholic beverages only. It's common in other countries. Anyone can buy from the liquor store as long as they are over 21 years old," Ahok told reporters in City Hall on Wednesday.
Ahok said that such stores would not need a gubernatorial decree or a regional bylaw.