Authorities in Bali, Indonesia, are set to legalize a traditional type of liquor with the hope of generating a new trademark attraction for the tourist destination.
Wayan Koster, the governor of Bali, said it makes no sense for the manufacture of traditional arak liquor to be illegal when the importation of foreign alcoholic drinks is permitted, The Jakarta Post reported. He also said that whoever formulated such legislation must have made a mistake and declared that the authorities will now move to legalize arak.
The Bali government has reportedly sent a letter to the Indonesian Industry Ministry demanding the revision of a presidential decree declaring the distribution of arak illegal. Before the liquor is legalized, authorities will first oversee the production of arak, which is already commonly made throughout Bali.
The governor added that arak producers have already managed to produce top quality liquor without official controls or facilities. Koster says that given the right resources, manufacturers can make an even better product.