Who is Endorsing the Tobacco Industry in Southeast Asia
Firman Soebagyo: the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Legislation Committee said, “Kretek cigarettes are unique and part of our cultural heritage so we have to protect them.” An attempt was made in the Indonesian Parliament to include Kretek cigarettes as a cultural heritage. A proposal was made to amend the 2010 Cultural Heritage Law. If passed, this extraordinary clause would effectively make it harder for the government to impose restrictions on Kretek sales and advertising, and in fact oblige the state to support the manufacture and promotion of cigarettes. On 7 December 2015, Commission X in the Parliament made a decision not to include this clause in the law due to criticism both from within Indonesia and internationally.
Dimyati Natakusumah : Head of Working Visit Team of the Legislation Body of the Parliament, Dimyati Natakusumah, said the Tobacco Draft Bill was the commitment of the Parliament to protect the national clove cigarettes industry, which represents the people and national interest. The Draft Bill was delegated to the Parliament’s Legislation Body and became a priority in 2013.
Mr Poempida Hidayatullah: Rejected the draft Government Regulation on Tobacco (RPP) claiming it will hurt the industry and tobacco farmers. Mr Poempida Hidayatulah, a Member of Commission IX of the Parliament believed the regulation had a hidden agenda of certain groups and that it will hurt those who are weak and relying on tobacco industry, especially the tobacco farmers.
MP Rieke Dyah Pitaloka: Member of Parliament, Rieke Dyah Pitaloka, criticized the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as threatening the existence of the clove cigarette industry. According to her, cultural heritage such as batik and all others must be protected.
Councilor Ian Sia: During the American CSR Day organized by the United States Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce, Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp. Inc. President Chris Nelson together with US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Brian Goldbeck and Pasig City Councilor Ian Sia distributed livelihood kits to 50 participants of the Haircutting seminar.