The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) firmly rejects the proposal to withdraw taxes from gambling practices. This is because gambling is expressly prohibited in Indonesia.
MUI Chairman for Da’wah and Ukhuwah MUI, M Cholil Nafis, stated that the proposal to collect taxes from online gambling was unreasonable.
According to him, this proposal will indirectly open up opportunities for the younger generation to gamble.
He also questioned the way of thinking about how this proposal emerged. Because, he said, it is impossible to tax something (gambling) whose existence is prohibited.
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“If you want to collect taxes, what kind of taxes do people want to collect if gambling is prohibited? It should be that when it is prohibited there will be no gambling. So the idea of taxing gambling is actually logically inconsistent,” said Cholil, quoted on the MUI website, Tuesday (12/ 9/2023).
Cholil also emphasized that the practice of gambling cannot be justified, either by the provisions of the Shari’a or by law.
Besides that, he said, there are large losses that can be received from the practice of gambling.
He said that the proposed gambling tax would open up the proliferation of gambling in society.
This proposal, continued Cholil, seems to be a form of our approval for the practice of gambling.
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“I think this opens up space for our children and our nation to gamble. The proposed gambling tax means we approve of our children traveling to gamble,” he said.
Moreover, gambling also results in a generation of unproductive and unprofessional people. In fact, said Cholil, the Indonesian people are implementing the vision of a golden Indonesia in 2045.
“It is impossible for our human resources to be created professionally through gambling, because gambling people are lazy about working. Therefore, we reject the proposal to legalize gambling or the proposal to tax gambling,” he stressed.
Previously, in a joint meeting with Commission I DPR RI last week, the Minister of Communication and Information, Budi Ari Setiadi, mentioned Indonesia’s potential losses due to online gambling. This is because Indonesia is the only ASEAN country that does not legalize gambling.
Budi also touched on the proposed implementation of an online gambling tax.
“We are the only country in ASEAN that is grey, whereas online gambling is cross-border. If we continue like this, what we are losing is in my opinion. Because I discussed with many parties, some said, well, let’s just tax it, for example. It was created. “Obviously, it’s taxed,” he said.
However, recently, Budi corrected his statement. He emphasized that the government would not yet implement taxes on online gambling.
This was conveyed by Budi Ari when asked by journalists about his recent statement which opened up the opportunity to collect taxes from online motorcycle taxis.
“No, it’s still (discourse), just wait, the important thing is that our task is to eradicate online gambling,” said Budi Ari after being met at the Rebranding of the Broadcasting Licensing Application e-Broadcasting event at the Grand Ballroom of the Kempinski Hotel Indonesia, Newsdelivers.com, Tuesday (12 /9/2023)
Budi emphasized that the Ministry of Communication and Information’s current focus is to eradicate rampant online gambling in Indonesia. He also emphasized that until then gambling was illegal in Indonesia.
Budi emphasized this because if the tax discourse is realized it will also mean legalizing online gambling.
“Until then, gambling was illegal in Indonesia. So, everyone who gambled or gambled had to face the law,” said Budi.