Govt still irked by RIM decision
is still expressing its disappointment over the decision of BlackBerry
smartphone producer Research in Motion (RIM) to choose Malaysia over Indonesia as the location for its
new production base, kompas.com reported on Tuesday.
Deputy Trade Minister
Bayu Krisnamurthi said that BlackBerry demand in Indonesia
far exceeded that in Malaysia.
disappointed over RIM’s decision, why would they build their base there [in Malaysia]? We
actually have a bigger market,” Bayu said as quoted by kompas.com.
The number of
cellular phone imports by Indonesia
has increased in the first five months of the year, Bayu said.
He pointed out
that cellular phones were one of the most influential products in terms of the
rise of the country’s imports, and they had also contributed toward the non-oil
and gas deficit in May.
Ministry recorded that the number of cellular phone imports increased by 22.2
percent from January to May. Bayu said that the government had been requesting
that phone manufacturers build their production bases in the country to lower import
“We will push the
manufacturers to build their factories here because the demand is huge,” he