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Mustafa ready for unpopular policies

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 27 2009   /  12:22 pm

JP/R. Berto WedhatamaMustafa Abubakar is fully aware that managing state businesses with about Rp 2,000 trillion (US$212 billion) worth of assets is a mammoth undertaking with a lot of pitfalls and temptations.“This is a serious job,” he said recently pondering on the tasks ahead. The ministry is making a big effort to make state companies more profitable and transparent despite a previous record of losses and corruption, especially before the reform era.“I have some principles in managing state enterprises—always be ready to make unpopular decision, while resisting pressures and temptations,” Mustafa said firmly.Mustafa, appointed recently to replace Sofyan Djalil as state minister for state enterprises for the period 2009-2014, vowed to do better. But, Mustafa is humble enough to acknowledge that he has a lot to learn, considering his latest undertaking was to run the State L...