Amid rising demands for national leaders to perform well, Dahlan Iskan may be quite a unique and interesting figure not because of his characteristic sneakers and jacket or because he takes the train and motorcycle taxi to work, but because of the “hope” people have that he can improve the country.
This all started from the way he criticized state-owned companies (SOEs) through the media. Then, the government challenged him to clean up the mess within the SOEs. His first “punishment” was his assignment as president director of state electricity company PT PLN, which he successfully led for less than two years.
The next test was more challenging and tougher. He was appointed as SOE minister in the latest Cabinet reshuffle. Of course, the purpose of this was to improve the performance of the more than 140 SOEs.
In the beginning, many people doubted his ability ...