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Jakarta Post

Tomy a step closer to losing SSB rights

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 4 2012   /  07:40 am

The Finance Ministry says that it wants no special consideration given to any firms during the tender process for the Sunda Strait Bridge (SSB) project, regardless of a previous presidential regulation.

The government would amend the presidential decree on the SSB project to drop stipulations giving the consortium that initiated the project preferential treatment, Bambang Brodjonegoro, the ministry’s interim fiscal agency head, said on Tuesday.

Bambang’s statement follows months of debate about the special considerations that were said to have created tension between Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo and Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa, although both have denied any ill feelings.

The firm that initiated the project is a consortium comprising Tomy Winata’s Artha Graha Group and the regional governments of Banten and Lampung.

Under the curre...