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Jakarta Post

Dahlan vs House lawmakers replicates David vs Goliath duel?

  • Donny Syofyan

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 4 2012   /  11:38 am

House of Representatives lawmakers and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan are embroiled in a heated feud as the politicians blame the minister for a “mishap” which led to Rp 36 trillion (US$3.78 billion) in state losses when he led state power producer PT PLN. Without losing his cool, Dahlan claims that the Supreme Audit Agency confirmed that no state losses were incurred.

The bickering began after Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam revealed a text message he received last month from Dahlan, who said that House members were trying to swindle SOEs out of kickbacks in the run-up to the finalization of the state budget. Dahlan’s claim of extortion sparked outrage among legislators who then arranged a hearing to demand clarification.

Tension between Dahlan and politicians is nothing new. The lawmakers dislike many of Dahlan’s moves, such as his decision to appoint d...