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Insight: BPMigas dissolution: A political comedy

  • Lin Che Wei

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 17 2012   /  11:11 am

The recent Constitutional Court decision declaring upstream oil and gas regulator BPMigas unconstitutional highlights how political interference produces major setbacks for the nation. There are three reasons why we believe this move is political in nature rather than based on sound political-economic logic.

Let’s start with the final act before proceeding to Act 1. Scene: Constitutional Court, with a judicial review proposed by 30 people and 12 organizations, mainly represented by the country’s two largest Muslim organizations, Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama, and several other Islamic and non-governmental organizations. Supporting actors: Kwik Kian Gie, Rizal Ramli, Kurtubi and Constitutional Court chairman Mahfud MD. Verdict: BPMigas is unconstitutional. Only one judge wrote a dissenting opinion.

The decision from the Constitutional Court brings disgrace and shame t...