The Jakarta Post
Newly installed Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Rizal Ramli was harshly criticized by State-Owned Entreprises Minister Rini Soemarno on Thursday for urging national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia to drop its plan to buy new planes.
Rizal told the media recently that he had suggested to President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo that Garuda be asked to cancel its US$44.5 billion fleet expansion plan, fearing that the company would run into financial difficulty again.
Responding to his suggestion, Rini, who oversees the management of Garuda, told Rizal to back off as the company was not under his authority.
'State-owned enterprises are clearly under the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister, not under the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister. So no one can intervene in Garuda except for the former,' Rini said as quoted by Antara news agency on Thursday.
Rini defended Garuda's plan as the company was developing its business.
However, she said she had not heard Rizal speak about the matter directly.
'On what grounds did he speak like that? For what reason did he request a cancellation? Please don't say something without a strong reason,' she said. (ika)
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