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Jakarta Post

I don't know anything about IT: Transportation Minister Jonan

  • Farida Susanty

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 21, 2016   /  06:10 pm
I don't know anything about IT: Transportation Minister Jonan Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno talk to fellow ministers before a limited ministerial meeting on Oct. 15, 2015. Jonan had requested that the Communications and Information Ministry block popular ride-hailing applications Uber and Grab, saying that the services lack operating permits. His stance later softened as he gave the firms a deadline to comply with the regulation by the end of May. (the jakarta post/Wienda Parwitasari)

Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan admitted at an information and technology event that he did not know much about information technology (IT).

"I don't know anything about it. But I'm a very good user of IT services," he said at an Indonesian Chief Information Officer (iCIO) community event on Thursday.

The minister, former president director of state railway operator PT KAI, revealed that he was the first to apply an IT system in the company.

"It served 400 million passengers a year," he said.

He also shot down claims that he opposed the use of mobile transportation apps, Grab and Uber, stating his support for the use of technology in the sector.

The ministry previously requested the Communications and Information Ministry to ban Uber and Grab.

However, it then spared both companies, setting a May 31 deadline to fulfill legal permits for its partners. (dmr)


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