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Ahok faces uphill battle as new Pertamina commissioner: Experts

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, November 25, 2019   /  07:04 pm
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State-Owned Enterprises Deputy Minister Kartika (Courtesy of Pertamina/-)

Newly installed president commissioner of state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, will face an uphill battle to keep tabs on Indonesia’s largest energy enterprise, experts say. The former Jakarta governor told reporters before his inauguration in Jakarta on Monday that his position entailed “sitting on the board, as a citizen, to help oversee developments in [Pertamina’s] performance, field operations and teamwork". “It's different from when I was a governor, I could tell [the public] about everything. Only certain positions have such authority. In this case, they are Pertamina’s president director and the state-owned enterprises [SOE] minister,” he said. As stipulated in the 2003 SOEs Law, commissioners have far less power than directors over a state-owned company's day-to-day operati...