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Rudiantara appointed PLN director, Cabinet secretary says

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 25, 2019   /   05:36 pm
Rudiantara appointed PLN director, Cabinet secretary says Then communications and information minister Rudiantara delivers a speech themed "The Importance of Technology and Digital for Growing Business" in the Kempinski Grand Ballroom in Jakarta in November 2018. JP/Donny Fernando (The Jakarta Post/Donny Fernando)

Former communications and information minister Rudiantara has been appointed to be the director of state-owned electricity firm PLN, according to Cabinet Secretary Pramono Agung.

“I hope he will be inaugurated soon,” Pramono said at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.

He said the Final Assessment Team had agreed on Rudiantara for the top post at PLN.

“The Final Assessment hearing has finished. Now the ball is on the State-owned Enterprises [SOEs] Ministry’s field,” he said.

The hearing was attended by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Pramono, SOEs Minister Erick Thohir and several other ministers.

However, Arya Sinulingga, an aide to Minister Erick, said he had yet to receive any confirmation from the palace regarding Rudiantara’s appointment.

“We haven’t received any information from the palace. Pak Erick usually receives [a letter from the palace], but he is still on an overseas trip. He’ll return on the 29th, so we’ll just have to wait until the minister is here,” Arya said.

He said Rudiantara was picked as one of the candidates because of his experience as a minister in the communications sector, which spoke to his ability to command a large corporation like PLN.

Rudiantara served as the communications and information minister during Jokowi’s first presidential term. In October, Johnny G. Plate replaced Rudiantara in the post. (rfa)