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Presidential spokesperson appointed commissioner of SOE Waskita Karya

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 7, 2020   /   02:08 pm
Presidential spokesperson appointed commissioner of SOE Waskita Karya Presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman (left) stands beside President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo as he speaks to journalists at the State Palace in Jakarta on Feb. 5. (Courtesy of the Presidential Press Bureau/Kris)

State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir has appointed presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman as the new commissioner of state-owned construction firm Waskita Karya. 

The move was part of several changes made to the company's board of directors announced in an annual shareholders’ meeting on Friday.

Fadjroel was previously president commissioner of state-owned builder PT Adhi Karya in 2015. Following Fadjroel’s appointment as Waskita Karya commissioner, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Dody Usodo Hargo — the current assistant to the Office of the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister — took his position at PT Adhi Karya.

Besides Fadjroel, former National Police Chief Badrodin Haiti was appointed the main independent commissioner for Waskita Karya. Cipta Karya director general Danis Sumadilaga was also among the new commissioners announced.

Meanwhile, Destiawan Soewardjono, former operational director of state-owned contractor PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA), replaces I Gusti Ngurah Putrawas as Waskita Karya president director.

Fadjroel, a former human rights and prodemocracy activist, has been a staunch supporter of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, having volunteered for Jokowi’s first presidential campaign in 2014.

He was then appointed as Jokowi’s spokesperson in October 2019, following the former Jakarta governor’s reelection as president.

During the New Order era, Fadjroel was an outspoken activist who spoke out against then-president Soeharto’s administration. In 1989, Fadjroel was imprisoned at Nusa Kambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, for his involvement in a student movement while studying at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).  (trn)