Garuda Indonesia CEO with Double Position to Be Removed

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  • Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara. TEMPO/Francisca Christy Rosana

    Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara. TEMPO/Francisca Christy Rosana

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Deputy of Financial, Survey, and Consulting Services of State-owned Enterprises Ministry, Gatot Trihargo, appreciated the Business Competition Supervisory Commission's (KPPU) move to investigate the alleged double position practice carried out by Ari Askhara as the president director of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and commissioner of Sriwijaya Group.

    “We will dismiss Ari Askhara as commissioner of Sriwijaya. We will replace him,” said Gatot when met at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs office, Jakarta, Monday, July 1.

    According to him, the practice was actually allowed. “But, if it is considered affecting business competition, it’s better to replace [him],” he underlined.

    Gatot said that he had talked to SOE Minister Rini Soemarno on the matter, and that the ministry would abide by the KPPU’s decision. 

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    Previously, KPPU grilled Ari about the latter’s positions in the flag carrier and Sriwijaya Group. The double position started after Garuda established ties with Sriwijaya Group in November 2018.

    KPPU assessed the multiple position practice could trigger business monopoly in the aviation industry since the two groups’ cooperation was not a merger.

    When met after the KPPU’s questioning, Ari Askhara explained the double position in Garuda Indonesia and Sriwijaya Group aimed at saving the airlines’ assets.

    MUHAMMAD HENDARTYO | FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA