Grab Likely Face Rp25bn Fine over Alleged Discriminatory Practice



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) suspected Grab Indonesia and its business partner, PT Teknologi Pengangkutan Indonesia (TPI), of running discriminatory partnership. The ride-hailing app company allegedly prioritized driver-partners from TPI than those individual drivers.

    "Grab discriminates independent driver-partners, and this is a violation of a regulation on unhealthy business competition," said the business watchdog commissioner Guntur Saragih, Wednesday, July 17.

    KPPU noted that the two firms violated Article 14 and Article 19D of Law No. 5/1999 concerning the ban on monopoly practice and unhealthy business competition.

    Therefore, hearings on the matter would be held in the near time, and the Commission Board would make decisions. If the firm is declared guilty, it is obliged to pay a maximum fine of Rp25 billion.

    Responding to the report, Head of Public Affairs of Grab Indonesia, Tri Sukma Anreianno, said his company would obey the legal process. “We will always respect and support all ongoing legal proceedings,” said Sukma in a short message to Tempo, Thursday, July 18.