TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) rebuffed Grab Indonesia’s demand to replace one of its commissioners who was handling the case of the alleged violation of business competition.
The ride-hailing app company PT Solusi Transportasi Indonesia (Grab Indonesia) and business partner PT Teknologi Pengangkutan Indonesia (TPI), which was a car rental service provider, were accused of conducting discriminatory practice in running its business.
During a previous hearing, Grab through its attorney Hotman Paris urged the business competition watchdog to dismiss an assembly member Guntur Saragih because of the latter’s remark that was considered a violation of the code of ethics.
Guntur stated that the appointment of the same advocate by the two accused parties in the case of alleged discriminatory practice further strengthened the allegation. He earlier said that what he said did not represent an official statement.
“I am certain to remain as a commission member,” said Guntur on Monday, November 4.
On the report No. 13/KPPU-I/2019, the KPPU investigators suspected Grab and PT TPI violated three articles of Law No.5/1999 on monopoly practice and unhealthy business competition.
An investigator Dewi Sita reiterated that PT TPI and Grab Indonesia allegedly committed unfair business practices by prioritizing driver-partners under PT TPI than the independent ones.