TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A spokesman of state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina, Fajriyah Usman, said the appointment of Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama as the firm's president commissioner was the government's right as the firm's shareholder. He made this statement in the wake of rejection from Pertamina's workers' union against Ahok's appointment.
However, he said Pertamina's management would soon have a seat with the workers to canvass the matter.
“We are still communicating that matter,” said Fajriyah following Pertamina’s general shareholder meeting at the headquarters of the SOE Ministry on Monday.
He said that a meeting between newly-appointed Pertamina commissioners and its workers are in the making. “There surely will be such an event. Only once it’s ready, that is a normal thing in a transition process.”
As previously reported, the president of Pertamina’s workers’ union (FSPPB), Arie Gumilar, openly refused to see Ahok replacing Pertamina’s president commissioner Tanri Abeng.
In a short message to Tempo on Friday, Aries elaborated, “We all know [Ahok’s] track record about his attitude that always invites disruptions. His choice of words is quite often profane.”
How did Ahok respond to these rejections? “Well, he hasn’t known me that well. He doesn’t know that I have earned my doctorate degree from the police's Mobile Brigade Correctional Institute (Mako Brimob),” said Ahok jokingly.