Investment Minister Tells TikTok Not to Pit Indonesians Against Each Other
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian Minister of Investment Bahlil Lahadalia said that TikTok should not pit the Indonesian people against each other. He made the statement in response to the Chinese short video app’s objection to the Indonesian government’s move to ban goods transactions on social media platforms.
“And remember, they (TikTok) should not pit this nation against each other because I have seen their WA (WhatsApp text),” Bahlil said when met after attending the 76th birthday celebration of Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in Kuningan, Jakarta, on Thursday, September 28, 2023.
Bahlil further explained TikTok’s message which noted that if TikTok Shop is not allowed to operate, MSMEs will not be accommodated.
“While what we are doing is actually to back up, protect our MSMEs,” he stressed.
He mentioned that a hijab worth Rp75,000 in Indonesia could be sold for Rp5,000 on TikTok. “For real! Our MSMEs will not be able to grow then,” Bahlil said.
As previously reported, TikTok Indonesia said in a WhatsApp message to Tempo that it regretted Indonesia's announcement to ban social commerce. It said the decision would affect the livelihoods of the six million sellers and nearly seven million affiliate creators who use TikTok Shop.
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