Anies Baswedan, Sandiaga Uno Unable to Let Go Anker Beer Shares

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  • Beer shelve of a mini market in Jakarta, Jan. 22, 2015. Image: TEMPO/Wisnu Agung Prasetyo

    Beer shelve of a mini market in Jakarta, Jan. 22, 2015. Image: TEMPO/Wisnu Agung Prasetyo

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and Deputy Sandiaga Uno announced that they could not yet fulfill their campaign promise to let go of Jakarta`s 26.25 percent share in Anker Beer, produced by Delta Djakarta.

    “This is a sensitive matter since it is a public company whose shares traded on the stock exchange,” said Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno on Monday, October 23.

    Uno promised the public that he would evaluate each and every regional owned enterprises, as well as considering the interests of a group of people that yearns to sell Delta Djakarta's shares. “But we have yet entered the discussion regarding Delta Djakarta’s share sales,” said Sandiaga.

    Read: Beer Producers Seeks Clarity on Sales Ban

    The 26.25 share owned by the Jakarta Provincial Government is a combined share of 23.34 percent and 2.91 percent owned by BP IPM Jaya. Jakarta Administration has been entrenched in company licensee and distribution of several international beer brands such as Carlsberg, San Miguel, and Stout.

    Former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok defended the stock shares that Jakarta Provincial Government had in the beer company, considering that it has a positive financial contribution to the region.

    During the 2017 Jakarta Gubernatorial Campaign, Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno mentioned the 'sharia' promises to the public and deemed that it is inessential for a province to own shares in a company that is not beneficial to the interest of the people. They promised that they would let go of Jakarta’s beer company's shares completely.

    Larissa Huda