Minister for Communication and Informatics Rudiantara (Image Credit : Rudiantara's Personal Twitter account)

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Former Minister of Communication and Information in the era of President Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla, Rudiantara, was appointed as President Director of Indonesian state-owned electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN). While former minister of energy and mineral resources Ignatius Jonan will reportedly occupy the position of a chief commissioner.

Before becoming a minister, Rudiantara was PLN’ Vice President Director in 2008-2009. He reportedly was involved in seeking company funding, especially loans for the 10,000-megawatt power plant project. After that, he resigned.

“Hopefully soon it will be inaugurated,” said Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Monday (11/25) adding that the final assessment team’s session, one of which determined that the Rudiantara post had already been held.

The team meeting was chaired directly by the President as chairman, Anung as secretary, minister of state own enterprises Erick Thohir, and a number of other relevant ministers. Now, Rudiantara, whose ministerial post is replaced by Johnny Platte in Widodo’s second cabinet, is just waiting to be appointed by Thohir.

Thohir previously has named former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, best known as Ahok, as the new president commissioner of Indonesian state energy giant PT Pertamina, sparking speculation of a return to politics following his jailing in 2017 for blasphemy.

The Christian and ethnic Chinese politician, who was released in January after serving a controversial two-year term behind bars for insulting Islam, was officially awarded the position on Friday (11/22) following days of rumor among Indonesia’s political elite.

Ahok will replace outgoing president commissioner Tanri Abeng. The appointment was met with mixed reactions among economists and analysts in Jakarta. Some praised the move, saying it would help weed out corruption at Pertamina, which as of March had assets worth at least US$65 billion.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com