Following the suspect label on the PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara CEO Sofyan Basir, State-Owned Enterprises Ministry Rini Soemarno appointed the Human Capital Director Muhammad Ali as acting CEO for 30 days - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) — Following the suspect label on the PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara CEO Sofyan Basir, State-Owned Enterprises Ministry Rini Soemarno appointed the Human Capital Director Muhammad Ali as acting CEO for 30 days, official confirmed on Thursday (04/25).

Same as Basir, Ali was previously in the management of a state-owned bank PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia Tbk (IDX:BBRI). After Basir was assigned as suspect by the anti-graft Commission for alleged bribery for Riau-1 steam power plant project in Riau province, PLN Commissioner then decided to dismissed him.

The state-owned power producer is acting quickly to choose the acting President Director, so the company’ operational will not be harmed.

“We respect the ongoing legal process in the Corruption Eradication Commission with forwarding the principle of presumption of innocence. Furthermore, we submit all of the legal processes to CEC that will act professionally and proportionally,” said PLN management in the press release.

Basir is allegedly receiving bribe from the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Riau-1 project. The power plant case also involved several names, including the House of Representatives member Eni Maulani Saragih, former General Secretary of Golongan Karya Party Idrus Marham.

It all started in October 2015. Director of PT Samantaka Batubara sent a letter to PLN, basically requested to be included in the the electricity supply business plan. But there was no positive response until Johannes Kotjo finally sought assistance to coordinate with PLN, in order to get the Riau-1 Independent Power Producer project.

Then in 2016, Basir at the meeting appointed Kotjo to handle the Riau-1 PLTU project. He violated the Presidential Regulation number 4/2016 concerning the Acceleration of Electricity Infrastructure Development that requires PLN to carry out the construction of electricity infrastructure. Basir is allegedly getting money from smoothing the power plant project for Kotjo.

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