Jakarta: Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar pandjaitan is optimistic that PT Pertamina (Persero) President Commisioner Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama is capable to manage the state energy giant.
Luhut revealed that Pertamina is currently facing a lot of challenges. He believes that Ahok is the right person to tackle the challenges.
"Pak Ahok is suitable to supervise Pertamina and its many challenges," the retired Army general said here on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
According to Luhut, Ahok has been ordered to take firm action against people who hinder Pertamina's performance. In addition, he is also expected to eradicate corruption.
"I have asked Pak Ahok to check Pertamina's condition. He loves that task," the former presidential chief of staff added.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo earlier assigned the former Jakarta governor and Pertamina President Director Nicke Widyawati, to oversee the construction of oil refineries. Jokowi wants Pertamina to immediately have new oil refineries.
The assignment was given by Jokowi when Pertamina officials met with the President at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta on Monday, December 9, 2019. Ahok and Nicke were among the Pertamina officials present at the meeting.