Jakarta: The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has said that PT PLN president director Sofyan Basir's suspect status should not affect the state electricity company's performance.
"We are concerned with this issue," the ministry's electricty director general Rida Mulyana said here on Tuesday.
"Public services should remain the priority," the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry official noted.
On Tuesday afternoon, The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named the PT PLN leader as the latest suspect in a bribery case related to the construction of Riau-1 power plant.
"KPK has upgarded the status to investigation and has named SFB as suspect," KPK deputy chairman Saut Sitomorang told a press conference this afternoon.
"Sofyan allegedly instructed his subordinate to greenlight the power purchase agreement between PT PLN and Blackgold Natural Resources," the KPK commissioner added.
In August 2018, KPK officials former Golkar Party secretary general Idrus Marham as the third suspect in the graft case. A month earlier, KPK investigators arrested Golkar Party lawmaker Eni Maulani Saragih and Blackgold Natural Resources Limited CEO Johannes Budi Sutrisno Kotjo in a sting operation in the capital city of Jakarta.
"KPK arrested EMS (House of Representatives legislator for 2014-2019) and JBK (private sector). The two are detained for 20 days starting today at East Jakarta Class I Detention Center KPK Branch. KPK has previously named EMS and JBK as suspects," KPK said in a press release in July 2018.
"After a 24-hour examination and case hearing, KPK concluded that EMS allegedly received kickback from JBK in relation to the PLTU Riau-1 development contract," the anti corruption watchdog remarked.
Idrus was sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of Rp150 million, Eni was sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of Rp200 million, while Johannes Kotjo was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison an a fine of Rp150 million.