Ministry to tighten monitoring of SOE tendering systems

"The step has been taken to prevent corruption and ensure GCG."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has planned to tighten supervision over the tendering systems and activities of a number of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) from next year onwards.

"The step has been taken to prevent corruption and ensure good corporate governance (GCG)," State-Owned Enterprises Ministry public relations director Faisal Halimi said here on Wednesday.

He noted the ministry would focus on monitoring the tendering systems and activities of SOEs.

Halimi stated that the minister praised PT PLN Persero for cancelling the construction of two main substations in North Sumatra on the grounds of "unreasonable costs".

"However, Dahlan urged all parties to process the tenders so the electricity system in North Sumatera could be quickly repaired," he explained.

"However, a few SOEs have never engaged in such corrupt practices, namely PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines Persero, PT PAL Persero, and PT Garam Persero," Halimi pointed out.

He said Dahlan also lauded the three SOE directors who had appeared before the House Ethics Council (BK) to face questions about the alleged extortion of six state-owned enterprises by DPR members.

"The minister applauded the three SEO directors for being brave enough to reveal their experience relating to the problem," Halimi added.