Indonesia's Minister for State-Owned Enterprises, Laksamana Sukardi, promised that a formal announcement would be made on April 29th or 30th regarding who will be named to lead the National Flag Carrier. However, that announcement is yet to be made almost a full week later.
While the position is widely expected to go to the Minister's brother, long-time Garuda Executive Samudra Sukardi, growing dissent is building from those who claim that despite Samudra's obvious qualification for the post, his appointment to the number one job at the Airline would fly in the face of President Megawati's platform to build a government free of collusion, corruption and nepotism.
Critics maintain that a Minister appointing his own Brother to the CEO's role of a major state-owned company would represent a blatant conflict-of-interest and eliminate the distance necessary between the Minister's Office and the Management of a Company he is meant to monitor and control on behalf of the taxpayers.
Ironically, Samudra Sukardi has a long and distinguished career in senior roles at Garuda that qualify him in terms of experience to lead the company. In fact, his sole liability in qualifying for the top position is a Brother sitting as the Minister in charge of the Airline he aspires to lead.
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