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A New Broom Sweeps Clean

New Merpati Airline CEO Asks for Help in Stopping Corrupt Practices Permeating His Company

(6/22/2012) The newly installed president director of the troubled State airline Merpati Nusantara is complaining openly of “rampant corruption” permeating the state-owned carrier.

According to the Jakarta Globe, Merpati’s CEO Rudy Setyopurnomo, has even resorted to seeking assistance in identifying and removing errant employees to the national Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Setyopurnomo assumed the helm at the financially hemorrhaging national carrier on May 14, 2012, following the sudden dismissal of Sardjono Jhonny Tjitrokusumo (Jhonny Sardjono) by the Minister of State-owned Enterprises (BUMN).

Rudy revealed the wide spread thievery and corruption at Merpati during testimony before Commission XI of the National House of Representatives (DPR) where he told legislators, “the level of internal corruption within Merpati has topped 60 percent.”

He asked KPK to investigate corruption at his airlines, pledging to fire any employee found guilty of dishonesty.

The money-losing airline is targeted by Rudy to turn a profit before the end of the year.

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