Go Jek, Uber, Grab and other ride-hailing services is a KPPU issue

The demonstration¬†by taxi and the public transport rivers yesterday received much criticism from the Netcitizenship, who naturally gravitate to things Webby, disruptive and saves them money. The transport drivers are apparently disgruntled over dwindling income caused by their ride-hailing services and the ostensible reason for objecting to the latter's presence are claims that they do... Continue Reading →

The JFCC, two Ministers and a lot to wonder about this week

Perhaps as part of the pre-Ramadan rush, the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club has been very busy this week with its media luncheons, where it invites a prominent speaker to address the crowd and field questions. On Monday it hosted Franky Sibarani, is the Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and today it hosted Trade... Continue Reading →

Sandiaga Uno and his defense of the Bakries

They say there is a very thin line between bravery and folly. Today we saw something extraordinary when investor/business man/poster-boy-for-the-next-generation-of-business leaders, Sandiaga Uno pinned his flag to the Bakrie/Bumi Plc mast with his opinion piece in The Jakarta Globe. In doing so Sandiaga has gone where most people concerned about image making - their own... Continue Reading →

Jakarta second from last in location branding survey of Asian cities

How well does Jakarta do when it comes to location branding (a fancy modern word to substitute for reputation of a place)? According to a study by Public Affairs Asia and Ogilvy PR called Location Branding 2012, not that well at all. Out of 16 cities Jakarta came 14, just above Manila. Another dubious distinction... Continue Reading →

Bringing the efficiencies of the Bumi boardroom to the government

Would how a man run his business be an indication of how he would run the country if he were president? Assume this is true and we would have an interesting thought exercise of how Bakrie would run Indonesia. Imagine Indonesia in 2015. An anti corruption group, headed by a prominent Indonesian whose credibility and... Continue Reading →

Indonesians not doing it?

Thang is a, er, rather controversial writer. Here's his opinion on the protesters against Nike in Singapore's Business Times. clipped from thangthecolumnist.blogspot.com Just Do It instead of playing blame games Business Times - 07 Aug 2007 Indonesia must step up moves to improve its investment climate to retain foreign players By THANG D NGUYEN IF... Continue Reading →

Kalla: stop using foreign consultants

Kompas today reported that Vice President Yusuf Kalla has once again reiterated that to achieve independence as a race all ministries and officials should no longer use foreign consultants or employees. "If we keep on asking for help from foreigners and other countries, we might as well dissolve the Ministry of Research and Technology. It's... Continue Reading →

The mysterious ways of the KPPU

The Jakarta Post's front page lead today wonders what is behind the Business Competition Supervisory Commission"s (KPPU) zeal in investigating Temasek's equity involvement in Indonesia's telecoms industry.The article contains quotes suggesting that the KPPU may have been inspired by Russian company Altimo to investigate Temasek. The Singapore conglomerate's movements have by and large been fairly... Continue Reading →

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