Indonesia Highlights: Indonesian Rock Star Abdee Slank Appointed As Telkom Commissioner | Indonesia Reissues Controversial AstraZeneca Vaccine Batch | Indonesian Counterterrorist Police Nab 10 Suspect

May 30, 2021, 08.05 AM

“It had nothing to do with [Abdee’s] actual competence or fitness for office,” added the House of Representatives member of Commission VI on trade, industry, investment, cooperatives, small and medium businesses and state-owned companies.

Amin noted that Jokowi supporters like Abdee, Fadjroel Rachman, Andi Gani Nena Wea and Ulin Yusron “run counter to the principles of Good Corporate Governance,” he lamented.

“The disregard of these principles caused many Indonesian state run companies to incur financial losses and keep them from making any meaning full progress.”

Trisakti University Public Policy observer Trubus Rahadiansyah is just as scathing, particularly of Abdee’s inexperience. “[Abdee’s] appointment is nothing more than giving away political spoils. He will only hinder his fellow commissioners.”

Abdee and the rest of Slank are known high-profile supporters of Jokowi, since the former Jakarta Governor took Indonesian politics by storm during his 2014 presidential run before winning reelection in 2019.


Indonesia Reissues Controversial AstraZeneca Vaccine Batch

The Indonesian Ministry of Health has reissued AstraZeneca’s CTMAV 547 Covid-19 vaccine batch, less than two weeks after it was withdrawn from circulation on Sunday, May 16 following the death of a number of the vaccine’s recipients.

“The tests are part of investigations to determine if there are any connections between the vaccine’s and side effects such as blood clots, fevers or headaches,” said BPOM in a press release on May 29.


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