Dismissal of Garuda CEO, Jokowi: Don't mess around
Support for BUMN Minister Erick Thohir's move to remove Garuda Indonesia's main director, Ari Askhara, has been visible since last Friday. Bouquets of flowers containing support for this decision were seen filling the courtyard of the BUMN ministry's office. From internal circles of PT Garuda Indonesia. The employee group, which calls itself the Garuda Indonesia cabin crew association, also supports the decision. They assess that Ari Askhara, as Garuda's CEO, often takes policies that are often detrimental to the company and employees.
Appreciation for Erick Thohir's decision to fire the Garuda CEO was also conveyed by the chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) and chairman of the Indonesian Entrepreneurs Association (APINDO), Hariyadi Sukamdani, who considered this to be the cause of the uncompetitive aviation industry.
Quoted from kompas.com, Hariyadi said, We regret that there are efforts to make competition difficult. Frankly, we are very happy with the change in Garuda's board of directors, I as the chairman of PHRI in the tourism sector. He dictates the market, until Traveloka is pressured by him, that's not fair.
The dismissal of Garuda's CEO by the BUMN minister also received support from President Joko Widodo. He said this was a warning to any government company official who abused his position.
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