Prabowo Will Ban BUMN Hotel Business, Here’s Erick Thohir’s Response

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Minister of Defense (Menhan) and Presidential Candidate (Capres) Prabowo Subianto will prohibit BUMN from carrying out the hotel business. FOTO/doc.SINDOnews

JAKARTA – Minister of Defense (Menhan) and Presidential Candidate (Capres) Prabowo Subianto will prohibit state-owned companies from conducting hotel business. Prabowo also said that state-owned hotels were not needed.

“We don’t need state-owned hotels. What do you think, Mr Erick? But I ask for your advice. I want to take a reasonable approach, I want to get as much advice as possible from anywhere and I want the best input,” said Prabowo, Tuesday (5/3/2024).

Responding to this, Erick said Prabowo’s statement was in line with the BUMN Ministry’s 2024-2034 road map. One of them is that shareholders continue to reduce the company’s size to just 30.

“In the 2024-2034 roadmap, if possible, the number of BUMNs will be 30, which is now from 108 to 41 only this year. As Pak Prabowo said, for example, is it necessary for BUMNs to have lots of hotels,” explained Erick.

Before he served as Minister of BUMN, Erick said that the number of BUMN hotels was very large. In fact, almost every BUMN has its own hotel.

He also began to make breakthroughs with the formation of Holding Hotel Indonesia under the auspices of PT Hotel Indonesia Natour. Erick said that the presence of state-owned hotels is an effort to transform and improve efficiency of state-owned hotels in the future.

“In the past, every BUMN had a hotel, now in my time the hotels have been consolidated into one umbrella, namely 122 hotels,” said Erick.

According to him, BUMN as one third of Indonesia’s economic power must have three important things. First, it must be a healthy corporation and provide fiscal contributions in the form of taxes, dividends, etc. Second, as a locomotive for national economic development.

“For example, making (KEK) Sanur a center for health tourism and finally the most important thing is the people’s economy where BUMN is now 92 percent, ultra micro and micro are still also BUMN,” he explained.

(nng)