YLKI Urges The Government to Take Sides on SOEs
By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Saturday, February 17 2018 - 22:00 IWST
Menteri BUMN Rini Soemarno (Foto Dok Industry.co.id)
INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - The Chief Executive of the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) Tulus Abadi asked the government to maintain the alignment to state-owned enterprises (BUMN) as a real manifestation of the implementation of Article 33 of the 1945 Constitution.
"The mission of SOEs, such as PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara and PT Pertamina, in addition to seeking a reasonable profit also to serve the community," said Tulus through a written message received in Jakarta, Friday (16/2/2018)
Tulus said the government should keep SOEs from bankruptcy threats due to unclear, disobedient, and overlapping policies.
Tulus exemplifies a highly regulated electricity sector policy on the downstream side of electricity tariffs, but very dynamic and liberal in the upstream sector.
"Consumers are entitled to reasonable tariffs, while the fairness of tariffs should also pay attention to the interests of operators the fairness of the tariffs in accordance with the cost of supply will maintain the sustainability of PT PLN," he said.
Tulus said that the discourse of electricity tariff reform by incorporating the reference price of coal is very dangerous, if it still refers to the international price.
"Including the reference coal price is very risky for both consumers and PLN as electricity providers if the government is not able to control the domestic sales price of coal," he said.
Therefore, YLKI urges the government to intervene on coal prices in the interests of electricity, even national interests.
The government should be able to set the upper and lower limits for domestic sales of coal prices, so there is a clear benchmark.