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Military plans to quit business ventures soon JAKARTA - Indonesia’s armed forces will withdraw from business activities in two years, sooner than planned, in a bid to improve their image, the military said in a statement on its web site.

The military may transfer some of its businesses to the State Enterprises Ministry, Military Chief Endriartono Sutarto said in the statement on Wednesday from Jakarta, without specifying the companies involved. Legislation passed in 2004 required the military to end business ventures within five years. “Businesses that clearly bring a negative image will soon be closed down,” Sutarto said in the statement. The military must concentrate on its main responsibilities “so that it can be a true professional in carrying out its duties for the nation”.'
The armed forces have a business empire including golf courses, luxury hotels, building companies and fish sellers. It has long dominated the country's politics and ran the country for most of the years since Indonesia's independence in 1949. The military also plans to establish a holding company for cooperatives and other non-profit organizations under its management, Sutarto said without providing details.
“The defence minister is now forming a task force whose job is to identify the military business and then to formulate a plan going forward,'' State Enterprise Minister Sugiharto said on Wednesday in Jakarta. “The finance minister, law minister and myself will be part of that team. We still need to know what those companies are, the business profiles and financial performance,” he added. Sugiharto said his ministry hasn't yet received corporate documents from the defence ministry.
The military's Kartika Eka Paksi foundation owns hotels including Kartika Plaza Hotel in Bali, while PT Dirgantara Indonesia makes small planes and helicopters. The armed forces have been criticised for alleged involvement in illegal logging and prostitution, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported.



Posted in Military @ 14 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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