Luhut Spokesperson Says There Are Political Elements Behind Reports to the KPK Regarding the PCR Business

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. Luhut’s name is associated with the PCR business. (Source: Public Relations Documentation of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.TV – Spokesperson for Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Jodi Mahardi, said that there was a political element behind the accusation that he was involved in the PCR test kit business.

“We know this is all based on a political background for the interests of certain groups,” said Jodi as quoted from Live Streaming KOMPAS TV, Sunday (7/11/2021).

Luhut is reported to have an indirect stake in PT Genomik Solidaritas Indonesia (GSI), a company that provides PCR tests.

He invested in PT GSI through two of his companies, PT Toba Sejahtera and PT Toba Bumi Energi.

The company, which is headquartered in Cilandak, South Jakarta, is a big player in providing PCR and antigen test services to detect Covid-19 in Indonesia.

Related to this, Jodi said, Luhut never took any personal profit from the business run by PT GSI, including in the form of dividends.

Also read: Luhut and Erick Thohir Reportedly Involved in the PCR Test Business, KPK Chair: We Don’t Look At It

“Until now, there has been no distribution of profits in the form of dividends or other forms to shareholders,” said Jodi.

Luhut, said Jodi, only has a stake of less than 10 percent in Toba Bumi Energi, a subsidiary of Toba Bara Sejahtera which also holds shares in PT GSI.

Jodi said that there were 9 shareholders who invested in GSI, and Luhut did not have majority control in TBS, so he could not comment on Toba Bumi Energi.

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