President Director of PT Pertamina (Persero) Karen Agustiawan reportedly quit his post because he will teach at Harvard University. Economist Faisal Basri saw Karen’s resignation a bit odd.
Faisal claimed to have just heard the news of Karen’s retreat from the reporter’s question. “Based on the info from you, it is a bit odd if the reason to teach,” said Faisal at Ritz Carlton Hotel, Pacific Place, Jakarta, Monday (18/08/2014).
According to Faisal, the reason for Karen’s retirement from Pertamina’s position is probably because something is happening and Karen is not able to bear the condition. However, he claimed not to speculate because he did not know Karen well.
“The pressures, but I do not know. I met Mrs. Karen just once, at the seminar. (I) do not know well, “said Faisal.
Nevertheless, Faisal said, basically, Pertamina and PLN are the two state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that have the largest contribution compared to all SOEs, which is about 70 percent. Thus, if there is a problem concerning the two SOEs and can be solved, there is no significant problem involving the BUMN as a whole.
“If the two are cleared up, yes it’s OK. But, his interests are extraordinary there. About fuel, not about another, such as octane, it’s more horrified again, “said Faisal.
Earlier, SOE Minister Dahlan Iskan said Karen had requested her resignation from office. According to Dahlan, Karen’s resignation was motivated by Karen’s desire to teach at Harvard University.
“Approximately one month away he became Pertamina’s president because he wanted to take care of himself, family, and want his next career, that he wanted to teach. He has been accepted teaching at Harvard, Boston. He wrote to Harvard when he could carry out his teaching. Therefore, I can not stand it anymore, “said Dahlan.