Kadin Chairman Is Outspoken About Luhut’s Involvement in the PCR Business

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Mohammad Arsjad Rasjid spoke about the recent polemic in the PCR swab test business. One of them concerns the involvement of the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in the business.

Arsjad confirmed that he initiated the establishment of PT Genomik Solidaritas Indonesia (GSI) in April 2020. The company runs the GSI Lab business unit which is engaged in PCR and antigen swab test services.

Tempo magazine edition 1-7 November 2021 then published a main report on the government’s decision to require PCR tests for flight passengers. Not only includes Arsjad, Luhut’s name is also mentioned in this report.

This is because PT Toba Sejahtra and PT Toba Bumi Energi are listed as holding shares in GSI. Both companies are affiliated with Luhut. As a result, Luhut’s involvement in the PCR business is also popular with the public. Arsjad then explained that Luhut was involved after he invited a number of business colleagues to participate.

“First I called Pak Boy (Thohir). ‘Boy, let’s help.’ After that, I called Pandu (Sjahrir). Pandu invited Pak Luhut,” said Arsjad Rasjid in an interview with Tempo Magazine on November 5. “All these gentlemen just go along with it.”

Boy is none other than the President Director of PT Adaro Energy Tbk Garibaldi Thohir. Meanwhile, Pandu Sjahrir is none other than Luhut’s nephew.