NTT governor encourages police to apply for positions within his administration

first_imgEast Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat has encouraged police officials to apply for strategic positions in the provincial administration, despite warnings from watchdogs that such appointments would be a setback for the country’s democracy.The governor announced the controversial plan during a ceremony to commemorate the National Police’s 74th anniversary at the NTT Police headquarters on Wednesday. In his speech, Viktor said several agency head positions were currently open.“The positions for the heads of the Tourism Agency and the Animal Husbandry Agency are vacant. […] I think it’s all right if someone from the police wants to fill these positions,” Viktor said, as quoted by kompas.com. He quickly added that any police officers interested in applying for the positions would be required to retire from the force, as stipulated by the 2002 National Police Law, which requires active police personnel to retire or resign from the force to serve in an official public position.Read also: Jokowi calls on National Police to uphold humanity, professionalism amid pandemicA number of police officials currently hold strategic positions in several ministries, tempo.co has reported.They include Comr. Gen. Andap Budhi Revianto, who serves as the Law and Human Rights Ministry inspector general, Insp. Gen. Reinhard Silitonga, the ministry’s correctional facilities director general, and Comr. Gen. Antam Novambar, the Maritime and Fisheries Ministry’s acting secretary-general.Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) has spoken out against the government allowing police officials to hold positions in the civil service.“This is alarming. It’s like we are repeating the New Order regime’s depravity,” IPW chairman Neta S. Pane said on June 23, as quoted by tempo.co, referring to the Indonesian Military’s dwi fungsi (dual role) under the leadership of president Suharto.Netta urged President Joko Widodo not to repeat this mistake and to ensure compliance with prevailing regulations. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Creditors to Get Majority Control of Hanjin Heavy

first_imgLenders of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction, a financially-troubled mid-sized shipbuilder in South Korea, will obtain majority control of the company following the newly announced debt-to-equity-swap. Under the new transaction, Hanjin Heavy’s debt of KRW 687.41 billion (USD 608.3 million) will be transformed into new shares, the shipbuilder confirmed in a stock exchange filing.A group of creditors has agreed to accept Hanjin’s shares, according to state lender Korea Development Bank (KDB).As a result of the agreement, creditors will hold about 84 percent of Hanjin Heavy’s stock.What is more, lenders have selected Lee Byung-mo, a professor at Korean Inha University, to take over the management of the shipbuilder.The new agreement will encompass debts Hanjin Heavy owes to financial institutions in the Philippines. These debts are related to projects at Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil), a Philippine-based shipbuilding brand of Hanjin Heavy.HHIC-Phil was negatively impacted by the weakness of the global shipbuilding industry and the financial troubles of its Korean parent. The shipyard had to deal with dwindling orders and resorted to massive workforce cuts, laying off over 7,000 people back in December 2018. It also filed for court receivership in January this year and had been on the search for a buyer.As World Maritime News reported earlier, investors such as companies from China as well as the Philippine Navy, are said to be interested in acquiring the yard.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more