Badrodin Haiti resigns as president commissioner, remains Grab Indonesia’s senior advisor

  • Badrodin was appointed as president commissioner of a state-owned company
  • Regulations bar members of a SOE’s board of commissioner from holding another similar post


Badrodin Haiti resigns as president commissioner, remains Grab Indonesia’s senior advisor


JUST three weeks after leading Southeast Asian ride-hailing provider, Grab Pte Ltd, announced the appointment of former National Police Chief Badrodin Haiti (pic) as the president commissioner for Grab Indonesia, the startup now confirmed that Badrodin will no longer serve in that position.

“Mr. Badrodin Haiti will now take on the role of senior advisor to Grab Indonesia,” said a joint-statement from Grab Indonesia and Badrodin.

The statement came after some local media reported that Badrodin had annulled the agreement, while others reported that Badrodin did not know about the formal announcement as the conversation about joining Grab was in an informal setting.

“At that time it was still a discussion. Little did I know that an announcement was made,” he told online news site Kumparan.

In an official statement, Grab Indonesia said that the invitation for Badrodin to join the startup’s management had been made before, and the agreement between Grab Indonesia and Badrodin was formalised in the general meeting of shareholders.

The complication arose when Badrodin was appointed as president commissioner of state-owned development and construction company PT Waskita Karya a few weeks before Grab Indonesia announced his appointment as president commissioner.

“Provisions on state-owned enterprises (SOE) do not allow any director/commissioner to hold double posts. Grab Indonesia and Mr. Badrodin will comply with all relevant provisions and agree to make the necessary adjustments,” said Grab Indonesia.

Chapter III point D of the State-Owned Enterprises Ministerial Regulations No. PER-02/MBU/02/2015 dated Feb 17, 2015, states that prior to the appointment to the board of commissioner, one has to sign a statement of resignation from other positions, and is prohibited from holding a concurrent post. In order to continue serving on the board of commissioner, prompt resignation from the other post is needed.

“The existence of services and platforms like Grab is widely accepted and can support the country’s economy in the long run, while at the same time helps improve the transportation issues we have, that is why I was open to Grab Indonesia’s offer to be its president commissioner,” Badrodin told DNA.

Both Grab Indonesia and Badrodin did not provide any further explanations on why they chose to work together despite the clash in positions.

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