Indonesian energy minister bemoans bad luck

JAKARTA It’s not often effortless becoming a reformist minister in Indonesia, as Sudirman Mentioned, the country’s power minister, created plain in remarks on Friday.

Soon soon after he took workplace in October 2014, President Joko Widodo put Mentioned in charge of cleaning up the crooked power sector. Now the minister seems rather jaded by his job.

“There was no minister as unlucky as me,” Said told an anti-corruption hearing in the city of Bandung, according to a media statement posted on the power ministry’s web site.

“There were no other ministries where the minister is in prison, the secretary-general is in prison, the head of the oil and gas regulator is in prison and several members of the (parliament) power commission are in prison.”

Soon after he took workplace, Said launched a significant shakeup of the graft-tainted ministry, requiring all prime directors to re-apply for their jobs.

The minister lately went public with recordings of a conversation in which parliament speaker Setya Novanto allegedly attempted to extort shares in the regional unit of Freeport McMoRan Inc [FCX.N], which operates 1 of the world’s most significant copper and gold mines in eastern Indonesia.

Indonesia, an archipelago of some 250 million folks wealthy in sources, is routinely ranked by watchdog Transparency International as one of the world’s most corrupt countries.

Said’s predecessor, Jero Wacik, stepped down in September 2014 right after getting named a suspect in a case involving extortion and kickbacks worth about $ 841,000.

A few months ahead of that, the former head of Indonesia’s energy regulator, SKKMigas, was jailed for seven years for taking a lot more than $ 1 million in bribes from the owner of a Singapore-based oil firm.

(Writing by Nicholas Owen Editing by Robert Birsel)

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