Dahlan Iskan

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Dahlan Iskan (born August 17, 1951) is the former CEO of Indonesian newspaper publisher, Jawa Pos Group. He was the CEO of Indonesia's State Electricity Company, (PLN) from December 23, 2009 to October, 2011.[1] Currently he is Indonesia's Minister for State-owned enterprises (since October 2011).

Dahlan is known for his unorthodox, often personalised, approach to solving internal bureaucratic problems and inefficiencies within stated-owned enterprises (SOEs). Over time, he has come to been seen as a somewhat controversial figure and his style as a minister has attracted criticism from members of the Indonesian parliament (MPs).[2] He has responded vigorously to criticisms from parliamentarians by threatening to expose details of payments allegedly made by SOEs in order to be able to meet MPs in parliamentary commission hearings. He also support the development of environmentally friendly car, where he often drives himself. He crashed one of the electric cars. Dahlan Iskan is also a well known author of the biography of Karmaka Surjaudaja, the founder of OCBC NISP, in which the book is titled 'no such thing as can't'.[3]


  1. ^ Suharmoko, Aditya; Alfian (2009-12-23). "Dahlan Iskan named to lead state power utility PLN". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ Amahl S, Azwar, 'Politics: Lawmakers target Dahlan and his antics', The Jakarta Post, 23 October 2012.
  3. ^ Donny Syofan, 'Dahlan vs House lawmakers replicates David vs Goliath duel?', The Jakarta Post, 4 November 2012.

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