SKKMigas Rudi Dismissed as Bank Mandiri Commissioner
Rudi Rubiandini, the suspended head of the oil and gas regulator SKKMigas who is under investigation for bribery, has now been dismissed from his position as a commissioner at state-owned Bank Mandiri.
“He was caught red handed,” Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Dahlan Iskan said. “He could not avoid it so we dismissed him directly.”
Dahlan said the country’s largest lender by assets elected to part company with Rudi after he was named a suspect in a bribery case.
He had held the position at Bank Mandiri since April 2, around three months after he was installed as the head of SKKMigas.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also decided to suspend Rudi as SKKMigas chief after the KPK named him as a suspect on Wednesday.
He said that he had seen Rudi as someone of integrity, who would not be susceptible to graft, which is why Rudi had been recommended for the post.
“I know that the SKKMigas head position would be very tempting for anyone. That is why we appointed him to be the commissioner — so that he would not be easily tempted. The salary of a Bank Mandiri commissioner is pretty big, up to Rp 80 million per month,” he said.
KPK investigators searched the offices of the secretary general of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources from 10 p.m. on Wednesday until 5:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Waryono Karno, the secretary general of the ministry, said that he did not know what made the KPK want to search his office.
Waryono denied having any connection to officials at Kernel Oil.
“There is no such thing,” he said on Thursday. “I had never heard of Kernel”
Kernel is an oil-trading company that joined in a crude oil tender arranged by SKKMigas. Waryono said that no mechanism or regulation obliges SKKMigas to report the tender process to the ministry.
“I am also confused as to what it has to do with us,” he said.
“If there is data and information from the development process we will develop [the investigation] anywhere, including the secretary general of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources,” KPK spokesman Johan Budi SP said at the investigator’s headquarters.
The KPK has named Rudi, Simom Tanjaya, owner of Kernel Oil and Devi Ardi as suspects in the alleged bribery case.
The three men, along with two others, were arrested on Tuesday night at Rudi’s residence.