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Subject: Habibie Names Prabowo's Brother as Special Ambassador
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 15:04:45 -0700 (PDT)

This is outrageous! -- Hashim Djojohadikusumo named by Habibie as Ambassador- At-Large to promote Indonesia's business interests internationally. Hashim heads a number of of bankrupt banks placed under govt. control -- plus various monopolies/cartels he obtained thru partnership with his sister-in-law Titiek Suharto and collusion with his brother Gen. Prabowo, whose nefarious operations Hashim bankrolled. Hashim's flag ship company, Cement Cibinong, is on the verge of bankruptcy. One of his trading companies, Comexindo, was granted a virtual monopoly on counter trade by the Suharto govt. Hashim has admitted to members of his inner circle that he was a key source of funding of Prabowo's counter-insurgency operations in East Timor and North Sumatra. One of Prabowo's operations involved formation of the dreaded 'Black Ninja' death squads responsible for thousands abductions, torture victims, and killings.


Habibie approves 7 ambassadors-at-large

Tirtamas Group chief will update govts in Europe

INDONESIA's President B J Habibie has approved seven ambassadors-at-large proposed by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), said the association's chairman, Aburizal Bakrie.

Kadin has sent representatives abroad in the past to ask foreign creditors to roll over Indonesian loans.

Indonesian companies owe US$78.2 billion (S$133.7 billion) in debt to foreign creditors following the plunge in the rupiah and an economic slowdown.

Hashim Djojohadikusumo will go to Europe, where he will argue the case of the Indonesian government, and keep foreign governments abreast of the developing political and economic situation in Indonesia. Mr Hashim heads the Tirtamas Group, which controls a bank, trading companies and PT Semen Cibinong, one of the country's three largest cement makers.

James Riady, deputy director of the Lippo Group, will cover Hongkong and Thailand, while Baramuli will go to Japan and South Korea. Kadin assigned Surja Sulistio to the US, Iman Taufik to the Asean countries, and Muchrim Hakim to Africa. M Sinivasan, president director of PT Polysindo Eka Perkasa, will take on India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Mr Bakrie also said that Kadin, which groups mostly ethnic Malay Indonesians, will accept members of Prasetja Mulja, whose members are ethnic Chinese businessmen such as Liem Sioe Liong, Eka Tjipta Widjaja, and Prajogo Pangestu.

He did not say whether Prasetja Mulja would disband. -- Bloomberg

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