Indonesian reformer accused of corruption

The recently appointed head of the state labour insurer Jamsostek finds himself under counterattack by vested interests.

Iwan Pontjowinoto is fighting to keep his job as president-director of Jamsostek, the Indonesian state labour insurance company, after directors and workers at the institution presented the government and the House of Representatives with a motion of no-confidence, alleging corrupt practices at the company.

Pontjowinoto is viewed by people in the private sector as a reformer who was recently installed to clean up Jamsostek, which has long been run as a source of patronage. He was a former director of...

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