‘Local’ rice firm owned by international fugitive Djoko Tjadra
From the PNG Rice blog
Hello Papua New Guinea. Hello Rice Lovers. If there’s a reason to be pissed off about the whole rice saga in the country, the reason is this:-
Naima Agro Industries Limited, the rice company that will grow rice at Bereina Central Province is owned by International fugitive Djoko Tjandra. Tjandra is the owner of Mulia Group, an Indonesian Multi-National Company that owns Naima Industries. Papua New Guineans were misled by our Government to believe that a PNG Citizen Eleana Tjandranegara was the sole owner of Naima Agro Industries.
Naima will recieve a tax holiday from the Government of PNG to get the Bereina rice project underway. What has until now been the only cause of uproar has been a proposed import tariff on all rice in PNG, virtually driving the rest of the rice industry in PNG into the ground as all rice in the country right now is imported. The import tariff will virtually tilt the rice market to Naima’s advantage and has the potential to drive Trukai, EzyCook, Homestate and Goodman Fielder’s Flame rice brands out of production. The set-up will see Naima dominate the rice market.
Naima is owned by the Mulia Group and not Eleana Tjandranegara – Refer to our blog post on this finding.
Mulia Group is owned by Djoko S. Tjandra, wanted by Indonesia and Interpol (The International Police) for tax fraud which cost the state Rp 500 million in financial losses. Refer to to the Jakarta Post article reposted on this blog on the matter
Below is an excerpt from a 2009 Jakarta Post article:
“Joko Soegiarto Tjandra, a fugitive in the Bank Bali corruption case, is suspected to have flown to Singapore from Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, an official at the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) said Wednesday. According to our information, Joko Tjandra is already in Singapore. However, the AGO is coordinating with the Foreign Ministry to trace Djoko’s whereabouts, deputy attorney general for special crimes Marwan Effendy told Antara state news agency. The AGO has sent a third and final warrant for Joko to surrender himself by Friday afternoon at the very latest. However, Djoko’s lawyer O.C. Kaligis told Antara that he could not guarantee his client would show up at the AGO on Friday.
Joko Tjandra left the country using a chartered flight from Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in Jakarta to Port Moresby on June 10, just one day before the Supreme Court issued a verdict, upon the AGO’s request of review, sentencing Joko and former Bank Indonesia governor Syahril Sabirin to two years’ imprisonment and ordering Joko to pay Rp 546 billion (about US$54 million) as restitution to the state. Unlike Joko, Syahril Sabirin has surrendered himself to the Attorney General’s Office.”
The Falcon Jet Incident which caused a diplomatic tussle between PNG and Indonesia arose when the PNG Government flew Djoko to PNG from Malaysia on board the PNG Government Falcon Jet. This story was uncovered by PNG Blogs.
Below is a screen grab of the Interpol Wanted Persons Listing of Djoko who is still on the run, and who is about to gain full control of our country’s Rice Industry: