#Asia Grab finally speaks up to clarify Badrodin Haiti’s role in the company

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Last week, Haiti indicated that when his appointment as President Commissioner at Grab Indonesia was announced, no formal agreement had been reached between the parties

Badrodin Haiti, former Chief of the Indonesian National Police

Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab finally speaks up about the controversy surrounding the appointment of former Indonesian chief police officer Badrodin Haiti as President Commissioner of Grab Indonesia.

Last Thursday, rumours circulated that Haiti, whose appointment was announced late January, had resigned from the position.

Grab told e27 that the rumour of his resignation was not true. But hours later Haiti spoke to the press that when his appointment was announced, it was merely “a discussion” between the two parties, indicating it had not been formally agreed.

But today Grab and Badrodin Haiti finally released a joint statement to clarify his position in the company.

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“In November 2016, Grab Indonesia invited Mr. Badrodin Haiti to join Grab Indonesia’s management as President Commissioner. The agreement between the parties was formalised by Grab Indonesia through the appointment of Mr. Badrodin Haiti as the President Commissioner by the General Meeting of Shareholders (GMS) of Grab Indonesia and announced to all relevant stakeholders,” it said.

The statement then explained that Haiti was appointed as President Commissioner of PT Waskita Karya “a few weeks” before Grab Indonesia announced his appointment.

“Provisions on State-Owned Enterprises do not allow any Director/Commissioner to hold double posts. Grab Indonesia and Mr. Badrodin Haiti will comply with all relevant provisions and agree to make the necessary adjustments,” the statement explained.

As a solution, Haiti will now hold the position as Senior Advisor to Grab Indonesia.

Grab has been mentioning Indonesia as one of its key market, particularly with its recent launch of “Grab4Indonesia” master plan, which the company invested US$700 million to build R&D centre, social impact investment fund, and create greater financial inclusion for its driver-partners and users.

It has also been rumoured to acquire Indonesian e-commerce platform Kudo for around US$100 million.

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