“ As the largest country in the ASEAN, Indonesia has to become an example for our regional neighbours regardless of Singapore’s standing in the region. ”
Our company started the financing arm of our business operations which began in 1996 which was focused on a number of government projects. In fact, Multi Inti Sarana’s business activities are related to the needs of the local government which sets us apart from other companies in the industry. We have since diversified our business units which operates in four cities namely Jakarta, Bangka Belitung, Pekanbaru, and Bandar Lampung while employing approximately 150 employees. Our company’s philosophy is to build a city transportation infrastructure and as such, we are frequently involved in transportation-related projects such as TransJakarta. We were also involved in a number of Bus Rapid Transit system include Trans Bandar Lampung and Trans Tugu Jogja among others be it through financing or helping in the development process. Throughout the years, we have become well-known in the industry for our expertise in BRT systems and going forward, we are confident that growth in the transportation sector will only continue to occur.
We are also involved in waste management services namely in financing for garbage trucks and knowledge on how to properly dispose waste where we mainly operate in Jakarta, but we have since expanded into other cities. Moreover, Multi Inti Sarana is also a lessor to several esteemed companies throughout Indonesia such as Perum Damri for their shuttle buses as well as Pertamina for their fuel transport truck leasing. Our mining operations in Bangka Island works with PT Timah thus further illustrating our key strength in supporting the Indonesian government.
Moving forward, we will continue focusing on creating an effective waste management system in addition to increasing our role in city transportation infrastructure developments because we are certain that only a few companies would find interest in these two areas. We are looking to bring about these business services in various cities throughout Indonesia.
Since we are involved in government-related projects, our company has not been that affected by the economic slowdown. Given how city infrastructure is required by the state, the Indonesian government will always set aside budget to realise their projects. Nonetheless, we do acknowledge the problems related to the economic slowdown include factors such as the country’s dependency on commodity. However, since the President is looking to shift that area of focus, infrastructure developments will be crucial going forward. It’s important for the government to remember that they cannot rely solely on the private sector to push for growth in the country. I believe that the President should speed up infrastructure projects as the primary means of spurring economic growth. I am confident that should this occur, private companies locally and internationally will begin investing in various business sectors.
Although bureaucracy is a challenge in Indonesia, there are other factors that must be taken into consideration such as the role of communities and human capital. Moreover, the role of media has an effect on the business sector as these outlets can be influenced by politics and other agendas.
Big cities throughout Indonesia currently have a population of approximately 1 million and for some cities it is 2 million people. As such, there is an ongoing problem in regards to people’s lack of discipline for garbage disposal methods. At Multi Inti Sarana, we work with local communities so as to educate them on proper garbage disposal methods. This lack of awareness is a significant problem for Jakarta which produces 6,500 tonnes of trash every day which is then disposed to other cities. The Jakarta government ought to consider converting waste into energy. This conversion process only requires 1,200 tonnes of garbage hence the city can in reality, setup 5 power plants that are based in Jakarta.
Other advantages in carrying out this plan is convenience as the collection point and waste disposal site will be situated in one city unlike what is in place today. Smaller cities should instead focus on creating a proper sanitary landfield plant that upholds international standards. Thus far, Indonesia does not have a master plan for waste management which is an aspect that must be dealt with by the government in the future.
I believe that Indonesia is a sleeping giant that has yet to realise its utmost potential. As the largest country in the ASEAN, Indonesia has to become an example for our regional neighbours regardless of Singapore’s standing in the region. Indonesia has a lot of potential thus the AEC’s open market concept should encourage the country to become a regional leader.
We welcome overseas companies interested in city infrastructure developments to partner with Multi Inti Sarana. In terms of synergies, we are looking to work with companies that can offer capital, technology transfer, and know-how as we are aiming to develop upon our services even further. There are immense opportunities in city infrastructure and what we do as a company is a long-term business as we look to support the government and build societies. This principle has carried through Multi Inti Sarana’s entire business venture since our establishment.
Here at Multi Inti Sarana, carrying out our projects is not merely about pushing for infrastructure growth, it is moreso about transforming people and their lives. It is worth noting that a developed country possesses a highly-dependable public transportation system and we strive to turn this into a reality for Indonesia.
Remember Multi Inti Sarana as a pioneer for city development in Indonesia. For the future, our company is interested in duplicating the same measures in public transportation development and waste management services which has been implemented in Indonesia, to other countries.