State-owned enterprises ministry secretary Said Didu says Pertamina would subsidise rich people and other companies, including foreign companies, unless the price of non-subsidised LPG was increased.
It's illogical for a state-owned company to subsidise for other companies," he says.
Or do pensioners and people in the lower income bracket have to subsidise the meals of people who are probably better off than they are?
Many years ago the company I worked for gave its staff luncheon vouchers to subsidise the cost of their meals and these were regarded as a perk by the Inland Revenue and I had to pay tax on them.
MPs are calling for an independent and comprehensive study into the redirecting of subsidises on food, utilities and petroleum before the government implements any changes.
They say the study should address the consequences of redirecting subsidises, its misuse and provide recommendations on who should benefit.