Indonesia’s anti-monopoly watchdog will appeal the court decision related to the cancellation of the fine on Grab Indonesia and its affiliated company PT Teknologi Pengangkutan Indonesia (TPI). Meanwhile, Tencent’s WeChat Pay has officially started operations in Indonesia.
KPPU to appeal court decision on Grab, partner
Indonesia’s anti-monopoly agency (KPPU) will appeal the decision of the South Jakarta district court related to the cancellation of a fine imposed on Grab Indonesia and Grab-affiliated company PT Teknologi Pengangkutan Indonesia (TPI).
In July 2020, the watchdog had asked the court to fine Grab Indonesia and TPI Rp 49 billion or $ 3.2 million. KPPU stated, Grab Indonesia made a preferential treatment for drivers who rent cars through TPI, a car rental company that works with Grab Indonesia.
The case began in 2019 when the watchdog received complaints from online taxi drivers or individual Grab partners in Medan about the unfair distribution of orders. The KPPU then followed up these complaints and imposed the sanctions in July.
“We believe that each of our operational activities in Indonesia is always in the corridor of law and in accordance with the norms of society in Indonesia,” Grab spokesperson said on Tuesday in a CNBC Indonesia report.
Previously, Grab’s attorney Hotman Paris Hutapea claimed that the District Court had canceled the sanctions imposed by the watchdog. “According to the South Jakarta District Court, Grab does not control the market, does not discriminate, and all fines of Rp 49 billion have been canceled,” Hutapea said.
Chinese’s WeChat Pay starts ops in Indonesia
Chinese’s digital wallet WeChat Pay has officially commenced operations in Indonesia by partnering with Indonesia’s private lender, PT CIMB Niaga Tbk.
However, Tencent’s digital wallet can only be used in Indonesia by Chinese tourists entering the SE Asian country.
“In the midst of limitations in the current COVID-19 pandemic, we remain focused on developing and preparing the WeChat Pay service. We continue to disseminate information to CIMB Niaga merchants and add new merchants, so that when the situation is conducive, more and more partners of the company are ready and able to accept this new payment method,” CIMB Niaga consumer banking director Lani Darmawan said on Tuesday in the press statement.
WeChat pay app can only be owned by users from China with sources of funds from debit card and credit card accounts issued in China.