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After Erick Thohir, left, successfully oversaw the 2018 Asian Games, President Joko Widodo, right, tapped him to run his 2019 re-election campaign. Now he's tasked Thohir with overhauling Indonesia's state-owned enterprises.   © AFP/ Jiji
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ERWIDA MAULIA, Nikkei staff writer | Indonesia

JAKARTA -- Erick Thohir, Indonesia's recently installed minister of state-owned enterprises, was livid.

Just months after Garuda Indonesia was found to have falsified its 2018 accounts, Thohir was presented with reports that senior executives at the ailing state-owned airline had smuggled a Harley Davidson motorbike and other luxuries into the country on company aircraft.

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