Amartha CEO and founder apologizes for Covid-19 letter that mixed government work with his business

President Joko Widodo with Andi Taufan, Amartha's CEO and founder. Source: Presidential Secretariat Press Bureau

Andi Taufan retracted the letter, saying haste to support Covid-19 prevention program led to administrative errors, after public uproar and allegations of conflict of interest

Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, CEO and founder of women-focused P2P lending firm Amartha, this week issued a public apology for writing to district heads across Indonesia in his capacity as presidential aide, telling them to support his employees in a program to raise awareness for Covid-19 prevention.“I apologize for my actions and retract the letter [sent to district heads],” Taufan said in a statement dated April 14.The day before, Taufan had come under fire after news websites such as CNN Indonesia published a copy of the said letter dated April 1, which was also widely shared on Indonesian soc...
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