The Straits Times
Published on Oct 16, 2012

Indonesia's Bakries slam Rothschild Bumi resignation


JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia's powerful Bakrie family hit out at British tycoon Nathaniel Rothschild on Tuesday after he resigned from the board of Bumi Plc, saying he was a "threat to all shareholders" of the mining firm.

In the latest saga of a row analysts say has attracted the attention of possible foreign investors in Indonesia, the Bakries said Rothschild should have quit earlier to avoid Bumi Plc's stock price from plunging.

"Mr. Rothschild is a threat to all shareholders who are fighting for the best interests of the company, and ultimately for themselves and the investors they represent," Bakrie Group spokesman Chris Fong said.

"There are no winners in this deal anymore, it's pure damage control." Rothschild's resignation on Monday from Bumi, which he co-founded with the Bakries, came as its board considers a proposal by the Indonesian family to sever their ties with the company and buy its most productive Indonesian mines.