The Bakrie Empire and Indonesia's gover…

sym·bi·o·sis (sĭm'bē-ō'sĭs, -bī-) n. pl. sym·bi·o·ses (-sēz) Biology: A close, prolonged association between two or more different organisms of different species that may, but does not necessarily, benefit each member. There may be no better example of a symbiotic relationship anywhere than the relationship of the companies of Aburizal Bakrie to the Indonesian government, especially given the most recent episode, in which a state company intended to generate wealth for Indonesia’s microbusinesses ended up pouring US$131 million into distressed units of the giant Bakrie empire in July and August.

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