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Sukanto Tanoto – Lies, Deceit, Fraud and Backstabbing. Legacy of Indonesia’s Most Notorious Businessman

One thing which inevitably we all endure in life is losing our parents, but losing them at a very young age is a completely different story. You are psychologically exhausted and expect your family to belittle the pain you are going through, But what if your close ones become a turncoat?

 

Finding an adjective becomes very difficult when you talk about Indonesia based ‘entrepreneur’ Sukanto Tanoto. A shameful, devious, roguish and an opportunist man to be very polite and gentle while speaking about him. With a Wealth Value of Rp 28,8 trillion and zero ethics, Sukanto Tanoto is the most inhuman guy you will ever know in your life. Just another unethical and deceitful baron from Suharto era.

 

Wendy Tanoto the niece of Sukanto Tanoto in an open letter exposed Sukanto like anything. On 26th of September 1997, Wendy’s father Polar Yanto Tanoto died in a plane crash. Now celebrated as one of the wealthiest men from Indonesia Sukanto Tanoto was his brother, unfortunately, Who later gave the definition of ‘Opportunist’ to the world. Sukanto tortured mother of Wendy and called her a woman with ‘Bad Luck’, His greedy mind did not stop here, His people threatened Wendy and her children and eventually took everything from them.

 

The legal fight went on for some time but the helpless family had to give up in front of Sukanto, They did not pursue the case further. Truth gave up in front of big lawyers and poor economic condition. She could not even afford education of her child and this greedy opportunist took it all from them, Did not even care about his dead brother nor his family which went through a lot just because of his immoral ambitions.

 

The sole purpose of this article is to expose this opportunist Sukanto Tanoto and his Royal Golden Eagle. What he does in the name of his so-called ‘ethical business’ and philanthropical activities should come out. Listing down few unknown facts about a man who has been explained through flowery words via various ‘Credible’ websites and magazines. It’s money and not the truth which speaks louder these days.

 

  1. Coming from a Lumber Industry, Sukanto Tanoto has been continuously damaging human rights. In 2011, Rick Van Lee, an innocent Canadian designer was being locked up by Sukanto in the dorms, later sent out to prison for an additional 6 months in Indonesia. He ultimately got free with the assistance of the Canadian High Commission.

 

  1. An ex-employee from Sukanto Tanoto’s Pulp Factory explains how he ultimately resigned from the company as the soil expansion kept causing forest destruction and he never even cared. Well, it was his mistake I suppose, How could you expect Sukanto to care about the environment when he doesn’t even care about the family of his dead brother.

 

  1. Almost every employee from Sukanto’s empire who worked with Wendy’s father as well have written about the cruel and insensitive behavior of Sukanto Tanoto. In fact, they called him ‘Restless Nightmare’.

 

  1. After Wendy’s letter came, many people including Jolene who was giving an interview in RGE did not even consider working with Sukanto, Many existing employees to wrote about the poor work culture of RGE following the sequence.

 

  1. Sukanto’s violent behavior too came to light when he hurled an ashtray at an employee causing injury while he lost his temper. There are several incidents of him abusing, scolding, passing stupid remarks and even flinging a shoe on an employee in a meeting.

 

  1. Though Sukanto is the richest guy of Indonesia, He will not give the hard earned Bonus of employees, as reported by the employees who are currently working in the company, Bonus is delayed by years without any reason.

 

  1. Greenpeace, A forest campaigner from Toronto said that ‘Just to feed their mills, APRIL is busy destroying one of the major rain forest which is one of the best Tiger Habitat’. The deforestation in this region will almost put the Sumatran Tiger into endangered species, which is a very rare one. On the name of sustainable forest development, this is what they are doing.

 

  1. The organisational structure of RGE is basically like a criminal gang where the entry doors are always open but there is no way out. Many of their employees can’t even go back home because they were indulged into illegal activities while working in the company

 

  1. An ex employee on the condition of being anonymous told us that Sukanto tried to destroy his new venture after he left his company, Now what’s this Mr. Tanoto? Go get some life and stop snooping into others. Basically this guy is the worst boss for an ambitious employee.

 

  1. Flowery words when you enter the organization and unpaid salaries and bonus while you leave is common culture of RGE.

 

This is 10 out of uncountable ‘advantages’ of working with RGE and Sukanto Tanoto. I have a very simple message to him if he is reading this “Mr. Sukanto, Fairness is a two way street and if you won’t treat people behind your success fairly, even we have our own ways to seek justice. I hereby request everyone to share this and comment if they were illtreated by this guy. The real face of Sukanto should come out which is hidden due to various rep management campaigns and well paid media.

Real Sukanto will be found only when you read blogs by people who have worked with him, environmentalists who know what APRIL is doing, Wendy who is fighting for nothing but her own share, Be the voice of these people and expose the hypocrisy of Sukanto Tanoto.

TRUTH ALONE TRIUMPHS!

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CriminalSukanto

Sukanto Tanoto started his business empire in 1971 with his forestry business and began expanding to other sectors after establishing Raja Garuda Mas Plywood with an investment of IDR 1 billion (USD 142,000) in 1973 (PDBI, 1997). Sukanto gained control over more natural forests in Aceh when he took over PT. Overseas Lumber Indonesia, which had HPH concession rights on 250,000 hectares of forest in 1979. He then expanded into oil palm plantations in 1980 in partnership with the Salim group, as well as other plantations and fisheries projects. At the same time, Sukanto diversified into the pulp industry with… Read more »

I Hate Sukanto
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I Hate Sukanto

Sukanto is dumb, he has nothing but money, such a sad man. Nothing, not even good reputation. He is so sad, working under him sucks, I’m glad I’m out of that hell now

Kristina
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Kristina

We need to spread this around Squamish, British Columbia- my home and the very spot Sukanto is trying to put his disgusting LNG facility. My home is pristine, along gorgeous waters with orca whales. We have mountains and inlets and rainforest. That’s where he wants to put his facility! 1 km from the Britannia Beach residents and 7km from my doorstep. This man needs to be stopped!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Sukanto is not only going to destroy the nature of Squamish, he’s also a man who has a record of damaging human rights. In 2011, Rick Van Lee, an innocent Canadian engineer was being imprisoned by Sukanto in the dormitories, and later sent to jail for another 6 months in Indonesia. Rick was finally released with the help of the Canadian Embassy.

People who let him built factories on their lands all regret it.

ArrestSukanto
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ArrestSukanto

Sukanto is a bastard that everyone in Indonesia knows.

Sukanto has done it to many families. A lot of people are still afraid to speak up for themselves. No one should stay silent in front of injustice.

Wallis Tam
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Wallis Tam

Hi I have worked at RGE and nothing you say surprises me at all. The whole family is heartless and completely devoid of any conscience. I feel very sad about the things you and your family went through. I just wish you could get some justice. You can get some satisfaction in the fact that the company will not survive very long when he dies. His children take after him and they have no love for each other. All they care about is money too.

Andy
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Andy

Horrible horrible man. I hope the Sukanto guy goes to hell.

Jolene
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Jolene

Sukanto Tanoto truly despicable & disgusting. What comes around goes around & people who have no God will do anything to benefit themself along the way destroying anyone who try to stop them coz they have no fear of God or don’t believe in Karma. No heart no conscience is how they able to attain so much wealth. Dirty money is all he has and how sad his life must be.

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JusticeForPolarTanoto

Polar Tanoto is not resting in peace, If you are the children of Polar Tanoto, speak up now! It is time to reveal the dirty secret of your uncle Sukanto Tanoto. Tell the world how Sukanto destroy your family! Look at your uncle, become a good samaritan, set up Tantoto foundation, help the poor, build a library. What about stealing your father’s shares from Indorayon? Polar was the President director of PT Indorayon Utama, a pulp mill in North Sumatra. Polar Tanoto was killed in a jetliner carrying 234 people, crashed 24 September 1997 in an area of Sumatra where… Read more »

HuntSukanto
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HuntSukanto

I know sukanto very well so I fully realise your situation. Sukanto is a real gangster in Asia. He earned money from illegal way and his hands has touched human bloods. He is a real animal and there is no human sense.
I hope he captured by justice one day!

Lu
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Lu

Polar was a phenomenal man. He was an intelligent man with excellent leadership. It’s my honour to have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Polar for 2 years. He was not the kind of typical boss who just assigned the employees to complete the work. With his engineering knowledge, Mr. Polar always digged into the most technical details to fix the problems. Many employees were so sad after learning your father’s sudden death. I thought everything would stay the same after Mr. Polar’s departure but that was not true. All of a sudden, the company was under control by… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

I worked with in the company before and even though I don’t work directly for Pak Polar I met him once in a meeting. He was a very nice and calm boss very different from Sukanto. After he passed away, there are a lot of rumors about the family, but everyone is too afraid to talk about it.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It was my first year in the company when Polar Tanoto passed away. I know at that time some of my supervisors were being monitored and when there are people talking about the family some of my colleagues would tell us to keep quiet. I remember Polar Tanoto’s secretaries have really hard time in the company at that time.

Boyd
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Boyd

Sukanto Tanoto is being slowly consumed by his own guilt, hatred and distrust, proven by his paranoia and outbursts.

His time is near and for a godless man, I wonder where he will go if heaven will not take him.

Rio
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Rio

I heard a lot of story about how he treat his employee. My friends told me that they are afraid of him because he would beat people up when he’s unhappy.

Edi
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Edi

The worst businessman in Indonesia!

Henry
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Henry

RGM is known as Rombongan Gaji Murah. Cheap salaray and you are asked to work hard.