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PKS lawmaker ordered to
recite Koran after porn
incident

Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) lawmaker Arifinto has been ordered to recite the Koran at least one khatam (from cover to cover) within 30 days following the widely spread photographs depicting him looking at pornographic materials on his tablet computer during a plenary session at the parliament.

“Arifinto has also been sacked from PKS’ Patron Council,” PKS Central Sharia Council head Surahman Hidayat said on Monday.

The order was on the list of sanctions imposed upon Arifinto by the Sharia Council late on Sunday night after his embarrassing behavior that triggered enormous amounts of criticism of the “clean, caring and professional” party.

Included on the list was an order for Arifinto to give alms to 60 poor people and to ask for tausyiah (religious advice) from members of the PKS’ Central Sharia Council as the party’s muftis (religious scholar).

The Sharia Council further ordered Arifinto to read istigfar (asking for God’s mercy) at least 100 times within 40 days.

“We have also suggested that he asks for forgiveness from all the PKS’ cadres, supporters, constituents and all lawmakers and Indonesian people,” Surahman said.

Earlier on Monday, Arifinto held a press conference to announce his decision to resign from the House of Representatives.

"As a pioneer in my party, I am drawn to take responsibility [for my actions] for the sake of the continuity and good image of my party," he said.

Arifinto claimed his decision to resign had been made clearly on his own “without any intervention and pressure from anybody", although the first point on the list of the sanctions was “to convince [Arifinto] to voluntarily resign from the parliament”.

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