Text your say: Koran scandal
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Your comments on the move by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)
to name Golkar lawmaker Zulkarnaen Djabar as a suspect in a graft case
concerning the procurement of Korans by the Religious Affairs Ministry:
SBY must make the decision that from now on, everybody sentenced for corruption will get the death penalty.
The actual process is resolving nothing and corrupt officers are still rich after they have served their prison time.
I am not commenting on the corruption issue, but on the procurement of Holy Scriptures, whether it is the Bible, the Koran, the Vedas, the Dhammapada or anything. I strongly feel when people get them free, they tend not to value them. They must learn to spend money on the scriptures if they really need them
I cite one good example from India — the Gita Press — they have been printing many editions of Gita in many different languages and for many years, that now they can sell the books at a very, very low price - affordable by all.
This, I feel, is how we should try to get the scriptures distributed.
The government should not be burdened by this. If there is no publisher with a high sense of idealism like the Gita Press (which I doubt, I feel there are several), then the religious institutions should take it upon themselves to publish and distribute the Holy Scriptures.
Indonesia will never be a truly free and independent nation while religion and politics are intertwined. This can be seen in the history of a number of European countries.
Abolish the ministry of religion. It is only a hotbed of corruption. Korans and other religious books should be provided by Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and other religious bodies.
Walter John Gomm
The Koran procurement corruption scandal is evidence that corruption in this country is very acute. Religious leaders, politicians, professors, judges, lawyers, bureaucrats and other officials are not immune.
Bogor, West Java
In this country, corruption is part of the culture and nobody can do anything to stop it. Now they even use the Koran to make money illegally. Our lawmakers have no shortage of ideas about how to steal.
This is really embarrassing! The Koran is a holy book that teaches us to do things the right way, but they have manipulated it for their own advantages.
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