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PKS boss’ arrest will
impact Islamic parties,
says Din

Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin said on Thursday that the arrest of the chairman of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq, in a bribery case centering on the government’s procurement of imported meat would deal a blow to the image of Islamic parties.

“I was really startled by the arrest of the PKS chairman. It will have an impact not only him, but his party and Islamic parties in general,” said Din after he dedicated Perak Mosque in Kotagede, Yogyakarta.

He said that corruption cases involving Islamic parties posed a great problem for Muslims in the country. According to him, such situations reflected the fact that Islam-based parties could not fully incorporate Islamic values in their activities anymore.

“It doesn’t come as a surprise how lots of people are making jokes about how there is no longer a difference between Islamic parties and secular parties. On the positive side, all of the Islamic parties are fighting for Islamic values, but on the negative side, many of their leaders have been summoned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), they say,” said Din as quoted by Antara news agency.

On Wednesday, the KPK declared Luthfi a suspect in a bribery case.

Din said that all sides, which included state officials, the House of Representatives (DPR) members, and those from political parties, should use the case for “muhasabah” or self-evaluation.

“I think that all sides can use the case for self-evaluation so that in the future, they will be really committed to eradicating corruption, which is troubling for the nation and a real crime against the people,” said Din. (ebf)

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