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Jakarta Post

Nazaruddin: Party pariah, hometown hero

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 3 2011   /  09:04 am

In his village in Pematang Siantar, North Sumatra, neighbors regard their golden boy Nazaruddin as a hero because of his generosity and his meteoric political career at the national level.

Within his own Democratic Party (PD), however, party elites want to get rid of him but are worried Nazaruddin could air their dirty laundry.

Democratic Party top executives are visibly uneasy after a person claiming to be Nazaruddin began making allegations about misconduct and crimes by the executives via text messages and a blog.

President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono’s party decided to send Sutan Bhatoegana, also from Pematang Siantar, to persuade Nazaruddin to return to Jakarta after he fled to Singapore a day before the Corruption Eradication Commission
(KPK) slapped a travel ban on him on May 24.

Nazaruddin was released from his duties as party treasurer amid intens...