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Jakarta Post

Koran scandal may implicate lawmakers

  • Margareth S. Aritonang and Rangga D. Fadillah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 4 2012   /  09:17 am

Golkar politician Zulkarnaen Djabar is unlikely to be the only individual implicated in the graft-ridden Koran procurement at the Religious Affairs Ministry as fellow lawmakers also accepted the holy books.

It was reported that each lawmaker accepted 504 copies of the Koran to be distributed to their constituents for free. Each copy was said to have cost taxpayers Rp 1 million (US$106).

Several lawmakers who oversee religious and social affairs admitted on Tuesday they had received 18 boxes of 28 copies of the Koran each to be given out to voters in their electoral districts to “help strengthen their faith”.

They, however, denied such a practice was part of the graft case under investigation by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

“I received all 18 boxes yesterday, which I have yet to distribute to the mosques and other Islamic groups in my elec...