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More ministers in trouble over extramarital affairs

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 21 2012   /  10:01 am

Nearly two years before he concludes his term in office, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s focus has been distracted recently by media reports about “love affairs” being enjoyed by his Cabinet ministers.

This current love story involving Cabinet ministers is reminiscent of similar romances conducted by several ministers who eventually lost their jobs.

Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro was the press corps’ “most-wanted” when they spotted him at the State Palace in Central Jakarta last week.

Journalists followed him asking for comments. On this occasion, however, it was no longer about alleged corruption surrounding the procurement of Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets.

This time, Purnomo had come under the public spotlight after a gossip tabloid ran a cover story on his alleged affair with Sundari Soekotjo, a prominent singer of keroncong (old-...