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PKS resorts to conspiracy theories after ex-chief’s arrest

  • Ina Parlina and Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 3 2013   /  09:50 am

In a country where conspiracy theories are alive and well, pointing your finger to a clandestine operation — be it the universe, spy agencies or, well, the Jews — for the ills that have befallen you, is perhaps the easiest thing to do. But that is probably not a good PR strategy if you are a political party embroiled in a corruption scandal.

Political observers were astounded when the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) claimed that a “big conspiracy” was behind the arrest of its former chairman, Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq, on graft charges.

The party’s members are convinced Luthfi is innocent and that the only explanation for the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) charging him with graft is the work of a “conspiracy”. Some party members alleged that it could be the work of its political enemies, but senior PKS politician Hidayat Nur Wahid went the furthest, su...