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From ‘apples’ to ‘pengajian’: Code words to mask graft

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, October 10, 2017   /  10:24 am
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The Transportation Ministry's suspended sea transportation director general, Antonius Tonny Budiono, speaks to journalists at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta on Friday after being interrogated by KPK investigators.(tempo.co/ Eko Siswono Toyudho)

When Indonesian Muslims say the word “pengajian,” they usually refer to a religious gathering where Muslims study the Qur’an and the prophetic tradition. It could also refer to an act of reciting the Qur’an itself, which Muslims believe is a form of ibadah, where every letter of the “holy words” spoken by the reciters will be rewarded in heaven. However, the Islamic term has a different meaning for judge Sudiwardono, head of the Manado High Court in North Sulawesi, and Golkar Party lawmaker Aditya Anugrah Moha, who have been using the word as a secret code for their illicit practices. “The code word for their meeting [to hand over bribe money] is ‘pengajian’,” Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif said during a press briefing over the weekend. Golkar Party lawmaker Aditya Anugr...