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KPK action puts Religious Affairs Ministry back in spotlight for graft

  • Kharishar Kahfi and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 19, 2019   /  07:09 am
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A worker is wearing a T-shirt with the picture of the PPP Party Romahurmuziy on it on Tuesday, March 13, 2019, in Cideng, Central Jakarta. [JP/PJ Leo](JP/PJ Leo)

Friday’s arrest of United Development Party (PPP) chairman M. Romahurmuziy, who has since resigned from that post, once again casts an unfavorable light on the Religious Affairs Ministry, which has seen two ministers sent to prison for graft in the past. In 2005, then-religious affairs minister Said Agil al-Munawar was sentenced to five years in prison for the embezzlement of haj funds causing state losses of Rp 719 billion. In 2016, the Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced Romahurmuziy's predecessor at the PPP, Suryadharma Ali, to six years in prison, again for embezzling haj funds and misusing the ministry's operational funds. Following the arrest of Romahurmuziy, investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) are now zeroing in on the possible role of current Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Syaifuddin, also a senior PPP politician, in an influen...