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Residents shocked 'ordinary fisherman' accused of bribing governor with SG$6,000

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    The Jakarta Post

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Batam   /   Thu, July 18, 2019   /  10:42 am
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Fishermen unload a tuna from a boat at Ulee Lheu Port in Banda Aceh, Aceh, on Wednesday. (Antara/Irwansyah Putra)

Residents of Panjang Island in Batam, Riau Islands, were shocked to learn that their neighbor Abu Bakar — who they described as an “ordinary fisherman” — had been named a suspect for allegedly handing out SG$6,000 (US$4,422) in bribes in relation to a reclamation project. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) described Abu as a businessman who had allegedly given the illicit money in a bribery case that has also implicated government officials, including Riau Islands Governor Nurdin Basirun. However, Abu’s neighbors deemed it impossible that Abu could have owned such large sums of money as they thought he was merely a fisherman who lived in a modest house with an ordinary family. Nazaruddin, a former village chief of Sijantung in Galang subdistrict, Batam, said he was convinced that the man arrested by the KPK was Abu, a resident of Panjang Is...