Tuesday, 07 August, 2012 | 14:19 WIB
Corruption Suspect Criticized at Golkar Event
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:There was something unfamiliar about the breaking of fast at the Mutual Assistance Family-Based Consultative Organization (MKGR) held at the office of the Golkar Party's central executive council on Monday evening.
As usual, there was preaching and prayer. What was unusual was that the breaking of fast was also greeted by protest from the Islamic Youth Movement.
Around 40 people gathered in front of the main gate on Jalan Anggrek Neli, Slipi, West Jakarta. They could not enter the premises because the gates were locked and guarded. The demonstrators only made speeches and did not commit any violence.
So, what triggered the demo? Apparently, the group was against the presence of Zulkarnaen Djabbar, a suspect in the Al-Quran procurement corruption case.
"We want Zulkarnaen to immediately be dismissed from the party," said Muhamad Aji Kurniawan, coordinator of the group.
Zulkarnaen was present at the MKGR’s event with 3,000 orphans from several Islamic boarding schools. Sporting a short-sleeved koko, a pair of black pants and a black peci, Zulkarnaen sat cross-legged on the stage of honor. He was only three seats away from MKGR chair Priyo Budi Santoso. The former member of the Budget Committee, House of Representatives, looked calm and relaxed. Grinning widely, he waved his hands several times to the children in attendance.
An artist from the past, A. Rafiq, was also present at the event. The father of Fahd A. Rafiq, a suspect in the corruption case of the Al-Quran and the Regional Infrastructure Fund Adjustment (DPID), even gave a brief lecture.
In his lecture, A. Rafiq also mentioned the case and acknowledged that his son was now being interrogated.
He then turned his talk to the theme of being grateful and trusting in God.
Also present at the event was Priyo and general chair of the Golkar Party Theo L. Sambuaga. While general chair Aburizal Bakrie did not show up even after the bedug started to sound, an organizer said he would join later.
"He’s coming, but he said during bedug," said an organizer. IRA GUSLINA SUFA