Would have loved to be the fly on the wall.
A hotel room, stacks of banknotes, a cheating polygamous aide to a prominent pious politician, a beautiful naked young woman, lots of animal beef in slaughterhouses, two well-known business men disappearing in the wings after delivery and a greedy Godfather himself eagerly waiting in his residential home for the thank-you-money.
Scenes of vice and crime.
They are not from a Tarantino film or The Sopranos though. It’s not an image of the wheeling and dealing of Camorra in Naples, Italy, either. No, it’s a symbol of the crumbling morals of the religious inspired part of Jakarta’s political elite.
The overwhelming irony is it involves the leadership of a religion based political party representing conservative family values and a very conservative moral agenda. Politicians who, in their majestic arrogance, think they hold the moral high-ground.
The PKS boasts political accomplishments like distributing copies of the Holy Book for free , subsidized travels to Mecca and ample import of Halal beef. Each of these is a remarkable way of spending taxpayers’ money in a secular state in my pagan view. And to my pagan nose the bad odour of corruption attached to them is too strong to stand. Moreover to my pagan mind it’s impossible to reconcile PKS’ s claim that it’s the solid guardian of clean politics and traditional norms of behaviour on the one hand and an allegedly corrupt Party president, an alleged ministerial accomplice on the Ministry of Agriculture and his polygamous aide allegedly consuming extra marital sexual rewards which went with the beef-deal on the other.
So here’s a riddle.
What’s the difference between Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq and Tony Soprano?
Tony Soprano is a fictitious character.
I hope the Indonesian electorate will remember on election day.