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The Corruption Eradication Commission suspects Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin to have played a role in bribery for promotions. Cash in the amount of Rp180 million and US$30,000 found in his office drawer are believed to be connected to the bribery. Lukman insists that the money came from honorarium fees.
A number of candidates for heads of regional religious affairs offices claim to have been requested billions of rupiah in order to be selected. The selection process for state religious university rectors also fall under the spotlight.
Lukman Hakim Saifuddin became minister when Muhammad Romahurmuziy was obstructed by Joko Widodo’s ban on double appointments. He is believed to have almost been ousted from the cabinet because of the 212 rally.
Religious Affairs Minister, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin