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Greedy wives compel men to corruption : Indonesian minister

10:10 AM | 26 Apr, 2016
Greedy wives compel men to corruption : Indonesian minister
JAKARTA (Web Desk) –Indonesian Minister for Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin has suggested an unusual reason for the scourge of corruption.

“Don't blame it on the men. It is the fault of the women,” says Lukman Hakim, adding that it was greedy wives who were fueling the corruption.

Indonesia has struggled against graft for years, with the country s vast bureaucracy crippled by corruption and leading public figures, from ministers to senior judges, jailed for accepting kickbacks.

But rather than taking aim at the grasping officials themselves, Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin suggested it was greedy wives who were fuelling corruption.

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The wives of the elite in Indonesia are well-known for their love of expensive designer clothes and handbags.

"Corruption is often motivated by many things," he was cited as saying in Kompas newspaper, referring to "extraordinary demands" from family members that pushed people to behave unusually.

"My message is not to demand too many material things that are out of the ordinary, that would be an outstanding contribution by women," he added.

His comments were not warmly received, with housewife Viona Syavita saying it was unfair to point the finger solely at women.

"Don t just blame wives, that is really too much," Syavita said.

Saifuddin s predecessor as religious affairs minister, Suryadharma Ali, was jailed for six years for corruption earlier this year. One accusation against him was that he helped relatives skip the long waiting list to go on the pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

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Indonesia was ranked 88th out of 168 countries and territories in NGO Transparency International s Corruption Perceptions Index last year. A number one ranking represents the least corrupt.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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