Indonesian governor orders prayers to stop adultery

By AFP
Published: April 16, 2014
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File photo of a mosque in Indonesia. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

File photo of a mosque in Indonesia. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

JAKARTA: Indonesian governor said on Wednesday he has ordered all civil servants in a central province to attend mass prayer sessions and religious sermons in a bid to stop adultery.

It was just the latest attempt by Rusli Habibie to encourage government employees in Gorontalo province — which is mainly Muslim like most parts of the vast archipelago — to stay faithful.

He enacted a local law earlier this month requiring all government employees regularly to pray together and attend half-hour sermons each Friday in the hope it would discourage them from cheating on spouses.

“I have heard so many reports of married civil servants cheating. They have one girlfriend or boyfriend one day, and another the next. They are not allowed to do this,” Habibie told AFP.

“Their behaviour is destroying the image of the government. They cannot do this,” he added, rejecting criticism that infidelity was a private matter.

In March last year Habibie gave instructions that male civil servants’ salaries be paid into their wives’ bank accounts to stop them spending cash on their mistresses, saying men with money were “unable to control themselves”.

In July he banned male employees from having female secretaries.

He said the secretaries often became the men’s mistresses and were given gifts of “perfume and branded bags” while their wives were neglected.

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  • Apr 16, 2014 - 3:08PM

    Need a lot of prayers it seems. By the way, the Governor’s database on this specific issue seems like a treasure trove.

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  • yafra
    Apr 16, 2014 - 3:45PM

    This should be done all around the world!!Recommend

  • Asif Khan
    Apr 16, 2014 - 3:50PM

    Indonesia remains my second best home after Pakistan. Though secular yet Islamic. Born a Muslim, I received a divine happiness, a feeling of calmness and serenity that I never experienced before in my life while sitting at Depok’s Grand Mosque near Jakarta, Indonesia.

    May the Almighty shine Indonesia to heights that bring peace, prosperity and happiness to people of all faiths and religion in this great “Republic Of Indonesia”.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Apr 16, 2014 - 4:18PM

    The truth is governor didn’t get any good looking secretary and neither he is good in getting girls so decided to stop those who were successful. Instead of a personal matter it has become a Islamic issue. Wives would be happy to spend money on shopping and having fun. My question is that Islamic to give husband salary to his wive/wives?Recommend

  • vinsin
    Apr 16, 2014 - 4:26PM

    The truth is governor didn’t get any good looking secretary and neither he is good in getting girls so decided to stop those who were successful. Instead of a personal matter it has become a Islamic issue. Wives would be happy to spend money on shopping and having fun. My question is that Islamic to give husband salary to his wive/wives?

    @asif Indonesia is not a secular state it is a ambiguous state.Recommend

  • Apr 16, 2014 - 6:52PM

    The fate of the people in Indonesia is that, there are leaders either most corrupt or foolish. Going into personal life of people is nothing but violation of human rights and dignity.

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  • Ahmed
    Apr 17, 2014 - 7:06AM

    2 common problems of Muslims

    A) Everybody thinks anybody’s personal life is THEIR problem and will do anything/everything to fix it as they seem right.

    B) Just pray and pray and do nothing practical to solve any issues.

    Belief overshadows any practical input/effort which is not what the religion says in the first place. Miracles don’t happen, just because you are Muslim, your problems won’t be solved. There are billions others who survive and who and not Muslim.

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  • ali ahmed
    Apr 17, 2014 - 8:52AM

    what about Pakistani civil servants and parliamentarians involvement in adultery?….a few months back a senior civil servant was burned to death in Islamabad ….

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  • Apr 17, 2014 - 10:20AM

    Excellento! Bravo! Viva! Rusli Habibie Shabash! You are a brave and intrepid man. A very candid step to shame both sexes, especially men; whether raunchy or not.
    Its high time that adultery took a cold shower and men stay faithful to their wives and secretaries find husbands. Otherwise, inform the press who will publish all the sexcting details and sales will skyrocket. Oh boy! What a feild day. Salams

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  • Anonymous
    Apr 17, 2014 - 10:34PM

    If its so ,then i and you r on the same boat.who else go for it..?Recommend

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