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Indonesia: Muslim women rally against graft




Jakarta, 27 August (AKI) - A Muslim women's group in Indonesia has vowed to fight corruption in the country by beginning in their own homes.

Nurul Hidayati, a member of the Islamic women's group, Majelis Talim Salimah, said that the group has participated in a course with the Corruption Eradication Commission and is now working on a plan to pass on what they have learnt to their husbands and children.

"From a cultural point of view, the fight against corruption hasn't even begun," said Nurul Hidayati in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI).

"Our job is to bring home what we have learnt," she said. "Mothers have to teach important values to their children and the fight against corruption is among these values," she told AKI.

"This may seem like a small step but in reality it's not," she said. "By teaching such values, we can over time change the cultural perception that the country has towards corruption."

Formed in 2000, Majelis Talim Salimah is an informal cultural organisation financed by the community in which it operates. The organisation includes 3,000 study groups spread throughout 28 provinces in Indonesia.

The Corruption Eradication Commission is an ad-hoc body set up in 2004 to fight corruption.

The commission is said to be collaborating with the Majelis Talim Salimah to supply "the technical knowledge and information necessary to fight the problem." 

Transparency International, the global watchdog against corruption, has ranked Indonesia as among the most corrupt countries in the world, despite the progress made under the Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who was elected three years ago.

Corruption is said to exist at all levels of Indonesian society and is often fuelled by poverty and the low salaries of government employees.  


 

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