Southeast Asia | Indonesia lawmakers face probe for attending Donald Trump campaign event

Indonesia lawmakers face probe for attending Donald Trump campaign event

September 8, 2015 2:36 PM (UTC+8)

 

The Jakarta Post says that Indonesia’s House of Representative’s Honorary Council will investigate the report of an alleged ethical violation by speaker Setya Novanto and his deputy Fadli Zon due to their presence in New York City last week at a campaign event for US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Trump introducing Indonesian Speaker of the House Setya Novanto in NY
Trump introducing Indonesian Speaker of the House Setya Novanto in NY

US news media reported last week that an individual identified as Indonesia’s house speaker had shared the stage with the billionaire Republican presidential candidate.

Honorary Council member Syarifuddin Sudding said on Monday that his team would soon look into the report filed by several legislators.

“We will check whether the agenda (attending one of Trump’s campaign events) was recorded in the (House) secretariat and whether there were violations,” Syarifuddin reportedly said.

Some legislators reported Setya and Fadli to the House’s Honorary Council earlier on Monday for their presence at US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign last week.

Setya and Fadli appeared at one of Trump’s campaign events on Sept. 3 after they and fellow legislators attended the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament held by the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) in New York.

“(Setya) visited, and then meet with Donald Trump — still wearing the DPR (House of Representatives) pin. That means they came as members of Indonesia’s DPR,” said Charles Honoraris, a member of the House’s Commission I, which deals with foreign affairs.

Said the Washington Post of the Indonesian speaker’s surprise appearance at Trump’s Sept. 3 campaign event in New York:

“And there was unexpected spectacle.

After wrapping up the news conference, and the cable networks were about to cut away, Trump ushered over a man he described as the “speaker of the house in Indonesia.” Trump asked him, “Do they like me in Indonesia?”

The visiting speaker, Setya Novanto, nodded and smiled. “Yes,” he said, chuckling. Trump then strolled off, waving farewell.”

Trump also signed a loyalty pledge to the Republican party in New York on Sept. 3, promising to support the Republican nominee in next year’s general election, effectively ruling out a third-party or independent run.

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