In Indonesia Golkar is the biggest political party and the largest member of the coalition government under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The politician entrusted with heading Golkar's religious affairs committee, which has responsibility for national moral issues, is Yahya Zaini, the parliamentary secretary of Golkar.
However, the 'morality' chief has been caught on video with his pants down, literally, with popular Indonesian singer, Maria Eva. The lady is less than coy about their illicit relationship. She has admitted making the love-video but denied distributing it. Maybe she just wanted to watch it herself?
The video of Zaini, one of the country's most powerful politicians, in a hotel room with Maria Eva has been widely circulated. Not unlike so-called pious politicians in many countries, Zaini has been one of those who have always and only paid lip service to devout piety in the Islamic majority nation.
The porno recording, of approx. 10 minutes and believed to be filmed in 2004, shows the nude singer laying on a bed seductively, with the politician, still standing and also stark naked, approaching her. Maybe he was only going to check her skin for rashes?
The Vice-President and Golkar Party chief, Jusuf Kalla, has expressed shock (NOooo!) and announced an investigation. In true SE Asian style denial, Kalla said the facts had to be verified before determining if any action should be taken against the married politician.
Meanwhile Maria Eva said (maybe gleefully): "Actually it is an old story. I know the recording of the indecent scene was two years ago."
It is understood the video was shot when the pair were campaigning for Golkar. Hah, a political campaign video, perhaps? It was sent to a large number of mobile phones and email addresses late last week.
And in a ‘tearful’ press conference last night, Ms Eva said she had loved Mr Zaini, but their affair ended two years ago. She said she had been pregnant and was pressured to have an abortion by him and his wife. Eva also added that Zaini financed her first album.
According to Eva's lawyer, Ruhut Sitompul, Golkar party figures had sent her an open airline ticket and told her to leave for Singapore for her safety. Hmmm, we could perhaps entertain her here, in Kota Baru?
But it reminds us of the old saying, where "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!"
The website Indonesian Affairs has this to say of her (just some extracts):
Maria Eva, deeply religious woman and star of the Golkar porn flick, a hive of contradictions.
my underliningMaria Eva, or Maria Ireva, 29, usually called Merry, from Sidoarjo in East Java, is the dangdut singer and sometime sinetron actress who appeared in the raunchy sex recording with Golkar parliamentarian Yahya Zaini.
Maria is still a virgin, it seems, because she is not yet married, and she claims to be unafraid of the prospect of being a “perawan tua”, literally “old virgin”, or more likely “old spinster”, preferring instead to just “go with the flow” of life.
What’s important for me is to just go along in life so long as God gives me health and opportunities.(Ah…aku sih yang penting jalanin aja selama Allah SWT memberi kesehatan dan kesempatan buat aku.)
However she does admit to having dated western men in Jakarta, and even while such men are notorious for their ravenous sexual appetites, it appears she managed to maintain her purity.
Bravo, and curse those sexy ... er .. I mean ... sex-crazed orang putih, who are unlike us Asians, always pure and still virgins. But an irate reader Neil Stanson (orang putih?) protested: "How is she still a virgin? This is the most ridiculous claim that I have ever heard!"
For crying loud Neil, haven't you heard of miracles?
Another reader Ali posted: "She’s still a virgin. And I’m the King of Monaco."
Somehow I get the feeling Ali is either a cynical bloke or a covert monarchist. But other readers were more interested in discovering, dissecting and discussing the pathetic less-than-Golkar size of Yahya Zaini's ... er ... credentials.
Courtesy of Indonesian blogger anangku, the video may be downloaded from here:
Download file here.
Poor sweet sayang, Maria Eva confessing - see here.