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Indonesian province bans female secretaries

Muslim Indonesian women attend early morning Eid al-Fitr prayers near the coast in Bantul, Yogyakarta in central Java, Indonesia on Aug. 8.

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The governor of an Indonesian province on Saturday last week said he had ordered his top staff to replace their female secretaries with men following a string of extramarital affairs.

“I received inputs that many government office heads here are involved in extramarital affairs with their female secretaries,” Rusli Habibie, the governor of Gorontalo province on northern Sulawesi island told AFP.

“They treat them much better than their own wives. They bring them presents from official trips like perfumes or branded bags while their poor wives get nothing,” he said.

“For these reasons, I ordered them to replace their female secretaries with male assistants or with old women who are no longer attractive,” he added.

Habibie is convinced that his subordinates will follow his instructions, though there will not be any punishment for those who do not comply.

“This is a moral sanction. I’m pretty sure they will follow my order, and all of them will get a male secretary soon,” he said.









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