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Saturday, April 30, 2011

PKS’s Porn-Watching Arifinto Hangs On Weeks After Vow to Resign

The Prosperous Justice Party lawmaker who vowed almost three weeks ago to step down over a pornography scandal on Friday said he had no responsibility to answer to the leaders of the House of Representatives on vacating his seat.

Arifinto, from the Islamic-based party also known as PKS, announced on April 11 his resignation after he was caught watching pornographic videos on his tablet computer during a House plenary session. Yet he has continued to show up at the House, claiming he has unfinished work to take care of.

“Just use common logic. I am just doing [this] based on what the law states,” Arifinto said. “Even if I am no longer a lawmaker, I still have the right to come to the House, right? I am also one of the people.

“The House leaders are not my bosses, I don’t have any responsibility to report to them.”

Several House leaders have suggested that Arifinto personally send them a letter of resignation. Usually such a communique is tendered to the party, and is then passed on to the House, which then hands it to the General Elections Commission (KPU) to verify the resignation. The president will then issue a decree if he agrees.

Although Arifinto said he was unaware of the exact date he tendered his resignation to, he assured reporters on Friday that the letter had been sent.

Mustafa Kamal, who heads the PKS faction at the House, confirmed on Friday that the party had received Arifinto’s letter and would soon forward it to the House leaders.

Arifinto said he would continue to show up for work while the letter was being processed by the various bodies, and until President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono approved his resignation.

Shortly after being caught watching the videos, Arifinto claimed he was the pornographic material came up on his tablet after he unknowingly opened a link on an e-mail sent to him.

But photographs taken by a Media Indonesia journalist revealed the videos had not originated from an e-mail, but were already stored in a folder on his tablet’s hard drive.

Arifinto declined to comment on whether he had fulfilled the requirements of PKS’s Shariah board, which demanded that he ask for God’s forgiveness 100 times with 40 days, read the entire Koran with 30 days and to give alms to 60 people.

“That’s my duty for life,” he said.

A Cake Fit for the Royal WeddingPrince William’s favorite cake.

Today, the eyes of the world will be on London’s Westminster Abbey, as Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange their wedding vows.

It is anticipated that the royal wedding will be marked by more than 5,000 street parties across the United Kingdom.

Food plays an important role at any wedding, probably even more so at one of the royal variety. At the reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace, guests will be treated to delights such as Yorkshire pudding with horse radish cream and quail egg with salted celery.

William and Kate have chosen a Leicestershire-based pastry chef, Fiona Cairns, to prepare their wedding cake. Cairns has created a massive, multi-tiered traditional fruit cake decorated with cream and white icing.

The second cake that will be served at the reception is Prince William’s favorite, a crunchy chocolate cake prepared by the McVities cake company, which has been making cakes for members of the royal family for many years.

It may come as a surprise to many that the recipe for the crunchy chocolate cake is actually very simple.

Since most of us won’t be able to attend the royal wedding reception, making this cake will be a great way to bring a little piece of the festivities into your home.

I hope you will enjoy this sweet, royal treat while watch the wedding on your telly.

Crunchy Chocolate Cake

For those with a sweet tooth, this is a delicious treat that is simple to prepare. No whisking of eggs and no baking is required. I did have to adjust the recipe slightly by substituting McVities with Marie Regal biscuits, which are easier to find in Jakarta. Serves 12-14.


120 grams butter; 300 grams dark chocolate; 380 grams condensed milk; 2 packs of Marie Regal biscuits; 100 grams raisins; 150 grams chopped mixed nuts and berries; strawberries and raspberries for decoration.


1. Place the raisins in a pan, add 100 milliliters of water and boil until the water evaporates. Leave to cool.

2. Put the biscuits in a ziplock bag and crush them using a rolling pin. Set aside.

3. On a low-medium heat, melt the butter in a pan. Add the condensed milk, half of the chocolate and the raisins.

4. Mix the crushed biscuits with the nut and berry mix.

5. Pour the butter, condensed milk and chocolate mixture over the biscuit, nut and berry mix. Stir well until the biscuits are all coated.

6. Line a round tin with greaseproof or parchment paper. Pour the mixture into the tin.

7. Refrigerate the cake for at least two hours or until it sets. Remove from the refrigerator one hour before serving.

8. Melt the remaining chocolate and spread on top of the cake. Place raspberries and strawberries on top to decorate.

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