Zainal was also immediately dropped as chairman of Golkar's Central Board. Golkar, one of Indonesia largest political parties, is currently leading the popularity surveys regarding the 2014 parliamentary elections.

Lately, there has been a string of corruption cases in Indonesia that involve politicians from various political parties and business people. Indonesian politics and politicians have always been received with distrust by the majority of the Indonesian population. This recent flow of high-profile corruption cases that is dominating the front page of every newspaper and fills the content of every television news broadcast will only reinforce Indonesians' negative perception towards politics.