Archipelago

KPK coin drive gets cool
response in Yogya

Activists in Yogyakarta have raised a lackluster Rp 628,000 (US$67) to build a new office for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

The coordinator of the People’s Coalition for Coin Donations for the KPK, Baharudin Kamba, said that the money had been collected since June 26 from passersby in downtown Yogyakarta, including at Ground Zero and Tugu Station.

The “Coins for the KPK” movement emerged after House of Representatives’ lawmakers declined to endorse funds for a new headquarters for the commission.

Baharuddin said that local organizers had not set a target for donations, expressing hope the movement would raise the Rp 225.712 billion that the KPK said was needed for its new building.

Anticorruption activist Valentina Sri Wijiyati said that Rp 628,000 was indeed small, attributing the poor response to a lack of publicity rather than public disinterest.

The director of the Institute for Development and Economic Analysis (IDEA), Wazingatu Zakiyah, agreed with Valentina, saying that the amount raised was miniscule as it was only collected from limited places in a relatively short period of time.

“What is more important for me is that the Coins for the KPK movement has been a role model for a strategic measure to fund a project considered important by the public but not by the state,” Wazingatu said.

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