Bung Hatta Anti-Corruption Award tours universities with music, discussions

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The Jakarta Post


Jakarta   /  Wed, September 5, 2018  /  10:16 am

Meutia Hatta (center) shares the stage with Sisters in Danger during the opening of a musical discussion roadshow at Jakarta State University in East Jakarta on Monday.(Bung Hatta Anti-Corruption Award/File)

The NGO Bung Hatta Anti-Corruption Award (BHACA) is holding a musical discussion roadshow taking it to 11 universities across Java and Bali.

The roadshow, titled Bunga Hatta Jawa-Bali Tour 2018: Diskusi Musikal Anti-Korupsi, kicked off on Monday at Jakarta State University (UNJ) in East Jakarta and will end on Sept. 27 at Udayana University in Bali.

BHACA employs a musical discussion format that combines information delivery with interactive discussion and musical performances.

Speakers on the tour include Meutia Hatta and Halida Hatta, who are the daughters of Indonesia's first vice president, Muhammad Hatta; Agus Rahardjo, the chairman of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta; KPK deputy chairman Saut Situmorang; and BHACA founder Natalia Soebagjo.

“This is important not only to introduce the characteristics of Muhammad Hatta, but also to educate the young generation, so they can make this country less corrupt,” said Natalia Soebagjo in a statement.

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Indie band Sisters in Danger, who won UN Women’s Most Popular award for the 2017 UNiTE Song Contest, is said to be present throughout the roadshow.

M. Berkah Gamulya, BHACA’s executive director and coordinator of the roadshow, said he hoped the event would spur the participants in action. “A university-based anticorruption movement is very much needed these days,” he added.

Similar to M. Berkah, Meutia Hatta expressed her wish for the roadshow, which debuted in 2014, to change the young generation’s view about corruption. “I hope they see corruption as something that needs to be eliminated, not something that is normal,” she said. (wir/kes)