Dozens of Indonesians living in Brisbane, Australia, have raised A$629.92 (US$644.13) in a modest fundraising effort to help build a new office building for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
The Indonesians, mostly students, had set up a temporary initiative called “Queensland’s Coins for the KPK” and managed to mobilise fellow countrymen in the Australian city to donate cash as a morale movement in Indonesia’s anti-corruption efforts, according to a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
“We hope our efforts will trigger waves of similar movements by civil society,” Raja Juli Antoni, a doctorate student who was among the initiative’s organisers, said in the statement.
He said they planned to hand over the money through Indonesia’s consulate general in the city.
Last week, similar efforts were conducted by Indonesians in the Australian city of Melbourne.
In addition to collecting more than A$200, they also staged a rally called “Voice from Melbourne: Indonesia without Corruption!” at the Federation Square.
The “Saweran KPK” (Donate for the KPK) movement has been carried out by anti-corruption activists for more than a month in a protest against the House of Representatives, which has delayed approval of the state budget allocated for the KPK’s new office building.
According to the movement’s official Twitter account, @saweranKPK, they had collected Rp 251.42 million (US$26,650.52) as of Sunday.