Indonesia man pays $15,000 alimony with 890kg of coins

Mr Dwi Susilarto carried the money to the courtroom with the help of two friends and a wheelbarrow. He said his friends had collected donations to help him pay the alimony.
Mr Dwi Susilarto carried the money to the courtroom with the help of two friends and a wheelbarrow. He said his friends had collected donations to help him pay the alimony.PHOTO: THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KARANGANYAR, INDONESIA - A man in Central Java has made the news for paying alimony of 155 million rupiah (S$14,520) with coins weighing 890kg.

Mr Dwi Susilarto, a government employee, delivered the hefty sum of money - packed in 14 sacks - using a trolley to the Karanganyar Religious Court in Central Java on Thursday (Aug 23), the Jakarta Post reported.

The court had ordered Mr Dwi to pay 178 million rupiah in back-dated alimony to his former wife Hermi Setyowati, who had sued him for "financially neglecting" her for nine years, the report said.

"I'm only a low-ranking employee, how could I get Rp 178 million? My friends decided to help me by donating the money, but most of it is in coins," Mr Dwi was quoted as saying.

"They helped me collect the money, some even brought buckets and sacks of coins."

Setyowati, who eventually accepted the funds, wasn’t buying her former husband’s excuse.  “This is insulting – it’s like calling me poor,” she was quoted by local media as saying.  The court ordered its staff to count the money.

In the three months since May, when he was ordered to pay up, Mr Dwi managed to collect 155 million rupiah in coins and the remaining 23 million rupiah in banknotes of 2,000 to 100,000 rupiah denominations.

He carried the money to the courtroom with the help of two friends and a wheelbarrow.

Ms Hermi, understandably, was not amused. An argument ensued between the camps supporting the former husband and wife in the courtroom, reported the Jakarta Post. Neither side wanted to count the coins, it said.

The court ordered its staff to count the money.

Ms Hermi said she felt insulted. "This is such an embarrassment because he considers me to be a beggar," she was quoted as saying after eventually accepting the payment.