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Jakarta Post

Fledging Banggai Islands on the brink of new division

  • Hyginus Hardoyo

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 15 2008   /  10:09 am

Everything is in flux in Salakan, the new capital of the newly established Banggai Islands regency in Central Sulawesi. The regency, responsible for the greatest amount of seaweed production in Central Sulawesi, moved its capital in June from Banggai on nearby Banggai Island, and has set up its supporting offices and agencies in temporary buildings, ranging from old edifices to rented houses. The city offers few buildings with modern infrastructure and those that do exist are far from adequate to meet demand. The buildings, houses and roads are mostly in dismal condition. The only significant structures visible in the city are the regency legislative council building and the regent's house, which are still under construction. The regent's house, located in a hilly area stands in isolation surrounded by bushes. There is also a newly built hospital standing in the hills risi...