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Jakarta Post

SBY mulls relocating government offices

  • Rendi A. Witular

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 4 2010   /  11:10 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday urged businesspeople to explore the possibility of moving government offices out of Jakarta in a bid to help ease chronic traffic congestion in the capital.

Yudhoyono told members of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) that short of overhauling the city’s transportation system, this was the best option.

“We cannot relocate our capital because it’s where we proclaimed our independence. It would not be appropriate,” he said.

“The best option is to relocate government offices to a centralized area similar to what Malaysia has done.”

Although Kuala Lumpur remains Malaysia’s capital city, the administration of the government is located 25 kilometers south of the city in purpose-built Putrajaya.

Yudhoyono said he estimated the project for the new centralized area would take around ...