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Jakarta Post

Officials support new province for Sumbawa

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Sumbawa   /   Tue, March 1 2011   /  02:48 am

Four regents and a mayor are supporting the establishment of a new province, Sumbawa Island, to accelerate equal development on the island.

The support was given at a ceremony for the signing of a declaration at a people’s congress in Sumbawa regency on Sunday.

Aside from the regents and the mayor, the congress also attracted two members of the House of Representatives, several NGO activists and students.

The declaration’s signing was witnessed by several noted local figures and nearly 2,000 people.

The chairman of the committee to establish Sumbawa Island province, Siti Maryam, 84, said that the idea first came about 11 years ago in conjunction with the law on regional administration in 1999 and continued after the law was revised in 2004.

“The law guarantees that regions can be divided. We feel we have met all the requirements for a division an...