Some 1,000 people held a rally at the provincial legislative council in Bandung on Wednesday to demand the accelerated formation of a new province of Cirebon.
The proposed province would separate Cirebon municipality, Cirebon, Indramayu, Kuningan and Majalengka regencies from the province of West Java. Leaders from four regions have given their consent, but councillors in Majalengka, through a special committee, were reportedly still discussing the scheme.
“We have received support from four regions. Majalengka is expected to support the move as well, and we are optimistic the new province will be formed. It is the people, not regents, who want to form a new province,” said Nana Sudiana, who spoke on behalf of the petitioners.
Claiming to be members of a presidium for the establishment of Cirebon province, the rally supporters arrived in the capital of West Java...