The Jakarta Post
The House of Representatives (DPR) and the government have officially endorsed the establishment of North Kalimantan as the nation’s 34th province.
The province will have Tanjung Selor as its capital and be comprised of several regencies carved out of East Kalimantan, including Bulungan, Nunukan, Malinau and Tana Tidung, as well as Tarakan municipality.
“These areas are rich in oil, gas and mining. Thus, the new local administration can focus on efforts on enriching the people,” Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi told reporters on the sidelines of a House plenary meeting on Thursday.
North Kalimantan will border with the Malaysian states of Sabah and Serawak in its north and west, respectively; the Makassar Strait and the Sulawesi Sea in the east; and the regencies of West Kutai, East Kutai, Kutai Kertanegara and Berau in East Kalimantan to the south.