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Mapping borders, providing certainties

  • I Made Andi Arsana

Yogyakarta   /   Mon, December 10 2012   /  08:00 am

In October, a new province was officially established in Indonesia, making it the 34th province in the archipelago. The new province is North Kalimantan, which was previously part of East Kalimantan.

In addition to the new province, a number of new regencies/cities were also established.

Consequently, the number of local governments in Indonesia is growing. Indonesia now has more governors and regents/mayors for its newly established regions. One important consequence of the establishment of new regions is the need for regional boundaries to be settled.

In Borneo, a new inter-provincial boundary is now required, separating the newly established North Kalimantan from East Kalimantan. Likewise, the establishment of new regencies/cities also requires boundary settlements. In the early 1990s, Goenawan Mohammad, a senior editor with Tempo weekly, wrote in his famous ...