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Jakarta Post

From Kuala Cebong to Penakut: Netizens suggest names for new capital as govt prepares for relocation

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 28, 2019   /  03:26 pm
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An aerial view of Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road through Samboja district in Kutai Kartanegara is seen on Wednesday. The toll gate in Samboja will serve as an entrance to the planned new capital. (JP/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

As the government prepares to relocate the capital, which is expected to be complete in five years, netizens are having the time of their lives coming up with names for Jakarta's successor. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday that Indonesia’s new capital city would be built in part of North Penajam Paser regency and part of Kutai Kertanegara regency in East Kalimantan in a bid to ensure equal development across the country and lift some of the heavy burden off Jakarta. On the same occasion, National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) head Bambang Brodjonegoro, who first proposed the relocation plan in April, regarded a reporter's question on the name of the capital as "far-fetched". "The President has not given any instruction on naming [the new capital], [we are] focusing on drafting a bill [on the relocation]," he...