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Indonesia’s new capital plan: How soon is now?

  • Ghina Ghaliya and N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta and Balikpapan   /   Tue, September 3, 2019   /  01:12 pm
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (third left), along with other officials, looks at a map as he visits Bukit Soeharto in Kutai Kartanegara regency, East Kalimantan, on May 7. Bukit Soeharto, was one of several areas that had been nominated for the site of a new capital city.(Courtesy of Presidential Press Bureau/-)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to build a new capital in East Kalimantan has gained both jeers and cheers from citizens and the international community. As the largest economy in Southeast Asia, the plan to move the center of government from Jakarta, a port city on Java, to a 180,000-hectare plot of land in the eastern part of Borneo, was prompted by a failing existing capital that has been dragged down by air pollution, traffic woes and land subsidence.    It has also sent a strong message that Indonesia, for the first time since it gained independence, is committed to development outside of Java, the most developed and populous island in the country. But to realize the plan, the Jokowi administration is faced by questions and doubts, because the planned location, which straddles North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara regencies, sits i...