East Kalimantan, a catalyst for Sabah and Sarawak? (okay… need some time)

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I have travelled to Jakarta 5 times if I remember correctly. 2 times for work and 3 times for vacations. One word comes to mind every time I was there. JAM. Second word that comes to mind would be congestion. It’s full of people. Today, the population of Greater Jakarta is 30 million. It is expected to reach 36 million by 2030. (Yea, it’s like the population of the whole of Malaysia…) Due to the need to support a huge population, Jakarta pumps water from its underground and this is sinking the city. In some parts of Jakarta, it’s sinking by as much as 8 inches per year!

Indonesian President Joko Widodo says that the best solution to the current issues plaguing Jakarta including pollution, jam and a sinking city is to move it to Borneo. While the actual new capital city has yet to be decided, it’s potentially… East Kalimantan. Please do take a look at the image from google map below. East Kalimantan’s airport is Balik Papan and it’s approximately 8 hours to Kuching International Airport and 8 hours to the Kota Kinabalu International airport. Talk about coincidence… 😛

Here’s one latest article about it too. New Indonesian city in Borneo This is the promise from the Indonesian government on the new city. It will “build a “smart, green, beautiful and sustainable” capital, is geologically stable and relatively untouched.” Indonesia’s Planning Minister said, construction will begin in 2021 and the first residents move into the new site by 2024. The project is expected to cost at least US$44 billion (RM184 billion)and most of it funded by private investment. Do read the full article here yeah. Interesting projections.

In terms of population, when combined, Sabah and Sarawak will have slightly over 6 million population. Compare this to 30 million within Greater Jakarta and we will see a super huge catalyst to both states IF it’s decided that East Kalimantan will host the new capital city of Indonesia. Whether it’s for tourism, business opportunities and even increased trading, most reasons point to an advantage for both countries should Indonesia has a new capital within Borneo island. I understand from readings that announcement of this new capital city will be happening soon and in fact, it will be fast tracked too. Happy following.

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written on 14 Aug 2019

<Featured Image is courtesy of Stock Photos from Wang Ding>

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