The new catalyst in Borneo from Indonesia.

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I wrote about it earlier here: East Kalimantan a new catalyst for Sabah and Sarawak. That potential new capital city for Indonesia which will just be 8 hours away from both Kuching International airport or Kota Kinabalu International airport. Well, it’s been announced by Indonesian President Joko Widodo that the new capital will be located in Borneo’s East Kalimantan province, near the existing Samarinda City and the port city of Balikpapan, important for coal and oil shipments.

Article in nst.com.my President Joko Widodo said, “It is a strategic location at the centre of Indonesia, close to growing urban area.” It has always been reported that Jakarta is crowded and is actually sinking. Widodo also shared that moving the capital would cost 466 trillion rupiah (RM137.8 billion). The government will come up with 19% while the rest will come from private investments. This investment includes new government offices and homes for 1.5 million civil servants.

Jakarta is one of the world’s most densely populated cities and is home to more than 10 million people. When we look at greater Jakarta, then it may become three times higher. Jakarta is prone to floods and is sinking because of water being pumped in for the demands of population within Jakarta. Jakarta and Java island is home to 54 percent of the 260 million population and generates 58% of Indonesia’s GDP. Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said land acquisition would start in 2020. Do refer here for the full article in nst.com.my

Imagine over 30 million people staying within the same Borneo island as the two states of Malaysia and we can see lots of potential business ventures. It will benefit both sides because there will be exchange in terms of tourism too. In fact anyone visiting the Borneo island could now make it a visit of many weeks if the connectivity between Sabah, Sarawak and the new capital city is enhanced further. It will be on a longer term yeah, certainly not happening suddenly or within the next few years. I have visited Jakarta a couple of times. I would love to visit the new Indonesian capital city in the future. Happy anticipating.

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written on 28 Aug 2019

<Featured Image is courtesy of Stock Photos from Ingo Menhard>

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