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Ripples over Indonesia's bid to make Kalimantan its capital

A general view of Samboja, Kutai Kartanegara, a location proposed for the new Indonesian capital city in East Kalimantan. Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced in August that East Kalimantan in Borneo will be the site for the country's new capit
A general view of Samboja, Kutai Kartanegara, a location proposed for the new Indonesian capital city in East Kalimantan. Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced in August that East Kalimantan in Borneo will be the site for the country's new capital. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Asia News Network writers discuss what lies ahead for Indonesia and its neighbours, as it moves its capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan.

Philip Golingai
The Star, Malaysia

When I was a teenager, I assumed that Sabah's neighbour, Kalimantan, was an empty swathe of jungle.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 08, 2019, with the headline 'Ripples over Indonesia's bid to make Kalimantan its capital'. Print Edition | Subscribe