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East Kalimantan considers its capital potential

Jokowi's decision to relocate Indonesia's admin centre excites but also prompts fears

Atop a hill wrapped in lush tropical rainforest in Indonesia's Borneo, often dubbed "the lungs of the world", pigtail macaques swing from trees and orange-beaked hornbills bellow from their perches.

Thatch-roofed village huts, nestled among palm oil plantations and dragon fruit and pineapple groves, dot the hill slopes. The air is fresh and the sea in the Makassar Strait off the east coast is calm, save for a few passing coal barges.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2019, with the headline 'E. Kalimantan considers its capital potential'. Print Edition | Subscribe