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Consul lauds capital relocation plan
Published on: Sunday, August 18, 2019
By: Hayati Dzulkifli

KOTA KINABALU: Indonesia’s plan to shift its capital to Kalimantan will benefit both Indonesia and Malaysia, especially Sabah, in all aspects, said Indonesian Consulate Consul General in Kota Kinabalu, Krishna Djelani (pic). 

Welcoming the proposal, he said the plan is expected to boost bilateral relationships between the two countries, particularly Kalimantan and Sabah.

So far, he said, there is no confirmation yet on the move although three candidates have been shortlisted for development of the new capital while a feasibility study on the proposal is being carried out.

“If this proposal is realised, I believe all aspects of development especially in the economic sector, as well as the people’s wellbeing, will be enhanced,” he told reporters at the “Indonesia Street Fest”, organised by the Consulate to celebrate Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day, at Lintasan Deasoka, Gaya Street, Friday night.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo had, on Friday, formally proposed to Parliament a plan to move the country’s capital from the crowded island of Java to Kalimantan.

Widodo, who will be sworn in for a second term in October after winning April’s election, made the proposal during his state of the union speech at the Parliament, a day before the country celebrates its 74th Independence anniversary. 

Krishna said Indonesia and Sabah have long established close cooperation in trade, cultural and tourism.

He cited a recent visit by Sabah’s Deputy Chief Minister cum Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew to Jakarta to promote a bilateral conservation of Sumatran rhino, which received good response, including the signing of a memorandum of understanding either in September or October, this year.

On the fest, he said it was the first organised by the Consulate here in conjunction with Indonesia’s Independence Day celebrations.

He said the event was to exhibit and promote Indonesia’s culture as well as delicacies and various products in order to enhance bilateral trade and cultural ties between Indonesia and Sabah.



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