Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Relocation of Capital City

One of the hottest topics for discussion in the Indonesian news media today is about the possibility of relocating the country's capital city from Jakarta to other location.

This subject was brought by President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono (SBY), government ministers, members of parliaments, and some other public figures.

Various reasons were given, among others that the condition of Jakarta is getting worst everyday due to overpopulation, bad infrastructure, regular floods, horrible traffic jam, etc. And the costs for improving  Jakarta's bad conditions is estimated to be much higher than the costs for moving the capital city which is estimated to be between 60 to 100 trillion Rupiah.

Several locations for the new capital have been named, including Palangkaraya the capital of Central Kalimantan Province, Jonggol (around forty kilometers from Jakarta), and Yogyakarta.

I hope that any attempt to realize this idea would be done very carefully by considering all aspects like legal status, state's financial conditions, economic, political and socio-cultural impacts. In this regards, we should also learn how the relocation of capital city was done in other countries like Brazil (from Rio to Brasilia) and Malaysia (from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya).


colson said...

OMG. Megalomania at work.

This idea should be put on the "Never ever do" list. The money should be put where it is needed most. Social security? Healthcare? And what about improving the infrastructure and water-management for over 10 million inhabitants of Jakarta?

H. Nizam said...

Hi Colson,
Yeah, you can say it's Megalomania at work.
It seems like a young boy leaving a girl whom he has " wrecked " and go to another new girl.
The condition of Jakarta itself is really not suitable anymore for a capital city. Besides, moving to out of Java would create some sort of equilibrium for Indonesia as a nation.
It cannot be a short or mid term project, it should be a long term project i.e. after everything has been settled.

Rob Baiton said...

@ Harry...

My personal choice would be for Indonesia to become a state of Australia. That way, Jakarta could remain the capital of Jakarta, and the national capital could be in Canberra!

Good idea, right?

Rob Baiton said...

I might add the benefits would be would not need a visa or travel papers to be here, and I would not need them to be there...I think they call that a "win/win", don't they?

H. Nizam said...

Hi Rob,
Hmmm .... that would be very interesting, because the "country" you mentioned would have population of 240 million Indonesian and 20 mio Australians. It means that the leaders would be dominated by Indonesians.

Rob Baiton said...

hmmm :D

H. Nizam said...

Hi Rob,

Ha ha ha ha .......

Jakartass said...


The notion is nonsensical. In that the 'problems' are solvable with an ounce of common-sense, not only is it an abrogation of responsibility by elected officials from SBY downwards, but moving capital cities hasn't been much of a success elsewhere, vide Islamabad.

Land speculators have been at work buying up massive land areas in Central Kalimantan, and lining the pockets of Bakrie et al, who have bought Jonggol, would be as unpatriotic/ anti-Pancasila whatever as the treatment of the Lapindo refugees.

H. Nizam said...

Hi J,
The idea is nonsensical indeed. Even if they want to realize it, there should be comprehensive feasibility study and should be a very long term project, not 10 years as SBY said.