Moving the capital city of Indonesia away from Jakarta.
In the wake of the Jakarta floods some are saying Jakarta is no longer suitable as the capital city, or at least as the centre of government administration.
Chairman of the parliamentary commission for the affairs of the capital city, Biem Triyani Benyamin, says Jakarta fulfils too many important roles, such as that of
and one of them should be moved to another city, due to Jakarta's tendency to flood, increasing subsidence of its land, its overcrowding, and air pollution, among other things.
Benyamin recommends that the administrative function, ie the location of government departments and offices, should be moved elsewhere, but that Jakarta should remain the formal capital city of Indonesia and the presidential palace remain there, for historical reasons.
A number of other politicians however say that the capital city role should also be moved to another city. Arief Natadiningrat from West Java says:
Let Jakarta be the centre of business but the capital city function can be moved to another place, like in Kalimantan or somewhere else on Java.
(Biarkan saja Jakarta sebagai Pusat Perdagangan tetapi Ibukota Negara bisa dipindah ke tempat lain seperti di Kalimantan atau di Pulau Jawa.)
If on Java he recommends Kertajati in Majalengka, West Java, 100 kilometres east of Bandung, because it is on the planned Dawuan toll road route pu.go.id connecting Cirebon and Bandung and Semarang and Cikampek, as well as near the planned Jatigede dam in Sumedang pu.go.id (.doc), and another planned project, an international airport in Kertajati. my-indonesia
Leaders from the Partai Kebangkitan Bangsa (PKB), at the urging of former president Abdurrahman Wahid alias Gus Dur, are at the forefront of those calling for the moving of the capital. Muhaimin Iskandar of the PKB says Jakarta is too overcrowded and that the administrative functions and the capital city ones should be separated. detik Muhaimin mentioned the name of Subang, in West Java, 150 kilometres east of Jakarta, as an ideal place for a capital. jawapos
Nurul Komar of the Democratic Party (PD) said in Depok yesterday that Jakarta was no longer suitable as the capital city. Business and government should'nt be mixed and he pointed to Malaysia as a good example of the separation of the two.