Minister Says New Capital City Will Not Be Autonomous Region



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  • Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo. TEMPO/Friski Riana

    Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo. TEMPO/Friski Riana

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said that the new capital city would not be an autonomous region. Kumolo said this issue was part of the discussion with the National Development Agency (Bappenas) that was spearheading the planned capital relocation.

    “We are always present in Bappenas meetings. But as far as I know, the new capital will not be a new autonomous region,” said Tjahjo at the Presidential Palace Complex, Central Jakarta, Monday, August 12.

    Tjahjo explained the new capital would be an administrative hub, unlike Jakarta, which was an autonomous province that held a regional head election.

    According to the minister, there will be no election in the new capital. “I think there is none. Just ask the Bappenas head,” he added.

    Tjahjo mentioned a region that implemented such a system, Putrajaya, which was the administrative center of neighboring Malaysia.

    To date, talks about the planned capital relocation are still afoot. Bappenas has pinpointed three possible locations: Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, and East Kalimantan.

    The government aimed at carrying out the groundbreaking ceremony in 2021, followed by a major relocation in 2024. The masterplan and the design of the new capital city, meanwhile, is expected to be completed in 2020.