TEMPO.CO, Bangkalan - National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti expressed his disagreement over the plan to establish Madura Island as a new province.
“Madura doesn’t have to be a province to improve the people’s prosperity,” Badrodin said after attending the 4th Madura People Congress in Bangkalan on Saturday, July 25, 2015.
According to Badrodin, the Madura people can prosper through programs crafted by the government.
“Madura’s potentials must be maximized to realize the prosperity,” he said.
Badrodin added, establishing a new province was not an easy task as the government must consider the advantages and the disadvantages of such a plan.
Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo echoed Badrodin’s opinion saying that infrastructure development would be the answer to realize prosperity in Madura. Tjahjo added that Suramadu Bridge would not be enough to support Madura as a new province.
“Suramadu must be balanced with the human resources improvement,” Tjahjo said.
Former Constitutional Court chief judge Mahfud MD viewed that Madura had a chance to become a new province. However, he suggested that the formation of a new province must be conducted gradually to avoid contradictory results.