Back in April, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced that Indonesia would be moving away from the congested streets of Jakarta and changing the capital city.
3 months later, Joko took to Twitter to announce that the new capital city of Indonesia will be in Kalimantan, Borneo!
“Ibu kota negara kita akan pindah ke Pulau Kalimantan. Letaknya bisa di Kalteng, Kaltim, atau Kalsel.
Segala aspeknya sedang dikaji mendalam sehingga keputusan nanti benar dalam visi ke depan kita -- visi besar berbangsa dan bernegara untuk 10, 50, 100 tahun ke depan.” - Twitter, @jokowi
According to Jokowi’s Tweet, the new capital is a toss-up between Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan or South Kalimantan. Meaning, they’re still deciding a new capital city.
According to BBC, the 10-million strong city is the world’s fastest-sinking city. In fact, it’s sunk 13 feet (around 3.9 metres) in the last 30 years! Hence the need for a new capital city.
Coupled with the rising sea levels, Jakarta is in a very dangerous position with researchers speculating that the city could be underwater by 2050.
But the idea of moving the capital away from Jakarta has been floating around since the nation’s independence in 1945. It’s just finally happening now.