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"Jakarta is sinking-in some areas by up to 20 centimeters a year-because not enough people have access to clean drinking water."
But even the super mainstream newspaper, The Sun, exposed the reality:
"Jakarta is SINKING as scientists warn climate catastrophe could plunge half of city underwater by 2030 - and the entire capital may have to be abandoned...
"Unfortunately for Jakarta, there is no time or room for error as experts are predicting that the continued sea level rise will see the north of the city underwater by 2030.
"This area includes the international airport."
That doesn't seem to worry too many Indonesian officials, planners, and rulers. The cynicism of the Indonesian so-called elites and their pawns seems to have no boundaries.
In Indonesia, experts are known to overlook the urban horrors, for a fee, refusing to admit the total collapse, cynically concentrating on tiny technical details. Masters degrees and doctorates are made by blurring reality, refusing to say and write in simply language, that hundreds of millions of people have been condemned to live, all over the archipelago, in tremendous destitution.
What is obvious, is rebuked. Say "clear disaster", even horror, and you will be told, arrogantly, to your face: "Give us data. Show us the results of academic research." But almost no real data is produced. Research is conducted in a way that it hides the truth. I worked with leading UN statisticians, and was told how in Indonesia, data gets massaged and concealed.
Point at some monstrous slum, or at a river clogged with garbage, and you will be reprimanded: "No. It is not what you think it is. Show us the studies!"
But it is; it is precisely what you see. And the country, together with its monstrous capital city, it falling, irreversibly, into pieces.
Now, moving the Indonesian capital city to Borneo is totally immoral. The move clearly exposes the essence of the corrupt Indonesian regime.
In summary: the government is prepared to use billions of dollars from public assets, while it is also trying to attract private "investment" (the impoverished public will have to eventually pay for it, as always in the modern history of the country). Those tens of billions will, as always, disappear in corruption. Original plans will be 'modified', getting rid of public spaces and public transportation, in order to maximize the profits of construction companies, politicians and obedient 'public employees'. Already devastated, the thoroughly ruined Island of Borneo, will deteriorate even further. With the new capital in place, the last hopes for independence, of the native Dayak people, will vanish forever.