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Abandoning Jakarta, Moving Capital To Borneo - Cynicism, Corruption, Murder

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As in the old fairy tale, written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, "The Emperor's New Clothes", the Indonesian public will see void, destroyed nature and filth; it will sense the evaporated tens of billions of dollars, but it will be repeated thousand of times: "What a great capital city that has been built for you! How proud you should feel, to be Indonesian!"

And no one would even mention the old Danish author and his story, in order to draw the parallel; because in Indonesia, almost no one knows him: it is all bloody Disneyland, Hollywood and modified US fast, junk food. Forget about Hans Christian Andersen!

According to The Jakarta Post, regime's official English language newspaper:

"President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has revealed that he has dreams for the new capital bigger than those of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), he wants the soon-to-be developed city in East Kalimantan to be "the best on earth...

"'It will provide the residents of the city with the best services, environment and opportunities that can boost their life quality, ranging from world-class educational institutions and modern hospitals to high-tech centers similar to Silicon Valley,' he said."

Those who are reading Jokowi's words in November 2019 should recall spectacular failure of another megalomaniac Indonesian project, already covered by this journal (Batam Island - Indonesia's Sorry Attempt to Create Second Singapore). Batam began with similar ludicrous promises, and ended up as a horrid urban area, polluted, with no public transportation or public areas, full of slums, prostitution and hardly any production.

Miraculously, obedient Indonesian mass media never recalls Batam, when dreaming about new capital in the middle of jungle.

Jokowi did not stop "dreaming", or more precisely, misleading public:

"'It will provide the residents of the city with the best services, environment and opportunities that can boost their life quality, ranging from world-class educational institutions and modern hospitals to high-tech centers similar to Silicon Valley,' he said."

What he does not clarify is, where will the teachers for these "world-class educational institutions" and "Indonesian Silicon Valley" come from? After 1965, all intellectuals and creative people were either murdered, or silenced. Country cannot count on one single renowned scientist, thinker or writer. Full stop.

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And Jakarta keeps sinking. Because people keep digging for water. Piped water is overpriced, privatized, and absolutely filthy. Even officially potable stuff pumped to houses is so repulsive, that when I brought several liters of samples to the European Union (Czechia) for analyses, the testing organization almost called the police on me, suspecting that I am producing poison. "Do not even touch it, no clothes washing. Boiling and drinking? Are you out of your mind?!"

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