President Joko Widodo handed over a presidential letter (Supres) regarding the new IKN Bill to the Chairperson of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Puan Maharani. The Suppres was handed over by the Head of Bappenas, Suharso Monoarfa and Minister of State Secretariat Pratikno at the Indonesian Parliament Building, Senayan, Jakarta, Wednesday (29/9).
Puan said the DPR agrees with the government regarding the need to move IKN. According to him, many countries have done the same thing.
“The thought of moving IKN has also been sparked or conveyed by the first President, Soekarno, to move IKN to a place that is considered better and of course it can be useful and can prosper the Indonesian people,” said Puan.
The DPR, he said, hoped in planning the transfer of IKN to a new place. The government is requested to be able to socialize to the public more comprehensively about the importance of transferring IKN from the economic, social and effectiveness side of the transfer, including socializing the stages and financing schemes. He also emphasized that in the process of discussing this bill, the DPR will pay attention to and consider every aspiration and input from the community regarding the plan.
Puan also conveyed several important points that the government must pay attention to regarding the transfer of IKN from DKI Jakarta to East Kalimantan, namely the IKN Bill must be equipped with comprehensive derivative regulations. Then, he said, there must be clarity on who will manage or lead the new IKN including what the organizational structure will be like.
Puan continued that the government must also explain the fate of state assets in DKI Jakarta after the IKN moved. He hopes that state assets whose value can reach thousands of trillions must be able to function, be useful and be reused for positive things.
“Now the DPR Building is very large, then it has been used for many years. Will the functions and places, locations and functionalities of the upcoming DPR Building be able to function better and become more useful? Of course it must be considered and studied in depth by the government. Also how do we pay attention to spatial planning and the environment in the IKN area,” he said.
Head of Bappenas Suharso Monoarfa explained that the IKN Bill consists of 34 articles and 9 chapters. According to him, the bill has been prepared in such a way by following the rules of compiling a bill that is contained in the text of the academy.
The content of this bill, he said, is about the vision of IKN, organizational form, management, development stage, transfer stage and financing scheme.
“So with the promulgation, if this indeed succeeds in becoming a law in the DPR which we all hope to be like, then the first step is to prepare and ensure the details of the plan that are already available. master plan which is finished. And we will all follow the rules as laid out in the plan master plan that,” said Suharso.
He stressed that the construction of a new IKN would be carried out in stages, and the government, he said, had already started the construction of the infrastructure.
“Once again, this IKN development is not a development that we carry out in a period of, say 4 years, or 3 years or 2 years. But we are doing it in stages and today we have actually started to build in areas that are logistical infrastructure in nature around East Kalimantan, which is to support the upcoming IKN,” he explained.
The Form of Equitable Development
Spokesman for the President of the Republic of Indonesia Fadjroel Rachman said the transfer of the new IKN to Penajam Paser Utara in East Kalimantan is a concrete step from President Jokowi to realize Indonesia-centric and advanced Indonesia.
“The new National Capital is located in the middle of the archipelago’s geographical area is a symbol of progressive transformation towards an advanced Indonesia. Progressive transformation from old habits to new habits based on Indonesia-centric principles (equal distribution of development throughout Indonesia), environmental protection in the face of Climate Change, a new quality of governance, and a progressive and comprehensive transformation of social, economic and cultural life,” said Fadjroel in a press release in Jakarta, Friday (1/10).
The move as a milestone in the progressive transformation, he said, had been conveyed by the President, namely, “This capital city move should not be seen as merely a transfer of government offices. Not just changing locations, but we want there to be a transformation, changing ways of working, changing work cultures, changing work systems, and also changing the economic base.”
He explained that the relocation of the capital city in Kalimantan was claimed to be part of Jokowi’s and his government’s alignment with consolidating the democratic order and equitable distribution of welfare that the Indonesian people coveted. [gi/ah]