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‘Hard to see the idea’: Indonesia names new US$34b capital ‘Nusantara’

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As Indonesia names its new US$34 billion capital ‘Nusantara’, historically minded critics say it’s ‘hard to see the idea’

Lawmakers pass bill envisioning the new capital as a ‘world-class’ sustainable city and symbol of national identity that will drive the Indonesian economyThe name, meaning ‘archipelago’ was chosen by President Widodo to underline diversity, but some point out it also has links to a once all-conquering empireIndonesiaResty Woro YuniarPublished: 9:03pm, 18 Jan, 2022Why you can trust SCMP

The construction of Indonesia’s US$34 billion new capital is moving ahead, with lawmakers on Tuesday passing into law the bill governing the administrative centre, which will be named Nusantara.The name Nusantara (literally, “archipelago”) was chosen by President Joko Widodo to underline the country’s motto of “unity in diversity”.

Minister of National Development Planning Suharso Monoarfa told parliament on Monday that the president wanted the new capital to showcase the diversity Indonesia – the world’s largest archipelago – had to offer.

“So Nusantara is a unity concept that accommodates all of our diversity, whether in race, language, or ethnicity, and the new Indonesian capital, under that name, will reveal that reality,” he said.

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