JAKARTA, THE NUSANTARA POST- The plan to relocate the nation’s capital city (IKN) has drawn rejection from dozens of national figures in Jakarta.
They issued a petition against IKN ‘Nusantara’ which was initiated by a number of figures such as the former chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Busyro Muqoddas.
In addition there are Professors of the State Islamic University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah, Azyumardi Azra and senior economist Faisal Basri also supported the petition.
Busyro Muqoddas and 44 other figures agreed to disagree with the government’s plan for the ‘Nusantara’ IKN transfer and development agenda.
In the change.org petition, organized by the CEO of Narasi Institute, Achmad Nur Hidayat, it is addressed to President Joko Widodo, the DPR, DPD and MK.
“We, the initiators, invite all Indonesian citizens to support the call for the President to stop the plan to relocate and build the nation’s capital in Kalimantan.”
“Moving the National Capital (IKN) in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic situation is not appropriate,” reads the petition, entitled “Mr. President, 2022-2024 Is Not the Time to Move the State Capital”.
Based on the observations of The Nusantara Post dated February 7, 2022, the petition has been signed by 11,873 of the 15,000 target signatures.
The initiators of the petition to reject the IKN assessed that the decision to move the capital city by the government had no basis of urgency.
They also considered that the project of moving and building a new nation’s capital would not benefit the people as a whole and only benefit a few people.
Therefore, relocating the nation’s capital city from Jakarta is a form of policy that does not favor the public at large, but only to the organizers of the development project.
“We don’t think this is the right time to move the State Capital from Jakarta to Penajam Pasir Utara, East Kalimantan,” said Achmad Nur Hidayat, CEO and Co-Founder of the Narasi Institute in his petition on Change.org.