This news is the Endorsement of my idea, in the article posted two days ago

This news, in the Malaysiakini news by Joe Fernandez 

is the Endorsement of my idea in the article,

posted two days ago

Kalimantan governor sees emergence of EU-style Borneo

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Central Kalimantan governor Augustin Teras Narang has called for closer cultural links among the Dayaks and other ethnic groups in Kalimantan, Sarawak and Brunei as a first step towards a European Union-style set-up for Borneo. 

He lamented the ineffectiveness of the existing Bimp-Eaga (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines – East Asean Growth Area), which was launched in 1994.

The set-up has apparently little to show for itself primarily because of the ongoing armed conflict in the southern Philippines, Manila’s lingering claim to the northern and eastern parts of Sabah and divisions between Malaysia and Brunei and Indonesia over the rich oil and gas reserves along the common sea border. 

The growth area aims to bring together an unwieldy sub-regional economic block of 45 million people including the southern Philippines (Mindanao and Palawan), Northern Sulawesi, southern Moluccas and Irian Jaya.

Borneo island, in contrast, has a population of 18 million. 

kalimantan borneo story 091208 augustine teras narangNarang (left), 52, who was wrapping up a week-long visit to Sarawak and Sabah with a 140-strong delegation, declined to dwell on the “ineffectiveness” of Bimp-Eaga.

His Sabah visit included a weekend public forum in Kota Kinabalu, ‘Customs of the Dayaks in Kalimantan and the ethnic groups in Sabah’.

Besides being Central Kalimantan governor, Narang is also the co-coordinator of the four provinces in Kalimantan Borneo – the others being West Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and East Kalimantan – and head of the National Dayak Customs Council of Kalimantan.

For starters, Narang would like to see air links between Kota Kinabalu – Malaysia’s second busiest air hub after Kuala Lumpur – and Palangkaraya, his provincial capital. 

kalimantan borneo story 091208 map“This would require good cooperation from both sides – Sabah and Central Kalimantan. Perhaps, we could have twice-weekly flights. We will have planning on this and my team will come here to discuss the possibility,” sad Narang.

“For example, we could have a package like a two nights’ stay in Palangkaraya and then back to Kota Kinabalu for those interested in visiting our provincial capital.” 

At present, tourists from Europe, Japan, South Korea and the US are already making their way to Kalimantan to go on river cruises and view the wildlife, according to the governor. Such traffic could be redirected towards the northern half of Borneo if packaged as a whole for eco-tourists. 

Underlining the difficulties of intra-Borneo travel, the governor explained that he had to charter a plane from Palangkaraya to Kuching before coming to Kota Kinabalu.

An alternative air route is Palangkaraya to Jakarta, Pontianak and Kuching, before making it to Kota Kinabalu. 

We’re on the same island

Narang reiterated that he has set his sights on developing and marketing the Borneo region as a major international and local investment and tourist destination.

 

This is based on the premise that Brunei and the Malaysian and Indonesian halves of the island could not be separated from each other economically, socially and culturally although “separated by the nation-state perspective”.

“We have Negara Indonesia, Negara Malaysia and Negara Brunei but we are on one island. So, in my view, we must collaborate in an effort to develop the interests of the interests of the respective countries on this one island,” said Narang.

“Let us join together to develop this, of course, not only for the people on this island but also for the whole world. 

He outlined the main concerns as education, health, economy and culture. 

“We cannot be talking about the present all the time. We need to look forward to the future, one of sustainable development, to improve the socio-economic conditions of the indigenous communities in the respective areas and ensure the next generation will also benefit from development.

“We have outlawed indiscriminate land clearing which has harmed wildlife habitats.” 

Kalimantan, said Narang, has much to offer for the development of Borneo and cited timber, land, coal, iron and oil deposits in abundance as among the main resources.

Apparently, there are investment possibilities for Sabah in Kalimantan’s oil palm and rubber sectors given the region’s 7.6 percent annual growth rate, which is higher than Indonesia’s 6.4 percent. 

Meanwhile, Sabah State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun, who hosted Nerang to dinner on Saturday, welcomed the idea of a direct air link between Kota Kinabalu and Palangkaraya and urged AirAsia and MASWings to explore the possibility.

“I would be the happiest man if this materialises but it is a business decision to be made by the airlines concerned,” said Masidi.

“We have invited governor Narang to send his cultural troupe to participate in an International Folklore Festival which Sabah will host next year. We are glad he has accepted the invitation.”

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