Indigenous Dayak communities throughout Kalimantan held a grand declaration supporting the establishment of the State Capital (IKN) on Monday morning (31/1/2022). All representatives of the Dayak indigenous people also agreed on the stipulation of the name Nusantara as the name of the new state capital.
Various figures and traditional Dayak leaders in Kalimantan fully support the transfer of IKN to Kalimantan through the Grand Declaration. The activity was held at the Grand Tjokro Hotel Balikpapan for two days, from 30 to 31 January 2022.
One of the traditional organizations in Kalimantan, the Nansarunai Defending Borneo Community Alliance (AMNBB) East Barito Sector (Bartim) Central Kalimantan Province (Kalteng) Leader Hengky A. Garu (Amber) expressed his support for the transfer of IKN to Kalimantan.
“We have sent at least 10 coordinators, to be able to take part in the Mass Declaration, on the designation of North Penajam Paser Regency (PPU) as the Capital of the Archipelago (IKN) by the President of the Republic of Indonesia,” said Amber on Monday (31/1/2022).
The presence of AMNBB in Balikpapan, according to Amber, is a tangible form of support from the residents of Nansarunai for their brothers and sisters of the same ethnic group who are at the center point of IKN.
“Let’s oversee the process of moving the capital of the archipelago to East Kalimantan, precisely in North Penajam Pasir Regency, and let’s get rid of it together if there are parties who want to thwart this government decision,” said Amber again.
The chairman of AMNBB Bartim also appealed to the people of Nansarunai to maintain togetherness and unity in the success of the central government’s program.
“Don’t let us be instigated and provoked by other parties who are trying to divide us, or pit us against fellow Dayaks,” he concluded.