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New bases will be built by the Indonesian armed forces (TNI) as the country begins shifting its attention to East Kalimantan where the new capital will be relocated from Jakarta.

NEW bases will be built by the Indonesian armed forces (TNI) as the country begins shifting its attention to East Kalimantan where the new capital will be relocated from Jakarta.

New headquarters for the TNI, the army, navy and air force will be built in the North Penajem Paser regency where the development of the capital will be centred, according to kompas.com.

TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto revealed this when briefing the House of Representatives Commission recently.

He also spoke on the defence system in the new capital.

"In a state of crisis or war, the capital city of a country will become a centre of gravity that will certainly be attacked by the enemy to its full strength. Hence, the development of a defence system in the capital city of a country is something of absolute importance for Indonesia," he said according to Antara News.

“The placement of TNI forces and other military bases will be in North Penajam Paser, alongside the Presidential Palace, the legislative complex and the offices of ministries, state institutions and foreign embassies,” Hadi told the lawmakers in the briefing.

Hadi said the new capital, which will be built on 180,000 hectares of land straddling East Kalimantan’s North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara regencies, will require full defence protection from potential threats from land, sea and air.

The commander said that the TNI will develop a strong defence system that could thwart missile, rocket and other attacks, security infiltration, cybersabotage and chemical, biological and nuclear threats.

“We will also create routes to mobilise the military through land, water and air as preparation for a contingency plan and VVIP evacuation routes,” Hadi said.

President Joko Widodo’s administration is currently finalising a master plan for the new capital city, with a target of starting the development of what has been described as a “smart metropolis” by the end of next year.

The initial stage of the development of the new capital is estimated to cost up to Rp466 trillion (RM135 billion).

The sum covers the construction of the new state palace, ministerial offices and houses of worship, all of which are expected to be completed by 2024.

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