In a National Celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year on Sunday (11/2/2019) organized by the West Kalimantan Chinese Association in Jakarta, Indonesian Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said that Indonesia is one, and West Kalimantan is part of Indonesia. Therefore West Kalimantan must be deveoped. The Indonesian government in collaboration with the private sector will build the first airport in Singkawang, West Kalimantan.
"I built Pontianak Airport a few years ago. And now it has been completed, it can be used. I was asked by our President to build other airports there. I will go to West Kalimantan, going to Singkawang, and conduct a groundbreaking of Singkawang Airport. This is the first airport to be jointly built by private companies with the government. So the private sector will participate in building it," said Budi Karya Sumaadi.
Budi Karya Sumadi further hoped that West Kalimantan would develop and become an extraordinary cultural center. Meanwhile, Chairman of the West Kalimantan Chinese Association Presidium, Rudi Halim, appreciated the Indonesian government for recognizing the Chinese ethnic as one of ethnics in Indonesia by giving Chinese ethnic one day holiday. According to Rudi, this proves that all Indonesian citizens, including the Chinese, have the same rights and obligations before the law. (VOI / AHM)