The exchange of the signed consultancy agreement between Mr. Anthony Kiob, CEO of IDS (second from left) and Mdm. Helena Masry, Director of UPEN. Also pictured, Mr. Richard T. Koh (far left) and Mr. Robert Stidi (far right).

KOTA KINABALU (Tue): Following the announcement to move the capital of Indonesia to Kalimantan by President Joko Widodo in 2019, a study to examine the benefits and challenges for Sabah is critical to ensure that the State will be equipped to reap the positive impacts, and mitigate the risks factors associated with an Indonesian capital in Borneo. With that, the State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) have appointed the Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) (IDS) to undertake the Study on Potential Impact of the Relocation of  Indonesia’s Capital to Kalimantan on Sabah.


The signing ceremony held at Sabah State Administrative Centre on Tuesday, 13 th April 2021 was to formalise the institute’s appointment. The consultancy agreement was signed by IDS CEO, Mr. Anthony Kiob, UPEN Director, Mdm. Helena Masry, IDS Associate Director, Mr. Richard T. Koh, and UPEN Deputy Director, Mr. Robert Stidi.

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