A New Frontier

May 02, 2012

East Kalimantan was once timber country, now it’s coal that rules.

‘The cultural systems are being ruined as a consequence’, says Abdullah, ‘Borneo is being abandoned by its inhabitants and all that’s left are migrant workers and economic interests that will abandon the island and its responsibility the day the natural resources are gone.’ If things continue in the same pattern Kalimantan will be gone by 2020. ‘Both economically and ecologically’, Abdullah says and falls silent.

Klas Lundström (klaslundstrom@live.com) is an investigative journalist and author of four non-fiction books.

This article was first published in Inside Indonesia.