Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Dayak Traditional Council (MADN) has expressed their support for the development of Indonesia's new national capital (IKN), Nusantara.

“We, the Dayak tribe, through the National Dayak Traditional Council, have made a joint declaration supporting IKN in East Kalimantan,” said Andersius Namsi, MADN's vice president for internal affairs, in a statement released by the Nusantara Capital City Authority (OIKN) on Saturday.

The council also urged cooperation in addressing any shortcomings in the project.

“There may be something lacking or even wrong; we can fix it together. We remind the government; we remind the authorities building the IKN,” he added.

He further said that all people are allowed to have different opinions and be critical of things. However, the criticism should be constructive and offer some solutions.

“We welcome constructive criticism that respects Dayak cultural customs,” Namsi added.

He also expressed concern over a Dayak tribe commander who opposed the IKN development project.

“MADN is very concerned about a Dayak citizen claiming to be the commander who condemned the IKN development project in East Kalimantan,” he said.

Namsi emphasized the importance of using constructive criticism in accordance with Dayak customs and culture rather than expressing condemnation.

He said that the Dayak commanders have developed their abilities to help and provide protection to the Dayak indigenous people when necessary.

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