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Batam is an Indonesian city (Batam City; Indonesian: Kotamadya Batam) and it is also the name of the island on which most of this city is located. The islands of Pulau Galang and Pulau Rempang, among others, are also part of Batam. The islands are part of the Riouw Archipelago, which lie south of Singapore (about twenty kilometers) and east of Sumatra. The city has more than 1 million inhabitants of different origins.
The island is said to have been inhabited as early as the year 231. The population is partly descended from the so-called orang laut ("sea people"), sea nomads and pirates who in earlier times served as navigators and soldiers in the service of Malay kingdoms such as Srivijaya and Malacca.
On December 17, 1994, Batam became part of the Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore Growth Triangle (IMS-GT) a regional partnership formalized that day by representatives of Indonesia, Malaysia and the country of Singapore.
The city of Batam came into being in the early 1970s when the state-owned oil company Pertamina decided to base its exploration and supply activities on the island.
Transport and tourism
Batam is home to the major container ports on the east coast of the main island. Hang Nadim International Airport (the name of an admiral of Malacca's war fleet) is also located there. Together with the Indonesian islands of Karimun to the west and Bintan to the east, Batam forms a special economic zone. The city is therefore highly industrialized.
Apart from trade and air traffic, the city is also important for tourism. Mainly that of Singapore with which it has various ferry connections.
Transport within the city is facilitated by the Trans Batam bus network. In 2017, this consists of 9 lines stretching across the entire island of Batam.