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Pekanbaru is the capital of Riau Province and is the third largest city on the island of Sumatra, after Medan in the North and Palembang in South Sumatra. A large and clean city, Pekanbaru is better known as a business city for its exports of crude oil, palm oil, and pulp and paper. It is cut from west to east by the Siak river, which serves as river transport. Riau Province was one with its neighbouring province of the Riau Islands, situated south of Singapore and Malaysia. Together they formed part of the larger Johore-Riau kingdom. Today, Pekanbaru is capital of that part that lies on the larger island of Sumatra only, that is known as the Province of Riau, while the town of Tanjung Pinang on Bintan island is capital More......