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As Natives Getting Marginalized, Papua Needs Population Control



Every months, lot of migrants come to Papua Land - Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Every months, lot of migrants come to Papua Land – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman Deputy of Commission V of Papua Legislative Council Nioulen Kotouki said rapid inflows of newcomers to Papua have marginalized indigenous people.

It’s the time for local governments in Papua Province to seriously pay attention in controlling the population, Kotouki said.

Kotouki, who is also a PKS politician, said currently the space for indigenous Papuans is narrower. Currently migrants are dominating many sectors in Papua.

“One of the actions that can be done by the regional governments is to hold regular operations in the public areas, particularly in the seaports and airports, and in residential areas if necessary,” Katouki told Jubi on Tuesday (21/6/2016).

According to him, the control over population is not merely to protect the indigenous Papuans, but to prevent many radical groups and organizations to entry troubling the people in Papua. “There is Provincial Regulation on population control, but so far its implementation wasn’t optimal. The related office should be able to implement this regulation,” he said.

He also criticized about the fact of migrants who already had Papua ID card though they have not yet in Papua. “We have such a report, that the persons are not in Papua, but they already had the ID card,” he said.

The Commission V member Natan Pahabol similarly said the regional regulation governed the population control in Papua is Provincial Regulation No. 11/2013.

“However, until now it is not well implemented by related offices, in particular at the regional and municipal levels. We hope the government –both provincial and regional and municipal could take it seriously,” said Pahabol.

According to him, the more and more people come to Papua; it grows the burden for the regional government, particularly in the field of public services, health and education, and so on.

On an occasion, the Head of Papua Population Office Yan Piet Rawar said the Papua Provincial has Provincial Regulation No. 11/2013 on population control. (Arjuna Pdemme/rom)


Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya




Illustration of Mulia City, Puncak Jaya Regency. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said Puncak Jaya District there should not be a stigma for Puncak Jaya District as a conflict area because it is not a killing field. In contrary, this area is safe and peaceful.

“I governed this region once, so I know what people want. For that reason, I ask the local government officials to be able to take care of the community so to avoid more conflicts,” told Enembe to reporters on Thursday (09/13/2018) at the Office of the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP).

Furthermore, the governor said to avoid conflicts between different tribes and groups; the government officials should not also act to represent their personal or group interests.

Separately, Papua Police Deputy Chief the Brigadier General Yakoubus Marjuki said that the police always try to use a subtle approach to solve conflicts in Papua.

“This is our commitment because we want every region in Papua to always be safe and peaceful including in Puncak Jaya.” (*)


Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura presents Tanah Merah Maritime Festival in November




The coastal indigenous dance performed at the Tanah Merah Maritime Festival last year. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – the Local government of Jayapura District started a campaign introducing the Maritime Festival of Tanah Merah (FBTM) that will be held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Entiyebo, Tablanusu Village, Depapre Sub-district.

FBFM, which held in 2014 for the first time, is part of the annual tourism agenda of the local government along with the Lake Sentani Festival.

The Acting Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Jayapura District Benyamin Yerisetouw said his office has campaigned about this event to some village heads and community leaders in the five coastal sub-districts within the district.

“Our target is, by 19 to 21 November, all communities can participate in this event, in particular, those from the coastal areas, as well as domestic and international tourists,” Yerisetouw explained when met in his office on Friday (9/14/2018).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Indonesian Commerce of Chamber and Industry of Jayapura District Hengky Yoku said the economic development of the local community relies on its potential resources.

“This area has many activities which can promote the cultural history of the local community. When this comes in forms of festival or performance, there is an economic value that resulted from transactions of local community and visitors who attend the event.” (*)


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture




Kamoro women when sorting out sago caterpillars. – Jubi / Doc

Mimika, Jubi – Each clan in Kamoro has ‘taparu’ or a specific location as a place to find food sources when they encircle rivers and mangroves in the lowland estuary of Mimika District.

A Dutch anthropologist J Power states ‘taparu’ is a local terminology emphasizing the relations of land and its inhabitants. “There are also the names of surrounding neighborhoods taken from the ancestral names,” as written in a book “Taparu Fratri of Mimika-Kamoro ethnic groups in Hiripau Village, East Mimika District, Mimika Regency”, by Dessy Pola Usmany et al. from the Ministry Education and Culture Directorate General of Culture Papua Cultural Value Conservation Center, 2013.

‘Taparu’ itself is more related to groups who inhabit within this region or surrounding environment as Kamoro people always encircle the river and sago forest for catching fish or gathering food. Everyone knows their own ‘taparu’.

‘Taparu’ in Kamoro language means the land, while Sempan people call it ‘se iwake’. If someone wants to mark the land he passes in gathering food, he solely adds the prefix ‘we’ such as tumamero-we and efato-we in Omawka village.

Similarly, people in Nawaripi village also do the same. Their areas are including Tumukamiro-we, Viriao-we, and Iwiri-we. All of these names reflect the relationship between the land and inhabitants.

Meanwhile, like the majority of Kamoro people, Ojibwa people believe in the power of their late patrilineal clan that depicted in the symbols of animals. The anthropologists call these symbols with totems which mean a belief that embodies a symbolic representation of society.

Unfortunately, today taparu also face the severest challenges of sedimentation due to tailings of mining activity that cause the silting of river and discolouration of Mollusca habitat in the estuary of Mimika District. (*)


Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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