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Government seems powerless toward PTFI’s debts

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Richard Adkerson (left) and Sri Mulyani (right) in a talk in Jakarta last August – Reuters

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of the Papuan provincial Ad Hoc Team for PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) overpayment, Ruben Magai said the Indonesian government was powerless to force Freeport to pay its Rp5.6 trillion surge in surface water taxes debt to the provincial government in accordance with the Verdict of Commercial Court Jakarta, January 18, 2017.

He said, despite losing the Jakarta Commercial Court, until now PT Freeport Indonesia has not paid its obligations to the Papua Province.

“The central government is also silent, because they also involved in signing Freeport’s contract of work (KK), so it cannot do much, because the work contract is the reference of the management of Freeport in tax payment,” Ruben Magai told Jubi last week.

According to him, various problems of PT Freeport during this time, covered with Papuan political status. But now one by one vthsecret that has been hidden related to Freeport began to reveal, including PTFI tax overpayment to central government for this is 10 percent of the supposed 25 percent, since 1991.

“The central government needs to take steps with various problems that have happened so far, the central government now acts like the owner of Papua’s natural wealth, which should be the Amungme and Kamoro tribes,” he said.

He also said that so far in Freeport’s investment scheme; it does not involve three parties, namely the government, investors, and the customary community or land owners. In the future he hopes that these three parties will play a role. How investors invest, the government prepares administration eg licensing, and indigenous peoples who make contracts of employment.

“Indigenous people should know how many percentages that investors get, and the government receives taxes, this function that does not work so far,” he said.

Chairman of Hanura Legislative Council of Papua, Yan Permenas Mandenas said the results of his meeting with Toni Wenas, Vice President Director of FI and Rini, Vice President of FI Tax Sector, two weeks ago at Freeport Headquarters in Jakarta said PTFI management states they will pays, but not at once.

“But the Papua provincial government does not agree with the payment method, because it wants to be paid all at once,” said Mandenas.

In addition, according to him, PT Freeport also needs a mature calculation to pay its obligations, because there is a difference in calculations between the management of gold and copper companies from the United States with the Papua Province.

The Papua Provincial Government’s version is that Freeport has to pay Rp5.6 trillion, while Freeport wants the calculation in accordance with the laws and regulations.

“Freeport hopes that if they pay in the present state of the company, they would pay the taxes, worth Rp2.7 trillion, excluding fines; (if it agreed) they are ready (to pay), that’s the result of my discussions with Freeport management then,” he said. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)

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Migration is a factor of increasing poverty in Papua

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Indigenous Papuans. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Septer Manufandu, the former Executive Secretary of Non-Governmental Organization Working Forum of Papua (FOKER LSM Papua), stated stakeholders in Papua need to the right solution to strict the flow of migration into Papua.

So far, he said that Papua is an open region and anyone is free to come to Papua without strict control. Therefore he urges the authority to establish a proper mechanism to control the migration, but respect everyone’s right at the same time.

“In the Special Regulation about Population, it does not prohibit people outside of Papua to enter Papua, but rather to control it. So migrants must have a clear purpose coming to Papua,” Manufandu told Jubi on Friday (9/9/2018).

Meanwhile, a Papua Parliament Member Mustakim said a factor that causes the increase in the percentage of poverty in Papua is the rapid influx of migrants.

“No matter how hard the government tried to reduce the poverty rate in Papua, it becomes difficult to work as people from the outside continue to come,” said Mustakim.

Furthermore, he said a proper solution to regulate the influx of population in Papua is the government should stipulate the provincial regulation (Perdasi) or special regional regulation (Perdasus) on migration. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Enembe plans to review autonomy funds distribution

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Papua Governor Lukas Enembe stood in front of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Office. – Jubi / Alex

Jakarta, Jubi – Governor Lukas Enembe said he would evaluate the distributions of Special Autonomy funds allocated for districts and municipality in Papua. Before, the 80 per cent of funds were allocated for districts and municipality, while the remaining 20 per cent was for the provincial government.

“We will recalculate the distribution of autonomy funds and implement what it has been best decided,” the governor told reporters on Wednesday (5/9/2018) in Jakarta.

Regarding the number of funds allocated, he said the provincial government could not yet determine the portions for each district and municipality because it would decide through a thorough study.

“We shouldn’t talk irresponsibly, because it needs the more in-depth study to decide. The distribution of the autonomy funds must not cause problems in the future, and it should be agreed by all regional governments,” he said.

Moreover, the governor said the Papua Provincial Government need to allocate a large portion of its provincial budget for the realization of the National Sports Event 2020. In addition, the handover of high school management from the regional governments to the provincial government also need a lot of funds. (*)

Reporter: Alex Loen

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Bali, Papua and West Papua become a pilot project for drafting regulations on communal land

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Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw photographed among regional leaders and speaker of the Ministry of Agrarian Affairs. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Bali, Jubi – The Ministry of Agrarian Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia launched the Government Regulation on Customary Land on 3-5 September in 2018 in Bali. Three provinces, Bali, Papua and West Papua, are set to become the pilot project of the regulation.

Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw, who also attended the event, said they temporarily hold the conclusion of seminar due to a necessity to formulate a draft regulation regarding the regional customary lands.

Moreover, he said the regulation should be made upon the consultation with the customary landowners themselves.

Both provinces, Papua and West Papua, do not acknowledge the terminology of the land of state but the customary land which is owned by indigenous peoples,” explained the Regent at Jimbaran Perkanti Stadium, Bali, after giving his support to Kenambai Umbai team who competed in Menpora National Series Cup on Wednesday (5/9 / 2018)

Meanwhile, the Coordinator of Jayapura Regional Customary Council (DAS) Daniel Toto said the landowners must be involved in establishing the regulation on the customary land.

It would be a crucial issue if the local government does not involve the customary landowners in drafting a regulation on communal land. Therefore, I agreed with Jayapura Regent who proposed postpone until the consultation with the customary landowners in the respective regions,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

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