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The atmosphere at ‘Pasar Mama-Mama Papua’, Jayapura City Papua. – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – Legislative election in Indonesia is going to run. People would elect their representatives in parliament including those who will sit in the regional (municipal), provincial and national House of Representatives.

Now the legislative candidates for the period of 2019-2024 in Papua have prepared themselves to win the public attention, in particular in their retrospective electoral areas. However, people in Papua, especially indigenous Papuans, still want figures who are populist; those who can materialise their words in a campaign, listen and struggle for people’s aspirations.

Solpap activist Franky Warer who assists the indigenous woman traders said he wants a figure with a clear vision. “Based on my experience, many candidates only gave their words. People should be careful to select their representatives in parliament to avoid disappointment like what was happening now. Therefore, it needs to choose figures who care to the people, including the indigenous women traders in economic development,” he said.

Further, he said there are some legislators to speak for the people’s aspirations, the future of indigenous Papuans and the economics of native women traders. However, they often lose in decision making because sometimes the decision determined by the majority. “We believe in some individuals at Papua House of Representatives, but there is an institutional mechanism that needs to do,” he said.

Meanwhile, an indigenous woman trader at ‘Pasar Mama-Mama’ Asnat Inggamer said she hopes the next legislators at Papua House of Representatives and Jayapura Municipality House of Representatives can give more attention to the indigenous women traders at ‘Pasar Mama-Mama Papua’.

“During the times, none of the municipal legislators came to see us. Only a few of provincial legislators who knew the Solpap activists or were activists themselves visited us when we were at the temporary market, the old building,” she said. Then she added, “So we hope the future legislators are populist. Not just given promises and then forget people who elect them to sit in the parliament.”

Papuan legislator Laurenzus Kadepa told Jubi he assessed the performance of Papua House of Representatives has not been optimal. “I cannot see their performance within the last three years. I hope it could be better in the fourth or fifth year,” Kadepa told Jubi sometime ago.

According to him, there is no real action towards the people’s aspirations, whether delivered by individual, groups or people’s demonstration. He further said the Papua House of Representatives should come to the ground whenever there are problems. Each aspiration should be followed up according to the people’s demand. “Not just give the promise to follow up, talk about a mechanism, and et cetera. Do not talk to calm the people but take action to satisfy and represent the people,” he said.

He also reminds legislators not to pretending against the contra-public policy and becoming an opposition for the sake of popularity and personal interest. “This is what I saw,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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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

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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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

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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