Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan archaeologist, Hari Suroto believes that Mac Arthur Monument site located in Cycloop Nature Reserve area, Sentani Jayapura District, is threatened by landslide due to mining category C activity not far from the location.
“This mining activity takes place in a mountain or hill in Hawaii, precisely in front of Hotel Sentani Indah, Sentani District, Jayapura District,” said Hari Suroto, in Jayapura, Friday (August 18).
Mac Arthur’s monument, he said, was built by US soldiers as a sign that the Mount Ifar, had been the headquarters of the World War II allies under General Douglas Mac Arthur during the Pacific War.
“From this place General Mac Arthur carries out a frog jump strategy, planning attacks on Japan through Sarmi, Biak, Morotai, and the Philippines,” he said.
According to him, Mac Arthur monument is an archaeological site protected by Law No. 11 of 2010 on Cultural Heritage.
“Currently the Mac Arthur Monument site is managed by the Provincial Office of Culture of Papua and still in one Regional Regiment Kodam (Rindam) XVII / Cendrawasih, as a place to train new soldiers,” he said.
Related to C mining activity, all stakeholders must sit together in an effort to rescue Mac Arthur Monument site from landslide. “C excavation activities are taking place every day, if this is not stopped, of course Mount Ifar will be eroded.” The category c mining is sand and stone mining type.
“It is transported from Hawaii to hoard the extension of Sentani Airport runway and a number of other developments,” he said. (*)
Editor: Zely Ariane