Connect with us

Politics, Government & Security

MRP Members Worry about Tenure to be Ended, says Councilor

Published

on

MRP office in Jayapura, West Papua - Jubi

MRP office in Jayapura, West Papua – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan councilor Emus Gwijangge said the members of Papua People’s Assembly (MRP) were ‘worried’ their tenure would expire.

It was indicated by their request to Papua Legislative Council to suspense the ratification of Special Regulation Plan (Raperdasus) on the electing procedure of the members of Papua People’s Assembly for next five years, he said.

“It seems they are fear among MRP members. What is it about? It seems they are afraid their tenure would be ended. We will with the Chairman of Papua Legislative Council discuss the ratification of Raperdasus. We will convey our decision after that; whether it would be suspended or what,” Gwijangge who’s also member of Legislation Body of Papua Legislative Council on Saturday (5/3/2016).

Last week, MRP Chairman Timotius Murid and Deputy Chairman Honfi Simbiak and some MRP representatives held meeting with Chairman of Legislation Body of Papua Legislative Council and other councilors to discuss the possibility to suspense the ratification of Raperdasus on the electing procedure of MRP members. MRP also handed the decree No. 2/MRP/2016 about recommendation of suspension to discuss and ratify the Rapperdasus on the electing procedure of MRP members.

“MRP has met us, but we must still wait the Chairman of Papua Legislative Council. We will talk later with the Councilor Body. The decision is up to them. But based on the proper rule and mechanism, Papua Legislative Council couldn’t wait. Perdasus still must be ratified. The period of current members is only one month left,” he said.

He said at the end of the last year, the Papua Legislative Council endorsed the MRP Raperdasus along with some non-regional budget Raperdasus. But at that time, MRP asked for suspension due to its members were in reses period.

After meeting the Legislative Body on Thursday (3/3/2016), MRP Chairman Timotius Murib said the purpose they met the councilors is to discuss about some agenda as well as to identify many issues that should be compiled in Perdasus. But he didn’t mention about the conversation related to MRP request to suspense the ratification of Raperdasus on the electing procedure of MRP members.

“We agreed about some Perdasus that must be provided and discussed with the expert team. I think it was an advance step taken by Papua Legislative Council. Before drafting a Perdasus, Papua Legislative Council invite Papua People’s Assembly and other relevant institutions including General Election Committee related to simultaneously Regional Election in 2017,” said Murib at that time. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

Economy

Natural resources trigger territorial annexation

Published

on

West Papua is a rich mix of reefs and rainforest – some of the most beautiful environments on the planet – thecoraltriangle.com/Diana Himmelspach

Jayapura, Jubi – Natural resources and the division of region considered behind a reason why some district governments claim on territories of other district administrations, stated a member of the Commission I of Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights of the Papuan House of Representatives Yonas Nussy on Thursday (11/10/2018).

“Governments have their administrative territories, while indigenous peoples have customary territories (land tenure rights). Sometimes conflicts occur when other parties claim on someone else’s land despite that the customary landowners know exactly the border of their lands,” said Nusy.

Therefore, he said, the borders of villages, sub-districts, districts and provinces should be managed by involving many relevant parties to avoid this sort of problems in the future.

Furthermore, he said the Commission I of the Papuan House of Representatives plans to invite some government agencies and other relevant parties to discuss some actions to address the territorial issues in Papua.

“The provincial border of Papua and West Papua should be an issue that needs to be emphasized,” he said.

He hopes that both provincial and regional (municipal) governments will take seriously in addressing the problems associated with the territorial border because some conflicts are assumed to follow.

A few days ago, some groups from Mamberamo Raya (Mambra) District protested that some areas of their district allegedly annexed to the neighbouring district because of its gold potency.

The Secretary of Mamberamo Apawer Indigenous Peoples Council Marthen NK Tukeji said the areas annexed are namely Kordesi, Dopo, Turere, Degey, Darpos and Dou.

“It similarly happens to other sub-districts of Taiyeve and Taria. We hope the Papuan House of Representative, Papuan People’s Assembly as well as the Papuan Provincial Government could pay attention to this problem,” said Marthen NK Tukeji on Tuesday (10/09/2018). (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

Continue Reading

Headlines

Reconstruction is necessary to track the implementation of Special Autonomy in Papua

Published

on

Papua Civil Servants held protest in 2016 to support Governor’s statement to return the special autonomy ‘s fund to Jakarta – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – A lecturer International Relations of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Cenderawasih Laus D.C. Rumayom asserted that reconstruction might be crucially important for evaluating the implementation of the Special Autonomy in Papua.

According to him, the reconstruction might help to assess achievements and obstacles occurred since the Special Autonomy Law applied in Papua since 2001.

“Some people say it works, whereas some say it doesn’t. But what the measure is? What does it look of its relationships with international politics?” Rumayom told Jubi on Thursday (10/11/2018).

Moreover, he said we would find out whether indigenous Papuans understand the situation after 18 years of the implementation of Special Autonomy and the map of future development.

“Therefore you might able to say that the indigenous Papuans should not become a beggar. We must have a strong principle of maintaining what has become a political contract through the Special Autonomy,” he said.

However, he said it is undeniable that the indigenous Papuans are facing social and cultural degradation. He took an example of seven tribes who are the landowners of PT. Freeport Indonesia’s mining area that has no power to voice their rights on gold and copper mine.

“Yet the outsiders talk about it, even though they have no relations at all with the family or the lands or another else,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Director of LP3BH Manokwari Yan Christian Warinussy recently said the government need to promptly encourage and promote a thorough evaluation of the implementation of the Special Autonomy policy to see and answer a series of questions over the past ten years.

“The evaluation is aimed to find a policy breakthrough for stakeholders, including the government’s role so that it could thoroughly protect their citizens,” said Warinussi. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor : Pipit Maizier

Continue Reading

Politics, Government & Security

New autonomy region is a sexy issue in the political year

Published

on

Division of the province or districts has always become a public issue in Papua in every election moments; no matter it is the regional head election (Pilkada), legislative election or presidential election.

Second Secretary of Papuan Customary Council John NR Gobai said this issue is always addressed as a political agenda by some parties who claim it as the aspirations of the community.

“It’s just a political issue. If it is indeed the real aspirations of the community, therefore it must be respected. However, if the issue raised before the regional head election or legislative election, what does it mean? “This should not be used as a political bargain to get something,” Gobai told Jubi on Thursday, 4 October 2018.

Although he believes that people nowadays are educated and able to make a prediction towards such issue that has blown up ahead the political year, but he still reminds the public to not influenced by such problem. Moreover, the government does not revoke the moratorium regarding new regions yet due to financial reason.

Focus to the main issue amongst the community

Gobai asks the candidates to promote some issues that have become the main problems of the community, such as the settlement of human rights violations, natural resources management, the rights of indigenous peoples and so on, rather than the issue of new autonomy regions.

The division of regions might not an urgent agenda. Moreover, some new districts in Papua are not showing the significant development in various sectors.

“Regarding the division of districts, this is not efficient. Developments in the new areas are stagnant. Also, it should get prior approval from the origin district government or province because it relates to the financing.

“I even heard the information that there are parties who promote the creation of new regions ask for the financial support from the community because the division that they are trying to deal with is not the willingness of the main district government,” said Gobai.

Meanwhile, the parliament member of the commission for the government, politics, law and human rights Orgenes Wanimbo said the similar thing that there is no doubt that some parties who promote the division of regions for their interest but said it was the people’s aspirations, whereas there are many aspects need to consider before proposing this division. For instance, the regional border, the potential natural resources, facilities and human resources, and et cetera.

Furthermore, the new autonomy region, according to Wanimbo, is not an answer to the people’s welfare. On the contrary, it is worried that the indigenous people would be marginalized by the new settlers.(*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

Continue Reading

Trending