Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary of Papua Indigenous Empowerment Institute (LPMAP) Darius Wetaiwa questioned on the suggestion to rename the Holtekamp Bridge to the Soekarnopura Bridge.
“Is there no other name? Since the eras of the Old Order, the New Order until the current reform era, names of rivers, mountains and streets in Papua have taken names of people from outside of Papua,” Wetauwa told Jubi on Saturday (17/3/2018).
According to him, the proper name should have a connection with Port Numbay (another name for Jayapura City) or Tabi customary area. “For instance, the name of Port Numbay’s leader or ancestor. It is necessary for making the Port Numbay people have a sense of belonging,” he said. He firmly rejected the name of Soekarnopura. It’s to convey his attitude towards the native of Port Numbay. “Use a local word, such Port Numbay Bridge or Tabi Bridge,” he said.
The President of Papuan Baptist Churches Duma Socratez Sofyan Yoman supports the government to give a name that can represent the Papuan customary area. “I propose Tabi Bridge as the name, which means the Bridge of Sunrise. Soekarnopura is not a good idea. Here is not Blitar, East Java,” Yoman told Jubi in Abepura, Jayapura City on Thursday (15/3/2018). (*)
Reporter: Arjuna Pademme
Editor: Pipit Maizier