Jakarta. An Indonesian minister has countered President Joko Widodo’s declaration that the controversial transmigration program to Papua province will be stopped, saying instead that, if anything, it will be expanded.
Marwan Jafar, the minister for transmigration, said on Sunday that the program – in which often impoverished families are given land and money to relocate from densely populated areas, primarily Java but also Bali, to other islands – had proved “a success” in Merauke, a city near Indonesia’s border with Papua New Guinea.
“Merauke can be considered a border region that has been successful in implementing the transmigration program and developing agricultural land in eastern Indonesia,” Marwan told reporters in Jakarta, as quoted by Republika.
He declared Merauke “heaven for transmigrants,” with an estimated 275,000 people having moved there since Indonesia’s annexation of West Papua in 1969 – often to the detriment of the indigenous population, who accuse the newcomers of a callous disregard for their customs and traditions, destroying the environment, and keeping the locals economically and socially subjugated.
Joko, at a gathering with prominent community leaders in Jakarta on Thursday, announced that his administration would end the transmigration program to Papua, in recognition of the local population’s long-held grievances.
“The government will stop transmigration to Papua because it has caused too much social envy,” he said in a statement issued by a spokesman, Teten Masduki.
Joko “has already asked the governor of Papua to halt the program,” Teten added.
Marwan, apparently, did not get the message, saying that the program would be ramped up in support of the government’s plan to develop 1.2 million hectares of rice fields in the region, under the Merauke Integrated Rice Estate project.
“If this program succeeds, there will be a lot of development that will change the face of this region of eastern Indonesia,” he said.
It was not clear if he was speaking literally; indigenous Papuans, who are vastly outnumbered by transmigrants, have long alleged that the transmigration program is an attempt to wipe out their numbers, in what human rights activists call a slow-motion genocide.
To support the anticipated surge in newcomers, Marwan said his ministry planned to build more transmigrant settlements. These townships are often carved out of indigenous land, giving rise to conflicts, sometimes deadly, between the indigenous and transmigrant communities.
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2) Secretary General of the uproar: Papua Students Must Immediately Aware, Kita This Melanesia
Author: Princess Papua | Sunday, June 7, 2015 23:55 Reads: 292 Comments: 0
Secretary General (Secretary) Youth Student Movement and the Papuan People (Uproar), Samuel Womsiwor. Photo: Ist
Jayapura, STEP MAGAZINE - Secretary General (Secretary) Youth Student Movement and the People of Papua (Uproar), Samuel Womsiwor Papua appealed to students wherever located around the world to immediately realize that we are Melanesian people of Papua, not Malay.
In a written statement received majalahselangkah.com say, uproar opened a post "PAPUA for MSG" at the University of Cendrawasih to raise awareness and concern about the students and all parties kemelanesiaan Papuans. However, the post has been dismantled by the police (read: Demolition Post "Papua for MSG" on page Uncen Assessed Not Professional).
Another reason, he said, the post was built in the neighborhood Uncen because Uncen standing with a strong political background and also have an influence on civilization Papuans struggle today, so precisely built in Uncen and also become a benchmark as well as an invitation to join the Universities / private sector in the city of Jayapura.
"Papua is a nation with a clump of Melanesia if not the Indonesian military expansion in 1963 to manipulation Act of 1969 then we have been united with other Melanesian nation," he said in the statement on Sunday (06.07.15).
"We will live safely and comfortably in our own community, with our nation who understand the habits and customs. Papua can not be forced into Javanese as today. Stretegi government in Jakarta for the people in Indonesia are menjawanisasi suluruh us, we see Java transmigration project since Jokowi Sukarno government until now, it was becoming conflicts throughout Indonesia including Papua us, "said Samuel Womsiwor.
"The need for the development of Papua sejatihnya is the awareness of our people of Papua, Papuan students more specifically as a motor of change," she said. (Princess Papua / MS)