Monday, November 23, 2015

1) Soldiers Seize Rifle in RI-PNG Borders

2) Jokowi Ask Ministers to End Polemic on Freeport
3) Dispatches: Indonesia Frees Papuan Political Prisoner


TUESDAY, 24 NOVEMBER, 2015 | 08:42 WIB
1) Soldiers Seize Rifle in RI-PNG Borders

TEMPO.COJayapura-Indonesian soldiers stationed on the Papua New Guinea border have seized a rifle and 33 rounds of 5.56-mm ammunition from a resident.
"The rifle and tens of rounds of ammunition were confiscated when the 406/CK task force at the Bompay post, led by 1st Lt. Karno, conducted a raid on the street connecting Bompay village to Senggi village," said commander of the 406/CK infantry battalion Lt. Col, Aswin Kartawijaya, in a press statement released on Monday, November 23.
According to Col Kartawijaya, soldiers seized the rifle from Jefri while he was crossing the border, along with three people in a car.
"Based on the results of the investigation, the rifle is usually used to hunt animals in the forest," he said.
The seizure indicated that many residents living near the borders possess rifles, he said.
"For its part, we will continue conducting raids and patrols on the street connecting Bompay and Senggi villages. The rifle and rounds of ammunition and their suspected owner will be handed over to the chief of the 172/PWY military resort command as commander of the operation implementation command," he said.
He noted that his soldiers will continue conducting raids to create a safe situation along the borders.
Commander of the operations implementation command Col. Sugiyono praised the military personnel for their job well done.

TUESDAY, 24 NOVEMBER, 2015 | 07:30 WIB
2) Jokowi Ask Ministers to End Polemic on Freeport

TEMPO.COBogor-President Joko Widodo asked his ministers to ended the polemic regarding contract extension of PT Freeport Indonesia. Minister were also reminded not to fall for the political process in the Parliament Honor Council (MKD), that is trying Speaker of the House Setya Novanto.
"I make this clear, avoid collision between ministries. Do not start a public debate that reflects differences,” said President Jokowi before the start of a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java, on Monday. The President also said that differences between ministries and state institutions should only be presented in the cabinet meeting forum.
Cabinet Secretary Pramono Agung added that the President respects and wait for the whole process in MKD. The government, said Pramono, will not interfere in the political process in the House. “Whether the session will be open or closed, it is the authority of the House. The government will not interfere," said Pramono.
The Freeport contract extension polemic occurred between the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, and Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Sudirman Said. Luhut publicly denounced Sudirman’s step to report Speaker of the House Setya Novanto to MKD because of profiteering the president’s name to ask for Freeport shares.
According to Luhut, Sudirman Said’s efforts are not preceded by any notice to the president. As a result, Luhut considered Sudirman’s report to MKD was his own initiative. Later, Vice President Jusuf Kalla asserted that Sudirman had reported to the president before submitting evidence, transcripts and recordings, containing voice recordings of Setya Novanto to MKD.
After the cabinet meeting, Luhut confirmed that the president prohibited his ministers to openly debate the Freeport contract extension. The President, said Luhut, has instructed Cabinet Secretary Pramono Agung to explain the divestment, the extension of the contract of work, and the benefits of Freeport for the people of Papua. On the matter of profiteering on behalf of the President, Vice President, and himself by Setya Novanto, Luhut said: "I told you, I do not want to answer."

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