1) Indonesia president wants co-operation in Papua development
Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, has criticised government agencies for not co-operating in implementing development in the Papua region.
The Jakarta Post reports the president saying development has to consider the aspirations of Papuans.
He told a cabinet meeting on Papuan development that in recent years, the ministries' work has centred on their respective sectors, rather than working together.
The president stressed that the government must give serious attention to the development of Papua by building infrastructure, including roads, bridges and markets, and improving healthcare services and education.
Mr Widodo also instructed the Indonesian military and the police to ensure the benefits of their presence is felt by Papuans.
He says Jakarta needs to speed up infrastructure development in the border areas, such as roads and bridges, to eliminate isolation in Papua.
The president says this will help ease the movement of people and goods and ensure lower prices for commodities.
2) House speaker has no authority to extend contract: Freeport CEO
Kamis, 3 Desember 2015 17:52 WIB | 583 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - House Speaker Setya Novanto has no authority to extend the companys contract, PT Freeport Indonesias President Director Maroef Sjamsuddin stated here on Thursday.
"So, it was unethical and inappropriate for him to do it," he said while testifying at the House of Representatives Ethics Council (MKD) session.
Maroef explained that after the second meeting, his instinct told him that something unethical had been done by the house speaker with regard to his involvement in the contract extension of PT Freeport Indonesia.
Maroef admitted to have taken the initiative to use his cellphone to record the conversation with Novanto and businessman M. Reza Chalid during the third meeting.
"Based on the second meeting, I thought (I had to record it). No one ordered me to do it. I did it on my own (because) my integrity was at stake," he stated.
Maroef revealed that in the second meeting, he was surprised to find that Novanto was accompanied by Chalid whom he had not known before.
During the second meeting, he said that the smelter and contract extension had already been discussed.
"After the second meeting, I conducted a private analysis. I asked myself why the discussion veered from business to contract extension. Why it was done by the house speaker, and why he did not involve the members of the House Commission VII but only businessman Chalid," he pointed out.
Maroef admitted that after the second meeting, he received a text message from Chalid inviting him for another meeting and after crosschecking it with the staff member of Novanto, he confirmed that the invitation for the three to meet again was true.
"Finally, the meeting took place on July 8, 2015. The staff of the house speaker determined the location and time of the meeting," he noted.
Maroef said the recording he had submitted to Energy Minister Sudirman Said was exactly the same as the one heard at the MKD session on Wednesday.
The MKD heard Minister Saids explanation on Wednesday in connection with his complaint that Novanto had allegedly used the names of President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla to get a stake in PT Freeport for his personal gains.
The gold and copper mining company PT Freeport Indonesia is expected to extend its contract for two years before it expires in 2021.(*)