Monday, December 28, 2015

1) Three Officers Killed, Rifles Stolen in Attack on Papua Police Precinct

2) Three officers dead in  attack on Papua police  station 

3) Three police officers shot dead by separatists in Papua

4) 3 Police Personnel Killed at Sinak Attack
5) View Point: Hasn’t the  circus left town yet?
6) Freeport Promises Transparency over Contract Extension

1) Three Officers Killed, Rifles Stolen in Attack on Papua Police Precinct
By : Farouk Arnaz | on 9:37 AM December 28, 2015
Jakarta. Three police officers in the restive province of Papua were killed by suspected separatists on Sunday evening after armed men attacked their precinct, the National Police confirmed.
National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti said the Sinak subdistrict precinct in Papua's Puncak district was attacked by a barrage of gunfire at 8.45 p.m. on Sunday.
Three police officers manning the station were killed in the incident and another officer wounded, the four-star general continued.
"The  shots came from the back of the police precinct," Badrodin said at his office on Monday.
Several assailants then broke in to the headquarters' armory, stealing seven assault riffles and a crate of ammunition.
They fled after dozens of soldiers from a nearby military station arrived as back-up.
Badrodin identified the killed officers as First Brig. Ridho, Second Brig. Arman and Second Brig. Ilham. The fourth officer, First Brig. Dimara was shot in the arm and is now being treated for his injury.
"We are conducting an investigation [to identify the assailants]," the general said, adding that communication with the remote precinct is difficult.
The attack came ahead of President Joko Widodo's visit to Papua, which has seen low level insurgency against Indonesian security officials since Indonesia annexed the resource-rich province in the 1960s.
Joko is scheduled to travel to Merauke  on the province's border with Papua New Guinea  on Tuesday and Wamena in the central highland area on Wednesday, before traveling to neighboring West Papua province.
As of Monday morning there has not been any changes to the president's planned visit, said Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Patrige Renwarin.


2) Three officers dead in  attack on Papua police  station -

A group of armed men attacked Sinak Police subprecinct in Puncak regency, Papua, on Sunday night, killing three police officers. Meanwhile, an aircraft carrying Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw was reportedly shot at on Monday.
The Twin Otter plane, owned by Trigana Air, was returning to Jayawijaya regency from Puncak.    
As well as killing the three police officers – First Brig. Ridho, Second Brig. Arman and Second Brig. Ilham --, the attackers also stole weapons from the Sinak Police subprecinct.
National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti confirmed the attack, saying that the police were confident of the identities of the attackers, and were currently hunting for them.
“Given the area in which the incident took place, we can be fairly sure of who the attackers were,” Badrodin said as reported by on Monday,
Paulus, meanwhile, told Antara news agency that the attack had occurred at 8:45 p.m.local time, and that a number of other officers had sustained gunshot wounds.
According to Paulus, the attackers made off with seven weapons and various kinds of ammunition.
Meanwhile, National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Suharsono denied that the aircraft carrying Paulus had been hit, but confirmed that the plane’s passengers had heard shots.
A number of police officers have fallen victim to shootings by unknown armed groups in Papua in recent years. (bbn)(+) - See more at:


3) Three police officers shot dead by separatists in Papua

Senin, 28 Desember 2015 12:25 WIB | 388 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News)- Three Indonesian police officers were shot dead, and two injured when a group of separatists attacked Sinak police office in Puncak District, Papua Province, here, Sunday evening.

"Its true, the attack happened on Sunday evening at around 8.45 p.m. Central Indonesian Standard Time (WIT), killing three officers and injuring two others. Seven guns were stolen," Papua Provincial Police Chief Inspector General Waterpauw told ANTARA, here, Monday.

The attackers stole two AK-47 assault rifles, two SS1 rifles, three Mauser rifles, and one crate of ammunition.

The Papua police chief deployed two squads of mobile brigade police officers to Sinak following the attack.(*)

MONDAY, 28 DECEMBER, 2015 | 11:38 WIB
4) 3 Police Personnel Killed at Sinak Attack

TEMPO.COJakarta- Sinak Police Office in Puncak District, Papua, have been attacked by an armed group called Lekagak Tenggamati with shooting from the back of the office on Sunday evening, December 27. 
National Police Chief General Badrodin Haiti confirmed the attack. “Yes, it was done by Lekagak,” he told Tempo on Monday, December 28. Badrodin says the attack frequently occur in the area.
The shooting occurred at 8:45pm killing three police personnel; First Brigadier Ridho, Second Brigadier Arman, and Second Brigadier Ilham, and injuring at lest two others. 
The material loss are including two AK-47, 3 mosers, two Ss1, and a crate of ammunition.
Badrodin said a search by army battalion and police is being conducted. Sinak District is an isolated area; there’s no road access to the area except by small planes.
Lekagak group has a force of 40 people with 15 firearms. The distance between Sinak District and Wamena takes about two-days walking.


5) View Point: Hasn’t the  circus left town yet?
Endy M. Bayuni, Jakarta | Opinion | Sun, December 27 2015, 3:50 PM - 

Welcome to the circus at the House of Representatives. The dome-shape DPR/MPR building in the Senayan district has of late been turned into a circus arena, courtesy of elected politicians and sponsored by PT Freeport Indonesia, the giant American gold mining company with a highly profitable concession in Papua. 

The hearing of the House’s ethics council of the House of Representatives to look into alleged ethical violations by then House speaker Setya Novanto turned into a public spectacle that dwarfed the Cirque de Soleil, said to be the best circus show on Earth, at least in terms of audience and entertainment. 

Almost the whole nation was glued to their TV boxes or had turned to their gadgets to follow the ethics hearings that went on for almost four weeks and were mostly broadcast live. There were plenty of laughs too as the Senayan clowns and some invited guests took turns at center stage. 

The chief attraction undoubtedly was the tightrope over which those connected with the Freeport scandal had to walk.

First to go was Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said, and he was followed by Freeport CEO Maroef Sjamsuddin, Setya and finally the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Panjaitan. 

A fourth person, businessman Muhammad Reza Chalid, was on the bill, but he never came. The audience should get some of their money back for being short-changed.

The hearing centered around Setya’s three separate meetings with Maroef, also attended by Reza, during which they discussed Freeport’s request to extend its lucrative contract to operate in Papua beyond the current lease that ends in 2021. Sensing something was inappropriate, Maroef secretly recorded their conversation and then shared it with Sudirman, who later reported Setya to the ethics council and relinquished the recording as evidence.

Among the four made to walk the tightrope, only Setya lost his balance, but he never even reached the safety net. The House’s deputy speakers Fadli Zon and Fahri Hamzah did their acrobatic acts from the trapeze to rescue their colleague each time he fell. 

Just as it became clear that the ethics council would vote to declare that Setya had committed a serious violation, he tendered his resignation as House speaker. He quickly bounced back thanks to the trampoline below and got himself the powerful job as head of the Golkar faction. 

The four-week hearing ended without a decision one way or another: a complete waste of time.

This was a political circus filled by clowns. There were no wild animals to entertain us, not even real monkeys. Looking at the politicians’ behavior, Darwin was wrong about the evolution theory. Humans can be much dumber animals.

There were sideshows in the circus just as attractive or entertaining, particularly from TV networks running endless commentary involving other clowns. 

The ethics council and the entire House became the targets of public ridicule. It did not help that the council members had insisted on being addressed as “honorable” throughout the hearing, when clearly all they did was to dishonor the House’s entire reputation.

Neither did it help that the scandal broke out shortly after the police busted the ring behind mama minta pulsa (mama wants phone credit), a massive scam to con people into sending money by way of telephone credits.

The media quickly dubbed the Freeport scandal papa minta saham (papa wants shares), a reference to Setya’s proposal to Freeport to give up some shares to facilitate the negotiations.

Some in the audience who were clamoring for blood were disappointed. Nobody loses in this scandal.

The show is not over yet. Now some in the House want to start another inquiry into why the family of Vice President Jusuf Kalla held meetings with Freeport. This could be the next show in the new year. Are we going to see the VP walking the tightrope too? Stay tuned for the latest news.

A smaller circus show has been going on in the meantime in Senayan, over in Commission III, which looked into the scandal involving Pelindo II, the state-owned port operator. Its CEO, Richard Joost Lino, has already been declared a corruption suspect, but the commission is going after bigger fish.

Now we know clowning is a profession restricted to men only, but women can be just as good. Rieke Diah Pitaloka is now leading the campaign in demanding President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expel State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno from Cabinet over the port scandal, with a stern warning that failing to do so could lead to the President being impeached.

The political circus doesn’t get better than this. Rieke is from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the main party in Jokowi’s governmental coalition. Would she also subject the President to walk the political tightrope? Don’t go away. Stay tuned!

At this rate, the DPR/MPR building could become the permanent site for the circus shows. 

Sure they can be entertaining, but since these elected politicians live off taxpayers’ money, it begs the question: Are we really getting our money’s worth? Are they not overpaid for the clowning job they do? 

When will these political spectacle end so that we can restore the DPR/MPR building to its honorable status and function?

Probably not for a while. 

As American comedian George Carlin said, “Just ‘cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.” 

Sit back and enjoy the circus.

The writer is senior editor at The Jakarta Post. - See more at:


SUNDAY, 27 DECEMBER, 2015 | 17:58 WIB
6) Freeport Promises Transparency over Contract Extension

TEMPO.COJayapura - PT Freeport Indonesia president director Maroef Sjamsoeddin promised that his company would improve its transparency in the company’s contract extension.
“I want everything to be transparent in my term of office. So, we don’t have to look back. Let’s find what’s best for the future,” Maroef said in Jayapura on Sunday, December 27, 2015.
Maroef said that Freeport would continue to build good communications with the regulator to find solutions to any issues.
“Freeport is a national asset capitalized by foreign investors. But the asset is in Indonesia, in this case in Papua. So, we must not ignore its existence. It must provide contribution and comply with applicable regulations,” Maroef explained.
Maroef added that Freeport’s management would continue to communicate with central and regional governments.
“The governor has mentioned about divestment issues. This must be discussed to prevent issues from recurring,” Maroef said.

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