Monday, August 29, 2016

1) Sago Forests Make Way for Buildings, Where to Go for Justice?

2) Unable to Afford Speedboat Fare, Students Miss Classes
3) Related to shooting incident in Lanny Jaya, They told me, says Governor
4) Nudge Residents Finally Enjoy Normal Fuel Prices
5) Housing and Public Works Ministry Plans to Build Canal in Papua
6) Biak Numfor Could Be Indonesia’s First Space Port
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 1) Sago Forests Make Way for Buildings, Where to Go for Justice? 
25 August 2016
                                                       Local people to harvest the sago – Jubi
Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of the Commission I of the Papua Legislative Council for Government, Politic, Legal, Human Rights and Territorial Affairs, Elvis Tabuni, said both customary people and tenure landowners are increasingly being squeezed. They don’t know where to go for justice.
He said their land that once was sago forest has been converted into buildings, while many among the landowners have not obtained their rights. He said in Jayapura City and surrounding area, land disputes are rarely settled, despite efforts by customary landowners take the legal option.
“To whom they supposed to go for justice, whereas the land is the foundation of their life?” he asked.
“People never asked for the government to be existed among them. They never gave their tenure rights to anyone. Jayapura Municipality was once the sago forest, the planting area, but now it stands for buildings, shops, hotels and other constructions. The indigenous sago landowners are currently living at the edge,” said Elvis Tabuni on Wednesday (24/8/2016).
He said the customary land issue was not only occurred in Jayapura Municipality, but also in other regencies in Papua, such as Mimika and Biak. For this reason, on Tuesday (23/8/2016), the Commission I held the hearing with related regional government agencies and customary people to discuss and find solution on several land disputes in Jayapura Municipality.
“Attended in the hearing are including the representatives of Papua Provincial Land Office and Civil Service Police Unit and the customary leaders (ondoafi – local language) of tribes in Jayapura Municipality, namely Kayu Pulau, Engros, Tobati and Ormu. Many related tenure rights aspirations from regencies submitted to the Commission I,” he said.
The Commission I of the Papua Legislative Council further planned to form a Special Committee to tackle the tenure land issue. However, it needs to hear some feedbacks and aspirations from relevant stakeholders before the committee is formed.
Meanwhile, the Commission I member, Januarius Douw said the Commission I invited the government agencies following the people’s complaints on land issue in Jayapura Municipality. “We had people’s aspirations about their tenure rights occupied by others without the process of settlement. And now they demand it. Land is the source of life and prosperity,” he said.
According to him, although the Commission I is not authorized to make decision, but it attempted to find solution over the aspirations of the customary people. “It is how we come with related stakeholders to find a solution and create an agreement that acceptable to the parties who’s in dispute, either the government or people,” he added. (*/rom)
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2) Unable to Afford Speedboat Fare, Students Miss Classes
24 August 2016



                               About 50 students travelled across the lake every day to town for school using a speedboat – Jubi

Sentani, Jubi – Students living across Lake Sentani have missed classes because they could not afford to pay for speedboat rides.
A speedboat operator at Yahim Quay, Dobonsolo Village, Jayapura Regency, Frengky Ibo, said about 50 students travelled across the lake every day to town for school, paying Rp 2,500 one way or Rp 5,000 return.
“Here the speedboats are mostly privately-owned. There also those donated by Education Office. But this is mine,” he said.
He said the speedboats for the students are separate from speedboats for public transportation. A speedboat can carry up to 15 people.
“When the students want to go to school, they should wait at the quay and we will transport them. The same way goes for the return. We will wait until the last student, because we knew who are going home,” he said.
Those who would stay at the town, he said, would let them know so that they don’t have to be waited.
“We hope in the future the Regional Government would able to donate a special speedboat for the students, like at Yoboi Village that had donation from the school. So if they have their own school transportation,” he said.
A student from Yoboi Village Nesti Alinda Sokoy said because she takes the speedboat to the school, she must get ready at 5:58 Papua time. She, who’s currently the 12th grade at SMA YPPGI Jayapura Regency, said if she run out for money, she would stay at home. “If I cannot go to school, I usually inform my class monitor who will telling my teacher,” she said. (*/rom)

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3) Related to shooting incident in Lanny Jaya, They told me, says Governor
25 August 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe urged officials in Papua Province not to use armed civilian groups for political purposes.
“Do not overreact for political purposes. Once you made it, something like this would happen,” said Enembe in Jayapura on Wednesday (24/8/2016) in responding the shooting towards an employee of PT AS Jaya some times ago in Lanny Jaya Regency.
He urged the groups to lay down their weapons.
“From Mulia to Tiom, there’s only a group. They just come and go. They texted me saying that ‘we are only regular people but in publication they said we are OPM (Free Papua Movement), so we want to point a gun on someone’. That’s what they said to me through SMS,” he said.
“So, the officials shouldn’t utilize these men for political purposes,” he added. Enembe further said Papua is part of the Republic of Indonesia, therefore he asked the opposite parties to rejoin. “If you want a freedom, there is no place here. This is a big country. So I suggest better to join and develop this country. Furthermore, it is my duty to develop and change Papuans towards the prosperity,” said Enembe.
When asked about the statement by Lanny Jaya Regent Befa Yigibalom who said he would stop the infrastructure development in the region due to the shooting incident, Enebe said the development in that region has already settled because all access have been connected.
“If the shooting was done by the armed group, there would be no other. But we will continue the development,” he said. (*/rom)
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4) Nudge Residents Finally Enjoy Normal Fuel Prices
26 August 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Residents in Keneyam, Ndgua Regency can now buy fuel at normal prices as applied throughout Indonesia after Regent Yairus Gwijangge launched the Distributor of Petroleum and Diesel Fuel (APMS) there on Wednesday (24/08/2016).
Gwijangge thanked PT. Pertamina (Persero) for their ability to distribute subsidized fuel in Keneyam.
It also signals Pertamina’s positive performance, because people who previously had to pay up to Rp 3 million per drum, can now just pay the same cost like other regions.
“Let’s together take care of Pertamina that’s already present among us, do not harm, destroy or burn it. Because it comes for the sake of Nduga people,” he said.
Further he would coordinate with Pertamina in both regional and central offices to monitor the unexpected price increase by the fuel provider.
General Manager of Pertamina MOR VIII Maluku Papua Eldi Hendry said, with APMS already settled in Kenyam, the residents could enjoy the rights of equal price as the residents at other Indonesian regions. “We hope the distributors could provide services to fulfill their needs on fuel, and this APMS could serve everyday so that it could promote the economy of Nduga,” he said.
Hendri also expected the local government could control the APMS services. The owner of APMS PT Suluh Jaya Abadi, Suwardi said he get the quota of 30 KL consisting of 20 KL petroleum and 10 KL solar fuel. “All were on shipping, currently we have 5,000 litters of petroleum and 5,000 litters of solar fuel,” he said.
Nduga resident Obeth Aewakom admitted he was very happy with the presence of APMS because he couldnt pay more for solar fuel for his hotel business. “Earlier I pay Rp 25 to Rp 30 thousand per litter,” he said. (*/rom)
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5) Housing and Public Works Ministry Plans to Build Canal in Papua
27 August 2016
Merauke, Jubi – The Ministry of Housing and Public Works plans to build a canal in Papua Province.
“President Jokowi is planning to build sixty-five canals in Indonesia, which encouraged me for taking initiative to meet the minister and president to tell that we also would build a canal in Papua,” said the Head of Canal Center, Directorate General of Water Resource Imam Santoso in Mereauke on Friday (26/8/2016).
According to him Papua has some major rivers that are potential for the canal. In near future, his office would conduct an assessment to determine the location of the canal.
“We will conduct a feasibility study at Digoel River and Mamberamo River to assess which one the most feasible. We are projecting that the construction could be started in 2017 or 2018,” he said.
Merauke Regent Sularso appreciated the Central Government’s plan on canal construction. According to him, when the plan was materialized in Merauke, the supply of water for the local community would be accomplished.
“We expect the support to realize the construction of canal to be done immediately,” he said.
He said the calan was not for agriculture only, but also to meet the people’s need on clean water, as well as for recreation.
He explained in Merauke, there are several watersheds (DAM) crossing to Papua New Guinea, such as DAS Bian, DAS Sakiramke, DAS Digoel and DAS Fly River. (*/rom)
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6) Biak Numfor Could Be Indonesia’s First Space Port

26 August 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Biak Numfor has been considered as a location for the first space airport in Indonesia.
The plan of the construction of the launched rockets and satellite for civil purposes is currently under a feasibly study conducted by the National Aerospace Institute (LAPAN).
According to the Law 21/2013 on the aerospace, LAPAN was mandated to build the National Space Airport in the territory of the Republic of Indonesia, explained Husni Nasution, team member of LAPAN Space Airport Assessment to Jubi on Thursday (25/8/2016).
“We have a mandate to build the Space Airport in the Republic of Indonesia. Then it was elaborated in the Master Plan, but it is still in the assessment phase. We are currently assessing Morotai, Enggano and Biak. But Enggano certainly not qualify geographically,” said Husni by phone.
According to him, Biak was selected because besides it is strategic and geographically fit for a space airport; it is because LAPAN already has a location in the island.
“Because we stand in the equator area, we certainly find the best location, because the airport should be at the equator area with the position of 0 degree,” said Husni.
Earlier the senior researcher of LIPI, Adriana Elizabeth, who asked for advise by LAPAN related to this plan, said LAPAN tends to vote Biak as the construction site.
“The choice was actually between Morotai and Biak. But the more strategic and heading to the ocean, as well as some other geographical considerations, the choice tends to be Biak,” she said during the break of Papua Lawyer Club in Jayapura some times ago.
Based on the information from LAPAN, she said 100 hectares have been set up by LAPAN for the future airport. But Husni admitted the set up location in Biak is too small and would not qualified referring to the law, “furthermore the people settlement is very crowded,” he said.
Meanwhile Adriana worried about the plan, furthermore it has not communicated to the local people. “There is an issue should be communicated first with the customary people. Because the investment often conflicts with the people. I think it should be considered. I have suggested LAPAn to meet the Customary Council Chief to talk about the government’s plan to build the space airport.”
But, represented the feasible study team, Husni stated the team would involved many related stakeholders including the university, community and local government.
“This is still a stage of study, it’s still for internal, but later it must involve the universities, community, local government and so on,” he said.
The project that would take huge investment certainly could not be executed by LAPAN only. According to Thomas Djamaluddin, the Head of National Aerospace Institute (LAPAN) cited merdeka.com (9/8) it required the huge investment and should have partnership with other country.
Related to the partnership, Adriana Elizabeth said about the investor that already interested with the project. “The investor who interested to execute the project is coming from the People’s Republic of Tiongkok, but instead of 100 hectares, Tiongkok might ask for up to 700 hectares.”
She worried though in term of State’s security it is important, but it has potential to become a conflict in term of local interest.
“If it’s true the investment would come from Tiongkok, we already knew about the rivalry between Tiongkok and the United States. When the technology development is implemented in the Indonesian territory, what is the position of Indonesia related with this rivalry? Moreover it was built in Papua. So it would raise so many correlation of issues,” she said.
When confirmed about the potential investors, Husni said LAPAN has not obtained it yet. “So far there is no hint about investment, but certainly we cannot work alone,” he said.
According to LAPAN, there are only two space airports on the world that have a strategic location, namely Guyana Space Airport at Kouruo, French and Alkantara Space Airport, Brazil. “Indonesia will become the third country to have the space airport that able to launch satellite from the equator. It will be the added value for the country,” said Thomas. (*/rom)

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