Monday, January 30, 2017

1) Mining Boss: Freeport Indonesia is Not Only Just Gold

2) Indonesia blocks websites circulating #LetWestPapuaVote petition
3) Former regent nabbed as suspected drug user in West Papua

1) Mining Boss: Freeport Indonesia is Not Only Just Gold

Freeport Indonesia started operation in Papua in 1967 and is currently Indonesia’s largest mining firm.

The Garsberg mine operated by Freeport in Indonesia. (Photo source: Kompas/Agus Susanto)

Jakarta, – Giant copper and gold miner PT. Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) is complaining about the company’s image. The main perception of many in the public is that the mining field, which is operated by the firm in Papua, is full of gold.

There is also a perception that the gold that has been mined by the company is already in the form of clods, which can readily be taken offsite.
This complaint was aired by current PTFI president director Chappy Hakim. He was giving a public lecture at the post-graduate school of the Economy and Business Faculty at Universitas Indonesia in Depok, near Jakarta, last Friday (27/1) as reported by PTFI is a subsidiary of US mining giant Freeport McMoran.
The former Air Force chief said, “Freeport’s mine is located in extreme area. Out of every ton of the ores excavated, only several grams of copper and a small amount of gold can be obtained.”
Moreover, alongside other related agencies, the Indonesian customs and excise office strictly control the processing of clods into ores at PTFI’s facilities. Therefore, it is not true that the company can easily make big money. This is according to Chappy Hakim who took up the president director post last November.
PTFI started operation in Papua in 1967 and is currently Indonesia’s largest mining firm. Chappy Hakim said in the 1992-2015 period, Indonesia received US$16.1 billion from the Freeport’s Papua operation. This compared with the $10.8 billion that went to the company. This means that so far they have got 60 percent and 40 percent in revenue sharing, respectively, he added.
Also in Depok, Chappy Hakim said that they were still reviewing the newly issued government regulations that allow PTFI to continue exporting certain minerals in compensation for a contract extension and a commitment to build a smelter.
He said as quoted by the Jakarta Post, “Since the government regulation has just been issued, Freeport Indonesia is currently trying to reposition itself to see how it can continue to survive.”

2) Indonesia blocks websites circulating #LetWestPapuaVote petition
Launch of the Free West Papua Campaigns 2017 global petition calling for an internationally-supervised vote for West Papua at Westminster last week. Video: Pouk Malay
By Badriyanto in Jakarta
Indonesian military (TNI) chief General Gatot Nurmantyo was relaxed in response to news that there is a West Papua people’s petition seeking to separate West Papua from the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).
“Everything’s okay with West Papua right. There isn’t any problem,” said Nurmantyo during a hearing with the House of Representative’s Commission I overseeing information and communications, defence and foreign affairs at the parliamentary complex in Jakarta.
Nurmantyo said he was not going to get upset over the various petitions initiated by “criminal” groups because it was a waste of time and energy on matters that were of little substance.
Nurmantyo also said that the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) had already blocked a number of websites that had been circulating the petition.
“If the petition’s not from an official group then why should we bother about it, it’s tiring right. Who made this [petitions], who makes them, there’s no end to them,” said Nurmantyo.

As already reported, an online petition has been circulating supporting West Papua’s separation from the NKRI.
The petition is targeting 20,000 people and will be taken to Geneva and handed over to the United Nations.
First published by Okezone in Bahasa on January 26. Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was “Tanggapi Masalah OPM, Panglima TNI: Papua Barat Baik-Baik Saja”.

3) Former regent nabbed as suspected drug user in West Papua
Jakarta | Mon, January 30, 2017 | 01:21 pm

Police in West Papua will continue the legal process against a former regent, who was arrested on Sunday for allegedly using drugs, even though several parties have tried to intervene with the case.
Manokwari Police chief Adj. Comr. Christian Rony Putra said on Monday the police had named Teluk Wondama former regent Alberth Torey as a suspect for consuming crystal methamphetamine.
“Some parties have tried to intervene, but I will thoroughly process the case,” Rony said as quoted by“Drug cases can’t be resolved through customary law,” he added.  
Alberth was arrested at his house in Manokwari early Sunday with 0.02 grams of crystal methamphetamine. He is now being treated at Manokwari Regional Hospital.
Alberth also faced drug charges with his second wife Viviani Idriyani in April 2011.  

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