Monday, December 17, 2012

1) Suspects in setting police station on fire arrested in Papua

1)  Suspects in setting police station on fire arrested in Papua
2) Affirmative action to start in Papua
3) Yoman re-elected as leader of Baptist Church Alliance in Papua
5) Disqualified Papua Candidates Take Election Commission to Court

1) Suspects in setting police station on fire arrested in Papua

Mon, December 17 2012 23:59 | 66 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Police have arrested five suspects following a riot when mobs attacked and set on fire a police station in Wamena, Papua, yesterday. 

"They were being investigated," police`s chief spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said here on Monday. 

The incident took place all of a sudden following the death of Hubert Mabel, who had been in the police`s list of wanted men, shot by police on Sunday morning.

The mob protested the shooting of Mabel, who was a suspect in the recent bombing of the Jayawijaya district legislative assembly office and police station in Wamena. 

Boy said police were forced to shoot Mabel as he rejected arrest and tried to grab the weapon of a police officer. 

The situation in Wamena is now under control, Boy said

Mabel was known to be the chairman of the West Papua National Committee.

Papua has remained a hot spot with separatists have not given up fighting for independence of the easternmost region of Indonesia. (*)
Editor: Heru

2) Affirmative action to start in Papua

The government has issued a regulation that will allow only native Papuan businesspeople to make bids on government construction, part of a strategy to accelerate development in the country’s easternmost province and improve prosperity in the region. 

Presidential Decree No. 84/2012 stipulates that all state-owned companies as well as private firms doing construction projects in Papua and West Papua provinces must seek active involvement from Papuan businessmen in the procurement of goods and services needed.

Article 2 of the decree, for instance, requires companies from outside of Papua to partner with local businessmen to procure goods or services worth up to Rp 5 billion (US$518,835).

It further exempts local businessmen from qualifications required to participate in such procurement, in an effort to give opportunity for local business to thrive.

The new regulation also gives sanctions to companies that fail to actively involve Papuans in their daily operations.

Sanctions will also be given to local businessmen who subcontract their projects to non Papuans.

“Such a presidential decree will undoubtedly improve the life of Papuans economically, which will gradually bring peace to the land,” Amiruddin Al Rahab of the government’s Special Unit of Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua (UP4B) told The Jakarta Post recently.

Amiruddin highlighted that the issuance of the decree would open the door for Papuan businessmen to join the massive infrastructure project of building at least 909 kilometers roads in Papua and another 803 kilometers in West Papua, which the government targets to finish by 2014.

The decree is the latest on the long list of initiatives made by UP4B.

Others include a scholarship program for Papuan students to enroll in 32 state-owned universities nationwide as well mobile health services aimed at reaching out to the province’s remote areas and agriculture projects that include the opening of sago plantations and pig farms.

However, many are skeptical about whether the efforts and the disbursement of Rp 30 trillion of the special autonomy fund in the past 12 years could help improve the life of Papuans.

Former regent of Merauke, John Gluba Gebze, said the fund has failed to accelerate development in Papua and West Papua because the central government was clueless about what it should do in Papua.

“The central government thinks that money will take care of everything. I think that the government should come up with a clear and comprehensive plan on what to do, and prepare necessary human resources, before transferring the money,” John told the Post.

He added that the fund has also largely been misused.

An audit by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) revealed that at least Rp 3.34 trillion of the total Rp 28.84 trillion of special autonomy fund allocated for Papua and West Papua between 2002 and 2010 has been misused or embezzled.

The BPK has found that around Rp 28.94 billion has been earmarked for fictitious projects such as the construction of housing for teachers in Boven Digoel Regency worth around Rp 112.7 million, while around Rp 27.17 billion was stripped from the fund to pay for a third party.

John said the only way to better deliver prosperity in Papua was to divide the region more.

“Even a small island like Java has six provinces while Sumatra has 10 provinces. How can Papua, whose territory is almost as sizable as Sumatra, only have two administrative regions?” he said.

So far, the House of Representatives has received 33 proposals for the setting-up of new autonomous regions in Papua, comprising three provinces, 29 regencies and one municipality.

A source close to Commission II told the Post that the commission has set to approve at least three new provinces in Papua next year, including one in the western territory, one in the Pegunungan Tengah area and another one in the south.

In October this year, the House also approved two new regencies in West Papua — Manokwari and Arfak.
3) Yoman re-elected as leader of Baptist Church Alliance in Papua
Bintang Papua, 14 December 2012

Wamena: Socratez Sofyan Yoman has been re-elected as leader of the Alliance of Baptist Churches in Papua for the cming five years. Biriur Wenda has been elected as secretary.

Following his election, Yoman  said that the church's mission  was to bring the Bible to the whole nation and to give leadership to the congregation.

Turning to the journalists, Yoman said: 'You can see for yourselves that I received almost one hundred percent support from the 265 votes, which goes to show that what we have been doing has their heartfelt support.'

He will serve as the leader until 2017.

He said that he recognises the huge burden he will bear but praised God for blessing him like this.

Yoman was elected at the 17th congress of the church which was held in Wamena

[Translated by TAPOL]


RNZI Posted at 16:34 on 17 December, 2012 UTC
A member of a West Papuan separatist group which declared independence last year says it will keep seeking a peaceful route to separation from Indonesia.
This comes amid continuing violence in Wamena where Indonesia’s security forces have focussed their hunt for members of the National Committee of West Papua, or KNPB.
During the weekend in the Highlands town, a KNPB leader Hubertus Mabel was shot dead by a police who made several arrests of other members, triggering gunfire exchanges.
Yoab Syatfle a spokesman for the group which declared a Federated Republic of West Papua at last year’s Papuan People’s Congress, says such tensions are common across Papua.
He says the jailed leaders of the Federated Republic remains determined to forge a peaceful solution.
“West Papua don’t have a gun to fight against Indonesia with guns. No, West Papua fights by peace. We fight and declare independence by peace not war. So Indonesia has to respect about human rights and democracy in West Papua.”
“West Papua has a right to independence.”
Yoab Syatfle.

5) Disqualified Papua Candidates Take Election Commission to Court
SP/Robert Isidorus | December 17, 2012
Jayapura. Two potential candidates for Papua's gubernatorial elections have reported the poll commission to the state administrative court, after they were disqualified by the Papua General Elections Commission on Monday. 

The elections commission, known as the KPU, declared that the running pair, Barnabas Suebo and John Tabo, had not passed the verification phase to run for the governor position. 

"On Friday, we registered our lawsuit against the Papua province KPU," said Mathias Rafra, a spokesman for John.

Mathias said that the Barnabas-John pair were following the legal procedures in registering their lawsuit.

Only six other pairs of candidates for the post of governor and deputy governor were left to run in the election scheduled for Jan. 29, 2013.

Benny Swenny, the chairman of the Papua KPU, said that his institution was ready for the lawsuit.

"We, the Papua KPU, are ready and we also appreciate the move since this is also their right. We will continue to proceed and remain optimistic and we are already printing the ballot papers and the various other forms," Benny said.

On Saturday, the six remaining candidate pairs were given numbers for the elections.

The pairs are: Noakh Nawipa-Johanes Woff, M.R. Kambu-Blasius Adolf Pakage, Lukas Enembe-Klemen Tinal, Wellington Wenda-Weynand Watori, Alex Hesegem-Marthen Kayoi and Habel Melkias Suwae-Yop Kogoya.

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