Wednesday, October 21, 2015


2) Indonesia says Papuans can benefit from more competition 
3) Papuans in Seven Indigenous Territories to Welcome PIF Team
4) Muslim and Christian faiths co-exist, says Papua Reverend
5) One year on, Indonesians disappointed with President Jokowi 
6) NZ students protest over Papua violence
7) Rallies Serve as Reminder to Police, Jayapura Bishop Says
8) Some Students at SMPN Buti Cannot Read or Write
9) Most Teachers in Mountainous Areas Lack Certification
10) 4 High School Students in Jayapura City Unable to Read Properly
11) Hot spots increase in Papua,  South Sumatra

WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER, 2015 | 12:10 WIB
1) Indonesia-Papua New Guinea Oil and Gas Collaboration
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta-The Indonesian government is planning to cooperate with Papua New Guinea to develop the national oil and gas sector in Eastern Indonesia.  The Energy and Mineral Resource Ministry has launched a shift of focus on exploration and exploitation of oil and gas activities within the vicinity.
“Private sectors also have the opportunity to take advantage of this cooperation,” said Director General of Oil and Gas, I Gusti Nyoman Wiratmadja as cited by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resource on Wednesday, October 21.
The collaboration will be done through the information exchange of oil and gas policy of the two countries, feasibility of study and survey as well as in the policy management for liquid natural gas.  These activities will be supervised by the newly formed Indonesia-Papua New Guinea oil and gas task force.
The task force, Wiratmadja said, is the implementation from the MoU created in 2013.  For the long term, Wiratmadja expects the collaboration will be included in a more realistic agreement.
Wiratmadja uttered that related State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) including PT Pertamina and PT Pupuk Indonesia also have the chance to rake the advantages from the collaboration.  The fertilizer factory will also be incorporated in the development plan within Eastern Indonesia’s border.
In the presentation, Wiratmaja conveyed that Papua New Guinea owns hefty oil and gas and mineral contents.  Unfortunately, little could only be explored.  “Indonesia has been focusing on the western region,” he said.
2) Indonesia says Papuans can benefit from more competition 
Updated at 4:30 pm today

                            The new Pharaa Market under construction in Sentani, Papua
Photo: RNZI/Koroi Hawkins

An Indonesian government representative on development in Papua says the region's indigenous communities can benefit from learning more about trade, rather than just bartering.
Judith Dipodiputro is overseeing the construction of a major new market facility for Papuans to sell homegrown and fresh products in Sentani.
It is the latest in Jakarta's efforts to foster grassroots involvement in development in Papua.
Many Papuans complain that Indonesia's transmigration programme over the years has left them as bystanders to in economic activity while non-Papuans dominate.
Ms Dipodiputro says there is a need for Papuan communities to learn to be competitive.
Some tribes as very competitive, are traders, since hundreds of years. Some tribes are not really traders, they are more - let's say - living on a day by day, so they don't really have his concept of competing in trade. But we have to work on creating a balance, of bringing them into a competitive level that is acceptable to them as well.
3) Papuans in Seven Indigenous Territories to Welcome PIF Team
Jayapura, Jubi – Native Papuans in seven indigenous territories will welcome the arrival of a fact-finding team from the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) to investigate human rights violations in Papua.
The spokesman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Edison Waromi said it is important because PIF investigation team will investigate all the problems that occurred in Papua.
“We hope tribal leaders in seven indigenous territories will welcome it,” said Edison Waromi in celebration of the success of the delegation ULMWP won the issue of West Papua in the PIF to the issue of West Papua becoming an official speech in the annual meeting at the United Nations this year in Waena, Heram district, Jayapura city on last week.
While one member of the working team of ULMWP, Markus Haluk said that the need for readiness of the Papuan people to present data and facts about human rights violations since 1961 in Papua.
“Newspaper clippings from 1965 has, or the data that we have, are prepared. We show them,” said former General Secretary of AMPTPI.
“We want to tell that we are not silent. We continue to fight until ULMWP get its status as an observer in MSG and PIF will come to for conduct the investigation and we will welcome this, “he said again.
Mama Yosepha Alomang, who received Yap Thiam Hien Award in recognition of her achievement in Defensing Human Rights said, it’s time for Papua to be free from slavery in Indonesia.
“Young people must unite and fight peacefully without violence. We must join together,” she added. (Mawel/Abeth You)
4) Muslim and Christian faiths co-exist, says Papua Reverend
Updated at 2:52 pm today
A Papua church leader says media reports about the recent burning of a small mosque in Tolikara have largely mis-represented relations between different faiths.
Reverend Dormon Wandikbo, is a leading member of GIDI, or Gereja Injili di Indonesia, a Protestant church which, unlike other leading Protestant churches in Papua, has a presence in other parts of Indonesia.
Reverend Wandikbo was in Jayapura this month to meet with representatives of the GIDI church from Jakarta to foster economic empowerment by members of their church.
He says the Tolikara incident was not a conflict between Muslims and GIDI Christians as reported by mainstream media.
Because Muslims and GIDI people there, they don't know what happened there. There's another people who created the conflict. Because we know during twenty years, nothing happened there. But last incident, in July, it happened and we know that it was created by other people there.
Reverend Wandikbo says the two faiths generally co-exist well in Papua.
He adds that two teenagers arrested for the incident should be freed.
Meanwhile, he admits that the Papua region does have isolated cases of religious extremism which had the potential to cause problems for society.
Article published the Tuesday 20 October 2015 - Latest update : Tuesday 20 October 2015 

5) One year on, Indonesians disappointed with President Jokowi 

By Clea Broadhurst
One year on, Joko Widodo has disappointed electors, who expected a hands-on approach from a progressive president, particularly in tackling rampant corruption and boosting the economy.

A survey conducted by Indo Barometer shows public satisfaction with Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kala has fallen to 46 percent in September, from 57 percent last March.
Joko Widodo, who is known as "Jokowi" swept to power on a wave of popular support for his hands-on approach and his image as a corruption-free, fresh face in a country long dominated by oligarchs from the era of former dictator, General Suharto.
The biggest disappointments regard several issues on which he had strongly campaigned on, such as fighting rampant corruption, one of the country's main problems.
He recently faced criticism over his nomination of a controversial figure as the new national police chief, a close friend of his, that most Indonesians believe to be corrupt.
"He made a lot of mistakes in his first year so I would call it a fisaco because it was actually something that would have been avoided," Yohanes Sulaiman, a political professor at the University of Defense in Jakarta, told RFI.
"It destroyed Jokowi's credibility in his fight against corruption. It made a lot of people angry really. He had set the bar very high, and people's expectations were too. We'll have to see what's next now..." 
He blames Jokowi for the nomination, saying it triggered a row between the notoriously corrupt police and the popular anti-graft agency, which accused the nominee of bribery.
Another point of his campaign was to reform the government's plans on economy.
He got off to a good start by cutting fuel subsidies that ate up a huge chunk of the government's budget. That in turn freed up billions of dollars to invest in the slowing economy.
But his attempts to attract foreign investors have been undercut by protectionist policies announced by his ministers, such as the abrupt cancellation of thousands of import licences.
"He has really increased spending on infrastructure, which I think a lot of economists hope will push economic growth. But he has a couple of problems: Global economic conditions are not particularly favorable," Dave McRae, a senior research fellow at the Asia Institute, told RFI.
"A lot of his budget assumptions are based on a level of growth that Indonesia isn't simply going to be able to achieve. And at the same time, you have Jokowi stressing that foreign investment is really important for Indonesia, yet his ministers pull out of deals. So I think you need a clearer policy agenda there on the economic front."
And on an international level, he started off by launching a massive anti-drug campaign within the country, and to show how serious he was, he has not succumbed to international pressure over the execution of several foreign drug convicts.
"He tried to deal with human rights problems, he released five political prisonners, he opened up Papua... But there are still 90 other political prisonners. There are still a lot of issues for foreign journalists going to Papua," Andreas Harsono, the Human Rights Watch representative in indonesia told RFI.
"He also ordered the executions of 12 death row convicts, this year only. Including Brazilian, Nigerian, Australian citizens, and still has a French man (Serge Atlaoui) on death row right now. These are problematic decisions, especially considering it's straining the relations between countries who are withdrawing their ambassadors."
One year on, it might be too early to see clearly where Jokowi is headed, but he undoubtely has a lot on his plate for the next four years.
6) NZ students protest over Papua violence
Updated at 2:39 pm today
Dozens of students marched on the Indonesian Embassy in the New Zealand capital, Wellington, today to protest over continuing violence from the security forces in West Papua.
The students, many of them from Melanesian countries, had walked from Victoria University and were joined by several MPs, including the Green Party's Catherine Delahunty.
She says it is important the Indonesian diplomats understand the levels of concern in this country at the ongoing violence directed at the indigenous Melanesian people in West Papua.
"Despite alleged improvements around representation on the MSG [Melanesian Spearhead Group] and the Pacific Forum talking about a fact-finding mission, there are still deaths, there are still military killings happening. So just a month ago, people may have heard two young students were killed. And I think these students here, believe they are the ones who can speak out - they are speaking for all of those who don’t have a voice.”
7) Rallies Serve as Reminder to Police, Jayapura Bishop Says

Wamena, Jubi – The bishop of Jayapura Diocese, Leo Labaladjar, OFM said demonstrations conducted by human rights activists with the Catholic monks served as a reminder to the police to immediately uncover cases of human rights violations that have been occurring repeatedly.
“Actually, the police should have not arrested the demonstrators. This protest was only a reminder to solve human right cases that have been ignored. So I think the rally should have not been dispersed and arrested. For what?” Bishop Leo Labajadjar, OFM said at Pastoran Bunda Maria Pikhe distrik Pisugi Jayawijaya regency on last week.
He then asked the police to truly work and maintain public safety. “Especially there are a lot of criminal acts. The public safety must be maintained, “he said.
According to him, police’s mission to build unity for change should be realized in Papua so the public can see the change. (Wesai H/Tina)
8) Some Students at SMPN Buti Cannot Read or Write
Merauke, Jubi- A number of seventh and eighth grade students at SMP Buti were found to be not able to read or write properly because of no having strong foundation at the primary level.
This was conveyed by principal of SMPN Buti, Paschalis Tethool to Jubi at his office on last week.
“I have asked all students’ advisers to record who have not been able to write and read well,” he said.
He continued, after we have the data, there will be a special teacher to teach them in the morning and afternoon.
“Frankly, these students feel inferior in the classroom and make them sometimes do not want to go to school,” he said.
“For me the challenge is to ensure that the students will be able to read and write well, so they do not feel inferior and stiff when being with other friends in the classroom,” he said.
Meanwhile, members of the Regional Representatives Council (DPRD) of Merauke, Hilarius Ulukyanan said a number of children who can not write and read well, because during elementary school, they did not get better attention from the teachers, especially in the teaching and learning activities. (Frans L Kobun/ Tina)

9) Most Teachers in Mountainous Areas Lack Certification

Jayapura, Jubi – The head of Education and Culture of Papua, Elias Wonda, said some teachers in the mountainous region.still lacked teaching certification.
“A number of teachers have not taken teacher certification tests or it means government failed to reach its target this year” said Wonda, in Jayapura on last week.
According to him, there are less than 29 teachers who have been certified where, as many as 10 thousand teachers will be retired.
“We are in Papua would have a shortage of teachers because many teachers will retire next year,” he added.
Nevertheless, he admitted there are several education departments have good programs. One of them is work together with the University of Cendrawasih, where the university sends lectures to teach so that teachers do not need to come to the Jayapura.
“Their program is very good, and this is very helpful,” he said again.
He then said although we can not reach the target, but we are optimistic that next year the rest of teachers will be certified.
“Our target, it must be completed next year, especially in the mountainous region. We also expect the support from the government of regency and city” he said.
Earlier, the Regional Secretary of Papua, Hery Dosinaen said safety factors cause many teachers to serve in rural areas of Papua leave the task. In addition welfare issues also are important to look at and need to find the solutions.
“This is what makes the jealousy of other teachers, where many teachers are moved to be head of department, echelon III, IV,” said Hery. (Alexander Loen)


10) 4 High School Students in Jayapura City Unable to Read Properly


Jayapura, Jubi – The head of School and Vocational Education Office of Jayapura, Nurhadi, said that four of tenth grade students of senior high school in Jayapura city could not read properly.
“Based on information given by Papua Legislative Council, there are ten, but I found four of them who cannot read properly at the schools, the three of them are students of SMAN 3 which is one of the best school in Papua and one is a student of SMA 6 Skouw Muaratami,” said Nurhadi to Jubi on last week.
It was found that these students graduated from outside Jayapura city. Therefore, a team from education department and teachers conduct intensive reading class for them.
“All three of these students were selected from chosen junior high school outside Jayapura city. We will not quit them,” he said.
Meanwhile, the other student graduated from junior high school located at border.
“We will also give attention particularly by preparing learning strategy at the border area welll,” he added.
For other schools, Nurhadi acknowledged, he has not received the report, yet he will continue to check it
“I have done some investigation for schools that accepted students from outside the region such as SMA Taruna Bhakti and but no reports from the principal,” he said.
Earlier, secretary of commission V of Papua Legislative Council on Education and Health, Nason Uti felt sad with the information.
“If the information is correct, we regret it happened. Moreover, if there is a student graduated from junior high school in this city, “said Nason on Tuesday (09/29/2015).
According to him, the regions such as Jayapura city, Jayapura regency, Nabire, Mimika, Jayawijaya, and Merauke become a barometer of education in preparing the Human Resources (HR) in Papua.
“Teachers should not be messing around. They should be able to create quality human resources. This country needs a leader who has the capacity that can compete at international level. If there are high school students can not read, then finding the cause,” he said. (Sindung Sukoco/ Tina)
11) Hot spots increase in Papua,  South Sumatra, Jakarta | National | Wed, October 21 2015, 12:18 PM - 
Several flights at Moses Kilangin Airport in Timika, Mimika regency, Papua, were canceled on Wednesday morning because as a thick haze from nearby fires brought visibility down to around 1 kilometer.
According to Timika meteorology station spokesperson Dwi Christanto, the region's cool weather has kept the haze from dissipating, leaving it to blanket the airport instead.
"Weather conditions in Timika will improve if the number of hot spots in Merauke regency are reduced and firefighting is maximized," said Dwi on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.
Since Oct. 15, the airport has been unable to serve wide-body aircraft such as those from Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air and Airfast Indonesia.
On Tuesday, 257 hot spots were detected by NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites in Papua and Maluku, up from 229 the previous day. Yos Sudarso Island in Merauke regency and the border area between Merauke and Mappi regencies were said to have the most hot spots.
Meanwhile, the number of hot spots in South Sumatra has also increased, rising to 530 on Wednesday, spread across 16 regencies and cities. This increase comes despite the area having been the focus of foreign aid as requested by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Two days ago, there were only 163 hot spots in South Sumatra.
"The number of hot spots detected in South Sumatra in October has been fluctuating. It will decrease for a few days, but the next day drastically increase, just like today," said spokesperson for the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) South Sumatra, Indra Purnama.
Ogan Komering Ilir regency is home to most of South Sumatra’s hot spots, with 356, followed by Musi Rawas with 50 hot spots, Musi Banyuasin with 35, Banyuasin with 34, Lahat with 13, North Musi Rawas with 11 and Ogan Komering Ulu with 10. (kes)(++++)

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