Thursday, June 9, 2016

1) Factions Attempt to “Sabotage” Government in Papua, says Councillor

2) Governor and Council Speaker Accused of Orchestrating Protests

3) Papuans Become Minority at the Faculty of Medicine Uncen

4) Freeport Tax Payment Needed to Support National Games in Papua
5) REI Papua Marks 5,500 Units of Houses in 2016

1) Factions Attempt to “Sabotage” Government in Papua, says Councillor
8 June 2016

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Jayapura, Jubi – Deputy Chairman of the Commission I of the Papua Legislative Council for Government, Political, Legal and Human Rights Affairs, Orwan Tolli Wone warned of the rise of many civil organizations in Papua recently.
He said those organizations have political interests and were established to counter other organizations seen opposed to the Indonesian government.

He also said there appeared to be an attempt to ‘disrupt’ the government in Papua under the administration of Governor Lukas Enembe and Vice Governor Klemen Tinal.
“I think there is a faction who wants stir up the situation in Papua, looking for attention. It might want to disturb the government in Papua. It was stirred; has political interest. It wasn’t sincere. It has particular motive. The groups might be also established to counter other Papuan struggle organization, such as West Papua National Committee (KNPB),” said Tolli Wone on last weekend.
He said he wouldn’t question it when those organizations were existed for long time but it came lately coincidently with the moment of political year of Papua, ahead to simultaneously Regional Heads Election at municipal and regional levels in 2017 and Governor election in 2018.
“This is Papuan political year. People do not easily be provoked. Keep maintain the unitary and security. There are those who would only create the horizontal conflict among Papuan people,” he said.
If it was to maintain the unitary of the Republic Indonesia and people’s security, the civil organizations were needless. People could do it individually. In addition, the Military and Police are there to ensure the public security and safety as well as the unitary of the Republic of Indonesia.
“Military and Police are to maintain the unitary of the Republic of Indonesia, while those organizations are recently came. It’s different with the existing organizations, although it was opposite to the country, such as KNPB. It has already existed and rooted among the people in the entire regencies/municipalities in Papua,” he said.
However, he added, KNPB was restricted in doing demonstration since it’s considered as illegal and against Pancasila, thought the Indonesian Law admits that every citizens have rights to express their aspiration into public according to the procedure. “There are the Law Number 9/1998 on expressing the aspiration in the public and the Indonesian Police Regulation Number 7/2012 on service procedure in securing of freedom expression in the public. The regulations are clear but violated for long time. Meanwhile other organizations were permitted. It is discrimination,” he added.
Meanwhile the Commission I member Laurenzus Kadepa said some particular fractions might want to create the conflict situation in Papua on purpose. “There are certain culprits attempting to create conflict among the people. It is not only between Papuans and non-Papuans but also between the indigenous Papuans,” told Kadepa. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
2) Governor and Council Speaker Accused of Orchestrating Protests
9 June 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe and the Chairman of the Papua Legislative Council Yunus Wonda have been accused of orchestrating recent demonstrations.
The accusations were made by the alleged attackers of Mrs. Henderika Kowenip, who was hurt during a recent protest.

First Deputy of Regional Leadership Council of Democrat Party Papua (DPD PD Papua), Corolus Bolly, said he strongly condemned the attack against Kowenip, Coordinator Deputy of DPD PD Papua, on Thursday (2/6/2016) at around 09:00 Papua time near to Trikora Square, Abepura.
Kowenip suffered bruises and wounds on her back and face.
“Public Hospital Dok II Jayapura whom conducted medical examination will further explain about Mrs. Kowenip’s health condition,” Corolus Bolly through a release on last week to Jubi in Jayapura.
Bolly said he asked both Papua Police and Jayapura Municipal Police to immediately investigate and arrest the perpetrators. “We really want the perpetrators would be punished on their crime in accordance to the Law,” he said.
Regarding to accusations levelled by Kowenip’s attackers against Enembe and Wonda, Bolly asserted as leaders, both persons must present among their people without disrespecting their ethnicity, religion, race or particular groups.
“As regional leaders, it is their obligation to pay attention, facilitate and serve all interest and dynamic of people living in the entire regions of Papua Province by continuing to keep stability and peace in people’s life.
Second Deputy Chairman of DPD PD Papua, Habel Rumbiak, similarly said about dynamic of politic that was occurred recently. He said both Lukas Enembe and Yunus Wonda always appealed to people to respect the Indonesian law and not being anarchy in doing demonstrations.
“People should respect any differences on political view. It shouldn’t become an instrument to divide and create conflict between one and another groups that at the end would lead to separation,” he said,
He added together we should maintain the unitary and integrity as well as lead to separation,” he said.
He added together we should maintain the unitary and integrity as well as stability, security and peace to create a conducive situation in working. “All of these are to materialize the movement towards Stand up, Independent and Prosperous Papua,” he said. (Alexander Loen/rom)

3) Papuans Become Minority at the Faculty of Medicine Uncen

9 June 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura, Jubi – The enrollment of indigenous Papuan students at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Cenderawasih (Uncen) has decreased in recent years, a student leader said.
Non-Papuan students currently dominate the faculty that was initially built to increase the number of indigenous doctors to be placed in remote areas.
“Furthermore, the university is currently implementing the online system for new student recruitment. It makes the opportunity of Papuan students is getting smaller,” Benyamin Lagowan, Chairman of Student Executive Body of the Faculty of Medicine (BEM FK), told Jubi on Wednesday (8/6/2016).
He explained based on data collected by BEM FK in 2016, since 2003 to 2015, the number of students at the Faculty of Medicine iwas 1,968, consisting of 1,035 non-Papuans and 889 Papuans.
“It is not including the number of indigenous students who resigned due to their inability to adapt; change their major study or encounter economic constraints,” he said.
Lagowan explained at the beginning this faculty was prioritized for indigenous Papuans with the percentage of 67:33, but since 2008 the situation has reversed. Even in recruitment in 2012, the percentage of Papuans and non-Papuans reached to 32:68 percent.
“The explosion of students was occurred between 2007 and 2014. It was assumed the number of students at the faculty was averaged 150 students for each year,” he said.
Based on the existing data analysis, Lagowan lamented with the change of policy on the student enrolment at the Faculty of Medicine, because at the beginning, the faculty is aimed to prepare and promote the indigenous Papuans, particularly to fulfill the gap of medical specialists at the outer, remote and farthest areas at Papua Province.
“We are from BEM FK urge the Rector of the University of Cenderawasih to prioritize the indigenous Papuans in student recruitment through SBMPTN program and local selection that would be held in June according to its initial purpose of its establishment, namely to reach percentage of 80 percent for indigenous Papuans and 20 percent for non-Papuans,” he said.
Some times ago, the Rector of the University of Cenderawasih, Dr. Onesimus Sahuleka asserted he have repeatedly confirmed to the protesters that the university authorities would continue to maintain and prioritize the indigenous Papuans. “Moreover in the local selection, we must prioritize the indigenous Papuans, and I have proved it since 2015. The issue is currently being exaggerated like this. The indigenous Papuans becomes the students of Uncen is my priority,” he asserted. (Abeth You/rom)
4) Freeport Tax Payment Needed to Support National Games in Papua
9 June 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – The 22nd National Sports Week to be hosted by Papua in 2020 will require massive funding, including from intensified tax revenue collection and regional incomes.
One such important source of tax revenue is Freeport, said the Chairman of Hanura Fraction of the Papua Legislative Council who also the Chairman of Special Committee on Freeport Case, Yan Permenas Mandenas.
Mandenas said the local government would possibly apply intensified regional tax collection in order to support this event.

“We think the intensified of Freeport taxes is the important case to support the implementation of the sports event, particular the water surface taxes,” said Permenas on few days ago.
According to him, the capacity of regional fiscal is not able to support Papua in making preparation as the host of event. Therefore, both Papua Provincial Government and Papua Legislative Council considered finding the existing budget resources to support this preparation.
“Therefore, starting from now it is necessary to improve the budget intensity or tax revenue from the mining sector, in particular Freeport, it can be very helpful. We do not want to only relying on the National and Regional Budgets, but also the Regional Income (PAD),” he said.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of Commission V of Papua Legislative Council for Sports Affairs, Nason Uti, said Papua needs about IDR 10 trillion and 360 million to construct and renovate the sports venue. “We keep trying to propose the budget assistance to the Central Government, whether through related commission at the Indonesian House of Representatives and related ministries as well,” said Uti.
According to him, Freeport has covered the amounted IDR 300 billion in provision of Mimika Sport Center. This location would become a sport venue during the National Sports Week in Papua. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
5) REI Papua Marks 5,500 Units of Houses in 2016
9 June 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Regional Executive Council of Real Estate Indonesia (DPD REI) is seeking to build 5,500 houses in 2016, mostly the subsidized ones.
“We are targeting for 5,500 units, in which 4,600 units are subsidized houses through House Financing Facility Program (FLPP), the Chairwoman of DPD REI Papua Nelly Suryani said in Jayapura on Wednesday (8/6/2016).
She said until the end of May 2016, REI Papua was only able realizing 26 percent of their target. “From January to May 2016, we have built 1,200 units of houses,” she said.
However, she admitted they would encounter several obstacles in pursuing the target, including the consumers’ purchasing power that predicted to be reduced by mid-year.
“Another factor that potentially affected the target achievement is school and religious holidays, in which the low-income community would more prioritize their needs at that time to cause the reduction of market absorption,” she said.
She said, the Central Government’s Policy that want facilitating various types of investment have not been positively responded by the local government that hampering the process of development.
“At regional level, many have not yet recognized about the simplification of permit, they still use the old local regulation,” she said.
Further, she said the lack of electricity supplies is also affecting the housing construction; since the Electricity State Company in Jayapura is currently struggling with power deficit making many houses constructed by REI have not yet to get the electricity supplies. (*/rom)

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