Greatindonesia.co.id, Manokwari – The West Papua provincial government has vowed to tighten its supervision on the province’s students currently studying at various universities across Indonesia under the central and regional governments’ scholarship schemes.
“Our students are spread across Indonesia. We want them to be serious in their studies,” Head of the Education Department at the West Papua Provincial Government Barnabas Dowansiba said in Manokwari Thursday. To ensure that the West Papuan students currently studying in Aceh are safe and secure, Dowansiba said he recently visited the province.
“There are some 23 West Papuan students in Aceh. They are the recipients of the central government’s affirmative scholarship program,” he said, adding that he asked them to focus on their studies, and not to be provoked by the situation in West Papua.
However, this year, the Education Department officials could not visit all cities where the students reside due to financial constraints, Dowansiba said.
Next year, budget allocation is expected for a meeting with the students and observing the condition of their dormitories to ensure they finish their studies and return home with their certificates.
He would work with the university authorities to enable the West Papua Education Department’s authorities to receive a progress report on the students’ education, he said.
Groups of Papuan students in Java Island have frequently staged rallies. On August 15, 2019, for instance, the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) staged a rally in Malang city, East Java.
Malang Deputy Mayor Sofyan Edi Jarwoko was caught in the spotlight after native Papuans in the provinces of Papua and West Papua accused him of threatening to send the Papuan students in Malang back home.
However, Jarwoko had not made any statement containing a threat to the Papuan students.
Instead, he had just responded to local journalists’ queries on whether he would opt to send the Papuan students home as had been done in 2016.
Jarwoko was quoted by Kompas TV as saying August 21 that he had never made any such statement.
He just said that returning the Papuan students was an option, but the impact of their rally needed to be assessed further before coming up with the option. (tyb)
PAPUA POLICE CHIEF WARNS HIS MEN AGAINST ARMS TRAFFICKING
Greatindonesia.co.id, Timika – Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw warned his men against getting involved in arms trafficking activities with the armed criminal groups in Papua Province and said he would take stern action against them. “There will be no pardon for those getting involved in arms trafficking activities. We are definitely sacking them. They will also be brought to court,” he told journalists in Timika, the capital of Mimika District, Papua Province, Monday (13/1/2020).
He believes that a majority of police officers, posted in the Indonesian province of Papua, are highly dedicated, loyal, and reliable. However, there would likely be one or two who misbehave, Waterpauw said.
Investigators from the Indonesian police and military in Mimika District, Papua Province, are still probing the mystery behind 60 bullets and two active grenade launcher modules (GLMs), found at a dumpsite in Iwaka Subdistrict.
The ammunition and GLMs that were discovered on December 31, 2019 and January 1, 2020 along with
household garbage at the dumpsite belonged to the military and police, Mimika Police Chief I Gusti Era Adhinata revealed.
The joint team of investigators were attempting to trace the origins of the ammunition and GLMs and uncover the identity of the person or persons who could have taken them out of the weapon storage facility, he said, adding that the investigators had grilled several witnesses.
One of the witnesses who had been questioned was the driver of the garbage truck who might have carried the ammunition and GLMs along with the household waste, to the Iwaka dumpsite, he said.
The weaponry, packed in a plastic bag, was first discovered by Hendra, a 17-year-old operator of a backhoe at the dumpsite on December 31, 2019.
The weaponry was carried by a Mimika District Government-owned garbage truck with license plate DS 9593 MA, according to Darjo, Hendra’s colleague.
Ten bullets were found on December 31, 2019 while 50 others along with two GLMs were discovered on January 1, 2020. The weaponry had been handed over to the Papua Police headquarters’ Battalion B of Mobile Brigade Unit.
Meanwhile, the case of selling and purchasing 600 bullets involving three civilians is being handled by the Timika District Court’s panel of judges while two army personnel who were involved in the case are being tried at a military tribunal in Jayapura.
Amid this case, the security situation in Papua remains vulnerable to the acts of deadly violence by notorious Papuan separatists.
The rebels were engaged in repeated exchanges of fire with the Indonesian military and police personnel. The rebels also launched deadly attacks on civilians over the past years and killed a number of them.
The Papua Police recorded that from early January to December 28, 2019, a total of 23 shooting and criminal cases involving the armed Papuan groups had claimed the lives of 10 members of the Indonesian police and military as well as 10 civilians.
The armed Papuan criminals committed such criminal acts in the administrative areas of the districts of Puncak Jaya, Jayawijaya, Mimika, and Paniai in 2019, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw remarked on December 28, 2019. (ant)
JOKOWI INSTRUCTS TO EXPEDITE POST-RIOT REHABILITAION WORK IN WAMENA
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has given orders to speed up rehabilitation work pertaining to infrastructure destroyed or damaged during a bloody riot that broke out in Wamena, Jayawijaya District, Papua Province, on September 23, 2019.
Jokowi stated here on Monday (28/10/2019) during a visit to Wouma Market burned by Wamena rioters that its rehabilitation will be prioritized.
“Wouma Market is where the people sell agricultural commodities, such as vegetables, fruits, and other logistics goods, produced in Wamena and the surrounding areas and needed by the people there. Hence, we must give it priority,” the president, accompanied by First Lady Iriana, stated.
The Indonesian Army’s Corps of Engineers (Zeni TNI) will offer assistance to facilitate the rehabilitation of the market that will be completed within two weeks, Jokowi remarked.
The president has also instructed to rehabilitate homes and shops burned during the riot in which 33 non-Papuans were killed. Zeni TNI, in cooperation with state-owned companies, will complete the work, he stated.
“We want all of these to be implemented fast, so everything will be back to normal and so also the economy. That is what we want in Wamena. In fact, not only the economy in Wamena and the surrounding areas but also in Papua will again return to normal,” Jokowi was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Erlin Suastini, head of the Presidential Secretariat’s Press, Media, and Information Bureau.
The Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry is conducting the rehabilitation of the District Head office that also bore the brunt of the rioters’ attack.
According to the head of state, the incident should serve as an eye-opener for the public, who should stay committed to standing united to develop Papua.
“If all of those here are committed to always be united and stand together to develop the land of Papua, I think we will fast achieve prosperity and welfare,” Jokowi stated.
“I think the TNI (Indonesian Defense Forces) and Polri (Indonesian Police) are ready to guarantee security in order for normalcy to be restored in the economy. Yes, this country is huge. Hence, when there is a problem, we solve it,” he noted.
Before his visit to the market, Jokowi and his entourage paid a visit to review and discuss the Wamena airport expansion project.
Members of the presidential entourage comprised Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian, Commander of TNI Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, acting Chief of Polri Com Gen Ari Dono, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, and Jayawijaya District Head Jhon Banua. (ant)
JOKOWI PLEDGES TO BUILD MARKET AND ROADS IN ARFAK, WEST PAPUA
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – President Joko WIdodo (Jokowi) has pledged to build infrastructure including roads, hospital and market in Pegunungan (Mountainous) Arfak District, West Papua Province.
As requested by the Pegunungan Arfak District Head, the construction works of a road connecting Manokwari and Pegunungan Arfak would be completed soon, Jokowi said here on Sunday (27/10/2019).
The President and First Lady Iriana greeted thousands of people hailing from 162 villages located in 10 sub-districts who gathered in Irai football field.
The Pegunungan Arfak-Manokwari road is crucial for transportation of people as well as goods particularly agricultural products.
“So agricultural commodities from Pegunungan Arfak could later be marketed in Manokwari,” the President was quoted as saying in a press statement issued by Erlin Suastini, head of the Press, Media, and Information Bureau in Jakarta.
Land transportation access is also crucial for the development of tourism industry in Pegunungan Arfak which has beautiful twin lakes – Anggi Giji and Anggi Gida.
Jokowi also promised to build an airport, a market, a hospital and community health centers in Pegunungan Arfak and would complete the development projects within two years.
Jokowi and entourage on the occasion also visited Irai Market to see commodities offered in the market and have dialogs with local vendors.
Members of the Presidential entourage included Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian, Chief of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, and acting Chief of the Indonesian Police Commissioner General Ari Dono.
West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan, and District Head of Pegunungan Arfak Yosias Saroy flanked President Jokowi during the visit.
In the meantime, Jokowi and his entourage were expected to stay overnight in Kaimana District, West Papua, on Sunday evening, after enjoying a scenic sunset in the afternoon.
Jokowi would check the infrastructure development projects including an airport renovation in Kaimana which is being designated as a halal tourism destination. The President and his entourage had departed aboard the presidential aircraft from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta on Saturday for the Dominie Edward Osok Airport in Sorong, West Papua, for working visits to West Papua and Papua Provinces.
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