Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry is cooperating with the Indonesian Military (TNI) to reconstruct several public facilities that had incurred damage during riots in Wamena, Papua.
“We will cooperate with the military for handling of the disaster and border areas. We choose to collaborate with the military in rebuilding public facilities since it will be faster and more effective,” Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono stated during a press conference at the President’s Office in Jakarta on Tuesday (8/10/2019).
Minister Hadimuljono, along with Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Doni Monardo and Deputy Minister of Finance Mardiasmo, met with President Joko Widodo to hold discussion on the progress achieved in terms of the impact of countermeasures for some natural disasters and challenging conditions in several regions in the country.
Based on BNPB’s records on current conditions in Wamena, some 10 government-owned offices had incurred severe damage, 34 government-owned buildings suffered slight damages, and some other eight offices and 26 educational facilities were also ruined. Moreover, some 450 shop houses were burned, while damage was caused to 165 houses.
The public works and public housing ministry, with the military’s assistance, will handle the construction of housing under the rebuilding plan in Wamena that will use building materials purchased from local material stores.
“At the moment, we are beginning to clean up, and right now, the military commander, National police chief, and coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, as well as our director general are in Wamena to follow up on the rebuilding plan. Hopefully, it would be quickly implemented,” Hadimuljono stated.
The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry is currently also conducting assessment of on-field construction for the suitability of building designs.
Apart from Wamena, President Joko Widodo also held discussion on plans to repair buildings in Palu City, Central Sulawesi Province, and Ambon Island, Maluku Province. (bps)
JOKOWI EXPECTED TO RESOLVE PAPUAN PROBLEMS THROUGH DIALOGUE : PRIEST
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jayapura – A Papuan priest has called on incumbent President Joko Widodo to hold a dialogue with the representatives of all Papuan community groups to find solutions to crucial problems in the province after he is sworn in as Indonesia’s president on October 20, 2019.
The Papuan people are keen to have a discussion within the spirit of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia as the central government had done in Aceh Province, said Esmon Welilo, a priest who is also chairman of the Interreligious Harmony Forum (FKUB).
“We do hope that the dialogue can be held during his second leadership term,” he in Jayapura, the capital city of Papua Province, on Thursday (17/10/2019).
Esmon Welilo said Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is the first Indonesian president who has made 12 working visits to the Papua Province, including three times to Wamena, the capital city of Jayawijaya District.
Under Jokowi’s leadership, it is time for the central government to hold a dialogue to seek comprehensive solutions to the problems in Papua, he said, adding that he believed that all the Papuan people would keep supporting the government’s programs.
The call for holding a dialogue with President Jokowi had been echoed by West Papua Governor, Dominggus Mandacan, on September 12, 2019.
Mandacan said he awaited the president’s readiness to meet West Papua’s local leaders of various ethnic groups to listen to and comprehend their aspirations following the recent Surabaya incident that infuriated native Papuans.
Over these past two months, a spate of violence broke out in several parts of Papua and West Papua in the upshot of the Surabaya incident and fake news that had triggered public ire among native Papuans.
On August 28, violence broke out in Deiyai District, some 500 kilometers away from Jayapura, resulting in the deaths of an army soldier and two civilians.
Protests were again held on August 29 by the indigenous Papuan residents of Jayapura, as they vented their ire over the alleged racist behavior against their Papuan compatriots in Surabaya, but their rally then turned violent.
On September 23, a deadly riot had erupted in Wamena, the capital city of Jayawijaya District, Papua Province, killing 33 civilians, including a senior medical doctor, who had served the native Papuans for 15 years. (ant)
WAMENA AIRPORT TO RETURN TO NORMALCY NEXT WEEK : MINISTER
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Wamena Airport in Papua is expected to return to its normal operation next week, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said here on Sunday (13/10/2019).
“Within less than a week, it (Wamena Airport) will return to normal. I think it’s safe now. I have received information from the (Papua) Police Chief and the Military Chief that the situation is conducive and (the airport) can return to normalcy,” Sumadi said after a meeting with regional heads of West Papua to discuss connectivity in the easternmost region of the country.
The minister would continue discussion with Papua’s regional leaders on late Sunday (13/10/2019).
Wamena Airport was temporarily shut down following the bloody riots in Wamena on September 23, to prevent the facility from any disturbance that might harmful to flight operation.
On average, 120 flights go through the airport, located in the popular Baliem Valley, every day.
Sumadi said, the ministry has conducted evaluation on the condition of the airport.
According to the minister, some regular flights have resumed operation. “Some have resumed operation but it is yet effective.” (aij)
INTERNET ACCES IN PAPUA FULLY NORMALIZED : MINISTER RUDIANTARA
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Communications and Informatics Minister Rudiantara confirmed the complete normalization of internet access in Papua Province.
The Communication and Informatics Ministry had earlier restricted internet access in the provinces of Papua and West Papua from August-end to September to thwart the enormous spread of fake news and inflammatory content.
“It has been a long time (normal). I even forgot (when it was revoked). The data has been activated; everything is activated. Indeed, when riot occurs in Wamena, internet access was temporarily deactivated in Wamena, but thereafter, there was no more (blocking),” Rudiantara stated at the Vice President’s Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (9/10/2019).
Speaking in connection with the distribution of hoax, Rudiantara admitted to not being aware of the exact data, though confirming that the figure had declined significantly.
Before Wamena, the Communication and Informatics Ministry also cut internet access in several areas in Papua and West Papua in August-end owing to demonstrations that had snowballed into riots.
“We see from the virtual world, how many URLs (uniform resource locators) expand hoaxes today. If the recycled hoaxes are still there, I have to check,” he explained.
The Communication and Informatics Ministry believes internet restrictions are a solution to curbing the proliferation of hoaxes and hate expressions.
The Communication and Informatics Ministry pointed out that the circulation of hoaxes in Papua had peaked on August 31, 2019, with such URLs reaching 42 thousand.
The Ministry of Communication and Informatics claimed that the number of such URLs had dropped to some one thousand on September 12, 2019, after internet access was blocked. (fsn)
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