Success avoids all regardless of 20 years of unique autonomy: neighborhood

Wamena, Papua – Yali Hubula tribal community members in Jayawijaya District, Papua Province, asserted that the central government-granted special autonomy executed over a span of 20 years had actually failed to introduce success for Papuans.

Highlighting this truth, Head of the Committee for the Yali Hubula Tribal Neighborhood Simon Surabut informed participants of a conference in Wamena on Friday that the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) and Papua Province’s legal body should be transparent regarding the truth.

During the 20- year-long application of unique autonomy in Papua Province, success remained a far-off dream for all components of Papuan communities. On the contrary, various issues had surfaced, including serious damage to natural resources, Surabut kept in mind.

Seconding Surabut’s view, Kiname Yikwa, a local church leader, opined that the real benefits of the vast quantities of special autonomy funds paid out by the main federal government to Papua Province had failed to reach all members of communities.

As a result, frustration was swarming over the unique autonomy given regardless of huge fund disbursal, Yikwa mentioned.

The frustration was echoed by Dolina Yogobi, a regional feminist, who claimed that a number of Papuan ladies had stopped working to obtain real benefits of the unique autonomy funds, so they had refused their extension in future.

President Megawati Soekarnoputri’s administration had actually passed a law on unique autonomy in the provinces of Papua and West Papua in 2001 to guarantee Papuans the right to manage their own region politically, financially, and culturally.

The law also stipulated the allocation of unique autonomy funds, legitimate for a duration of 20 years.

As the transfer of funds will end in 2021, your home of Representatives has actually consisted of the deliberation of Papua’s special autonomy status on this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list.

A Papuan youth figure urged Papua’s groups to support the extension of the special autonomy status given to Papua and West Papua to guarantee sustainable advancement in all sectors of life in both provinces.

In discussion with ANTARA in Jayapura, the capital of Papua Province, on Aug 11, 2020, Tanus Komba suggested that rejecting the extension of the law on unique autonomy (Otsus), passed in 2001, was not a service.

Komba concurred on a deliberation on revising this special autonomy law instead of rejecting it based upon its essential role in driving regional development in public sectors, such as health, education, and infrastructure.

The Papuan youth figure asserted that the special autonomy status approved by the central federal government to Papuans showed Indonesia’s look after its individuals.

” We should take pride in it considering that only Papua and Aceh have been given this privilege. Hence, we need to support it,” Komba noted.

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