Mahfud MD Listen to Papuan Leaders Confide about the Special Autonomy Fund, This Is His Response

Papuan community leader, Pastor Albert Yoku confided in front of the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD. He asked that law enforcement be carried out in Papua in an organized manner. Including, for local government officials who misuse Special Autonomy funds (Otsus).

He conveyed this when the Papua Province Regional Head Forum (FORKADA) held an audience with the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, in Jakarta, Monday (22/02/2021).

“We hope that there must be law enforcement in Papua, especially government officials in the regions as well as all those who misuse special autonomy funds,” he said in a written statement received on Tuesday (23/2/2021).

Albert said, Otsus is a great blessing from the central government for indigenous Papuans. According to him, if used properly it will be a blessing, especially in the fields of education, health and economy.

In the same vein, Dorince Mehue, a female figure who is also the Chairperson of the Papuan Evangelical Christian Church Women’s Guild (PW GKI), asked the central government to evaluate the use and management of the special autonomy fund since 2002 until now. According to him, the central government needs to carry out a joint evaluation with the Papuan and West Papua People’s Assembly, including evaluating the gaps between customary territories that still occur.

“Papua Province must be expanded, in order to achieve justice so that not only a number of customary areas and territories will receive sufficient special autonomy funds. We are ready to support central government policies,” he said.

Responding to that, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD admitted that he would follow up. According to Mahfud, dis has gathered the Attorney General’s Office, the Corruption Eradication Commission and the National Police so that law enforcement immediately enforces the law in Papua.

“I always listen to this matter of law enforcement when having dialogue with the community and Papuan leaders. Therefore we are following up, we are gathering the Attorney General’s Office, the Corruption Eradication Commission, the Police, to bring this aspiration, we will follow up on law enforcement,” said Mahfud.

Regarding various other proposals including the expansion of the province, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs emphasized that he would proceed with two steps. First, the legislation process which will later be submitted to the team through the Ministry of Home Affairs.
“Second, I have asked the deputy one of the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs to immediately map it so that the division area is correct, including reviewing the proposals from the heads of regions and community leaders,” he said.

Source: Okezone

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