Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs (Menko Polhukam) Mahfud MD said the National Border Crossing Post (PLBN) Sota, Merauke, Papua, was ready to be inaugurated.
This was based on a visit he made to the location with the Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian and a number of other officials, Sunday (12/9/2021).
Mahfud said that during the visit, he wanted to directly confirm the reports he had received so far.
Based on the report, Mahfud admitted that he saw a good picture of the location.
“I saw that it was physically correct (according to the picture). Later, I and the Minister of Home Affairs will report to the President that this is ready to be inaugurated,” Mahfud said, quoted from a press release.
Therefore, Mahfud asked the National Border Management Agency (BNPP), related ministries/institutions, and local governments to play an active role in developing and advancing the economy of the Sota border area.
According to him, the place can be moved to become a center of economic growth, especially exports and imports.
In addition, he said, at the Sota PLBN there will be an increase in the volume of entry and exit or crossings along with the process of advancing the border area.
This, he said, is likely to cause various problems, such as the emergence of criminal acts, smuggling, drugs, and other crimes.
“If it has become an economic center, socially it will lead to crime.
Therefore, I have discussed a lot with the Minister of Home Affairs, later of course there will be legal actions,” he said.
Furthermore, Mahfud appealed to law enforcement in the Sota border area to prioritize a restorative justice approach, especially for minor violations, such as being educated, given understanding, and not being afraid.
“A friendly law must be enforced here, so that the law is used to build harmony, not to frighten,” he said.
Nevertheless, Mahfud continues to ask that strict steps be taken when it comes to serious crimes such as drugs, murder, and other serious crimes.