Support for the continuation of the Papua Special Autonomy program came from local religious leaders. One of them was conveyed by the Chairperson of the Papua Province PGPI Pdt. MPH. Mauri S.Th. MT.
Himself as one of the Papuan Christian Religious Leaders as well as the Chair of the Papua Province PGPI who is currently a member of the PGPI, that the person concerned stated:
“I am ready to support the continuation of Otsus and request that there be an evaluation of Otus Papua on the use and distribution of funds that have not been maximized for the welfare of the Papuan people,” he said, quoted Thursday, September 16, 2021.
The pastor of the GPdI Church of the Angkasa Pasir Dua Parakletos Church in Jayapura also hopes that officials in Papua will no longer commit corruption in the allocation of Otsus volume II funds distributed from the center.
He also appealed to local officials to continue to show their integrity and loyalty to the Republic of Indonesia. For this reason, he asked the central government to conduct a strict selection during regional head elections in Papua.
“The goal is that they no longer stand on two legs. One of which has one leg attached to the Republic of Indonesia and one foot supports an independent Papua,” he said.
According to him, this is important so that every policy from the central government can be implemented correctly and on target. This includes the use of the Special Autonomy funds, which until now have not yet reached the grassroots or grassroots community elements.
“The Central Government must be more firm with the Regional Government regarding the use of the Special Autonomy funds and other budgets, if necessary, evaluation and accountability for the whereabouts of these funds have been carried out, whether it has made the Papuan people prosperous or not, if something goes wrong, it will be processed immediately according to applicable law. ,” he said.
The same thing was conveyed by the Youth Leader of Siriwo District, Nabire District, Piter Tagi. He said that until now there are still indigenous Papuans who protest or even reject the continuation of Otsus Volume II. The reason is because there are still residents who have not felt anything positive from Otsus which has been running for the last 20 years.
“Where there are still people living in the interior of Papua, there are no significant changes, both from infrastructure development, improving health quality, and improving the education system,” he said.
For this reason, he hopes that it is necessary to evaluate the implementation of Otsus Papua Volume I so that during the distribution of Otsus Volume II it can reach more people in the Land of Papua.
Piter also explained that he supports the plan for the expansion of the region or the New Autonomous Region (DOB) in Papua. According to him, the formation of new autonomous regions is a very good policy from the government to cut the bureaucratic system which so far seems too long and long-winded.
“If the new autonomous regions have been formed, there will be many opportunities for the entire community such as employment and business opportunities that will be even greater which will certainly help the community,” he said.