Jayapura, Jubi – The Democratic Party has agreed to endorse the Bill on the Special Autonomy Plus in 2017 after the Indonesian House of Representatives failed to discuss it in 2014 and 2015.
“The Democrats will be at the front to fight for it. It won’t be negotiable. If the last government didn’t submit it, but starting today, through Rakorda –Regional Coordination Meeting–, it is a momentum to fight on the bill as the best solution for Papua,” said the Secretary General of Democrat Party Hinca Panjaitan in Jayapura on last week.
He also instructed DPP, DPD and the entire DPC, regents and mayors and the entire Democratic faction and governors to unite behind the bill.
“As the secretary general, I will listen all information and report to the general chairman and ask the fraction at the Indonesian House of Representatives to put it into the agenda and pursue it as the issue to be discussed in the next meeting,” he said.
“Don’t worry, the Democrat Party must be at front for the Bill on the Papua Special Autonomy Plus, and as the Secretary General of Democrat Party, I will take a lead,” he added.
Meanwhile DPD Chairman of Democrat Party in Papua Lukas Enembe who also the Papua Governor said along his administrative since 2013, the Special Autonomy Plus would be a right solution to overcome the social issues in Papua.
“Currently, the Papuan issue has become an incredible international issue, moreover people are shouting for Free Papua. The Special Autonomy Plus would become the affirmative action to address this issue,” he said.
Enembe hoped Papua would not be exploited for other political interest, because Papua is equal like other provinces. Therefore he requested Papua to be trusted to conduct its development on its own. (*/rom)