Jayapura, 17/5 (Jubi) – Regional Representative Council (DPD) endorsed the creation of two regencies in Papua province and the split of West Papua into two provinces Wednesday (14/5).
The two proposed regencies are Bogaga, a split from Tolikara regency and Ghondumi Sisare from Waropen regency. West Papua province will be split into two: West Papua province and Southwest Papua province.
“It is part of DPD duty and based on the Presidential mandate (Ampres),” DPD chairman Irman Gusman said.
He then added the Council also approved other eight new autonomous regions (DOB) in several regions in Indonesia such as the approval of the establishment of Bolaang Mongondow Raya province (BMR) which is a division of the North Sulawesi province.
The proposed splits have been controversial among the public and local leaders.
Not long ago, the Secretary of Commission A of Papua Legislative Council overseeing governance, Julius Miagoni said that there are some important aspects that should be considered carefully such as the population, natural resources, and human resources.
“Do not let the division make the people of Papua marginalized and dominated by non-Papuans,” he said. (Jubi/Arjuna/Tina)