Jayapura, Jubi – Migrants should not become burdens by being destitute in Papua, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut B. Panjaitan said.
“If they are destitute, they become a burden to the local government,” Luhut told Jubi, responding to a question on the migrant influx to Papua, Monday (28/3/2016).
He said he agreed with Papua Provincial Government’s plans to limit the number of people who come to Papua.
On the same occasion, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe told the minister about the existing Special Regional Regulation on population control.
“Special Regional Regulation on entry restrictions to Papua has been established since the former Governor Bas Suebu, but somehow, its enforcement has not worked,” said Enembe.
According to him, migrants have increased the number of poor population in Papua. “Many jobless and unskillful people have continuously come to Papua,” said Enembe.
Responding the Governor Enembe, the minister said if the Special Regulation is not contradictive with the existing Law, it would gain support of the Central Government. “We’ll check it,” he said.
The Indonesian Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs will spend two days in Papua, from Monday to Tuesday (28-29 March 2016) and continue his mission to Fiji and Papua New Guinea on 30 March 2016.
He will pass US$5 million donation from the Indonesian Government to Fiji Government whose citizens recently stroked by Winston hurricane. (Victor Mambor/rom)