Merauke, Jubi- Minister of Transportation Ignatius Jonan conducted his working visit in Merauke and was welcomed by Merauke regent, Romanus Mbaraka and chairman of Merauke Legislative Council Kanizia Mekiuw as well as the officials.
The ministry arrived on Sunday (08/03/2015) at around 15:00 p.m by using a special aircraft. His coming was used by dozens of Marind communityof five clans that Gebze, Basik-Basik, Mahuze, Samkakai and Ndiken which is customary rights demanded for compensation of Airpor and Seaport in Merauke.
However, they were not allowed to enter the area of Mopah Airport in order to convey their demands. They then lined up outside the airport fence with unfurled banners on demand payment of land compensation from the government.
This action was escorted by dozens of security forces from Merauke police. When the minister and team got on the vehicles heading to the port, dozens of protesters were shouting, “Pay us our rights, because the government has not been resolved.” Knowing that, the minister and his team headed straight to the port.
Chairman of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples (LMA) Merauke, Ignatius Ndiken said, claims for compensation of indigenous peoples to the harbor is about Rp 3 trillion. While Mopah Airport is Rp 800 billion.
Especially for Merauke port, since utilized in 1962, until now, there has been no settlement of compensation from the government. In fact, the land area of 20 hectares has been used for public purposes.
“We have the right to sue. Becasue of that, the central government should provide a definitive answer about the settlement. Yes, people need an official explanation from the Minister of Transportation, “he said.
In response, the minister of Transportation, Ignatius Jonan asserted, it would be reviewed and if it is unpaid, must still be settled. If the government can not pay, it is advisable to take to the court. (Frans L Kobun/Tina)