Laurenzus Kadepa, a member of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council on Political, Legal and Human Rights - Jubi

Minister Speaks Like an Imperialist, says Legislator

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Laurenzus Kadepa, a member of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council on Political, Legal and Human Rights - Jubi
Laurenzus Kadepa, a member of Commission I of Papua Legislative Council on Political, Legal and Human Rights – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan legislator Laurenzus Kadepa said remarks by Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Human Rights Affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan criticizing Papuan government officials were not proper.

Kadepa said although he believed Panjaitan had a good intention to warn the Papua Governor, the regents and mayor and other Papuan officials to not often leave their offices, he did not convey it wisely and came across as arrogant and authoritarian.

Panjaitan reportedly said: “I have told the governor about this. You don’t only have rights but obligations as well. They want to play games? They must confront me first. I will give harsh sanctions.”

“From the sentence cited, it seems describing that Papua is really under imperialism. It is part of imperialist language,” Kadepa sent short message to Jubi on Wednesday (10/2/2016).

He said during the time, Papuan people were always suppressed in many ways. Now it is the time for Papuan officials. He was wondering about the Central Government’s intention. “What does Jakarta want? The minister’s intention was good, but he shouldn’t give impress of arrogant in his sentences,” he said.

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However, he wasn’t actually opposing the minister to instruct the Papuan leaders to be more focus in their regions, but as State official, he shouldn’t use those words.

“There are sentences that more polite and proper to be used to remind the officials in Papua, instead of arrogant words. Moreover, the Minister of Political, Legal and Human Rights Affairs is State Official,” he said.

Earlier, the Minister Luhut B. Panjaitan said he would give strict sanction over the regional heads in Papua and Papua Barat provinces concerning to their travel habits. He said he found those regional heads –governor, regents and mayors—in both provinces were often out of their office travelling to other places. “How do they notice about the problems occurred in Papua if they were not living there,” said the minister as cited in media.

He also would apply special regulation towards regional heads in Papua and Papua Barat provinces that those officials must report to the Minister of Internal Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo if they were planning to travel out of their regions. “I have told to the governor about this. You have not only a right but obligation as well. They want play games? They must confront me. I give strict sanction,” said the minister who was former Special Force personnel. “I have told to the governor, you dare playing games with me, you got me,” said Panjaitan. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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