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Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 15:33 WIB

Opposition to Mobile Brigade Headquarters Grows

Jayapura, Jubi – The head of the Papua Legislative Council (DPRP) voiced his objection to plans to build the Police’s Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency.

DPRP speaker Yunus Wonda said the plan was an attempt by some members of the political elites to pave the way for a Papua Central Highland Province.
“This discourse is intended to serve the political elites’ strategy to materialize the Papua Central Highland Province by creating a controversy among the people. We’re more concerned about the public trauma. More security forces on the ground would increasingly traumatize people. We disagree with the Mobile Brigade Headquarters and the province split proposal,” Wonda said on Monday (23/2/2015).

He said the province split would only marginalize the indigenous Papuans, furthermore in Wamena. He asked the political elites for not just thinking about themselves, their own group or class, but they must think about the indigenous Papuans.
“Because most of them have officiated for two periods and it would be ended soon, these elites started to throw the idea of new province, though people’s need is more important. Please just set up the infrastructures, human resources and another good points,” he said.

According to him, the Papua Governor, Papua Legislative Council as well as the Papua People’s Assembly never agreed on the province split proposal.
“It is their strategy to bargain a position without thinking about the indigenous Papuans whether they would be able to compete with non-Papuans or not. Moreover there is a moratorium on Civil Servant. If the split was occurred, the civil servants were certainly recruited from outside of Papua. The State has already provided the regencies split. It should be managed first. The extension is not an answer,” he said.

He further said the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe also has appointed an attorney to sue the alleged forgery of his signature stating his approval on the extension of Papua Central Highland Province. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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