Jayapura, (2/4) Jubi – Police in Jayapura were questioning two student leaders, Yali Wenda and Aparis Kapisa, over a demonstration demanding the release of Papuan political prisoners.
“We did not issue the Letter of Notification because the time was coincided with election campaigning. They were allowed to demonstrate since earlier they proposed to conduct a peaceful protest without going on a long march,” Jayapura Police Chief Adjunct Commissioner Senior Alfred Papare said on Wednesday afternoon (2/4).
He said the police have 24 hours to question the students related to the long march in front of auditorium of Cenderawasih University.
The police deployed 200 personnel at two locations around the campus of Uncen in Abepura and Waena.
“Yesterday, they made an agreement not to conduct a long march. The protest would only be done in front of the auditorium of Uncen. We counted on their statement,” said the Chief.
But then they did a long march, police took action.
“What we did was appropriate accorcing to the procedure. We did not fire shots or chase the protestors, but only arrested Aparis Kapisa and his colleague for further investigation,” he said.
The protestors who saw their field coordinators taken into a police vehicle reacted by throwing stones at the officerd, forcing police to fire warning shots.
Papare said the stones hit residents around the area. It was not clear if anyone was injured.
The peaceful demonstration was conducted to support ‘behind the bars’ who arranged “demonstrations to call for the release of Papuan Political Prisoners in Indonesia” on 2 April in five countries, i.e. England, Netherlands, Scotland, New Zealand, and Australia. (Jubi/Indrayadi TH/rom)
A story of Zaki, a teacher from Aceh who dedicated his life for education in Intan Jaya (Part 2)
Nabire, Jubi – “I consider Zaki like my son in my house, and now I lost him,” Oktovianus Malatuni told Jubi in Nabire on Monday, 6 July 2020.
Malatuni is the Head Division of Pedagogy and Educational Staff Development of Intan Jaya Regency, Papua Province.
He said that he has considered that Muhammad Zaki and his fellows under the GPDT program of Gadjah Mada University who came in Intan Jaya since 2016 like his own children.
“They came to my house, and were free to eat, drink, like my own children,” he said. Therefore, when Zaki got ill, Malatuni and Zaki’s friends always took care of him until he died.
“Because Zaki was the best teacher who always paid great attention to education, especially in Intan Jaya, Papua,” he said.
For this reason, Malatuni admitted he was angry and rude to medical workers in the Nabire Public Hospital where Zaki was treated.
“Because he was my child, and if there was no social restriction, we planned to refer his medical treatment to another hospital with complete facilities in Jayapura or other places. But it does not mean we underestimate the local hospital in Nabire, we just wanted the best for him,” said Malatuni.
Muhammad Zaki arrived in Intan Jaya with other 41 teachers under the GPDT Program of the Gadjah Mada University. Those selected teachers were then assigned to teach in different schools, and Zaki was teaching in Mbiandoga Primary School, Mbiandoga Sub-district.
According to Malatuni, Zaki’s performance was outstanding. Besides training by the Gadjah Mada University and the Education Office of Intan Jaya Regional Government, he also had experience in teaching in Aceh.
Therefore, his previous experience as a teacher, said Malatuni, helped him to assess what aspects need to improve in regards to education in Intan Jaya.
“Besides teaching, he also acted as a school operator, in which he did not need any guidance in implementing his tasks,” said Malatuni.
He further thought that Zaki’s competence had influenced other teachers under a similar program. They were capable of adapting immediately with the local habits and environment. At the end of their contract, all GPDT teachers, including Zaki, submitted their report on their lesson learned during their assignment to the Education Office of Intan Jaya Regency for evaluation.
At the end of their contract in 2018, the Education Office through the Division Head of Pedagogy and Educational Staff Development offered these contract teachers whether they want to return or continue to teach in their school. Zaki did not accept the offer immediately, but at another time, he said he wanted to continue teaching in Intan Jaya. As the division head, Malatuni needed to assure it.
“Zaki said, ‘Bapak, I still want to return to Intan Jaya, but here (Nabire) is my home’,” he said.
Malatuni was happy to hear it because Intan Jaya needs additional teachers, especially the one with good capability like Zaki. Therefore, together with some friends, Zaki decided to stay in Intan Jaya as contract teachers.
“Zaki, I love him. He called me ‘Bapak’ and my wife ‘Mama’. He called me ‘Pak’ only on a formal occasion. He was very tolerant and befriended with everyone disregard their ethnicities, religions, or races, although he was Muslim among majority Christians. He had a good ability to adapt to his surroundings,” said Malatuni.
Zaki was also a hard worker, added Malatuni, who showed his ability through his works. He started with organising school administration to establish a library for children at his school and a literacy group in Intan Jaya.
“It included the library for children “Mbiandoga Cerdas” and a literacy group “Ombo Pustaka” which he worked together with his friends, and book shipping to Intan Jaya. Their work for literacy in Intan Jaya was outstanding,” he said.
What Zaki and his friends have done in Mbiandoga Primary School, said Malatuni, was a great achievement. “Honestly, as the Division Head, with the school principal, other teachers and I, we lost him very much. We will always pray for him to be with God and all the mistakes he made during his life were forgiven,” said Malutuni. He looked sad. (END)
Reporter: Titus Ruban
Editor: Pipit Maizier
When Persipura fights racism on the field
Jayapura, Jubi – Sometimes people think that the football competition in Indonesia was free of racism, but it wasn’t, especially during the match or practised before the game.
It was even getting worse when the referee gave a controversial decision that made players explosively emotional.
Persipura former head coach M Raja Isa from Malaysia once warned his players to be cautious during the match when the referee often gave a controversial decision which can trigger players to be emotional and lose concentration on the game.
“Though we always prayed such disruptions often came either from rival teams, supporters or referees,” he told Jubi.co.id.
And at such times like these, they heard racial slurs come out from those who watched them practice or played in the match.
Coach Isa had told his concerns to Koran Tempo, 22 December 2007 when Persipura had a lousy experience while playing in Balikpapan and Jepara.” The boys couldn’t concentrate on the match because people shouted them ‘monkey’.”
According to him, his players often got racial slurs from supporters that disturbed their concentration.
Another case was experiencing Persipura coach from Brazil Jacksen F Tiago who said the insults to the players and coach of Persipura team must always get rewarded with victory and support from all supporters in Papua. Therefore, he was prancing around when Nelson Alom set a goal for Persipura team to defeat Sriwijaya FC at Jakabaring Stadium amid racism insults and shouts.
In response to racism slurs in the Indonesian football, an Aremania supporter from Depok sent a letter to Tabloid Bola edition Tuesday, 15-22 December 2009 with the title ‘Apologies for Persipura’.
In his letter, he said,” “As a supporter of Aremania, I regretted to see the match coloured with racist shouts from the audience at Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang…
To all members of Persipura team and their supporters, especially Jayapura residents, I on behalf of Aremania throughout Indonesia sincerely apologise if some Aremania/Aremanita had hurt your feelings,”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Discipline Commission of Indonesian Liga Board at that time, Hinca Panjaitan, did not give any penalties to the audience because of lack of evidence. However, Persipura player Ortisan Solossa got mad and crushed the stadium’s bench at that time because of this racial slurs, and Persipura should pay a fine for his action.
“We understand they did it to respond to racial slurs from the audience,” said Panjaitan at that time. Consequently, Persipura famously known as Mutiara Hitam, the Black Pearl, must pay a fine of Rp 5 million in the ISL 2009/2010 competition in the match between Persipura versus Arema FC.
Concerning racial slurs, the Organizing Committee of Arema FC Abdul Haris had appealed Arema supporters not to sing racism chants on the match Persipura versus Arema FC held in the sixth week of Liga 1 2018 on Friday (27/4/2018) at Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang.
Haris admitted that those racial chants often performed every time their team played against Persipura.
It needs a tough mentality
The European League has returned to the game after some break due to the pandemic, but have football supporters stopped their monkey’s shouts?, a columnist from face2face Africa.com criticising racial shouts and chants towards the African players. Have we turned our monkey chants out of the corner? Would we still hear how “strong” but not “smart’ African players should?
It needs a tough mentality for any African or black footballers everywhere in the world to face racial shouts, especially when they get compared to a monkey. Those players had experienced hearing a monkey-like sound to get banana peels thrown in the stadium.
Even former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto from Kamerun should mimic monkey’s walk every time he set a goal on the match. No anger anymore, but humour.
Meanwhile, the England team winger Raheem Sterling also commented on the racism acts during a match versus Montenegro. The 24 years old player experienced racial shouts when the England team played against Montenegro in the Euro 2020 qualification round at Pod Goricom Stadium on Tuesday (23/3/2019).
There was a scream mimicking the monkey’s voice aimed at this black England player. It was not acceptable but still happened today. The racism against black football players gave them patience and a tough mentality to compete on national, regional and international levels. It encourages FIFA to announce that it will fight racism in world football. (*)
Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Asiki resident died in a health clinic after allegedly tortured by a police officer
Jayapura, Jubi – A resident of Asiki Sub-district, Boven Digoel Regency, Papua died in a health clinic of a palm oil plantation company PT Tunas Sawa Erma on Saturday (16/5/2020). Prior to his death, a police officer reportedly tortured him.
The apostolic administrator of the Merauke Archdiocese Monseigneur Petrus Canisius Mandagi MSC asked the authority to investigate the incident and its perpetrator accordingly. Meanwhile, Yan Christian Warinussy, the Executive Director of the Institute for Research, Investigation and Development of Legal Aid (LP3BH) Manokwari, asked the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to intervene the investigation.
On Saturday morning Marius Betera found banana plants in his garden located in the plantation area of PT Tunas Sawa Ema (TSE) in Camp 19 destroyed. Hence, he thought the company’s excavator did it.
He then went to the police station in Camp 19 to file a complaint. When he couldn’t meet the police officers there, he went to PT TSE’s office to express his grievance. He complained that the management of PT TSE never gave him a notice about the area clearing. It made him upset and at the same time, lost.
When leaving the company’s office, Betera met a police officer with the initial “M”. He punched and kicked him on the stomach in front of the employees of PT TSE. From some witnesses, Jubi received information saying that Betera’s ear was bleeding from the beating.
Around 11 pm, Betera returned to the police station at Camp 19 to file a complaint on his persecution but couldn’t meet anyone there. Around 1 pm, he felt unwell. People bought him to the health clinic of PT TSE at Camp 19. He then reportedly died in that clinic.
Concerning his death, the Apostolic Administrator of the Merauke Archdiocese Monseigneur Petrus Canisius Mandagi MSC asked for investigation over the incident and said the perpetrator should go on trial. “I strongly condemn this murder. Killing anyone is a crime against humanity. Anyone who perpetrated this murder, especially if he was a member of security forces, must immediately be arrested, tried and punished,” said the bishop.
Bishop Mandagi firmly said that Papuans, like any other human races, are a picture of God. He warned that every police officer stationed in Papua should represent a character of security forces who commit to protecting people.
“It means the police should protect the entire people, not only those who work in the company. If there is a problem, they should put a dialogue as a priority, not violence,” said the bishop.
Separately, the Executive Director of LP3BH Manokwari Yan Christian Warinussy stated the alleged persecution towards Marius Betera must be thoroughly investigated. He said this violence act might involve some other police officers.
Therefore, he urged the National Human Rights Commission to intervene in the investigation of this case. “We urge the National Human Rights Commission to get involved in the investigation over this case. This case should be openly investigated, [so that’ the perpetrator can be examined and tried before the Merauke District Court,” he said. (*)
Jubi journalist Victor Mambor contributed in this article
Reporter: Angela Flassy
Editor: Pipit Maizier
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