Jayapura, 3/6 (Jubi) – Papuan councillor Ruben Magay said the people of Papua wanted separation from Indonesia because they feel being unfairly treated.
“Most of Papuans feel unrespect and do not satisfied with the current administration. They feel discriminated,” Magay, chairman of Commission A at Papua’s Legislative Council, told tabloidjubi.com on Tuesday (3/6).
As long as the central government does not respect Papuans and their rights, the people will continue to seek independence, he said.
“In addition, there’s a memory of the past that still lingers for Papuans until today. Injustices are the main reason,” he said.
He said Jakarta has tried to solve problems in Papua without seeing the reality.
“It has been a mistake. The government should be able to create prosperity, provide education and a peaceful atmosphere for the people. But Papuans continued to be deceived,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Papua Free Movement (OPM) still exists in Papua. One of the leaders is Goliath Tabuni. On one occasion, the Secretary General of OPM, Anton Tabuni said to a local media outlet they had no interest in any proposal from Jakarta.
“We reject them all. General Goliath Tabuni will never be stopped. We have a clear purpose,” Tabuni said.
On the other side, military commander Major General Christian Zebua said in early May that army has seize 28 weapons belonging to OPM. (Jubi/Arjuna)