Jayapura, Jubi – A member of the Papua Legislative Council (DPRP), Mathea Mamoyau, said the plan to build a smelter by PT. Freeport Indonesia in the area of Pomako port should not harm the Komoro society which is the owner of the area of customary rights.
“Basically, this plan to build smelter is good but the location belongs to Kamoro tribal region. Do not let the Kamoro be a victim,” Mathea told Jubi on Tuesday (03/03/2015).
She said as someone who was born in Kamoro, he did not want his people become the victims. Mining waste of PT. Freeport, the giant company has been polluting the coastal area, which resulted various types of fish in the river died.
“Realize or not, smelter waste will flow to the region of the Kamoro. I hope this case can be discussed with the Kamoro. This is for the sake of their children and grandchildren’ life, “ she said.
It is said, the existence of the smelter will have to benefit all tribes in Mimika, including Kamoro. In addition, there should be an MoU or memorandum of understanding with the Kamoro, as owners of customary rights. She hope that the existence of smelter can serve all the Kamoro as it is a large tribe that need to get attention.
Previously, Mimika regent, Eltinus Omaleng said, she has prepared the construction site of the smelter. Its location is in Port Pomako, which is 3.300 hectares.
“Mimika regency has formed a team and involved two traditional institutions namely Indigenous Kamoro consultative council (LEMASKO), and the Institute of Indigenous Consultative Amungme (Lemasa), as well as local community leaders, to discuss the problem of land construction of the smelter,” Omaleng said at that time. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)