Papua, PON, and the Presidential Instruction on Welfare – In October 2021, the National Sports Week (PON) XX is going to be held in Jayapura and several other cities in Papua, such as Merauke, Timika, and Biak. The Papua PON is not only a momentum for athletes to compete in various sports, but also it has a strategic meaning both for Papua in special and for the nation and state of Indonesia in general. PON is not only competition for sports achievements, but also enhancing of development achievements on Earth of Cenderawasih.

The implementation of PON shows the government’s consistent role in developing Papua, even its commitment and determination to accelerate the development of the welfare of the Papuan people, especially the native Papuans. The acceleration of development as an evidence of Indonesia’s achievements is not only in the eyes of the domestic public, but also an evidence for the international community.

In my opinion, in addition to new ways, new views, new paradigms, and new approaches, PON is an indicator as well as government’s “advertisement” that Papua is capable of organizing a national sporting event. Regions which have been mythicized with backwardness, poverty and ignorance, have proven to be able to hold PON.

This myth is about to be dismantled through PON and at the same time the Inpres on Welfare to spur the realization of prosperity and justice in Papua. The myth of backwardness and underdevelopment that has been synonymous with Papua, which makes the state intervene to eliminate it.

Through the PON and the Presidential Instruction on Welfare, President Jokowi wants to prove that both of them are a mandala in the struggle to reach achievements in the field of sports, and at the same time Papua has achieved success in the field of development in order to achieve prosperity, and at once to elevate the dignity of the Papuan people.

Justice and Social Welfare

Realizing the social justice is the theme of the administration of the welfare state. The founders of the nation accepted the concept of a welfare state not as an absolute truth, but combined it with the establishment of a nation that has been entrenched, namely upholding humanity, diversity, and social solidarity.

If there are still people living in a cycle of poverty and underdevelopment, as well as conflict and violence, then Indonesia has not yet reached a plenary state, in borrowing Yudi Latif’s term (State Plenary, 2011). In the context of Papua, the values ​​of justice, welfare, and equality, have long been abandoned and ignored.

Justice and social welfare must be interpreted by everyone in the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia as one social community. In this context, the Papuan people must proportionally accept their rights and obligations. Since the welfare state was conceived by the founding fathers as a nation, this is the goal of an independent Indonesia.

Realizing social welfare in Papua requires several conditions. First, a true and valid understanding of what the aspirations and needs of the Papuan people are. So that in determining the type and form of the program, it must be based on the ecological conditions and the potentials of its natural resources.

Second, the creation of social welfare must have an ethical weight. The twenty-year experience of Otsus (2001-2021) has made people leave their independence in gardening or farming. They rely on proposals.

Third, acceleration of prosperity must also integrate the local culture of the Papuan people by respecting and appreciating not only fellow indigenous Papuans, but also immigrant communities.

Based on this, in the context of organizing PON and implementing the Impress Welfare policy in Papua, there are four things that must be understood. First, we cannot live either to be exclusive or dominate each other. PON is not merely a competition for achievements of sport, instead, it is a means of binding brotherhood and solidarity among the nation’s children.

Second, through the implementation of PON, the presence of the state becomes relevant to protect the Papuan people and the Indonesian people from being crushed by the swiftness of capitalism and globalization.

Third, use a humanist and dialogical approach by speaking in Papuan dialects and styles to resolve conflicts and violence in this region. Fourth, what must be prioritized in organizing PON is collectivity as a reflection of togetherness without eliminating the existence of individual interests. The efforts made are balanced with the principles of cooperation, communion and national unity. Later, when the PON event ends, it does not mean the loss of togetherness. The success of PON is the success of Papua, the success of Indonesia.

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