Papuan Senators Hope the New Autonomous Regions [DOB] Will Not Become a Burden for the Future

goodmorningpapua.com – A member of DPD for the electoral area (Dapil) of Papua who is also the Chairman of Committee II DPD Yorrys Raweyai conveyed political reflections in 2022, especially what happened in Papua. He invited the public not to forget the social and political constellation that took place at the eastern end of Indonesia, namely Papua.

The reason is that he sees Papua as if it tends to be an area that is always ignored by all parties. In fact, problems and new problems always arise every time.

“That’s what feels like from time to time. Various kinds of rules and policies were issued to respond to Papua’s regional issues, but they don’t fulfill the same perception and vision,” Yorrys said in his statement, Sunday (25/12/2022).

Ironically, this problem also arises from canals that are said to be the ones that speak for indigenous Papuans. Some of them are the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP), the Papuan People’s Representative Council (DPRP), to the level of the People’s Representative Council (DPR).

“Problems after problems have arisen precisely when there are so many representative channels such as the DPD, DPR, DPRP and MRP that are ready to bridge the gap in understanding about what the central government means and what the Papuan people want,” Yorrys said.

In 2022 alone, there will be four new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua, namely South Papua, Central Papua, Highlands Papua and Southwest Papua. According to him, the four new autonomous regions will become a new challenge, both for the government and indigenous Papuans.

For him, regional expansion in Papua is not just a matter of contestation politics and the division of power and positions. However, to what extent are the substance of the problems in Papua touched and accommodated through this policy.

“DOB in Papua is a new challenge in the midst of problems that have accumulated. If it is not managed properly, then whatever is produced in 2022 will become a social and political burden for the people of Papua,” said Yorrys.

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin hopes that the formation of four new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua Province can be a way of change or a game changer for solving problems in Papua, both welfare and security issues.

He also hopes that the formation of the Southwest Papua Province and the three other new autonomous regions will make services to the Papuan people even more massive. This is because so far services in the vast territory of Papua have only been concentrated in Papua Province and one in West Papua.

“Now (in Papua) there are four provinces, in West Papua it is two provinces. We hope that the service will be more massive to the community and that is the key, I think, to accelerate efforts for Papua’s development,” said Ma’ruf.

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