goodmorningpapua.com – The Compassion Monument or Mokas in the form of a 33-meter-high Jesus statue located in Tanjung Abori, Serui Laut has become a religious icon in the Yapen Islands Regency, Papua.
But who would have thought, the Monument of Compassion, which was inaugurated by the Regent of Yapen Islands, Tonny Tesar, right on the 167th Commemoration of the Day of Evangelism, Saturday, February 5, 2022, has boosted the citizen economy.
Metus Saleh Bonai, one of the citizens of Serui Laut admitted that the existence of the Monument of Compassion had a positive impact on local residents. Apart from the spiritual side, the IDR 6 billion monument also improves the community’s economy.
“Mokas is able to rise the economy, with many residents starting to trade drinks and snacks, especially the Mokas location is never empty of visitors,” said Metus Saleh Bonai, Thursday, March 3, 2022.
He hopes that the Yapen Islands Government can build road infrastructure to the Monument oof Compassion via the residential area of the local Serui Laut residents.
“The government cannot be separated from religion because the government (is) the representative of God entrusted on earth to lead,” he said while implying a sense of happiness.
As a religious icon, th Monument of Compassion has become a new tourist destination for the Yapen Archipelago community. This monument has even been used by the Regional Government for Christmas celebrations and became the center of the Commemoration of the Day of Gospel Preaching some time ago.