The Rectification of the Papua Special Autonomy Law Should Strengthen National Integration – The discourse on the revision of Law (UU) Number 21 of 2001 on Special Autonomy (Otsus) for Papua is discussed on and on. The articles discussed included the general allocation fund and the expansion of Papua.

A Papua Governor spokesman Muhammad Rifai Darus did not question the discussion of special autonomy for Papua. However, he wanted the discussion of this regulation to involve stakeholders in Papua.

“Until now, there have been intense efforts to evaluate the Papua Special Autonomy. Of course we do not avoid it.  Instead, if all the intentions of the central government are to make Papua a better direction, we always to accept and listen to it,” Rifai said in his written statement, Saturday, April 24, 2021.

The former general chairman of the Indonesian Youth National Committee (KNPI) appealed that the evaluation of Papua’s Special Autonomy remains to refer to the Special Autonomy Law. Article 77 of the Papua Special Autonomy Law states that the amendment or revision is proposed by the people of the Papua Province through the Papuan People’s Council (MRP) and DPRD to the DPR or the government in accordance with legal regulations.

  “I give once more a message to all stakeholders or policy makers both at the central and regional levels to constantly refer the existing positive law.  No other provisions written in the law, the agreed mechanism first is done through the MRP and DPRP and then it to be submitted to both DPR and the central government,” he said.

He underlined that the central government should strengthen the national integration process, especially the issue of the specificity of Papua. Therefore, policy makers at the regional level should be invited to discuss, identify, and evaluate the special autonomy that has been going on for 20 years. 

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