goodmorningpapua.com – Accommodating the voices of the Papuan people, the Council for Higher Education, Research and Development (Diktilitbang) of the Muhammadiyah Central Executive again held a webinar forum for the Future of Papua: Papuan Perspective Series II, Saturday (30/10).
The forum was attended by the Expert Staff of the Minister of National Development Planning for Development Velix Vernandao Wanggai, an anthropologist and lecturer at the Muhammadiyah University Papua Dian Yasmin Wasaraka.
Similar to the first series of forums, this webinar examines the voices of indigenous Papuans regarding various government discourses and policies related to special autonomy, infrastructure development to equitable distribution of Papuan human resource development.
Opening the forum, the Deputy Chair of the PP Muhammadiyah Diktilitbang Council Chairil Anwar emphasized that this webinar is Muhammadiyah’s effort to connect brotherhood and thanks to the kindness of the Papuan people.
“This webinar is held basically because we want to build brotherhood between the Papuan people and those of us in other regions outside Papua to build Indonesia,” he said.
“Secondly, we know that Muhammadiyah is an Islamic community organization, but we are an organization that applies rahmatan lil alamin. We are brothers and sisters, all fellow children of the nation, fellow human beings and that is what Muhammadiyah has through Muhammadiyah University Papua, for example, so far in eastern Indonesia, namely Papua and NTT, 60 percent of the students of Muhammadiyah educational institutions are our non-Muslim brothers,” he added.
In particular, Chairil Anwar also expressed his gratitude for the acceptance of various educational charities in Papua by the local community that have been going on for decades.
“Of course, in various places in Papua, Muhammadiyah educational institutions have also worked together with other communities to build brotherhood with the Papuan people. Therefore, we would like to express our gratitude and high appreciation for the acceptance of Muhammadiyah in the Papuan community,” said Chairil.
Not to forget, Chairil congratulated the community on the success of the community in holding the XX 2021 National Sports Festival (PON) from beginning to the end.
“This is a symbol that we who are outside Papua love and will always be brothers with our brothers in Papua and we still want this Papua to always stay together with us, together with the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia to continue move forward together to build this country for all of us,” he concluded.