Monthly Archives: February 2010

Indonesia to build cement plant in Papua

Indonesian government will build a cement plant to reduce the high cement price in Papua. Cement is costly because the transportation cost to Papua is extremely high.

Mining company PT Freeport Indonesia will buy cement produced in Timika, Papua. According to Freeport Indonesia President Director Armando Mahler, with the cement factory, cement prices in Papua will be competitive.

Freeport’s cement requirement of 180,000 tons per year comes from Semen Gresik and Semen Cibinong.

The Papua government are carrying out the studies and it is close to finalization. While, Freeport is training people to work at the plant.

Source: Tempo Interaktif

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Russia to Launch Satellite in Papua

Russia is keen on building the satellite launching base in Biak Island.

The Russian Ambassador to Indonesia, Alexander A Ivanov, held talks with the Indonesian Vice President Boediono on the planned Russian satellite launching project in Biak, Papua.

Ivanov urged Indonesia to speed up the development of the satellite launching base.

“The Russian Ambassador discussed about the acceleration of the satellite launcher development in Biak Island,” the spokesperson of Vice President Boediono, Yopie Hidayat, said today, Feb 25.

Russia, said Yopie, is keen on building the satellite launching base in Biak Island.

“Many experts from Lapan (Indonesian Institute of Aeronatics and Space) learn about satellites in Russia. It is also expected that Indonesia may build up its aeronatics sector,” said Yopie.

He said that the copyrights issue has been one of the obstacles in the project. “Our concerns now are on technical barriers,” said Yopie.

Source: Viva News

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Indonesia set to build ring road in Papua

Indonesia is building a 41-kilometer road connecting Jayapura with Sentani.

Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu has been launching the project to anticipate a population boom in Jayapura city, whose growth reaches 5 percent annually.

Jayapura city is currently inhabited by 350,000 people and the number is expected to rise to 450,000 by 2020.

“Population density is followed by traffic congestion,” Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu told reporters in Jayapura.

The project will be carried out by Indonesians, such as the Jakarta-Bandung turnpike.

The ring road will shorten traveling time from Jayapura city to the Sentani Airport from between 45 and 60 minutes to 10 minutes.

The first phase of the construction will be a 3.5-kilometer section from Hamadi to Skyland at an estimated Rp 500 billion (US$50 million) cost from a total of Rp 7 trillion.

The Rp 7 trillion funds would be derived from the provincial and state budgets. The project is expected to be completed in three years’ time.

The project has drawn support from the Indonesian National Youth Committee (KNPI) Papua chapter. It welcomed the project as solution to Jayapura’s development problem.

Source: the Jakarta Post

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Former beauty queen of Papua serves as Indonesia’s ‘transmigration ambassador.’

24-year-old Augustine Ariella Nere embarked from Jakarta on a mission to Mesuji district in Lampung, her second trip with government officials as the country’s “transmigration ambassador.”

Augustine was appointed to the post by the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration on Dec. 14. The former beauty pageant contestant says she wants a chance to talk with the minister, Muhaimin Iskandar, about her own ideas on how to improve relocation programs in far-flung areas of the country.

“Before sending people to new transmigration sites, I think it is important for the ministry to first identify the potential of each of the areas. For example, in Papua, where I come from, we are very good in athletics and arts. I think it’s important for the ministry to consider this at the start. Then they could build facilities, such as fields to practice sports for longtime residents and transmigrants there. But I think the government so far has not given enough attention to these things,” said Augustine Nere.

As transmigration ambassador “I don’t have the power to ask the ministry to turn these suggestions into policy, but I still want to tell my ideas to the ministry, and hope for a response.”

Augustine, who joined the Miss Indonesia competition representing Papua in 2006, said she is scheduled to visit 18 transmigration areas during her one-year post as ambassador. In December, she joined a ministry team on a visit to a transmigration area in Ogan Komering Ilir, South Sumatra.

Source: the Jakarta Globe

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Indonesia to build world’s breadbasket in Papua

Between now and 2030 Indonesia expects to become one of the world’s biggest producers of rice, maize, sugar, coffee, shrimp, meats and palm oil.

JAYAPURA — Indonesia is encouraging foreign and local investors to lease huge swathes of fertile countryside and help make the country a major food producer.

“Feed Indonesia, then feed the world,” was the recent call from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after the government announced plans to fast-track development of vast agricultural estates in remote areas like Papua and Borneo.

The first area targeted for development is 1.6 million hectares in the southeast of province of Papua, around the town of Merauke.

The Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate will create thousands of jobs and turn an impoverished and neglected corner of the Indonesian archipelago into a hive of activity.

The government choses Merauke because it’s the ideal place for food crop cultivation, such as rice, corn, soybean and sugar cane. Merauke district has 4.5 million hectares of land; 2.5 million hectares are ideal for cultivation. The area is flat and has a good climate. Its soil is appropriate for those crops.

Merauke’s population of some 175,000 people could rocket to 800,000 if the plan takes off.

Foreigners will be able to control a maximum of 49 percent of any investing company, and will be offered incentives like tax breaks and reductions in customs and excise duties.

Source: New Straits Times

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Kolaborasi Kiai Kanjeng dan Tarian Papua

“Saya grogi kalau melihat orang Papua. Takut. Padahal saya sangat ingin berkenalan dan berteman dengan mereka.”

Sepenggal kalimat bernada seloroh itu dilontarkan Fauzi, seorang santri jemaah Maiah, dalam sebuah dialog pada acara Mocopat Syafaat binaan Emha Ainun Najib alias Cak Nun pada Rabu malam lalu. Kontan saja, hadirin pada acara yang digelar di kompleks Taman Kanak-kanak Islam Terpadu, Kasihan, Bantul, Yogyakarta, itu menyambut lontaran tersebut dengan gelak tawa bercampur heran.

Puluhan warga Papua yang hadir pun menyambut pernyataan itu dengan tersenyum. Ketua mahasiswa asal Papua di Yogyakarta, Anton Sayori, yang tampil malam itu, mengibaratkan orang Papua bak durian. “Meski kulitya berduri, dalamnya, wah, enak sekali,” katanya, berseloroh. “Kami orang Papua hanya kelihatannya yang sangar, tapi hati kami sangat lembut,” ujar Anton, yang disambut tepuk tangan para jemaah.

Malam itu, segala perbedaan-baik budaya, suku, ras, atau agama-hilang ketika disandingkan dalam pengajian Mocopat Syafaat. Acara yang boleh dibilang sebagai silaturahmi budaya itu diawali dengan lantunan gamelan Kiai Kanjeng yang mengiringi tembang Gundhul-gundhul Pacul. Tembang tradisional Jawa yang sederhana itu menjadi tak lagi sederhana karena diiringi gamelan yang dipadukan dengan gitar, bas, organ, dan seruling.

Setelah itu, di atas panggung sederhana tampil empat orang Papua yang menyanyikan lagu Apose Kokon Dao. Lagu asli Papua itu menjadi terasa menarik dengan diiringi gamelan khas Kiai Kanjeng. Seperti diketahui, gamelan Kiai Kanjeng merupakan nama sebuah konsep nada pada alat musik “tradisional” gamelan. Sistem tangga nada yang dipakai pada gamelan lazimnya adalah laras pentatonis yang terbagi dalam dua jenis nada: pelog dan slendro. Adapun gamelan Kiai Kanjeng bukan pelog dan bukan slendro.

Eksplorasi musik Kiai Kanjeng hampir tak membatasi dirinya pada jenis atau aliran musik tertentu. Sebab, secara musikal, instrumen musik Kiai Kanjeng memiliki pelbagai kemungkinan, sehingga pengembaraan cipta mereka sangat ragam: dari eksplorasi musik tradisional Jawa, Sunda, Melayu, hingga Cina. Termasuk penggalian dari berbagai etnik lain, seperti Madura, Mandar, Bugis, dan Papua, seperti yang digelar dalam Mocopat Syafaat.

Dalam acara yang digelar rutin pada tanggal 17 setiap bulannya itu dimeriahkan pula oleh tarian Tumbuk Tanah asal Manokwari, Papua. Sebanyak 14 penari-dua di antaranya perempuan-merupakan warga asli Papua yang berada di Yogyakarta. Mereka mengenakan pakaian khas Papua lengkap dengan panah dan tombaknya.

Tarian berupa gerakan-gerakan tari yang energetik ditingkahi pekikan-pekikan itu terbagi dalam dua babak. Pertama, para penari menyuguhkan tarian perang. Lalu, pada babak kedua, mereka menampilkan tarian sebagai sambutan kepada para pejabat yang telah menyetujui pembentukan wilayah baru Manokwari.

Kehadiran warga Papua dalam Mocopat Syafaat ini merupakan yang kedua kalinya. Sebelumnya, tepatnya pada 17 Desember 2009, mereka hadir dalam acara serupa. Mereka sangat senang pada sambutan ratusan jemaah yang hadir. Dengan bergabung dalam pengajian Mocopat Syafaat, mereka merasa bisa bergaul dengan masyarakat yang hadir pada acara tersebut tanpa membedakan asal dan suku.

Pada pertengahan acara yang dipandu oleh Cak Nun itu, semua hadirin yang datang dari pelbagai kalangan berdiri dan bernyanyi bersama. Sambil bergandengan tangan, mereka menyanyikan lagu Tanah Airku diiringi gamelan Kiai Kanjeng.

Dalam pidatonya, Cak Nun menyatakan bahwa ada tiga hal pokok bagi semuanya, terutama warga Papua, yang harus dijaga, yakni martabat, harta, dan nyawa. “Harta jangan dicuri, martabat jangan diinjak, dan nyawa harus dilindungi,” kata budayawan tersebut.

Forum Mocopat Syafaat adalah forum pengajian yang diampu oleh Cak Nun dan telah berlangsung sejak 17 Juni 1999. Yang hadir dalam forum tersebut tak hanya masyarakat Yogyakarta dan sekitarnya, tapi juga dari daerah lain di Jawa Tengah dan Jawa Timur, seperti Purbalingga, Wonosobo, Semarang, Pacitan, dan Surabaya.

Mocopat Syafaat merupakan salah satu dari enam forum sejenis yang diampu Cak Nun, yakni Padhang Bulan Jombang, Gambang Syafaat Semarang, Kenduri Cinta Jakarta, Bangbangwetan Surabaya, dan Obor Ilahi Malang. Keenam forum itu bersifat terbuka, mengedepankan persaudaraan sesama manusia, berupaya bersama mencari alasan untuk saling menghormati, serta berupaya menegakkan nasionalisme dan kebersamaan.

Source: Tempo Interaktif

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OPM kill policeman

Jayapura — Police are investigating whether Papuan Separatism Movement (OPM) are responsible for the fatal shooting Monday of a policeman who was guarding a gas station in Indonesian province of Papua, a report said.

Four gunmen of OPM shot Sgt. Sharul, and stole his gun in the town of Mulia near the Freeport gold and copper mine, the Antara news agency quoted Puncak Jaya district police Chief Aleks Korwa as saying.

Police are investigating whether the gunmen were activists seeking independence for Indonesia’s easternmost province, Korwa said.

Papua police spokesman Col. Agus Rianto could not be immediately contacted for comment.

Last month, gunmen ambushed a convoy of vehicles from the mine, wounding at least seven people, including four police officers and an American.

It was the latest in a string of ambushes on the road linking the mine with the town of Timika that have claimed eight lives since July 2009, including an Australian technician.

The mine, run by a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. based in Phoenix, Arizona, has been repeatedly targeted with arson, roadside bombs and blockades since production began in the impoverished province in the 1970s.

The region is the scene of a low-level insurgency and police routinely guard businesses such as gas stations.

Source: AP

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