Monthly Archives: June 2011

Papuan batik designs to be displayed in Jakarta

The latest batik designs of Papua`s Kamoro and Amukme tribes, just released by native Papua designer and businessman Jimi Hendrick Afaar, will be displayed at the Grand Indonesia in Jakarta, July 9-17, 2011.

“To introduce (Papuan batik) to the Indonesian people and foreign tourists, I and my group will participate in an exhibition to be held at the Grand Indonesia square in Jakarta next month,” Jimi told ANTARA at Port Numbay Boutique, Kotaraja, here Tuesday (28/6).

In addition to introducing the latest designs, he will also display batik from Jayapura and other tribes in Papua.

“Besides the Komoro and Amukme designs, I will also exhibit batik designs from Port Numbay/Jayapura,” he said.

Papua batik tells about the local culture, traditions which are forgotten or endangered, he said.

“I have the responsibility to promote and protect Papua culture through batik designs, especially those endangered or forgotten,” he said.

“To satisfy clients is very important, especially because Port Numbay batik is not only known in Indonesia, or Papua, but also up to Italy and several other countries,” he added.

Last Saturday (June 25), Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu visited the Port Numbay batik boutique. The minister praised the beautiful batik designs of Papua.

The Port Numbay batik designs feature objects such as traditional boats, birds, tifa traditional music instruments. Kamoro and Amukme batik designs usually show statue images.

Source: Antara News

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Papuans call for probe into alleged misuse of ‘Otsus’ fund

A group of Papuans staged a protest at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office on Monday (27/6), urging the commission to follow up on Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) findings of alleged misuse of special autonomy funds disbursed to the province.

The government has so far disbursed Rp 28 trillion (US$3.24 million) of special autonomy or Otsus funds to Papua and West Papua provinces.

The BPK found indications that Rp 4.12 trillion of the Rp 19.12 trillion (US$2.2 billion) in special autonomy funds disbursed between 2000 and 2010 had allegedly been embezzled.

The Alliance of Papuan Community for Papua and West Papua called on the KPK and the BPK to form a special team to investigate the officials allegedly responsible for the misappropriation, which they said had long been undermining development in the province.

“We urge the KPK and BPK to follow up on the findings in accordance with existing law,” the group said.

Papua was granted special autonomy in 2001. And, the Otsus fund aimed at speeding up development in the easternmost provinces of Indonesia.

But, after 10 years, special autonomy has yet to improve the welfare of most Papuan people. Many believe it is due to the incompetent administrations of Indonesia’s two easternmost provinces.

The bulk of the special autonomy funds are believed to have gone into the bureaucracy and to local government officials, while only a little was spent on empowering local people and the economy.

The BPK found that Rp 66 billion in 2010 and Rp 211 billion in 2011 in fund expenditures were not accounted for.

It also found that fake tickets had been used to account for official trips worth Rp 1.1 billion and that some procurement projects worth a total of Rp 326 billion were not carried out in line with existing regulations.

In 2010 alone, the BPK said, Rp 22.8 billion of special autonomy funds were allegedly spent on fictitious activities.

Source: The Jakarta Post

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Jayapura Archeology Center discovers colonial-era ruins

Jayapura`s Archeology Center has discovered the remnants of colonial-era artifacts and buildings such as churches, tombs and inscribed tablets in Wondama Bay district, West Papua province.

“The objects were found in two districts, namely Roon and Wasior,” a researcher at the center, Marlin Tolla, said to the press.

In Wasior district, the center found the ruins of building complexes built by the Dutch at three villages. In Mieias village researchers came across a complex of buildings housing a teachers` training school, in Manggurai village a leprosy hospital complex and in the Wasior region a residential housing complex, she said.

The concept applied to the building components in each complex was developed based on the needs, comfort and the situation or age by taking into account the cultural environment in which the structures s were built.

This was evidenced by the use of local materials such as sago leaf midribs (locally known as gaba-gaba) on semi-permanent and bamboo on permanent buildings. Besides that, there were other timber types in each building component, Marlin said.

Meanwhile, on the ornaments, the buildings showed European influences, especially the doors, windows with the ornaments use of bow and dome which were one of the styles found on Roman buildings.

“Yes, indeed the whole of the building components were developed based on the needs and the cultures. This was evident from the use of local materials such as sago and bamboo leaf midribs,” she said.

Marlin said, in the case of the leprosy hospital and church, there were two cultures that affected several components of the buildings such as the use of bow ornaments on the doors and the dome shape on the windows and tower.

Meanwhile, the local influence was the use of “Geelvink Bay” motifs, contained in the components of pole, pulpit and offerings box.

While at the school building complex, located in Miei village, the local influence can be found on the rhombus-shaped vents.

“This motif is found in the Meybrat tribe (in the Kepala Burung region) and Asmat (southern Papua),” Marlin said.

From the findings, the center will soon be listing a few buildings like Isna Jedi Church in Roon district and Leprosy Hospital Church, located in Manggurai village as well as the school complex in Miei village as cultural heritage sites.

Therefore, the administration can play a role in the re-design of buildings in Wasior post-flood some time ago, Marlin hoped.

At least, the administration pay attention to the colonial relics that exist in that places, considering the alignment between the face of heritage buildings and the new buildings that will be created, she added.

“It should be done considering Wasior City is an area where the officers and employee houses complexes are stood,” she said.

Wondama Bay district administration is also expected to make the area of teacher school located in Miei village as one of the region`s tourist area.

Marlin explained, the architecture is unique and located on hill Aitumeri which is one of the most beautiful locations in Wasior featuring ocean views and the beauty of the islands around it.

Source: Antara News

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OPM Shoots Policeman in Puncak Jaya

A police officer of the Puncak Jaya District, first brigadier Muhamad Yasin, was shot by Free Papua Movement a.k.a OPM at Mulia airport on Friday morning (24/6).

Five OPM members approached the airport and three of them entered Yasin`s office at the airport and seized his gun and later shot him. The men fled by crossing a river and disappeared.

“Officers from Puncak Jaya Police and Papua Mobile Brigade are chasing and hunting the perpetrators,” Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Wachyono confirmed the shooting.

Yasin was shot at the left side of his forehead and was currently being treated at Mulia General Hospital.

He is reportedly conscious but the hospital decided to transfer him to the better equipped Jayapura Hospital.(wpnn)

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West Papua MRP board members sworn in

West Papua Governor Abraham O Atururi swore in the 33 new board members of the province’s Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) on Wednesday (15/6). The swearing-in ceremony was held a week after the election of board members in Manokwari.

The West Papua MRP leaders inaugurated on Wednesday were speaker Vitalis Yumteh and deputy speakers Anike TH Sabami and Zainal Abidin Bay.

The ceremony was based on Government Regulation No. 54/2004 on the MRP, which was an elaboration of Law No. 21/2001 and Law No. 35/2008 on Papua’s special autonomy.

In April, the 33 West Papua MRP members were inaugurated by Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi together with 40 members elected from Papua province.

“The Assembly had the task of making sure that the indigenous Papuans remained in existence in the region,” said MRP member Yoram Wambrauw.(WPNN)

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Container port to be built in Sorong

State seaport operator PT Pelindo II says it will lead a consortium to build a Rp-800 billion (US$93.6 million) container port in Sorong, West Papua.

Pelindo II president director RJ Lino said on Sunday (19/6) in Jakarta that the company would work with another state seaport operator, PT Pelindo IV, and five shipping companies — PT Salam Pacific Indonesia Line, PT Samudera Indonesia Tbk., PT Meratus Line, PT Tempuran Emas and PT Tanto Intim Line — to build the port.

The consortium will sign a memorandum of understanding governing the project in July.

“We plan to start construction by early next year and expect to finish it in the middle of 2013,” he told The Jakarta Post in a telephone interview.

Lino added that the port would have an annual container handling capacity of 500,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and was intended to be a regional hub for the eastern part of Indonesia, linking Sorong regency with other parts of the archipelago, including Jayapura, Merauke, Bitung, Jakarta and Surabaya, as well as neighboring countries, such as Papua New Guinea and Australia.

The port would support the establishment of Papua and Maluku’s economic development corridor, one of six corridors recently launched by the government, Lino said.

“We will secure a 3,000-hectare area. The government expects to develop an industrial estate in the area and the port will support activities there,” he said.

In February, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa and National Development Planning Minister Armida Alisjahbana launched an economic master plan to increase growth by 7 to 8 percent a year between 2013 and 2025.

The plan covers the development of six economic corridors throughout the archipelago, specifically in Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Bali and Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, and Papua and Maluku.

The economy in the Papua and Maluku corridor is expected to grow six-fold by 2030 under the plan, in which the development of adequate infrastructure is considered vital.

Lino said that the port would cut Papua’s logistics costs by more than 50 percent.

The Indonesian Logistics Association (ALI) chairman Zaldy Masita said that it was very expensive to ship goods to and from Papua due to limited transport capacity.

“It costs around Rp 20 million to Rp 24 million to transport goods from Java or Sumatra to Papua, or about five times the cost needed to ship goods to America,” he told the Post over the telephone.

Zaldy said that the proposed port could reduce Papua’s logistics costs as long as the volume of transported goods was increased.

“To increase the volume, the port should employ domestic ships to transport goods that are carried by foreign ships to the port from outside Indonesia to [internal] destinations — instead of letting foreign ships directly deliver the goods to Tanjung Priok Port [in Jakarta] or Tanjung Perak Port [in Surabaya], for example,” he said.

He said such arrangements would be in line with cabotage principle implemented this year, which stipulates that vessels operating in Indonesian waters must be domestically owned.

Source: the Jakarta Post

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Swedish envoy offers Papua economic, environmental cooperation

Visiting Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia Ewa Polano at a meeting with Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu here on Thursday (16/6) offered to cooperate with Indonesia`s eastern-most province in the environmental and economic fields.

The Swedish envoy arrived here by a commercial aircraft on Thursday morning to meet with the Papua governor to discuss the cooperation.

After a closed-door meeting with Polano, Governor Suebu said the Swedish envoy offered him cooperation in economic and environmental activities without disturbing the environmental security.

“Yea, we discussed possible cooperation between the governments of Sweden and Indonesia, especially Papua Province in the economic and environmental fields without disrupting the environmental security,” Suebu said.

The governor said the Swedish government had environmentally-friendly technology.

He added that it was evident from the construction of an airport in Sweden, which is the only environmentally-friendly aerodrome in the world.

Therefore the governor said there would be a possible cooperation with Sweden in the construction of Sentani airport with a new terminal at the said of the runway.

“So the Swedish environmentally-friendly technology can be applied in the construction of Sentani airport in Papua,” Governor Suebu said.

With the technology from Sweden, the governor said there would also be a new green and environmentally-friendly city in Papua with low carbon emission.

“That can be followed up through a cooperation agreement and that what we discussed,” Governor Suebu said.

While for economic field, the governor said the Swedish government wanted to cooperate with Papua in mining sector.

Source: Antara News

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