Indonesian model from West Papua, Olvah Alhamid, walks for The New York Fashion Week

This is something that Olvah Alhamid can be proud of and the Indonesian people in general. Olvah, a 2015 Puteri Indonesia beauty pageant finalist, was selected to walk for the New York Fashion Week.

Olvah’s struggle to model in one of the most prominent events in the world of fashion was not easy. Since a few months ago, the 29-year-old beauty from Fakfak Regency, West Papua, Indonesia, gave up all her schedules to focus on the audition process in New York City.

“In the past, I could only dream of walking in one of the world’s prestigious fashion shows as a model. So, I relied heavily on my self-confidence and started the audition process with the blessing of my parents, especially my mother,” said Olvah in an interview.

She further explained that thousands of models from around the world had signed up to take part in the fashion week.

Since June, Olvah has taken part in many audition calls. Her efforts had finally paid off. Olvah, once was the Indonesian representative at the 2016 Miss Eco Universe, was eventually selected to walk the runway of New York Fashion Week after a lengthy process.

“I took part in numerous audition calls since June in New York City. I felt that if God permits, there would be an opportunity for me. Thank God I passed every stage of the audition process and had the chance to wear designer clothes on the runway,” she said.

“I believe that dream must be pursued. Prayers and efforts will certainly pay off,” continued Olvah.

Adapted from TabloidBintang.com

Yanto Basna Says Papuan Players Are in High Demand by Thai Clubs

Rudolof Yanto Basna, an Indonesian player in the Thai Football League, revealed that Papuan footballers are in great demand in the Thai League. This is why Basna chose to stay there.

Basna said, based on his experience playing in Thailand, the club he is in does not want him to change clubs before getting another Papuan player.

“This year is my fourth year of career in Thailand. When I wanted to move clubs, my Thai agent said that I can do so, but I have to bring Papuan players to take my place,” Basna said.

The former defender of Mitra Kukar and Persib Bandung revealed that the clubs in the Thai League have long been interested in players from Papua.

However, Basna admitted that it is difficult to find young Papuan players who wanted to play in Thailand.

“The clubs in Thailand prioritize Papuan children. Since my first year, I have been trying to find them, but ultimately the decision goes back to the players. It goes back to each individual,” he said.

Basna acknowledges that most young players in Papua are commonly interested in playing for Persipura, but he said not all players are able get in and play for the club. That’s why he suggested that young players would also follow in his footsteps by playing in the Thai League.

After four years of career in the Thai League, Basna said that until now there are still many people in Thailand who do not know Papua.

Because of this, Basna chose to stay in Thailand. He wants to become a bridge for Papuan footballers who wishes to go international and have a career abroad. He stated that he wants to introduce Papua more to the world.

“The reason I’m still in Thailand is because, hopefully I can be a bridge for Papuan players who want to play abroad. I have a dream that at least 5 or 6 people can play in Thailand too. There are many players here who don’t know where Papua is. I’m really sad. Therefore, through football I hope to be able to make Papua known by more people in the world,” concluded Basna.

Source: Indosport

Sky toll to expedite equitable development across Indonesia: VP

Jakarta – The sky toll infrastructure will speed up the process of achieving equitable national development, as all Indonesian regions will be able to access high-speed internet, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin stated.

At the virtual opening of the Raja Ampat E-Festival 2021, themed “Voyage to Digital Community,” from Jakarta on Monday, Amin noted that sky toll is a project to accelerate growth and equalization of national development.

High-speed nationwide broadband network connects Indonesia from the city of Merauke in the East to Sabang Island in the West.

The government has readied the Digital Indonesia Road Map 2021-2024 that also encompasses the sky toll to connect all regions in the country with its varied geographical conditions, Amin stated.

The vice president affirmed that infrastructure was also expected to speed up development in Papua and West Papua.

“Success of the sky toll program will boost innovation and accelerate and expand digital economic and financial integration in West Papua and Papua into the national digital ecosystem,” Amin stated.

Hence, the vice president has urged the local administration, the central bank BI, and private sector to collaborate in improving the digital environment in remote areas.

Development of digital literacy will boost public welfare through the tourism sector as well as micro, small, and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs), among others.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry should also expand the coverage of the national digitalization program, such as the Digital Leadership Academy, Digital Talent Scholarship, and the National Movement of Digital Cybercreative Literacy to Papua and West Papua, Amin stated.

Source: Antara

Four Newly-Built Sport Arenas for PON Handed Over to Papuan Gov’t

The Central Government Thursday (10/06) officially handed over the newly-completed four arenas for the upcoming 20th National Sports Week (PON) to the Papuan Provincial Government as host of the quadrennial event.

Those sports arenas, which were built by Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, are the Aquatic Arena and the Papua Bangkit Sports Area in East Sentani district and the Cricket Venue and Hockey Field (indoor and outdoor) in Waibu district in Jayapura regency.

The Aquatic arena has been under construction since December 2018 with a budget allocation of Rp401 billion. This venue is equipped with pool facilities that complies with the  standards of the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) as a parent organization of the international sport of swimming.

Meanwhile, Papua Bangkit Sports Area has been constructed since November 2018 by occupying an area of 33,016 meters in the Sports area of Kampung Harapan and using the State Budget amounting to Rp278.5 billion.

The compound is equipped with international standard facilities and other supporting facilities, such as atraining / heating field and a parking area. The structure of the Papua Bangkit Sports Area building won the Indonesian Record Museum (MURI) award for three categories at once.

Furthermore, the construction of the Cricket arena and Hockey field (indoor and outdoor) occupies an area of ​​133,509 square meters with a budget of Rp288.3 billion.

The Outdoor Hockey Venue has received certification from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on 5 August 2020 as an arena ready to be used for international matches.

Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing’s Director General of Copyright of Diana Kusumastuti pointed out that the handover of the management aims to support the sporting event.

“I entrust the Papua Provincial Government to maintain and manage all the assets that have been handed over as well as possible,” she said.

The venue that has been handed over, she added, can be used as a training facility for Papuan athletes for sports events.

After the event has finished, it can also be used for sports tournament activities, both at the provincial and national levels, she added.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic is over, with its huge capacity the Papua Bangkit Sports Area can also be used to hold a music concert or other events. We hope that the entire infrastructure that has been built will not only be useful for boosting the achievements of Papuan athletes, but also to stimulate economic activities in the region,” Diana said.

In the meantime, the Papua Provincial Government through Regional Secretary Dance Yulian Flassy expressed gratitude for the Central Government’s support in developing sports in Papua through infrastructure development.

“Our task now is how to use this infrastructure to encourage economic growth and better welfare for the Papuan people,” said Dance.

For the record, the 20th edition of the National Sports Week is set to take place from 20 October to 4 November this year. This multi-sport event was originally set to be held in 2020, but was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Source: Setkab

5 Papua Development Acceleration Plans by Special Staff Billy Mambrasar

Special Staff Billy Mambrasar and Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas, Suharso Monoarfa

Special Staff (Staf Khusus/Stafsus) of the President of the Republic of Indonesia Billy Mambrasar introduced five Main Programs for the Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua. The five programs were explained during the webinar “Untukmu Indonesiaku – Building a Sustainable Indonesia from the East”. The programs, which will be run by Papuan youths, are an implementation of Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020.

“Pak Jokowi’s commitment to advancing Papua, developing the Papuan people, has not changed. He therefore issued Presidential Instruction No. 9 of 2020 on the Acceleration of Development in Papua and West Papua, in which Indigenous Papuans will be the main target of the welfare improvement program, ” said Billy. He stated that this program is called Bringing Change (Bawa Perubahan) or Baper. He hopes that this program can help solve problems in Papua and West Papua, especially with regard to the welfare and development of indigenous Papuans.

“We hope that this program will create thousands of new jobs for children of indigenous Papuans and create multiple positive economic impacts on Papua and West Papua,” said Billy. These positive impacts include a reduction in the unemployment and poverty rate, as well as increase in the welfare of the people of Papua and West Papua. The five plans for accelerating development that were initiated by Billy are as follows:

1. Papua Youth Creative Hub

The Papua Youth Creative Hub is aimed at creating young Papuan entrepreneurs and creating management of training ecosystem and business capital by Papua Muda Inspirasi (PMI). He said this program will be directly monitored by the President and is expected to bring in 100 young entrepreneurs from Papua and West Papua in the MSME sector, startups, and creative industry.

2. Millennial farmers

The second program is creating one hundred thousand of Millennial Farmers. This is already being implemented in ten provinces, including Papua and West Papua. The program from the Ministry of Agriculture is expected to produce 20 thousand farmers in the two easternmost provinces of Indonesia, and 80 thousand farmers in eight other provinces. This program is a combination of technical and economic training, as well as partnerships with market.

3. Papuan Talent Management Website

Billy plans to launch a Papuan Talent Management (Manajemen Talenta Papua/MTP) website that will contain information on the best indigenous Papuan children. They will be given training on an ongoing basis and be linked to job opportunities in various sectors. This program will be managed directly under the supervision of the Director General for Regional Autonomy, the Ministry of Home Affairs.

4. Non-formal learning centers

Non-formal learning centers will be established to provide more access to education. With these learning centers, Billy hoped that the community will acquire new skills which are adapted to the local context in the Papua and West Papua regions. This program is directly supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

5. Bootcamp Policy for Papua

The Policy Bootcamp for Papua is an application and website where the government can receive inputs and policy advice for all components of Papuan society, especially the youth. This website is expected to be managed by the Papua Desk, Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency, in direct coordination with the Presidential Staff Office of the Republic of Indonesia. Input from the community can then be directly implemented in cross-ministerial/institutional work programs.

Source: Kompas | Image: Setkab.go.id

Message from the Head of Education Service in Papua to KKB (Armed Group): The Teacher You Killed, Wanted to Save Your Children…

The world of education in Papua Province is grieving after an elementary school teacher of Inpres Beoga, Oktovianus Rayo, and a mathematics teacher at Beoga 1 Public Middle School (SMPN) 1, Yonatan Randen, were shot dead by an armed criminal group (KKB). The two teachers were shot by KKB in Beoga District, Puncak Regency, Papua Province. The shooting drew criticism from a number of parties. Head of the Education, Library, and Archives Service of Papua Province, Christian Sohilait strongly condemned the KKB’s actions. He also left a message to the shooters. “The teachers you killed, wanted to save your children (from ignorance),” said Sohilait in Jayapura, Monday (11/4/2021).

Oktovianus and Jonathan were shot at different times. Oktovianus on Thursday (8/4/2021) and Jonathan on Friday (9/4/2021). Sohilait also spoke up about the KKB’s accusation that Oktovianus was a spy for the security forces. He called the accusations heinous.

He also added that the geographic location and minimal infrastructure facilities in Beoga meant that not many teachers were willing to be placed in that location. Beoga is at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level. “They are both honorary teachers. There is no way my teachers in such a situation would risk their life by carrying a weapon. I believe that accusation is false. For KKB, do not try to divert the public’s opinion, you have killed people,” said Sohilait. He also said that there were still seven teachers at Beoga. “Yesterday (10/4/2021) three teachers and two families had already been evacuated. There are still seven teachers in Beoga, but based on their own consideration, they are measuring whether they want to be evacuated or remain in Beoga,” said Sohilait.

KKB shot Oktovianus Rayo who was watching over a kiosk at his house in Julugoma Village on Thursday, at around 09.30 WIT. He died after suffering two gunshot wounds to the right rib. Meanwhile, Yonathan was the victim of a shooting on Friday afternoon. He suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. Yonathan was rushed by the community to Beoga Health Center, but he did not survive. The two bodies were evacuated to Mimika on Saturday (10/4/2021). The evacuation was finally possible after the Puncak Regency Government paid a ransom to the KKB to let the plane enter Beoga Airport.

Source: Kompas

Papua Original Band Preserving Culture Through New Single

Papua Original Band chooses to maintain Papuan culture by presenting original Papuan music, in Papuan language. This is done even though they have traveled to various events, both domestically and abroad.

The bassist and music director of the band, Etho, said that the Papua Original Band still mainly makes local music or songs, and it helps make them stand out in the crowd.

They have just released their latest single entitled Amabusurya, following the song Status, which was launched in late 2020.

“Despite the current pandemic situation, where all activities are limited, God’s grace has enabled us to keep working. It is because of the God’s mercy that we have survived until now,” said Etho in his statement.

The song written in Papuan language, specifically from the Waropen Regency, entitled Amabusurya, was created by Yohan Nova Sineri. It is a song wrapped in Ethnic Groove music and was released by Aquarius Musikindo and Aquarius Pustaka Musik,.

The music in this song is a mix of traditional and modern style with a strong rhythm that makes the song sounds livelier. It is aimed at becoming one of the main song choices to listen to for the millennial generation, so that they will always remember, love, and preserve their culture.

“This song is not only for young Papuans, but for all young people throughout Indonesia, because that is our true identity. Papua Original always tries to make local songs have their own value in the eyes of the world and become the main choice in the Indonesian music industry,” said Etho.

For information, the Papua Original Band consists of personnel, namely Vien Mangku, Dommin Fenetiruma, Achel Uduas, Mambri Awom and its musicians Etho (bass and music director), Yeheskiel (drums), Yance Deda (saxophone), Zarteus Osok (keyboard) and Niel (guitar).

You can listen to the Amabusurya song here:

Source: Yahoo News

National Human Rights Commission Disagrees to Military Withdrawal and Says OPM is Perpetrator of Violence

The Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights (Komisi Nasional HAM/Komnas HAM) acknowledges that some acts of violence that occur in Papua are perpetrated by the Free Papua Movement (Organisasi Papua Merdeka/OPM).

Komnas HAM chairman Ahmad Taufan Damanik considered that these acts of violence are very brutal.

“Sometimes they are very brutal, like the incidents in Wamena and other cities where demonstrations occurred following the case of racial discrimination in Surabaya. We have noted that there have been many brutal acts of violence by the OPM,” said Ahmad in his presentation at the Indonesian Military and National Police (TNI-Polri) Leaders Meeting on Monday, February 15, 2021.

Ahmad asked the government to allow Komnas HAM to have a dialogue with certain parties or local figures. This measure is to prevent more violent incidents from occurring.

“We are proposing leniency, a little more flexibility for Komnas HAM to initiate dialogues with certain parties,” said Ahmad.

For three days, on 15-17 February 2021, TNI-Polri held the 2021 Leaders Meeting. On the first day, the two agencies discussed a number of issues including economic growth, Covid-19 handling, and strategies in handling human rights issues. Komnas HAM was invited to provide input.

In addition, the Head of Komnas HAM also said that he does not agree to any proposals that are aimed at weakening the strength of the TNI and Polri in protecting the sovereignty of the Indonesian nation, including the withdrawal of military and police personnel assigned to Papua.

“In various speeches and seminars, I always say that our country’s democracy is developing. In its development, there are extraordinary dynamics, where sometimes it would go awry. I usually call these situations a turbulence,” said Ahmad.

The reason why the National Military and National Police must remain in Papua, Ahmad said, is that the they are the guardians of the democratic principles, so long human rights norms are maintained. He stated that the proposed withdrawal of military and police force from Papua was not approved by his institution, because it would weaken the two institutions in the region.

“If withdrawn, the region will get more dangerous. Thus, whenever someone came to us with such proposal, Komnas HAM has never agreed. How can they be withdrawn if there are still many problems there,” he said.

“Because we want discipline and operations to be carried out. Therefore, the reduction of military forces and other similar things, in my opinion, are absurd,” he added.

According to him, Indonesia is a sovereign country, and it is the duty of the TNI-Polri to resolve any disturbances to the sovereignty in accordance with human rights principles. Ahmad emphasized that, as two institutions that protect human rights, the TNI and Polri must be strengthened, as many people were attacked by the Armed Criminal Group (KKB) in Papua.

“Two of the protectors of human rights in Indonesia are the TNI and Polri. Without them, our society will certainly become victims of various acts of violent persecution,” he added.

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Rowing Athlete from Papua Still Undergoes Training Despite the Pandemic

Rowing athlete Stevany Maysche Ibo continues to undergo a national training camp (Pelatnas) even though the Covid-19 pandemic has forced several sports events to be delayed. This Papuan-born athlete said the training took place at the Jatiluhur Reservoir, West Java. “We carry out activities as usual, but the portion of the training is reduced,” said Stevany.

According to her, there has been no change in the national training schedule even though the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Qualification, which is the main focus of the training camp, has undergone a schedule change. According to Stevany, to maintain the athlete’s condition, the coach will reduce the portion of the exercise. “Still training in the Jatiluhur lake. No running training, only the gym and water training,” she said.

Previously, the Executive Board of the Indonesian Rowing Sports Association (PB-PODSI) had stated that the national training program (Pelatnas) would continue. Training is now focused on the Jatiluhur reservoir even though the entire national and international agenda has been postponed due to COVID-19. “Pelatnas has never stopped. It has been done since January,” said PB PODSI Deputy Chairman Budiman Setiawan.

Budiman said that since it took place in the midst of a pandemic, they were still implementing health protocols so that athletes would avoid the risk of transmission. The athletes also receive direct supervision from expert doctors. Currently, there are 16 athletes participating in the National Pelatnas, each consisting of eight rowing athletes and eight canoeing athletes.

Previously at the SEA Games in the Philippines, they have managed to bring home 10 gold medals, three silver, and three bronze. This achievement exceeded the previously announced target of five gold medals. Meanwhile for the 2020 Olympics, the Indonesian rowing team hopes to bring tickets in four numbers. The four numbers, namely two in rowing numbers and two in canoeing numbers.

Spreading Moral Message Through TikTok

Since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, rower Stevani Maysche Ibo would use TikTok after training with the national team. # Rememberpesanibu #cucitangan #pakaimasker #jagajarak

The Mandarin action movie lover doesn’t just play TikTok alone. She sometimes invites her colleagues on the rowing national team to join in. Through TikTok she also conveyed moral messages to his fans, including about the weight of being an athlete.

In her message, she insinuates people who think athletes are always rolling in money and often traveling abroad. According to her, the achievements of an athlete are not obtained from relaxing and being idle. “People think that being an athlete are always nice. But honestly, it’s not always as good as they think.” said the winner of two gold medals at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.

Stevani said that every athlete must make sacrifices if they want to excel in the world of sports. She herself must be willing to lose a lot of time with family and friends. “We must be ready to sacrifice everything,” she said.

Source: Tempo Sport & Majalah Tempo

Nowela’s Story Behind Her New Song ‘Life’

Although rarely seen on screen, it turns out Nowela Mikheila is one of Indonesian musicians who actively compose songs during the pandemic. After releasing the single ‘Tatinggal Di Papua’ (Living in Papua) in May, the 8th season of Indonesian Idol champion recently released a new song titled ‘Kehidupan’ (Life). 

Collaborating with several talented young musicians such as Jerricho Escondore, Alam Urbach, and Sun D, ​​Nowela’s latest song genre is an alternative pop. Nuanced with a very deep sense of empathy, the song tells the story of anxiousness about a situation in which someone is shackled by negative thoughts in facing life challenges. The song argues that this anxiety must be alleviated by encouraging and supporting each other.

Listeners will feel unique vibes created from the combination of an acoustic guitar, a distorted sound that echoes firmly in certain parts of the song, and the song lyric composition inspired by the current pandemic situation.

Not only giving a new vibe, Nowela is also certain that her latest song will be an anthem that can represent the feelings of the wider community. In the song-making process, the 32-year-old singer admitted to working on it in several stages, starting with a workshop, making a demo, up to the recording process.

“The process of making the song didn’t take very long, only about two months. I wrote it together with Mas Alam Urbach. Jerricho helped with the musicality, and there was a rap part too, where I was helped by Sun D,” said Nowela.

Aside from making a positive impact through her songs, Nowela and the team involved in the song-making process also took real action in the streets, where they would give out food to the people in need as part of their campaign.

“In the past, when I was asked what dream I had, I always answered that I wanted to be someone who could inspire others,” said Nowela.

This Batak and Papuan singer hopes that the song ‘Kehidupan’ can inspire more people and take part in real actions to embrace, encourage, and support others.

The song of life can be enjoyed on various digital platforms and YouTube. So, if you are curious about Nowela’s latest song, watch the music video here.

Source: Brilio

Image: Nowela Mikheila YouTube Channel

Jonathan Warinussy, Young Student Entrepreneur from Papua

Young Jonathan Warinussy, who was born in Serui and raised in Jayapura, has never dreamt of becoming a civil servant like his parents suggest. Instead, he wishes to be a successful entrepreneur so he can help others.

“By becoming an entrepreneur, I can help other Papuans in Bandung who need money to work here, to help meet their daily needs at least, while also learning about entrepreneurship,” said Jonatan.

Jonathan is majoring in Accounting at the Bandung Communication University and is working on finishing his final thesis. He opened a culinary business in the city where he sells nasi kuning (Indonesian fragrant rice dish cooked with coconut milk and turmeric). In the future, He wants to encourage more Papuans and Eastern Indonesians to become entrepreneurs.

“I have held several entrepreneurship seminars at my shop with my Papuan friends. Some of them are so interested in becoming entrepreneurs that they started opening a juice stand next to my shop,” said Jonathan.

Jonathan invites the youth from Bumi Cenderawasih to participate in developing Papua by becoming entrepreneurs. According to him, this is one of the best steps to further strengthen the pride of the indigenous Papuans.

Billy Mambrasar, Special Staff to the Indonesian President, who is also a successful Papuan entrepreneur himself, met and gave his appreciation to young Papuans who are striving to become entrepreneurs, such as Jonathan Warinussy.

“It is time for the Papuan children to prove that we too can be successful, especially in the field of entrepreneurship,” said Billy who is also a social activist.

“The richest people in Indonesia and even the world are entrepreneurs. We can make Papua better and more prosperous by getting into the entrepreneurial sector,” said Billy Mambrasar.

Source: Berita Satu

Video: YouTube

Facts on the New York Agreement

The New York Agreement is an agreement aimed at settling the conflict between Indonesia and Netherland regarding the territory of West lrian (now Papua) facilitated by the United State of America in New York on August 15, 1962. 

The agreement was drafted due to the Netherlands’ inconsistency with the deal made in the Round Table Conference (KMB) and discussed the handover of West lrian to Indonesia. 

During the negotiations, the Indonesian delegates were led by Adam Malik while the Dutch delegates were led by Dr. Van Royen. E. Bunker of the United States was present as mediator.

Following the agreement, the United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA) was tasked to run the government in West Irian for one year.

The Dutch troops were to be withdrawn gradually from the West lrian region under UNTEA administration. On May 1st, 1963, UNTEA handed its administrative region in West Irian to the Indonesian Government.

The New York Agreement also includes a guarantee that the Papuan people would be allowed an ‘Act of Free Choice’ (referendum) to determine their political status, which Indonesia then subsequently held in 1969.

Full document of the New York Agreement may be read here: https://treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/UNTS/Volume%20437/volume-437-I-6311-English.pdf