Cheating prawns from Papua: why cheating is good

Yes, cheating is good, even finger licking good! No, we are not talking about the famous fried chicken, but yes, you are right, it’s about food. Papuans call it Udang Selingkuh or Cheating Prawns. When people first hear about cheating prawns, they generally wonder why the prawns were given such a name? Were they having affairs? With whom? You’ll be happy to know that they are innocent. Udang selingkuh is a unique Papuan delicacy. The freshwater prawns are larger and the size of their claws is almost equivalent to crabs’ claws, resulting in an assumption that a certain prawn had an affair with with a certain crab; and udang selingkuh are their offsprings.

Credits: Cendana News

Jokes aside, udang selingkuh is a type of lobster (Cherax Albertisii), found in the mountainous region of Wamena, Papua. They are widely spread in rivers in the Baliem Valley. Papuans also find them in Lake Paniai, LakeTage, and Lake Tigi. Udang selingkuh is served in various ways, but due to its tastiness, it is not rare that udang selingkuh is cooked only with little salt to none.

The taste of cheating prawns is slightly different from the taste of prawns in general. The texture is more fibrous and tender with a slightly sweet taste, like the taste of lobster meat. Similar to prawns in general, all parts of the body are edible except the head, but we will get a bonus of meat on the large claws.

Udang selingkuh is not only delicious but also nutritious. It is high in calcium and protein. In addition, it contains minerals in the form of selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, and zinc. Cheating prawns are also low in calory (106 calories every 100 grams of meat).

Tourists mostly request the dish served in sweet and sour sauce, accompanied by stir-fried vegetables, such as water spinach or papaya flowers. The popularity of cheating prawns resulted in the emergence of a number of restaurants championing the dish, especially in Wamena. Mas Budi Restaurant, Baliem Pilamo Restaurant, Pilamo Cafe, and Blambangan Restaurant are among them.

To be able to enjoy it, you have to depend on the season because udang selingkuh is not specifically cultivated until now. The restaurants mostly rely on the catch of local residents who hunt traditionally on the Baliem River. They charge approximately USD30-8 per plastic bag. The price can indeed soar if the supply of shrimp is limited. Due to the high demand and low supply, tourists must pay about USD20-50 per portion or even more.

To those intrigued to taste udang selingkuh, the price does not matter. They will visit Papua to experience the dish that so far could only be enjoyed freshly there. If you are interested, make sure you avoid rainy season because the prawns will disappear from the market. So, best of luck!

Adapted from National Geographic Indonesia and Tagar.id

Paniai coffee from Papua continues to go global

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The Papua Provincial Government will introduce Paniai coffee as a champion product at G20 events in Nusa Dua, Bali this coming June.

In addition to Paniai coffee, several other Papuan products will be exhibited and sold during G20 related events from June until the commencement of the G20 Summit in November.

Paniai is a regency located in the central mountainous area in Papua and has more than 200,000 residents.

Paniai coffee farmers use seeds from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica to produce a mild taste with a subtle acidity, floral aroma, and almost no bitterness in every sip of Paniai coffee. Grown on altitudes of 1,300-2,000 meters above sea level, Paniai coffee has a unique flavour and aroma.

In 2019, Paniai Regent Meki Nawipa launched a program to plant one million coffee trees and financial assistance for coffee farmers there. Up to now, more than 300,000 trees have been planted. To boost the production, Paniai Regency also plans to build its own factory.

Previously, Director of the Community Welfare Development Foundation, Hanok Herison Pigai assessed that native Papuan coffee commodities, including Paniai coffee, had quite promising marketing prospects. Market opportunities are increasingly open because drinking coffee has become a lifestyle for urban communities. “I want people’s coffee cultivation to continue to develop in Papua. Because marketing [at the] local and national level continues to increase due to an increase in the number of cafes,” said Pigai.

Adapted from Tempo and iNews Papua.

Papuan students show academic achievement in the United States

Students from Papua graduated from Corban University on Saturday (7/5/2022) (ANTARA/HO-KJRI San Francisco)

A total of 10 Indonesian students from Papua graduated from Corban University, Salem, Oregon state, United States. The students come from various regions in Papua. During their study in the US, they received support for a special autonomy scholarship from the Papua Provincial Government and successfully completed their education in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

These Papuan students are part of about 240 scholarship recipients who graduated in the first semester of this year. Although they had experienced great challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the graduates from Papua finally proved their hard work in completing their studies at one of the best universities in the city of Salem. They managed to graduate and adapt while studying abroad and showed academic achievements.

The long-awaited graduation ceremony was also attended by representatives from the Indonesian Consulate General in San Francisco who could at least replace the presence of the parents of Papuan graduates. One of the graduates, Nathanael Alvin Affar, stated that the absence of their parents was due to the limitations caused by the pandemic.

One of the graduates named Milda Kogoya expressed her desire to be part of an agent of change that provides benefits for the development and progress of Indonesia in general, especially in Papua. Meanwhile, other graduates, Deswan Wanimbo and Aimur Pagawak, also wish to continue their studies at the S2 and S3 levels. It is hoped that later the contribution of the nation’s young generation will be able to contribute to the progress of national and regional development where they come from.

All of these Papuan graduates are also part of about 28 Papuan youths and women who were sent to study in the state of Oregon. They receive scholarship support from the special autonomy fund as an effort to improve human resources for the Papuan people. Since the scholarship program was launched, there have been no less than 1,000 recipients of scholarships for Papuan students and around 600 of them have studied abroad, including in Oregon, USA.

Source:
Suarajogja.id, papua.inews.id.

Papuan millennial farmers’ coffee steals people’s attention at the World Coffee Festival in Boston

Koteka Coffee from Oksibil, Papua
Credit: VIVA/Isra Berlian

Several brands of Papuan coffee produced by indigenous Papuan were exhibited at “Specialty Coffee Expo” in Boston, United States, on April 8-10, 2022. These coffees have even become the centre of attention at the coffee stand owned by the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture.

Representative of the Agricultural Attache at the Indonesian Embassy to the United States, Rachmad Poetranto said that the enthusiasm of visitors to Papuan coffee was extraordinary.

According to him, thousands of visitors seemed to enjoy a variety of coffee, like Wilchoff Coffee, Kitong Coffee, and Manna Coffee.

“The three coffee brands are the stars of the coffee stand owned by the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture. Everyone is curious why the taste of this coffee can be found in Asia,” said Poetranto.

Wilchoff coffee, owned by Willy Sombuk and his colleagues, grows from arabica coffee plantations in the Arfak Mountains, West Papua and Dogiay, Papua. “In’papua Coffee and Roastery” which produces highland arabica from the central highlands of Papua belongs to Litha Numberi and her colleagues, while “Kitong Kopi”, which is robusta coffee, grows from the lowlands in Yapen Islands, Papua belongs to Bintang Rivani and his colleagues. 

These Papuan coffee business owners are members of the Inspiring Young Papuan community assisted by the Ministry of Agriculture. Nearly 2,000 members of the Papua and West Papua millennial farmers are currently registered to the program.

The Specialty Coffee Expo brought together North America’s biggest professionals, business people, and coffee lovers. More than 400 coffee and commodity companies brought the industry’s most up-to-date products and showcased the leading innovations in specialty coffee.

“If calculated from the incoming pre-orders, together with other coffee brands from all over Indonesia, around 20 containers have been ordered,” said Mey Osok, one of the founders of the Inspiring Young Papua Community who was present in Boston, exhibiting the coffee from Papua.

Mey Osok said on behalf of the Inspirational Young Papua Community, young farmers of coffee, cocoa, and other commodities in Papua and West Papua, thanked President Jokowi, the Minister of Agriculture, the Indonesian Embassy in America, the Consul General in New York, and the agricultural attache.

The effort to bring native Papuan coffee to the coffee exhibition centre in Boston, USA is aimed at encouraging coffee production from Indonesia to be able to compete with coffees from various countries in the world.

Adapted from: Viva & Warta Ekonomi.

The General of Free Papua Organization and 2 Members of the Papuan Armed Criminal Group Return to the Republic of Indonesia, These are The Reasons

(Credit: Kompas)

After the three-star general of the Papuan Armed Criminal Group (KKB) surrendered, two other Papuan KKB members also returned to the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

What is the reason for them to finally repent and what is the TNI’s message to other Papuan KKB members who still have not surrendered? Here is the review.

See also the figure of the three-star general of the Papuan KKB who surrendered at the end of this article.

Yes, two members of the Papuan KKB have surrendered and returned to the Republic of Indonesia.

Quoting Kompas.com (2/4/2022), they are Natalis Watora (25) and Engel Feneteruma (31), members of the TPNPB-OPM Kodap XII Kaimana-Kuri from Rauna Village.

Both of them surrendered to the Military Command 1804-07/Kambrauw, Sunua Village, Kambrauw District, Kaimana, West Papua and vowed to be loyal to the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

They came carrying a number of items, such as two arrowheads and two 3-mm air rifle bullets.

The surrender process was assisted by the Head of the Kambrauw District, Barent Tumanat and received by the Danramil 1804-07/Kambrauw Inf. Captain Frans Aboda.

The surrender began when the two ran away from Jonair Waga’s group and his sympathisers.

The group was about to commit an act at the TPU entrance junction approximately 200 meters west of Infantry Battalion 764/IB.

Natalis and Engel ran away from the group out of fear and feeling they would be abandoned.

They decided to return to Rauna Village on foot through the outskirts of the forest along the road to Tanggaromi Village until they arrived at one of the residents’ houses.

They then decided to meet with the Head of the Kambraw District, Barent Tumanat and head to the Koramil 1804-07/Kambrauw to surrender.

On that occasion, the two sympathisers made a statement to return to be loyal to the Republic of Indonesia and obey the laws in force in Indonesia.

After returning to the Republic of Indonesia, Natalis asked the residents of Rauna Village not to be influenced by invitations from irresponsible people.

Especially residents outside Kaimana to act anarchistically.

“I promise not to repeat what we have done and always be loyal to the Republic of Indonesia and support all forms of government policies of the Republic of Indonesia,” he said.

He also urged his friends who were still in Rauna Village to immediately report to the Kambrauw District Head or the Kambrauw Danramil.

Currently, the two sympathisers were handed back to the Head of the Kambrauw District and the Kambrauw Danramil to be returned to their families.

The Commander of Kodam XVIII/Kasuari, Maj. Gen. Gabriel Lema, thanked the sympathisers who had chosen to return to the right path.

They have returned as part of the united and inseparable Indonesian nation from Sabang to Merauke.

“I urge other members of the TPNPB-OPM group, Indonesia openly welcomes you all back together to build West Papua as part of the Republic of Indonesia.

The chivalry attitude of all of you is awaited to build a glorious West Papua,” said Gabriel Lema.

Prior to that, Alex Ruyaweri Yessi Makabori, a 3-star general of the Papuan KKB also surrendered and returned to the Republic of Indonesia.

Quoting Tribunnews.com, Head of Criminal Investigation Unit Iptu Muhammad Rizka stated that Alex is a high-ranking officer from the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) in the Tabi area, Papua who is now 70 years old.

At TPNPB, Alex served as Chief of Army Staff (KSAD).

Alex expressed his attitude to return to the Republic of Indonesia at the Obhe Reay May Hall, Jayapura Police, Jayapura Regency, Papua, Wednesday (23/3/2022).

When he surrendered himself to the authorities, Alex also handed over a number of items.

The items that were handed over were TPNPB documents, 20 rounds of blank bullets, and a striped shirt with the rank of 3 star general.

Alex previously played an active role in his organization.

“Based on a warrant dated February 14, 2022 and a statement from Erik Makabori Alex’s biological son, the Jayapura Police was asked to take care of his parents (Alex),” said Muhammad Rizka, Wednesday (23/03/2022).

According to the Criminal Investigation Unit, Alex stated firmly that he had returned to the NKRI.

He also stated that he was willing to provide all the documents and evidence he received from the TPNPB.

“He thanked the Papuan Police Chief and Jayapura Police Chief for taking care of him and bringing him back to the Republic of Indonesia,” he said.

In addition, Erik Makabori, Alex’s biological son, also thanked the Jayapura Police for successfully nurturing his father.

Adapted from: Tribun News Surabaya, Kompas

Nelson Sarira, A Survivor of the KKB Massacre that Killed 8 PTT Employees

Nelson Sarira holds up a sign that reads “pick up, only me alive”
Credit: Satgas Damai Cartenz

The attack of the armed criminal group (KKB) on Wednesday (2/3/2022) in Beoga District, Puncak Regency, Papua which killed 8 telecommunication workers still leaves deep sorrow for the people of Indonesia. 

Eight people including employees of PT Palapa Timur Telematika (PTT), contractors, and local residents who accompanied the repair of Telkomsel’s tower base transceiver station (BTS) 3 were killed by KKB.

This incident was discovered when one of the workers who survived, Nelson Sarira, sent a danger code through closed-circuit television (CCTV) located in the tower.

KKB Attack
Nelson said the attack occurred at around 04.00 WIT where he and his team were resting. A total of 10 people then entered the camp carrying sharp weapons, and massacred the team group by slitting one by one.

Nelson managed to jump out of the camp because of his position at the end and immediately ran to hide on the hill. At around 07.00 WITA when the situation seemed safer, Nelson returned to the camp and saw that eight of his colleagues had died.

In a critical situation, Nelson then sent the danger code via CCTV in BTS Tower 3 at 13.00 WIT, and the code was monitored in the afternoon at 16.00 WIT at the PTT Head Office in Jakarta.

Nelson was successfully evacuated by helicopter on Saturday (5/3/2022) due to unfavourable weather conditions. Combined personnel consisting of five Penerbad personnel and one member of the Gakkum Ops Damai Cartenz Task Force evacuated by involving two helicopters, namely the Komala Indonesia AS 350 B3E/PK-KIE helicopter and the Penerbad Bell 412EP/HA-5177 (Aircover) helicopter.

Nelson, who served as the Department of FOP East Palapa Telematics, is currently still being treated at the Timika Hospital, Mimika Regency.

Internet Service Providers Association (APJII) Condemns The Attack

APJII called the attacks on PT PTT employees, contractors and local residents extremely brutal. The chairman of APJII, Muhammad Arif, emphasized the huge losses incurred as a result of this ruthless attack.

“APJII condemns the rioters who sacrificed civilians and disrupted telecommunication infrastructure,” said APJII chairman Muhammad Arif in a written statement received, Friday (4/3/2022) evening WIB.

Arif assessed that the attack could also have a broad impact on Papuan communication network services. Because they attacked and killed employees who were repairing telecommunications infrastructure in Kago Village, Ilaga District, Puncak Regency.

For APJII, they are telecommunications workers who are frontline fighters with a noble task of connecting information to the public in Eastern Indonesia.

Adapted from: TV One, dan Liputan 6.

Soon Papua Will Have An International Standard University

Indonesia is a large country consisting of many islands. This caused some treatment differences that urban areas and 3T areas (“Tertinggal” Lagged, “Terdepan” Frontier and “Terluar” Outermost) had to experience.

Starting from internet access, transportation and even educational facilities for the young generation. However, there is good news from the easternmost island of Indonesia. Papua Province in the near future will soon have an international standard campus. On top of that the campus which will be called International University of Papua, is said to be a competitor to Harvard University in the United States.

This is after the central government officially received the Decree (Surat Keputusan) of the Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Mendikbud Ristek) number 24/E/O/2022 regarding the permit for the establishment and inauguration of the International University of Papua (UIP) on Monday (14/2/2022).

Leading Faculty in UIP

This step was taken as the government’s support in the education sector by advancing human resources in Papua.

Quoting from the Instagram account of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Research and Technology (Ditjen Diktiristek), Wednesday (16/2/2022), UIP has two leading faculties, namely: 1. Science and Technology 2. Teacher Training and Education.

UIP is also equipped with an International Research Center to support student learning.

Bring in teachers from Papua and abroad

The campus will bring in teachers from Papua and abroad Indonesia with background knowledge that is in accordance with the needs of UIP as an acceleration of progress in the Land of Papua.

The construction of the International University of Papua (UIP) campus is part of the efforts to accelerate development of Human Resources in Papua. This step is also part of the President’s focus in the realization of Presidential Instruction No. 09.2020 concerning the Acceleration of Welfare Development in Papua.

The Presidential Staff Office (KSP) appreciates the establishment of this International University which was marked by the Decree of the Permit to Establish the International University of Papua by the Head of the Higher Education Service Institution (LLDIKTI) Region XIV (14) Papua and West Papua, Suriel S Mofu, the Organizing Committee for the International University of Papua, Samuel Tabuni in Jayapura.

Producing qualified human resources in Papua

In addition, KSP appreciates the issuance of the decree and sees that UIP can contribute in producing an international quality of human resources (HR) in Papua.

Moreover, the Papua region has strategic potential in developing international education cooperation considering it is close to other countries such as Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand which have good diplomatic relations with Pacific countries.

In the future, it is hoped that UIP can facilitate the need of improving the quality of education in Eastern part of Indonesia through affirmations and accelerating the development of Papua’s welfare.

Deputy II of the Presidential Chief of Staff, Abetnego Tarigan, said that UIP is expected to be a beam of light from the east as a new foundation for the development in Eastern Indonesia.

“With the existence of UIP, it can increase competitiveness as well as to improve performance and upgrade potential workforce who are qualified in their fields,” said Abetnego.

Adapted from KOMPAS; Medcom.id

Fientje Maritje Suebu, the First Papuan Woman to be the Indonesian Ambassador

President Joko Widodo has just appointed Fientje Maritje Suebu as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Indonesia to New Zealand and concurrently Samoa, Kingdom of Tonga, Cook Islands and Niue.

She was sworn in along with two other ambassadors at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (12/1/2022). Fientje is the only female ambassador sworn in that day, and she is also the first woman from Papua to serve as Indonesian ambassador.

According to Kompas TV, Fientje Suebu is the only daughter among the five sons of a tribal chief in Papua. The woman (red: Fientje) who was born in Sentani has been an active diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 31 years.

After she graduate from University, Fientje continued studied at the Diplomatic Training School. After graduating, she was recruited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and moved to Jakarta. Prior being appointed as Ambassador of New Zealand, Fientje served as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to India. She has served as DCM in Indonesian Embassy in India since February 2018. In July 2021, the People’s Representative Council of Indonesia (DPR RI) declared that Fientje had passed the fit and proper test as an ambassador.

Papuan women are capable

Fientje admits that her decades of career in diplomacy as well as being a mother of three children is not easy. Her profession required her and the family to travel to another country every three to four years. One of the challenges they are facing is to adapt to different education systems in different countries. Luckily, she has the full support of her husband, Philipus Sarwom.

With her career achievements, Fientje wants to show that Papuans are capable of being empowered like other people from different province in Indonesia. She believes that Papuan women are capable of becoming agents of change in their respective fields. Not only securing the position at executive, legislative, or judicial positions, but most importantly being able to compete in this era of globalization. “Achievements lead to happiness. We try our best in this life and we feel good about it,” said Fientje. “Whether at the office, at home, raising a family and nurturing a relationships, educating children, or anything that leads to satisfaction is a success,” she added.

Source: Kompas

Port Numbay batik carries message of peace from Papuan mothers

Jimmy Afaar, the initiator of Port Numbay Batik, presents his batik design.

The mothers are diligent and patient while drawing the batik patterns. They are happy they could introduce Papua arts and culture that are manifested in the Port Numbay batik patterns

Jayapura, Papua – Papuan mothers’ skilled hands steadily draw intricate and distinct patterns to create a batik fabric popularly known as Port Numbay.

The Port Numbay batik was initiated by Jimmy Afaar, a native Papuan, by combining patterns from Papua’s 250 ethnic groups. His creation has been proven popular among domestic and international markets, and it provides more choices for visitors looking for locally-made crafts.

Despite his official duties for the Papua women’s volleyball team during the PON XX National Games, Afaar has not ceased to assist the mothers to complete orders and promote the fabric.

Recalling the inception of Port Numbay batik, Afaar said his greatest motivation for developing the batik was to empower local mothers, who were skilled in weaving or painting yet received no economic gain from their skills.

Afaar decided to exploit the popularity of batik, recognized as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009, to enhance local mothers’ livelihood and empower them.

“We want to empower the mothers economically to allow them earning a living not only for daily foods but also to pay for their offsprings’ school tuition,” Afaar, who is also known as Opa by those close by him, said.

To fulfill his goal, Afaar decided to go to Java Island to study the batik-making process. After spending years gaining experience, he decided to return home and share his newly acquired knowledge of batik with local mothers.

Empower local mothers and inspire creative economy

Upon returning to his native land, he began his first mission: he needed to convince the mothers to participate in his endeavour. He later asked his cousin to persuade her friends to join the batik-making class, and 15 mothers gathered in his early batik classes 17 years ago.

To further hone the mothers’ batik-making skills, Afaar invited batik trainers from Yogyakarta to hold batik classes for them. Besides batik-making skills, he also taught the mothers time management so they could balance their house chores and batik production.

Afaar also introduced more intricate and diverse batik patterns as the mothers’ ability increased over time. Starting from bird-of-paradise patterns, he gave the women the liberty to create and innovate with new patterns.

Once the women began to accumulate completed batik fabrics, Afaar was ready for his second mission: Searching for potential markets and selling the batik. He relied upon a connection with government employees for his first batik orders.

“I started the marketing process by promoting the batik from door to door. I also called my friend who worked in the Governor’s office and brought the batik fabric to their office. I often commuted in a public bus to sell the batik fabric, and my batik began to attract more buyers,” said Afaar, recounting his struggle in building the Port Numbay batik business.

Despite the fatigue of commuting far distances to sell batik, Afaar’s spirit quickly returned when he saw the happy faces of women empowered and able to earn a living on their own. He said his batik products truly embody a “from mothers, by mothers, and to mothers” spirit.

His tireless efforts began to bear fruit once foreign tourists began to favor the Port Numbay batik, and the mothers participating in the production process became more enthused to finish more batik fabrics.

“The mothers are diligent and patient while drawing the batik patterns. They are happy they could introduce Papua arts and culture that are manifested in the Port Numbay batik patterns,” Afaar said.

At present, Afaar sells two-meter batik fabric for Rp600 thousand (around US$42), two-and-a-half meter batik fabric for Rp650 thousand (around US$45.5), and three-meter batik fabric for Rp700 thousand (around US$49).

The PON XX National Games hosted in Papua province have also brought economic advantage to mothers producing the batik. Afaar said he had to hire more women and pay them on a daily basis to satisfy the increasing demand for the batik fabric.

“We started only with 15 mothers, and currently we have 36 mothers who have joined our endeavour to create batik with us. To accommodate the increasing demand during the PON Games, we even resorted to hiring more mothers that would be paid daily,” Afaar added.

Message of peace, diversity from Papua

Afaar’s simpler designs and patterns that were utilized earlier in the Port Numbay batik have over time been eclipsed by new symbols and motifs deliberately conceived by him to introduce Papuan ethnic groups to the world.

The diverse designs include farming utensils, marine resources from coastal tribes, and Noken – a local woven bag native to Papua – as an auspicious symbol of blessing. Those symbols have been introduced by Afaar to depict Papua’s natural and cultural diversity.

The message of peace conveyed by the Port Numbay batik later brought a special mission for him when he was assigned to create batik designs for President Joko Widodo and the First Lady Iriana in 2015.

To complete the task, he decided to draw a boat and paddle pattern — a symbol of command among the Tobati and Enggros ethnic groups native to Jayapura – in the batik fabric for the President as an expression of hope for his successful leadership.

“In our customs, when the tribe leader directed the rowers to row the boat, the leader should ensure the boat would safely reach the destination no matter how huge the waves, winds, or other obstacles they should brave,” Afaar said.

Afaar expressed hope his endeavour, besides successfully empowering Papuan mothers, would also successfully introduce the message of peace and diversity from Papua to the world.

“All of the patterns conceived in the Port Numbay batik embodied social or cultural values. We did not include any patterns that might be interpreted as symbols of violence or discrimination because our main goal is to convey the message of peace and unity for Indonesia,” Afaar remarked.

Source: Antara News

TNI Commander Andika Changes Task Force, Encourages Security in Papua

The TNI Commander General Andika Perkasa changed the title of the task force (Satgas) located in Papua and West Papua. He said the title of the Task Force and units in Papua must be the same as other regions in Indonesia.

This was done following President Jokowi’s direction, who wanted activities in Papua to run normally.

“With normal TNI titles as in other provinces, we can also help create security for example, because from the military aspect, security is our strong point,” Andika said at a press conference at Kodam XII/Cenderawasih Papua, accessed from the Puspen TNI Youtube account (4/12).

“With an example that within the period of 2 years, from last year until now, the operation carried out by the TNI Headquarters in Papua succeeded in obtaining 111 weapons,” he continued.

Andika said the change would essentially organize the Task Force held by TNI Headquarters into units that carry out the organic main tasks and functions (tupoksi).

The task force which has been held in Papua for the Army has become the Military District Command (Kodim) with troops under it the Military District Command (Koramil). Its main function is to focus on territorial development and social communication.

Andika continued, for the elements of the Task Force from the Air Force to be part of the Air Base with the main tasks of fostering aerospace potential and social communication.

Meanwhile, the Task Force that will operate from the Navy became a Marine Base with the main tasks of fostering maritime potential and social communication.

These changes aim to make activities in Papua run normally.

“The President and the government have always wanted activities in Papua to be normal. For example, PON Papua. That’s what he decided from the first time he served as President, I know this because at that time I served as the Commander of Paspampres and I heard it myself what he wanted,” Andika said.

He then compared the title of TNI strength in Papua with other regions in Indonesia. In the past 2 years, operations carried out by TNI Headquarters in Papua have succeeded in obtaining 111 weapons.

But in Sumatra, without mentioning the province, Andika said Kodam managed to acquire 160 weapons within two years.

Meanwhile in Kalimantan, during the same period as normal activities, Kodam managed to get 516 weapons, almost 5 times more that of Papua.

He added that there was also a Kodam that obtained 620 weapons in normal activities within two years.

“However, have we ever heard of the frenzied use of violence in these places? Almost none at all,” said Andika.

“This means that with a normal strength title, we can provide help without anyone being victimized. Therefore, I have confidence that we can do the same thing here using the normal unit title concept,” he concluded.

Previously, the TNI had intended to change its approach in dealing with the Papuan conflict. The plan was revealed by the Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, General Andika Perkasa, after being sworn in by President Jokowi.

The Army Chief of Staff, General Dudung Abdurachman, also reaffirmed the plan. Dudung sword to check the professionalism of the soldiers in Papua.

Source: CNN Indonesia

Light of Equality Shines Over Papua

The excitement of the light show at Mandala Stadium illuminated a sense of equality from Papuan skies.

Vice President Maaruf Amin makes a speech during the opening ceremony of the 2021 Papua National Paralympic Week (Peparnas) at the Mandala Stadium, Jayapura, Papua, Friday (5/11/2021) night.

JAYAPURA, KOMPAS—Vice President Ma’ruf Amin officially opened the 2021 National Paralympic Games (Peparnas) on Friday evening, November 5th 2021, at Mandala Stadium in the city of Jayapura, Papua. A stunning light show performed by at least 500 drones marked the opening of the biggest national sporting event for disabled athletes. The lights in the skies above Papua implied a sense of equality for all the nation’s children.

Red, white, and blue lights flashed from above Mandala Stadium as hundreds of unmanned aircraft (drones) took different formations, ranging from garuda (eagle), cendrawasih (bird of paradise), the Red and White national flag, Papua Island, and to the words “Peparnas XVI”. The light show was the main attraction of the opening ceremony and was titled “Light from East Papua”.

The light show illuminated the skies above Jayapura before the ceremony ended with a fireworks display. The excitement during the event was reminiscent of the closing ceremony of the 2021 National Games (PON), which was also hosted in Papua on October 15th 2021 and was closed by the Vice President.

The excitement of the light show at Mandala Stadium illuminated a sense of equality from Papuan skies. Peparnas is not only a complementary event for PON, but also a unique event, as demonstrated by the event’s opening ceremony. In fact, the drones used for the light shows were imported from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and California, the United States. There was no such attraction during PON.

“Peparnas is a very special event. It is an event to break down one’s boundaries to emerge as a winner. This event is proof of solidarity and equality for us all. Let us celebrate with the spirit of brotherhood,” the Vice President said.

The colossal dance displays five dance configurations at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Papua National Paralympic Week (Peparnas) at the Mandala Stadium, Jayapura, Papua, Friday (5/11/2021) night.

A lively celebration was also held in the stadium, with around 900 dancers taking part in a colossal performance featuring traditional dances from five regions. There were also performances by Papuan singers Nowela and Edo Kondologit as well as disabled singer Putri Ariani. Despite the light rain, the spectators enjoyed the series of performances.

Indonesian Paralympic Committee (NPC) chairman Senny Marbun expressed appreciation for the warm welcome of the Papuan people. “In my opinion, Peparnas is also a symbol of equality, just like PON. Everything is the same, from the service to the competition venues. They were also both opened by the Vice President and the President,” he said.

As with the PON opening and closing ceremonies, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe also attended the Peparnas opening ceremony. He pledged equal treatment of athletes with disabilities in Papua, saying that they were tough people who were able to conquer their limitations.

“Peparnas is not a complementary event. Peparnas is an equivalent forum. We, as the hosts, have prepared this national tournament with a sincere heart and high spirit. Let us all turn off negative stigmas and light the candle of equality towards space for empowerment,” said Lukas.

The Peparnas contingent from the Special Region of Yogyakarta made a defile at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Papua National Paralympic Week (Peparnas) at the Mandala Stadium, Jayapura, Papua, Friday (5/11/2021) night.

The Peparnas is being hosted in Jayapura municipality and Jayapura regency. A total of 1,985 athletes from 33 provinces are to compete in 12 sports, including badminton, athletics, and swimming.

Source: KOMPAS

Saireri Youth: Claiming December 1st Only Disturbs Security in Papua

December 1st until now has been claimed as West Papua Independence Day by activists and OPM sympathisers.

They always trigger chaos that could increase security measures in several areas in Papua Province.

From that point of view, the Saireri Youth through Edwardo Rumaterai as the Deputy Chair of the Saireri Youth Group issued a statement position.

When interviewed, Edwardo Rumaterai said that the December 1st momentum which has been claimed to be the independence day of West Papua only disturbs and even causes activities that disrupt the security situation in the easternmost province of Indonesia.

Therefore, he conveyed and appealed to all Papuan people, especially the youth, to keep the situation safe in Papua before and after December 1st.

“We, the youth, especially from the Saireri customary territory, invite and appeal to all Papuan people, before and after December 1st, to work together maintaining a conducive security situation. Because Papua is our home with whoever it may,” said Edwardo.

He also added that the December 1st issue should be properly addressed by all elements of society.

“No matter where and when it will be, Papua has legally become an inseparable part of the Republic of Indonesia,” stressed Edo.

Source: Koreri.com