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Vice President urges the West Papuan People’s Assembly to disseminate government policies

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IO – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has asked the West Papuan People’s Assembly (MPRB) to disseminate government policies to the Papuan Indigenous People (OAP), including those that reject belonging to the Republic of Indonesia. 

“They should also proactively socialize the Government’s affirmative decision to every level of society. The Government has decided to provide affirmatively to the OAP. This has been stated not only in the law but also in its implementation. OAP elements should also be provided with socialization; this also means those who are opposed to the Indonesian Republic,” said the Vice President in a virtual hearing with the MPRB, Tuesday (3/1/2022). 

Ma’ruf also stressed that the Government should endeavor to continue accelerating development in Papua and West Papua provinces. The acceleration is evident in many drafts of regulations, such as the Presidential Regulation (Perpres) on the Steering Committee for the Acceleration of Development for Special Autonomy in Papua (BP3OKP) and the Presidential Regulation on the Master Draft for the Acceleration of Development for Special Autonomy in Papua 2021- 2041 (RIPPP). 

Ma’ruf said RIPPP is now in the final stage of harmonization. RIPPP includes a number of programs designed by various elements, such as the central government, regional governments and OAP’s aspirations that are represented through the MRPB and the Papuan People’s Assembly. 

Therefore, Ma’ruf emphasized that in order to make the acceleration program a success, not only regulations but also cooperation from various parties, including the MRPB, is needed so that the legal basis that has been issued can be appropriately implemented in the area. 

“To accelerate the development of Papua, including West Papua, optimal support from all parties is needed. I hope the West Papuan People’s Assembly could help oversee the implementation of the development acceleration of special autonomy for Papua, especially in West Papua,” he said. 

This step is necessary for the programs to be accurate and suit community needs. “That’s why we (the central government) provide the opportunity to obtain information or hear aspirations from the community in addition to the regional, p

rovincial and district governments,” said the Vice President. “We will build it together as a family. This is all for the good of the Papuan people, in Papua,” added Ma’ruf. 

Meanwhile, MRPB General Chairman Maxsi Nelson Ahoren conveyed some aspirations and inputs to the Vice President regarding the acceleration of welfare development in Papua and West Papua provinces. 

“This is an excellent opportunity for us, the West Papuan People’s Assembly, to be able to transmit our key ideas and aspirations,” said Maxsi. (eka)

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