Jakarta never listens to us, say Papuans
JUBI, 3 May 2012
The central government in Jakarta has never bothered to listen to anything about Papua, even though Papuans have many problems which have been brought to the attention of Jakarta.
The Revd Jhon Jonga was speaking at a discussion being held in Abepura. ‘We have repeatedly submitted a number of problems to Jakarta but we have never received any response.’
He went on to say that whenever people visit Papua as representatives of the government, they have never given any response.to these problems
He said that the development work now going on in Papua is full of injustices for the Papuan people in all facets of life. ‘The Indonesian government has completely failed to win the confidence of the Papuan people. All these developments also represent a violation of the rights of the Papuan people, he said.
In response to these remarks, Michael Manufandu, Senior Adviser to the ambassador for Papuan affairs said that he would convey all this to the central government in Jakarta. He said that he very much hoped that this would change. ‘Besides raising all these issues with the government I will also press them about these matters, because the government has given me the authority to act as its adviser in Papuan affairs.’