Papuan Traditional Council (DAP) has formed the Papuan People Mining
Association as part of the council’s supervision of mining activities,
the fruits of which it the DAP says often bypass Papua province's
Papuan people as the rightful owners of the province are often only
treated as spectators, watching their natural resources taken somewhere
else by investors,” head of the Paniai Traditional Council John Gobay,
one of the association's founders, said on Saturday.
Traditional Council head Lemock Mabel said that indigenous people
should be involved in mining activities regardless of their poor mastery
of current technology or access to capital.
also urge investors to pay attention to preserving nature as part of
their activities here. Don’t just pursue fortunes but then forget about
preserving nature,” he said.
said the association would push the government to insert a clause in
the regional regulation that ruled out mining activities in the
province. He expected the new regulation would put the Papuan people in a
better position so they could prosper more from their province. (dic)