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Political risk of neglecting inequality in Papua

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 16, 2017   /  08:31 am
Political risk of neglecting inequality in Papua Under investigation: Investigators from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) get prepared to search the Papua governor office in Jakarta on Feb.2 in its investigation into a graft case related to the Kemiri-Depapre road construction project. (Antara/Indrayadi TH)

In early 2017, two much-discussed issues about Papua have been the investigation of corruption in fictitious road projects involving high-level officials in its Public Works Agency office and the Freeport case, which is a battle between the government and the United States-based mining company PT Freeport McMoran in Mimika regency over a contractual issue. In the first case, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) alleges graft in the Jayapura road construction project worth Rp 89 billion (US$6.6 million), implicating a high-level bureaucrat, Michael Kambuaya. The second case concerns a prolonged contractual issue. The government wants to change the contract of work into a special mining license through which the government wants the company to divest 51 percent of its shares, to which Freeport objects. The cases share one obvious, but often neglected issue — inequality f...

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