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Jakarta Post

Divide and rule Papua

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, November 12 2019   /  01:11 am

The government looks set to realize its plan to form two new provinces in Papua, or at least one of them, after hearing what it claims as “grassroots aspirations”. Without a comprehensive study and thorough review of the creation of new Papua administrative regions in the past, however, the initiative is no more than a perpetuation of Jakarta’s tactic to divide and rule the natural resource-rich territory and its people.Home Minister Tito Karnavian, whose illustrious career in the police force included a stint in Papua as the provincial police chief, said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was weighing the formation of new provinces in South Papua and the Central Highlands, separate from the existing Papua province, following his latest visit to the country’s easternmost territory at the end of October. In September, Jokowi received representatives of the Papuan people, who asked...