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Jakarta Post

Second chance in Papua, despite declining optimism

  • Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 12 2019   /  01:20 am

JP/Syofiardi Bachyul JbShortly after announcing his new Cabinet, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited some areas in Papua and West Papua. The key points of his visit were still welfare-oriented policies and promises. Developmental programs, it’s assumed, will result in indigenous Papuans’ loyalty toward the central government. Here I will only highlight three prominent pledges of Jokowi and his ministers to Papua: creating new provinces and regencies, building Papuan youth centers and addressing human rights violations.The central government’s recent plans to form new provinces in Papua, such as South Papua and Central Highlands, have received mixed response from local indigenous Papuans. On the one hand, the new provinces will hopefully boost local welfare as it will bring more government services closer to the people. However, Papua and West Papua have remained Indonesia’...