Jayapura, Papua Papua police have pledged to adopt a prosperity-oriented approach to win the hearts and minds of native Papuan communities in areas where armed groups are known to operate.
Such a prosperity-oriented approach would be combined with stern law enforcement efforts, Papua Police chief, Insp.Gen.Mathius Fakhiri, remarked.
“We shall not step back even an inch. But, of course, we will do that with a soft approach,” Fakhiri said after attending a farewell ceremony for his predecessor, Coms. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw, in Jayapura on Monday.
He said he would maintain good communication with all parties while utilizing special autonomy funds, but promised that Papua police would crack down on those embezzling funds.
The necessity of applying a prosperity-oriented approach to resolve problems in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua had been highlighted by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) last year.
According to Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, from the start, the President has put great emphasis on a prosperity-oriented approach for resolving Papua-related matters.
Citing an example of the Widodo administration’s prosperity-oriented approach, Moeldoko drew attention to the various infrastructure construction projects in Papua and West Papua that will allow them to be at par with other provinces.
President Widodo is also focusing on boosting the economic sector of Papua and West Papua by, for instance, enforcing the one-fuel price policy there as part of the government’s endeavors to create social justice for the local people, he pointed out.
The government has also remained focused on the development of the health and education sectors in the two Indonesian provinces, he remarked.
Moeldoko said he believes the second phase of the special autonomy status granted for Papua and West Papua would inject a new spirit and expedite development to create prosperity in both provinces.
ANTARA has earlier reported that the central government has provided special autonomy funds amounting to Rp126.99 trillion to Papua and West Papua since 2012.
In Indonesia’s 2019 human development index, Papua and West Papua scored 64.7 and 60.84, respectively.
Source: Antara News