PAPUADAILY –President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is known to the world and the public is very concerned about Papua. It is proven that the President and First Lady have visited Papua 15 times.
According to the Papuan Civil Service Ambassador Michael Manufandu, actually all previous Indonesian presidents were also very concerned with Papua. However, he assessed that during his six years in office, Jokowi had given extraordinary attention. Evidently, personally with his wife or the First Lady have visited Papua 15 times.
“It used to be limited in infrastructure such as bridges, and now it is increasing rapidly. The price of fuel rates has also been the same as other regions,” he said after being a resource person for the Papua Podcast webinar held by the European Association for Indonesia, Thursday (1/7/2021) night.
Michael claimed to be a witness that development in Papua is very advanced, even more advanced than the Pacific countries. How not, he continued, he could build 4,231 kilometers of roads. According to him, all areas can be passed by car. Papua consists of 42 districts and 560 districts.
“The airport even has five international runways. It used to be dark now it gets electricity, this is spectacular progress,” said Michael.
According to him, currently the central government is giving the widest possible autonomy. In other words, continued Michael, giving authority to local governments with large budgets. The government does not intervene with extraordinary budgets.
“In other provinces this is not the case. I always advise the governor, use this mandate as best as possible. The Papua Special Autonomy Fund is a brilliant policy. As in education, there are scholarships for Papuans so they can study at home and abroad. So, there are no restrictions, discrimination, who has talent please,” he explained. Regarding the issue of corruption in Papua, so far there is no definite evidence in the eyes of the law.
“We often hear about corruption cases, but there is no proof before the law. Moreover, the budget supervision of each inspectorate is very strict. Not to mention, the Corruption Eradication Commission, the prosecutor’s office, and the police. If there are issues, they are dramatized or exaggerated,” he said. .
Michael also dismissed the issue of no restrictions on information or censorship in Papua. According to him, if you want to ask how long and the purpose it is for reasons of safety and health for visitors from outside. Because the geographical conditions of Papua, mountains or forests are challenging.