Wamena, Papuatoday.id (02/08/2020) – Yusen Tabuni, who is Head of Murapame II Kodap, stated that he was ready to fully support the Indonesian Government’s program regarding the continuation of the implementation of Special Autonomy II in Papua and West Papua.
According to him the implementation of special autonomy for the people of Papua and Papua is very important, especially for people who are less able.
The existence of Special Autonomy also makes many young Papuans go to school up to universities in Indonesia, even abroad.
“With this special autonomy fund, my siblings, family and friends who live in rural areas that previously rarely received attention can now be on par with communities outside Papua who can get proper education,” he said. It is clearly show how important is the the continuation of special autonomy.
The special autonomy has made Papuans given full assistance to support educational activities from uniforms, stationery, pocket money to living expenses for those who are willing and willing to study knowledge in cities outside Papua.
Additional notes on the continuation of special autonomy
Special autonomy is part of democratic means to address aspiration of Papuan people. In late 2001, Indonesian government introduced a “special autonomy” bill for West Papua. The bill, which was drafted mostly by indigenous Papuans, passed the Indonesian parliament as Law No. 21 in November 2001.
The process of special autonomy began in November 2000 under the leadership of West Papua Governor, Jaap Salossa. He convinced the MPR (Indonesian People’s Consultative Assembly) that West Papua, like Aceh, needed a policy of special autonomy, Salossa began the process of drafting a special autonomy bill by inviting local scholars, academics, activists, tribal leaders, and customary figures, including some of the NGO representatives and religious organizations in this region.
A former Dutch colony, West Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969, after an undisputed vote of about 1,025 representative tribal leaders. The result of the plebiscite was overseen and endorsed by the United Nations.