West Papua gets Rp 1.1t in autonomy funds

Nethy Dharma Somba, THE JAKARTA POST, JAYAPURA

The Province of West Papua received Rp 1.1 trillion (US$100 million) in special autonomy funds in the 2009 budget.

Since its initial disbursement in 2002, the special autonomy fund,–the implementation of its special autonomy status based on Law No. 21/2001– was managed by the province of Papua. West Papua, however, officially separated from Papua to establish a new province in March 2006 by electing its own governor through a peaceful regional election.

The special autonomy fund for West Papua of Rp 1.1 trillion accounted for about 30 percent of the Rp 3.7 trillion received by the two respective funds for each province. The other Rp 2.6 trillion was earmarked to the province of Papua.

This year’s Rp 3.7 trillion special autonomy fund, which increased from Rp 3.5 trillion in 2008, is about 2 percent of the total general allocation fund at the central government.

The general allocation fund constitutes money allocated to each autonomous province or regency in the country annually as a development fund. The fund is taken from the state budget and becomes part of the regional budget.

Head of the Papua provincial financial bureau, Ahmad Hatari, said that the percentage of the fund allocated between West Papua and Papua was decided by the central government, taking into consideration total area, population and the level of difficulty in managing the respective provinces.

Hatari said that a 30 percent allocation to West Papua was commensurate with its

eight regencies/cities compared to 27 regencies/cities in Papua. Delivering government services in West Papua was also much easier than in Papua, which has vast mountainous areas which are mostly still inaccessible, he said.

The funding was sent directly from the central government to West Papua without being handed over to the Papua province first.

Hatari further said that the allocation of special autonomy funding was made possible through Government Regulation No. 1/2008, in lieu of Presidential Instruction No. 1/2003 and Law No. 45/1999. The latter two established the initial legal basis for the creation of the West Papua province, and were annulled by the Constitutional Court as they contradicted with Law No. 21/2001 on the special autonomy status of Papua.

For the Papua province itself, Hatari said, the Rp 2.6 trillion in funding would be spent partly under the strategic kampong development plan, a policy initiated by Papua Governor Bas Suebu to empower indigenous Papuan people. Under the plan each of the 320 kampongs in Papua is given Rp 100 million. The remaining Rp 1.3 trillion is distributed to the 27 regencies/cities throughout Papua.

Hatari said that six newly established regencies and two regencies, whose regents have yet to be chosen, will receive 30 percent of the average allocation in the province.

“This decision was taken considering that the newly established regencies would still be busy forming governmental institutions, their local legislative council and conducting regional elections,” he said.

Hatari said that through this year’s special autonomy fund, the Papuan provincial administration will offer free school tuition for indigenous, high-achieving Papuan students and free medical care for all indigenous Papuan people.

2 Responses to West Papua gets Rp 1.1t in autonomy funds

  1. Jeremy Beadle says:

    DEAR MR PAPUAN

    WE ARE TRACKING YOU DOWN AND WATHCING YOUR ACTIVITIES VERY CLOSELY

    AND IF INDONESIA CARES SO MUCH ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS THEN WHY HAVE THEY REFUSED DRINKING WATER TO SEBLON SAMBOM AND BUCHTAR TABUNI WHILST IN POLICE CUSTODY

    THIS IS IN DIRECT CONTRAVENTION OF THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, AND ANOTHER SIGN THAT INDONESIA HAS NO REGARD FOR HUMAN BEINGS

    INDONESIA ONLY CARES ABOUT WEST PAPUA’S RESOURCES

    THIS BLOG IS NOTHING BUT A PROPAGANDA MACHINE RUN BY A PAPUAN COWARD WHO WOULD NOT DARE SHOW HIS FACE, BUT WOULD RATHER HIDE BEHIND HIS PAYMASTERS IN JAKARTA. THE SAME PAYMASTERS THAT MASTERMINDED THE GENOCIDE IN EAST TIMOR AND THE ONGOING ATTROCITIES IN WEST PAPUA

    HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME

    IF YOU BELIEVE IN FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, THEN WHY DO YOUR PAYMASTERS IN JAKARTA PUT PAPUANS IN PRISON FOR 15 YEARS FOR RAISING A FLAG???

    ANSWER ME THAT ME THAT MR PAPUAN. PLEASE ANSWER ME THAT

    HOW DO U EXPECT INDONESIA AND YOURSELF TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY WHEN YOU LOCK INNOCENT PEACE LOVING PAPUANS UP FOR 15 YEARS FOR RAISING A FLAG???????

  2. Jeremy Beadle says:

    Ha ha ha. you really make me laugh mr papuan!!!! please stop being coward and reveal your identity. i want to be able to laugh at you more for being the pathetic person you really are

    freedom of expression???? yeah i just need to come here to get that!!! why do u change every post that anyone makes on this blog??? is it because you are scared of reality??

    austrlian spies are currently operating in west papua and have sent back very powerful footage of independence movement

    why cant you answer a simple question????

    why do indonesians lock up west papuans for 15 years for raising a flag????

    are you so stupid that you cant even answer that??? please answer the question mr papuan!!

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