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KAD established to prevent corruption in the business sector in West Papua Province

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KPK commissioner Laode M. Syarif when visiting to form KAD Anti Corruption West Papua in Manokwari – Jubi / Hans Arnold Kapisa

Manokwari, Jubi – To accelerate the prevention of corruption, especially in the business sector, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) established the Regional Committee Advocacy (KAD) in West Papua Province.

The committee is a forum for communication and advocacy between the regulators and business sector. Through this forum, both parties can convey and resolve the obstacles faced in a business environment with integrity such as the bidding process in the construction sector that considered out of regulation and less transparent.

Besides that, the Electronic Bidding System (SPSE) is not a new version. The businesspersons also complain about the indication of the conflict of interest in the procurement process.

Regarding licensing, Investment and One Stop Services Office (DPMPTSP) has improved their services. However, there is a problem in the process of issuing the license from the Regional Equipment Organization (OPD) concerning the land for business use.

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Businesspersons also expect the government to understand more about crime connected with corruption such as gratification, bribery, collusion and company corruption.

“We hope that this forum will be a solution to increase the convenience in business. Of course, it should still regard to the legal compliance that would lead to the improvement of people’s welfare,” said the KPK Commissionaire Laode M. Syarif at the Establishment of KAD in Manowari on Thursday (20/9/2018).

He further explained that KAD is not only established at the regional level but also at the national level. Since 2017, there are five sectors included in the national level namely oil and gas, food, infrastructure, health and forestry.

“At the national level, this advocacy committee was formed in the strategic sectors related to the community interest by involving the business associations and relevant ministries/institutions. Meanwhile, at the regional level, this committee was established on the geographical basis which involved the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and regional regulators. West Papua becomes the 30th province who form this communication forum,” he said.

KAD Background

The idea of establishing KAD refers to the experience of KPK that 80% of cases of KPK involving the businesspersons and public sector/government agencies. In general, their modus is to provide gifts or gratification or bribe the government officials to influence the state policymakers, such as in the procurement of goods and services as well as the licensing process.

Previously, Deputy Governor of West Papua Mohamad Lakotani said the declaration of West Papua as a conservation province is part of the efforts to ensure that the management and utilization of natural resources are proper with the concept of sustainable development.

“If the illegal logging still exists, it means they don’t have permission from the local government. Those people exploit the natural resources for their benefits, whereas the local people have not gained any profit of it,” he said.

The Provincial Government of West Papua will not remain silent about any violations of natural resource management. Instead, he invited the public to report any violations they found.

Based on KPK data, up to May 2018, the private sector was listed as the second most corrupt sector in which offenders are 198 people. The perpetrators are mostly the regional parliament members, 205 people, while four corporations have become suspects and under the investigation of KPK. (*)

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Papua High Prosecutors Office investigates corruption allegation in Bank Papua

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Jayapura, Friday – Papua High Prosecutors Office and Nabire District Prosecutors Office are currently investigating corruption allegation in Bank Papua Branch Paniai in Enarotali, the capital of Paniai Regency, Papua. This allegation associated with the prior case of loan distribution of IDR 281 billion for creditors.

This investigation was confirmed by the Assistant of Special Crime of the Papua High Prosecutors Office Alexander Sinuraya to Antara News Agency in Jayapura on Friday (31/1/2020).

“This case is currently under the investigation of Nabire District Prosecutors Office who in charge for Paniai Regency and prosecutors from Papua High Prosecutors Office will assist the investigation,” he said.

According to him, so far there is no suspect named in this allegation. “Hopefully the investigation becomes more in-depth shortly,” he said.

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Separately, the Business Director of Bank Papua Sadar Sebayang admits the bad loan case of IDR 281 billion in Bank Papua.

“The case that happened in 2016 is currently under the investigation of Papua High Prosecutors Office,” Sebayang confirmed.

According to him, Bank Papua had penalised the employees involved in this case, including dismissal. Sebayang also said that non-performing loan creditors had paid their instalments up to IDR 185 billion including bank interest. However, he said Bank Papua is supportive of this legal conduct by these two prosecutors offices.

“BPD Papua fully supports the current legal process conducted by Papua High Prosecutors Office,” said Sebayang. (*)

 

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People not be provoked with rumours on Freeport’s operating area

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An illustration of Freeport mine. – the Courtesy of Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – A provincial parliament member, the Rev. Nikolaus Degey, expects people of neighbouring regencies Mimika Regency in Papua Province, would not address rumours on Freeport’s operating areas seriously.

“Rumors say Freeport’s operating area has crossed the territory of other regencies. It’s not true. This issue is misleading,” confirmed the Rev. Degey to Jubi on Sunday (15/12/2019).

The operating area of PT Freeport Indonesia covers both mining and port areas, where located in Mimika Regencies. In 1972, Freeport started its ground mining exploitation which makes it the largest ground mining area in the world.

Along with advanced technology, Freeport shifted its operation into underground mining, in which activities are invisible from the public. This has raised speculations among people who believe the company’s operating area has crossed their regions.

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“We appeal to people living in Puncak Jaya, Paniai and Intan Jaya to not being provoked. Because this rumour might harm people,” he said.

Also, he said if Freeport’s operating area has crossed the border of the three regencies it would impact on people’s lives. According to him, if the rumours are true, people in Puncak Jaya, Paniai and Intan Jaya might have a similar experience as people of Mimika Regency. Amungme and Kamoro tribes are indigenous tribes who are the most affected by mining activities of PT Freeport Indonesia.

“I think this would be happening upon them [if the operating area of PT Freeport has crossed the border of Mimika Regency],” he said.

Moreover, the Rev. Nikolaus Degey asked those who spread this rumour to stop provoking people in these three regencies. Instead, he encourages them to bring this issue to the court rather than circulating rumours that potentially harm ordinary people.

Meanwhile, the former provincial parliament member and the Chairman of Paniai Customary Council, John NR Gobai, the issue of Freeport’s mining area should be solved before talking about the provincial or regional area split in Papua. It is important to ensure that the establishment of new administrative areas would not raise conflict of interest to get a share of Freeport mining activities.

Gobai said the corporate, indigenous council and the government must sit together to solve this issue. The Government also need to guarantee the future of people.

“If I was questioned, I would say it’s better to solve the mining and land-tenure rights of people living around the company. [If] the company has done all this business in its mining area, they would go. People would never go, they will stay. So it needs a guarantee [for them]” said Gobai. (*)

 

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Anticipating toxic spills in Papua New Guinea, DKP monitors fishermen’s catches at Hamadi fish landing

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Map of Papua Island showing the location of sea waters in Basamuk, Madang, Papua New Guinea. – Google Maps

Jayapura, Jubi – The Office of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs (DKP) of Jayapura Municipality continues to monitor local fishermen’s catches at Hamadi fish landing following the toxic spills in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Municipal DKP took a few samples of fish to a laboratory for further research whether the incident would impact to the local catchment or fishing ground areas.

The Head of Jayapura Municipal DKP Martheys Sibi said by Monday, his office is still waiting for a clarification from the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries (KKP-RI). “But, based on our observations, so far [the condition of] Hamadi Fish Landing (PPI Hamadi) runs as usual. Fishing activities at the local fishing ground by local fishermen have not yet had a significant impact,” he told Jubi when asked for confirmation via WhatsApp on Monday (18/11/2018).

Sibi further said by Monday the local fishermen continue to bring their catches to sell in PPI Hamadi and such fishes look normal. “However, we will continue to monitor the impact of nickel waste (on fish and catchment areas) while waiting for a follow-up from KKP-RI in Jakarta,” said Sibi.

Moreover, he said the fish monitoring in PPI Hamadi would keep running while awaiting the result from the laboratory. “If there would be a complaint from fishermen (about their catches), such fish would be taken to the laboratory for testing. We have communicated with the Fish Quarantine and Quality Analysis Centre of KKP in Sentani, Papua, to examine a few samples of fish from fishermen,” he said.

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Earlier, the sea waters in Basamuk, Madang, Papua New Guinea has reportedly been contaminated by waste spills from China-owned nickel mining company. A report published by Dr Alex Mojon said pollution from Chinese-owned Nickel Ramu has caused fish to die around Madang sea. (*)

 

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