Infrastructure Development in Papua Still Continues Despite Shooting Case
Despite the alleged shooting of 31 project workers by the Papuan Armed Criminal Group (KKB) in Nduga Regency, Papua Province, President Joko Jokowi Widodo stressed that the Government will continue the infrastructure development in Papua.
The construction of infrastructure development in Papua will keep going, we will not be afraid of such incidents, President Jokowi told reporters after attending the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day and the Opening of 2018 National Corruption Eradication Conference, at Bidakara Hotel, Jakarta, Tuesday (4/12).
Regarding the shooting case itself, the President reminded that the incident happened in Nduga Regency, which commonly known as a dangerous area. Ive been there and this morning I have ordered the Commander of the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) and Chief of the Indonesian National Police to check the case whether it is true, he said.
President Jokowi also reminded that there is no cellphone signal in the district. Therefore, the shooting incident still needs to be confirmed.
As we are all aware, the infrastructure development in Papua has a very difficult terrain, as well as the possibility of security issues, the President continued.
Regarding the use of TNI personnel in securing the development in Papua, President Jokowi explained that every construction in Papua needs to be backed up by the TNI personnel.
As reported earlier from Antara news, Pastor Wilhelmus Kagoya, a church leader in Yigi District, had reported murder cases in Kali Yigi and Kali Aurak in Yall District, Nduga Regency, which killed 24 people.
Papua Regional Police Chief Inspector, General Martuani Sormin said that he had deployed security forces to evacuate the victims. He hoped that the evacuation process can run smoothly without significant constraints. (RSF / OJI / ES)
Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Edited by: Mia Medyana