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PTPN II went bankrupt, 20,000 employees lost their jobs

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Illustration of indigenous people resistance against PTPN II Arso – suarapapua.com

Jayapura, Jubi – Around 20 thousands employees of oil palm plantation company, PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) II in Arso Tami, Keerom Regency have lost their jobs because the company is now being critical.

Deerd Tabuni, chairman of Commission II of Papua House of Representatives in charge of plantations and economy, said the company of PTPN II which operated in Arso since 1992, is now losing money. The cost of spending is not proportional to the production of palm oil. As a result, it has been almost two years since the company stay halt.

“PTPN II Arso has 20,000 employees, now they are losing their jobs, so they and their families depend on oil companies,” Deerd said last week.

According to him, there is a discourse of the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) would be granted to Papua Provincial Government to be managed. Some time ago, the Commission II of the Papuan House met the deputy head of Keerom and related officials discussing the discourse.

“When it was agreed to form a joint team, this team will coordinate with the Minister of SOEs in Jakarta, so that PTPN II Arso will be granted to Papua Province to be managed,” he said.

If it granted, the management will be conducted by provincial government and 20 thousands employees can return to work. According to him, this step has been taken by West Papua province. The management of an oil palm company in Manokwari is handed over to West Papua Provincial Government and the result looks better.

“Our task is to form a joint team to find a way out, to communicate with the Minister of SOEs and Commission VI of the House of Representatives to grant the assets to the Papua Provincial Government,” he said.

Nikius Bugianggen, another member of Commission II of the Papua House, echoed the similar statement. He said, the house will make an effort to get the relevant ministries to issue a letter of recommendation for the acquisition of oil palm plantations which has been managed by PTPN II.

“We would like the SOEs minister hand over the management rights of PTPN II to the Provincial Government of Papua or Keerom Regency government,” he said. (*)

 

Source: tabloidjubi.com

Editor: Zely Ariane

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Papua Bangkit Stadium will ready in March 2019

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Papua Bangkit Stadium. – Jubi/Alex

Jayapura, Jubi – Sports Department of Papua Province is targeting the construction of Papua Bangkit Stadium which meets the FIFA standard located in Kampung Harapan, Jayapura Regency will finish in March 2019

Meanwhile, the Department Head of infrastructure management of Sports and Youth Provincial Office Bernard Sitorus claimed the construction has 97 per cent finished. It only needs small finishing works.

We continue to push our works, so it would be ready when President Widodo come for its launching,” Sitorus told reporters in Jayapura on Thursday (24/1/2019).

This 45,000-capacity stadium that spent approximately IDR 1.3 trillion of Papua Provincial Budget would be one of the biggest stadiums built in the eastern Indonesia region.

Separately, Dolly Abu Zain, the Site Engineering Manager of PT PP Tbk, added to accelerate the construction, approximately 900 workers were involved in this project, and some facilities including LED and electronic scoreboard have already been installed.

Meanwhile, the instalment of paving blocks for road access to the stadium has 100 per cent completed, as well as the roof installation. Now the homework left is to finish the instalment of the synthetic track.

“Meanwhile, it only needs small finishing works for the inside of the stadium. All chairs (for the audience) already installed,” said Dolly. (*)

 

Reporter: Alexander Loen

Editor: Pipit Maizer

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Governor’s objection to Freeport not be regarded as a political decision

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The illustration of Freeport Indonesia’s mining area.- Jubi/IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Parliament member of Commission I Yonas Nusy expect people do not regard the Papuan governor’s decision to object the letter of the Environment and Forestry Ministry on the recommendation of 1000 hectares of lands to Freeport for mining exploration from the political perspective.

“The governor’s decision should not be regarded as a political objection, but it’s more to his attempt to protect the protected forest area and Lorentz National Park,” said Nusy on Wednesday (23/1/2019).

Besides, according to him, the expansion of Freeport’s mining exploration areas should be further discussed with the customary landowners. “Even though Papua is part of Indonesia, this land (Papua) is the land of indigenous. Therefore, its customary law should be respected,” he said.

Meanwhile, Papuan Regional Secretary Herry Dosinaen said about Papuan Governor’s response on the ministry’s letter to permit 1000 hectares of land for Freeport’s mining area concession.

“Last time they asked for 2800 hectares, and now more 1000 hectares. But the governor refused it,” said Dosinaen.

He said the reason behind this objection is because the area is part of the forest conservation area and Lorentz National Park that is protected by the government. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

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Freeport’s tax debt affects Papuan Regional Budget 2019

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The illustration of tax payment. -Jubi/IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Primary Regional Budget (APBD) 2019 reportedly decreased to IDR 13.9 trillion from IDR 14.142 trillion last year due to Freeport’s tax debt on the water surface.

Papuan Provincial Secretary Hery Dosinaen said the tax debt affected the decline of provincial income that then droved to the decrease of the total revenue of the main provincial budget.

“Provincial revenue has decreased because we cannot meet our target due to the delayed tax payment by Freeport,” said Dosinaen in Jayapura.

However, the provincial government said they would not negotiate with the company about this late payment. Further, the governor refused Freeport to pay their tax based on goodwill but their income and profits. “This has caused the out-target payment. Even the plenary to discuss the water surface tax 2017-2018 is still running until now,” he said.

Meanwhile, the First Vice Chairman of Papua Parliament Edoardus Kaize said Papua Provincial Budget 2019 consists more than IDR 895.8 billion in local incomes, more than IDR 4.4 trillion in a balanced fund, and IDR 8.6 trillion in net revenue.

“However, the regional expenditures were more than IDR 13.8 trillion consisted of IDR 6.6 trillion of indirect expenditures, IDR 7.2 trillion of direct expenditures and IDR 50 billion of budget surplus,” said Kaize. (*)

 

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