Muhaimin: I Will Steadily Struggle for the Sake of the Papua Welfare – A Deputy Chairman of The House of Representatives of Republic Indonesia, Abdul Muhaimin Iskandar, said he would fight for the welfare of the Papuan people. Cak Imin, as he is called, conveyed this as conducting a virtual safari on Welfare Politics with the Papuan Community.

“Together, we will fight for all the aspirations expressed in the DPR. I will continue to fight for the welfare of Papua. My heart is always with the Papuan people,” he said in a statement received. Tuesday (31/8).

Muhaimin said, there are two basic things to develop Papua in the future.

First, development must be on the basis and the ground of a cultural approach, with values, traditions, ethics, norms, culture, customary law and special rules owned by the Papuan people, he said.

“The cultural path will be able to build cohesiveness and social solidarity, making indigenous Papuans feel belonging and not isolated in their homeland,” he said.

Second, the future of Papua can only be realized by transforming development from an exclusive to an inclusive one.

The exclusive approach in the past, in his view, has created poor growth and has led to the social exclusion or segregation of the Papuan people themselves.

“An Inclusive development in Papua is a development model which in its implementation must do two things at once, namely the implementation of direct democracy and the distribution of social infrastructure,” said Cak Imin.

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At the same event, a Deputy Regent of Jayapura, Giri Wijayantoro, said a number of obstacles cannot be ruled out when talking about Papua. Starting from infrastructure, education, health to agriculture.

“Education, health and agriculture are still very constrained. Road infrastructure development from the district capital to the sub-district capital is not accessible yet. From the district to the villages it is also not accessible,” he said.

In addition, many children of Jayapura residents are forced to study in distant cities because there are no educational facilities in the villages. “Many children are sent to school in the city because there is no education development service in the village,” he said.

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