Terry P. | Papuan Student
The Main Expert Staff of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) Deputy V Theofransus Litaay emphasized that Law number 2/2021 on Papua’s Special Autonomy (Otsus) volume II has accommodated the interests of indigenous peoples. One of them is by representing indigenous Papuan people in the legislature in the district/city.
This change is an affirmation room for Papuan Indigenous Political Recruitment (OAP), so that they can take part in political parties and occupy political positions in legislative institutions.
“Twenty-five percent of DPRK members will be filled by OAP with an appointment mechanism or without an election, then 30 percent of them will be women”
As is known, the government and the DPR have ratified the Papua Special Autonomy Bill (RUU) to revise Law (UU) No. 21/2001 on Papua Special Autonomy, on July 15, 2021.
Substantially, the Papua Special Autonomy Law volume II underwent changes, both in the form of additions and deletions from the original provisions. Additional substances include arrangements for developing special authority between the government and the provinces, filling DPRK members through Papuan Orang Asli (OAP) elements with an appointment system, and the establishment of a special agency.
The special agency reports directly to the president. It is hoped that with the special agency there will be synchronization and harmonization in the implementation of Otsus and development in the Papua region, so that the welfare of indigenous peoples actually increases.
Theo added that other improvements in Law 2/2021 are indicated by an increase in the allocation of Otsus funds, as well as a clearer focus on use and mechanisms with stronger institutional oversight.
The Papua Special Autonomy Fund, said Theo, is intended for all provinces and districts/cities in the Papua region for 20 years, valid until 2041.
The distribution mechanism from the center to the Province and Regency/City as well as the supervision and control mechanism has been regulated in Article 34 of Law Number 2 of 2021.
On that occasion, Theo also asked Papuan journalists to participate in socializing and educating the public about Otsus Papua Volume II.
Through our fellow journalists, we hope that the public will understand and be educated, what special autonomy is and how it will benefit the Papuan people.