Minister Pledges to Trace Misuse of Papua's Special Autonomy Funds

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  • Mahfud MD, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security. December 16, 2020.

    Mahfud MD, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security. December 16, 2020.

    TEMPO.CO, Papua - Mahfud MD., Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, promised to immediately trace down the misuse of Special Autonomy funds for Papua. The minister said he has summoned a number of institutions to follow-up on the investigation.

    In a written statement on Monday, February 23, Mahfud said he will speak together with the Attorney General's Office, KPK, and the National Police to follow up on these findings with law enforcement.

    Mahfud had an audience with the Papua Forum of Regional Heads of Tanah Tabi and Sairei (FORKADA) on Monday, February 22. There, Papuan community leader Reverend Albert Yoku asked for the prosecution of local government officials who misused the special autonomy funds.

    Like Albert, the chair of the Evangelical Christian Church (PW GKI) Women's Fellowship of Papua, Dorince Mehue, also asked the central government to evaluate the use and management of Papua's special autonomy funds since 2002 until now.

    "The special autonomy [fund] is a blessing from God that came through the central government, but it was abused by a number of people, preventing the rightful people to enjoy the benefits," she said.

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