TEMPO.CO, Timika - Papuan public figure Michael Manufundu expressed his appreciation for President Joko Widodo or Jokowi who showed his commitment to opening access to Papua’s most isolated locations by crafting a number of infrastructure development programs.
Manufundu said that the President’s attention towards Papua must be cherished by all people in the region.
“The people of Papua must appreciate what the President has done for the development in Papua,” Manufundu said on Friday, May 19, 2017. “The Papua administration must work hand in hand with the the central government to improve the welfare of Papuans.”
The Former Indonesian Ambassador to Columbia said that President Jokowi is the only president in the history who frequently visits Papua. Manufundu added that the frequency of President Jokowi’s visit to Papua is even higher than to other regions in Indonesia.
“All regions that were isolated for decades are now more accessible so that residents of rural areas who live near mountain slopes, swamps, and valleys can travel more,” he said.
Manufundu believes that President Jokowi’s development programs in Papua have a huge impact on the lives of indigenous Papuans.
“Therefore, we highly appreciate the government’s commitment to building infrastructures in Papua,” Manufundu said.