The Referendum for Papua is Only Hoax
On September 29, 2017 there was an information saying that a number of persons introducing as the Papuan representative identifying as the ULMWP (United Liberation Movement of West Papua) led by Beny Wenda on September 26, 2017 had handed a petition for the Referendum of Papua to the United Nation Committee 24 dealing on the de-colonization.
The Petition handed by ULMWP demanded the country of Papua should be returned as the de-colonization region as it was before 1963 and a referendum to be held in order to give the Papuan people deciding their choice whether or not Papua to be the Indonesian territory or to separate from Indonesia becoming the Independent State. It is said this Petition was signed by 1,8 million people or 70 % of the Papuan people on behalf of all the Papuan people in Papua and also supported by another group of non-Papuan people living in Papua.
The information on this political evidence was informed to the BBC Indonesia by Beny Wenda by phone but not any evidence this information is distribute to the media. Beny Wenda said this activity to be done by limited number of person for the sake of the security.
General (Ret) Wiranto the Coordinating Minister for Political, Law, Human Right and Security Affairs said the political activities on the struggle for the freedom of Papua is an old political issue and concurrently is the national threat against the unity of the country of The Republic of Indonesia.
The ending goal of the Referendum of Papua is definitely to separate Papua from Indonesia declaring as the independent state of Papua. This is definitely against the fact that Papua is a part of the Indonesian territory.
As it was nationally agreed there were four principles for the straight up of the State of Republic of Indonesia namely : Pancasila Philosophy; The Constitution of 1945; The Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia; The Unity in Diversity of the Nation base on Bhineka Tunggal Ika. The activity of ULMWP is definitely against the four principles of the Country of Indonesia, accordingly it should be eradicated. ULMWP is definitely a traitor.
The information on the activity of ULMWP was strongly rejected by the Director of the Committee 24 of the United Nation who is incidentally chaired by the Ambassador Rafael Ramirez from the Republic of Venezuela which definitely maintained a close diplomatic relation with the Republic of Indonesia.
General (Ret) Wiranto is definitely true the information on a Petition handed by someone name Beny Wenda of ULMWP is a hoax intended to create confuse among the Papuan people in Papua and an effort to disintegrate the country of Indonesia.
The Director of Committee 24 of the United Nations in New York Ambassador Rafael Ramirez told the Indonesian Representative to the United Nations that Committee 24 had never received officially or un-officially any petition of the so called ULMWP (the United Liberation Movement of West Papua. The Committee 24 of the United Nations will definitely reject such petition because the Papuan base on the result of the Act of the `Free Choice in 1962 had decide Papua to become the territory of The Republic of Indonesia and since 1963 Papua became a part of the Indonesian territory. Definitely the information on the handing over of the petition by a number of persons of ULMWP on Referendum of Papua is only a hoax. This hoax was definitely intended to wake up the idea of separatism of Papua to have been buried both in the international community and in Papua.
ULMWP led by Beny Wenda had been rejected by the Forum of the Meeting of Pacific Countries because ULMWP is considered as only the name of NGO which is not existing in Papua, but it to be active in London. Unluckily the British government gives Beny Wenda to stay in London as a refugee supported likely by some British NGO. Beny Wenda was apparently the political prisoner who was successful to escape from prison in Papua some years ago. He was then supported by some Australian politician went to London.
In the United Nations, the problem of Papua is still recorded not because of its legal status but Papua to be reported because of its human right violations record done by the Security Apparatus of the Government of Indonesia.
The name Beny Wenda is popular among the Papuan in 2016 but this name to have been buried since Beny Wenda was rejected by the Meeting Forum among the Pacific Countries in end of 2016 to act as the representative of Papua. But apparently he should be put on the List of Wanted Persons for being send to Court of Justice.
Referendum is definitely no more the idea of among the majority of Papuan. Lenis Kogoya one intellectual and social leader of Papua expresses he fully believes and to be convincing Papua is really freedom country, run by the Papuan and it is developed for the sake of the benefit of Papuan. Papua is definitely in fortune to be under the Indonesian umbrella since geopolitically Papua needs the capability to face the possible various impact of the open Pacific Ocean and to develop Papua is not easy one. Papua is definitely rich with national resources such as Tembaga Pura but to gain foreign capital and technology is not easy one. To get 51% of share is not easy one. Papua to be in the Indonesian umbrella is definitely strong to face foreign power needed to explore the natural resources. Now all the Government apparatus from the Governor until the lower Government employee are Papuan elected among the capable Papuan by the Papuan in the Regional Election and General Election.
Now Papua is really led by the Papuan and Papua will be developed for the sake of Papuan interest. Papua is definitely needs the strong umbrella and Indonesia is a country the Papua belong to and represented by a group of Papuan joining various Indonesian Political Parties, social and traditional leaders to become the members of the national House of Representative and the Regional Representative Council. The Central Government asked me-Kogaya said- to organize the capable Papuan to design the regional development of Papua that the Central Government will decide its solution.
Definitely Papua needs the transportation infra structure comprise of roads, bridges and the cheap price of oil. All of those problem have been gradually solved and now the Papuan people start to enjoy the result. Home, daily food, health and school are definitely the prime needs of the people are always becoming the priority efforts to be fulfilled continuously.
Indonesian is definitely strong and rich country and all of those infra structure and the daily needs given to Papua are not just tactics to attract the heart and mind of Papua, but the State Philosophy and its Constitution are clearly designs the culture of practicing the social and justice.
Accordingly referendum of Papua as demanded by Beny Wenda is no use, the activity of Beny Wenda is useless. The idea that is formulated by ULMWP now is on track.
Unfortunately there is also small group of Papuan who still think and imagine the freedom, the democracy and human right, the prosperity and the welfare would be materialized only with referendum. This group of people are definitely dreaming.
Fadal Al Hamid, the Chief II of Cultural Council is of the opinion that the Papuan does not satisfy with the Result of the Act of the Free Choice in 1962 and considers it is the crucial problem in the history and life of the Papuan people. This crucial problem should be definitely solved either through the way of the people of Aceh solve its problem in the Helsinki Meeting or through another democratic and peaceful way the Referendum.
This kind of group is definitely influence by the imagination if the Act of the Free Choice did not decide to integrate to Indonesia, Papua will definitely become the independent country. The Papuan of today do not definitely realizing if the Papuan did not decide to integrate into Indonesia the Dutch colonialism supported by the liberalist Australian will return and control again Papua.
In Papua another supporting group on ULMWP is the National Committee on West Papua (KNPB) but it is not definitely a part of ULMWP. Until end of September2017 KNPB does not made any response to the hoax created by the MLWP.
The hoax of the ULMWP recently definitely awake us the national agenda to strengthen Papua should not be decreasing. The Indonesian nationality in the heart and mind among the Papuan should be strengthen and the welfare and the prosperity of the Papuan life should be increased.
*) Toni Ervianto, The Political and Security Observer