Responding to the polemic of the continuation of Special Autonomy (Otsus) in West Papua, the Chairperson of the Trikora Mandala Youth, Ali Kabiay, on August 27, 2020, said that Otsus should be continued but it need to be review, so that it will serve more better of the community.
Separately, the chairman of the Philpto Family Association (IKBP) of Papua, Benyamin Tiris, appealed to the Papuan people to join hands in supporting the sustainability of special autonomy in Papua because Otsus is very important for West Papua in every way.
“Otsus needs to be continued but it needs evaluation so that it will be implemented better in the future than previous years,” he said. “What has been mandated by our country Indonesia, then as a good society, we should support for the welfare of society in the future”, he added.
West Papua’s special autonomy law was passed in October and will be implemented from January 2002. according to downtoearth-Indonesia, It includes provisions for:
- 70% of oil and gas royalties to be channelled to the territory (to be reviewed after a 25 year period)
- 80% of mining, forestry and fisheries royalties
- funds from the national General Allocation Fund – as under ‘normal’ autonomy
- 2% of the national General Allocation Fund for education and health
- extra funds (amount not yet determined) for infrastructure
- the creation of a Papuan People’s Council (MRP) – made up of indigenous, church and women’s leaders, designed to protect the customary (adat) rights of indigenous Papuans.
In Article 2, OTSUS, it mentioned that (1) The Papua Province as part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia uses the Red and White Flag as the National Flag, the Indonesia Raya Hymn as the National Hymn. (2) The Papua Province may have Regional Symbols as its greatness and grandeur banner and cultural symbol for the greatness of the Papuans’ identity in the form of the regional flag and regional hymn which are not positioned as sovereignty symbols. (3) Provisions on the regional symbols referred to in paragraph (2) shall be further stipulated by a Perdasus based on the provisions of statutory regulations.