DPD supports plan to establish Central Papua as new province

DPD supports plan to establish Central Papua as new province
, 27 May 2010

A member of the Regional House of Representatives (DPD) fully supports a plan for the creation of Central Papua as a new province separate from the existing Papua provinces.

“As long as the plan constitutes the wishes of the local people and meets the requirements as set out in the existing ruling, there will not be any hindrance to processing it,” deputy chairman of DPD's Commission I Eni Khairini said as quoted by Antara news agency in Timika on Thursday.

Eni explained that as one of the highest state institutions that represents regional interests at the central government level, the DPD is in charge of giving consideration to any legal draft bill on regional division.

Without the DPD's consideration, Eni said, the legality of the regional division may be legally defective.

Eni, therefore, urged local figures in Central Papua to commit themselves to struggle for the establishment of the new province, unlike the for-and-against conflict on the Central Papua division idea in 2003.

“If there is no problem in the region, there will also be no problem at the central government level,” said Eni, a representative of Bengkulu province.