Papuan land sold for Rp 384 a sq meter

Bintang Papua, 29 March 2011


The chairman of the Papuan provincial assembly, the DPRP, has exploded in anger at the news that PT Tandan Sawit paid a paltry sum of money for land belonging to eight clans in the district of Arso Timor.

The DPRP chairman said they would be setting up a special team to look into the compensation sum paid for Papuan land.

The chairman, Isaxk Yunam, who is currently on sick leave, told Bintang Papua that they would have to look into the way agreement was reached about compensation payment, because the payment should take account of the cost of renting the land for 35 years.

In the case of the land taken over in Arso Timor, 18,337 hectares of traditional land were obtained for a payment of Rp 7,040,000,000 per hectare for land which is the source of the livelihoods of the Papuan people. This amounts to a mere Rp 384,000 per hectare or Rp 384 per square meter (the equivalent of about $38 per ha).

Moreover, according to Bintang Papua, the payment would be made over a period of four years which violates government regulations according to which payment should be made in at the most two years.

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