‘This is happening all the time in Papua, particularly in the interior. We have seen it for ourselves and feel very unhappy about this situation. Aren’t the institutions monitoring the situation in the kampungs and other places which these people should be visiting? Do they never check up on whether these people come to these places?’ he said.
He said that there was widespread neglect by officials who were failing to check on whether teachers and health workers ever turned up in the interior for work. This was happening despite the fact that these people were being paid and that this was in accord with government policy.
‘There are serious failings in the system. They get a decent salary but no one monitors to see whether they ever go to these places. .No-one should surprised to discover that is a number of districts and kampungs, these people never turn up. They are paid a good salary but they are living elsewhere. It is the duty of the authorities to remind them (of their duties),’ he said.
_*/The difficult geographical conditions in Papua should not be used as a reason by public service workers. These workers in the fields of education and healthcare in the regions have been given certain rights, so they should also carry out their responsibilities, he said.
He said that a considerable amount of money was being spent on education and health. ‘People are always talking about the lack of personnel and complaining that the economic circumstances were not good, but who is it that they are not good for? The authorities are simply failing to take this matter seriously. And this is a problem that exists in almost all the districts of Papua,’ said Kenius.
- DPRP member: ‘Journalists important for the Papuan people (westpapuamedia.info)
- Australia keen to follow developments in West Papua (westpapuamedia.info)
- Police Seize Fuel, Own Gas Stations in Nabire, Papua (westpapuamedia.info)
- Structural discrimination against Papuans in many districts of Papua (westpapuamedia.info)
- Concerns of JPIC in Papua regarding the situation in Papua (westpapuamedia.info)