Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Killings in Freeport

Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc.is the world's biggest Copper & Gold miner and its Grasberg mine on the Indonesian province of Papua has the world's largest reserves of Copper and Gold.   

Although Freeport has been mining in Papua since early 1970s, however according Reuter  until now it owns 90.64 percent of PT Freeport Indonesia, which operates the mine, while the Indonesian government owns the remainder.
The mine has been a frequent source of friction in Papua because of its environmental impact, the low share of revenue going to local Papuans and the legality of payments to Indonesian security forces who help guard the site.

Local separatist movement have been attacking the mine for many years, killing Indonesian and foreign workers. But so far the military and police generally keep a tight rein on the province.

Last Thursday, two senior security officers of PT Freeport were killed when their car was overturned and burned around 37 miles from the huge mine. One day earlier, two other people were wounded in a shooting nearby. Other workers on the mine have demanded better security.

To the family of both victims, I would like to express my sympathy and condolence.

I hope that our government would not only react by sending more security troops to the Freeport mine but also pay better attention on the real causes of the problem there i.e very unfair share of revenue for the central government and well as the province. Freeport MacMoran's share of 90.64% is absolutely unfair.

Further Freeport must be asked to be fully responsible for all the environment damages their mining operation has done to the area and its surrounding.

Furthermore, the central and provincial governments should accelerate the building in the province, especially infrastructure, education, industry, plantations, etc.

7 comments:

Ringbali said...

that because they stole Papua natural resource...

umihoney said...

Hi Harry,
This problem has been ongoing far too long.Political will seems to be wanting.

"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year."
— John Foster Dulles

Thank you for sharing Harry.

smp 3 lembang said...

I don't know when Papua will feel Peace without killing and stranger intervention maybe one day or just in our dream

cucuharis said...

harus dicari akan peyebab kenapa Freeport tidak aman :)

TUKANG CoLoNG said...

ckckckckckck kekerasan yg didiemin ya kaya gini. sekarang mungkin ditindak tapi besok2 pasti ada lagi

colson said...

You are absolutely right; like Shell is a disaster to Nigeria, Freeport is to Papua. Probably because the ties between the government and the enterprise are way too tight in both cases. The governments serve the interests of the company rather than those of the ( local) population.

Apart from Freeport the causes of the guerilla-war which is going on there and the crimes and atrocities which are attached to it, should also be a top priority in Jakarta by the way.

Multibrand said...

@Ringbali,
That's the real cause that have never been realized.

@Umihoney,
Yes, failure to find the real cause of the problem has made it a never ending problem.

@Smp2lembang,
Let us hope that this time the real cause of the problem will be faced.

@Cucuharis,
Disitu justeru letak masalahnya.

@TUKANG CoLoNG,
Iya pokok permasalahannya tidak pernah ditangani dengan baik.

@Colson,
Freeport has been taking the gold and copper for 40 years, thank to their local allies here.