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Freeport employee crushed to death by heavy vehicle

August 30, 2016

Freeport employee crushed to death by heavy vehicle

Nether Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura, Papua | Tue, August 30 2016 | 04:06 pm

Dig deeper – A vehicle passes through gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia’s (PTFI) mining area in Grasberg, Mimika, Papua.( Dharma Somba)

Lukas Rapi, a worker at gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia’s (PTFI) mining area in Kuala Kencana, Timika, Papua, was crushed to death by a heavy vehicle on Tuesday. Lukas’ body has been transferred to Kuala Kencana Clinic in Timika.

“The incident occurred at 9:30 a.m. local time when Freeport workers were carrying out their activities. The victim was in an alley usually passed by containers, monitoring workers who released chains on trailers,” Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Yustanto Mujiharso said on Tuesday.

“He apparently wasn’t aware that a loader carrying a container was behind him. It seemed the loader’s driver also didn’t see the victim so he didn’t blow the horn. He was hit by the vehicle, causing him to fall and be crushed to death.”

Shortly after the incident occurred, Yustanto said, Mimika Police officers hurried to the site to secure evidence and seal off the location for investigation purposes.

“The police are still investigating the case further. We are gathering information from witnesses and examining CCTV footage. We can conclude whether it was purely an accident or workplace negligence only after this investigation is completed.”

PTFI spokesperson Riza Pratama refused to give a statement on the incident. “We cannot yet confirm the case because it is still under investigation by the police and mining inspectors,” Riza told The Jakarta Post.

It is not the first incident to befall PTFI. In September 2014, a car carrying Freeport employees collided with a haul truck in an open pit area in Grasberg, killing four people. Five others survived the incident. (ebf)

TUESDAY, 30 AUGUST, 2016 | 19:06 WIB
2) Citilink to Open New Route to Papua

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Low-cost carrier (LCC) Citilink Indonesia plans to expand its connectivity to the eastern region of Indonesia by opening a new flight route to Papua.

"The opening of this route has been one of our priorities. This is an important step in Citilink’s effort to expand connectivity in order to connect Aceh and Papua," Citilink Indonesia President and CEO Albert Burhan said in a statement on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Albert said that Citilink will begin passing through the skies of Papua on October 2016. The new rout will connect Jakarta and Jayapura using Airbus A320 aircraft with 180 seats. “Citilink Indonesia will open a daily flight from Jakarta to Jayapura through a transit flight,” Albert said.

A team from Citilink is currently discussing about the concept and preparation of the new route. "We have previously conducted a feasibility study. Jayapura has good market potential in passenger and cargo transport. We continue to assess and study so the route could soon be opened," Albert said.

Albert confirmed that Citilink is currently in the process of applying for a flight slot for the Jayapura airport to the Transportation Ministry.


3) President’s help sought to halt Papua palm plantation
Indonesian military accused of using intimidation to further the aims of ‘corporate greed’

Eman Riberu, Merauke Indonesia August 30, 2016

A priest in Merauke Archdiocese in Papua has appealed to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, urging him to halt the destruction of pristine forests by a palm plantation corporation.

The forest in Papua’s Muting area, about 200 kilometers from district capital Merauke, is being snatched from tribal people who depend on it for their very survival, Father Anselmus Amo of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus congregation, told

Leaders of the of Mahuze Besar tribe say they are being intimidated by the military to hand their land over to palm company — PT Agroprima Cipta Persada.

The priest who heads the diocesan justice and peace commission said he has petitioned the president because he is the last hope for the tribal people.

Petitions sent to the local government, military, and police, were ignored, Father Amo said.

"The issue has caused widespread anxiety and tension between people, the company, local government and law enforcers," said Father Amo.

Father Amo said he has also petitioned the National Commission on Human Rights.

"We hope the commission can address the issue at national level," he said.

Klemens Mahuze, a local tribal person said people are opposed to palm corporations because for them the forest is a sacred place and a source of livelihood.

"We don’t want people destroying the forest, or excavating sacred places," he told

"We don’t want [greedy] people touching our forest," he said.

Sulaeman Hamzah, a parliamentarian and a member of Indonesia’s agriculture commission, said he would take up the case because the government has limited the availability of land for the palm industry in the area,

"We will see the impact, and the validity of the company’s license," he said.

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