The plan is that the three new provinces will also use local designations. The Central Mountains, whose capital is Wamena, will use the name Lapago. Then, Central Papua, which has a capital city in Timika, will use the name Meepago. Then, South Papua, whose capital is Merauke, will use the name Ha Anim.
However, this naming cannot be separated from criticism.
The intention to accommodate local elements actually backfired because the naming would raise one tribe but demean at least 5 other indigenous tribes.
A lecturer from Cenderawasih University, Papua, Marinus Yaung, explained this position.
Dosen dari Universitas Cenderawasih, Papua, Marinus Yaung Source: Supplied
In this interview, Marinus also emphasized that the case for Papua was different from Timor Leste, which could hold a popular opinion poll, and then choose to separate from Indonesia. Why does Marinus think so?