Palangkaraya, FRI-indigenous Dayak communities in four provinces of Kalimantan as urged the central government granted special autonomy to the territory of Borneo to the management and utilization of natural resources.
“The central government granted special autonomy for the region of Borneo, including the province of Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan,” said Luke Tingkes who represents the National Council of Indigenous Dayak.
Luke read out the statement on Friday (30 / 5), as one point declaration of the National Working Meeting (Conggress) Dayak Peoples National Assembly (MADN) Year 2008, which took place in Palangkaraya from 26 to 29 May 2008. Conggress MADN followed by at least 350 participants and representatives of the indigenous Dayak Damang heads at all four provinces of Kalimantan, including attended by representatives of the Dayak people of Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia.
Special autonomy, Lukas said, needed to manage and utilize natural resources fully dedicated to improving the welfare of society by maintaining a sustainable natural preservation and the rights of indigenous Dayak.
According to the chairman of the General Assembly of the National Indigenous Dayak A Teras Narang, the implementation of special autonomy to create togetherness and justice among the areas that require special attention. “Why should autonomy, memangnya far less concern by the government. To be honest, for me Kalimantan had enough attention. Only the lack of balance,” said Terrace asserted.
Equalization is meant, says Terrace, from the indigenous Dayak people who should be able to participate in the development of government evolved. The terrace is also the Governor of Central Kalimantan added, the Dayak also supposed to be aware and working to improve its ability to not continue to live in backwardness.
Besides urging autonomy, the declaration also asked the central government issued a law to protect the border region who were followed with the creation of spatial border areas. The establishment of special institutions / agencies that manage the border region is also specifically required to create justice, prosperity, and welfare and bermartabatnya Dayak communities in the border region.
“The two border areas, namely West Kalimantan and East Kalimantan, is very important to note while keeping the country. In the two areas that most of the Dayak community should be noted, do not be left let alone forgotten,” said Core.
Item MADN Declaration also mentions the establishment of the Defense Agency Indigenous Dayak of Kalimantan in the border areas to oversee the process of the struggle of indigenous Dayak and maintain NKRI.
Impact of development and expansion of large-scale palm oil plantations are also highlighted in one point declaration which asked the government to change the pattern of oil palm plantation of large private estates (PBS) to smallholders (PR).
As for addressing the environmental damage, the declaration called for an environmental audit and legal audits of mining and forest resource exploitation. “Government Regulation No. 2 / 2008 on the use of protected forest areas for the management of mining results should be revoked, as it will only damage the ecosystem and the extinction of forest biodiversity,” says Core.
The Dayaks, continued Terrace, also requested the review of the transmigration program that seems to only be interpreted as an effort to move poor people from one region to another. Acceleration of development progress in Kalimantan, plus Terrace, require development policies carried out from upstream to downstream industries.