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Transmigrants Need Transparency

For some reason, East Kalimantan provincial government, reluctant to give requests of Governor Decree Document No. 66/PH-Gov/1968 dated June 20th, 1968, related transmigration maps and placement transmigration maps in Kutai Kartanegara.

Three leaders of public bodies, including the Governor of East Kalimantan, the National Land Authority (BPN) of East Kalimantan and Head of Labour Department of East Kalimantan, which requested that information equally ignore this request. The applicant, Halimatu Sa’diyah submit objection to this ignoring, finally she filed an information dispute to the Central Information Commission.

On August 14th, 2013, the first trial between Halimatus Sa’diyah against Head of Labour Department and National Land Authority (BPN) of East Kalimantan were held, which will be continued at the mediation session. While hearing with the Governor of East Kalimantan, was cancelled due to absence of Governor and his attorney without clarity. Though 27 other residents who also sued have attended.

“After being called properly twice in a row, if the Governor refused to attend, then the trial and his case remain to be decided, although the Governor in absentia,” explained Chairman of Information Commission of East Kalimantan, Jaidun, S.H., M.H.

Flashback of East Kalimantan Transmigration

The transmigration program in East Kalimantan started in 1954 which marked with delivery 760 householders or 3,049 people from Java to the housing unit in Palaran, Samarinda District and a number of 748 householders or 3,053 people to Petung, District of Balikpapan.

In 1957, it continued to deliver 283 householders or 866 people to Samboja and 738 householders or 2,916 people to Atas Island in Kutai District. Then, in 1959 had dispatched 353 householders or 1,516 people to Waru, Pasir District and later in the orba period, East Kalimantan province became one of the destination of transmigration.

Within 46 years implementation of transmigration in the East Kalimantan, since the Pre-Pelita  until Pelita VI (1999/2000) has built 235 villages with a total of 72.727 householders or 293.240 people. (Full details can be found at the link below)

In a word, this transmigration program required a large budget. It must be managed properly, openly and accountable. Not merely to report to national government, but also ensure the rights of people have been accommodated.

What was done by Halimatu Sa’diyah and citizens are inspiration to other residents in the homesteader area. We await the developments.

Edited from various sources

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