ACCURATE.CO The chairman of the DPR RI, Puan Maharani, advised that the National Border Post (PLBN) in Sota, Merauke should always be guarded. The border gate that connects Indonesia with Papua New Guinea is also expected to improve the welfare of the Papuan people.
This was conveyed by Puan when accompanying President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in the inauguration of the Sota PLBN, Sunday (3/10/2021). On this occasion, Puan also played a traditional Papuan musical instrument, Tifa, with President Jokowi as a symbol of the inauguration of the Sota PLBN.
At PLBN Sota, Puan and Jokowi reviewed the immigration process. The event was also attended by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD, Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian who is also the Head of the National Border Management Agency (BNPP), Minister of PUPR Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Investment/Head of BKPM Bahlil Lahadalia, Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, Regent of Merauke Romanus Mbaraka and Regent of Asmat Elisa Kambu.
“Please keep this Sota PLBN maintained, cared for, and continue to improve the quality of its services. PLBN Sota belongs to all of us,” said Puan, who was present wearing a typical Papuan noken bag.
The Sota PLBN is the 8th PLBN built by the government on the borders of the country. Sota is the second PLBN in Papua to be built after the Skouw PLBN and as part of the construction of 11 PLBNs based on Presidential Instruction Number 1 of 2019 concerning the Acceleration of Development of 11 Integrated PLBNs and Supporting Infrastructure in Border Areas.
The construction of the Sota PLBN adopts ornaments and local wisdom with the shape and color of Tifa, ant nests and brown motifs and colors. The construction also strengthens the landmark of the border monument and the 0 Km monument.
At the Sota PLBN there is a large Garuda Pancasila state symbol and a monument to the Proclaimer and the first President of the Republic of Indonesia, Soekarno. Puan said the development of the PLBN was a strengthening of the country’s dignity.
“Because PLBN is the gate of our house. If there are guests who want to come to our house, then the first thing they will see is our gate. If the gate is good, usually the guests will be amazed because they know that the inside of the house is also good,” he said.
“But if the gate is bad, then the guests can immediately look at our house with one eye because it is considered that the house is also ugly,” added Puan.