Police Officer and Sonica Officer
The NICA (Netherlands-Indies Civil Administration) was born from a secret talk between General Douglas MacArthur and Dr. Huib van Mook, leader of the Dutch colonial government in Netherlands-Indies in exile, in Brisbane (Australia) on March 4, 1944. They came to an agreement that small teams of NICA would follow the invasion military; the teams were responsible for running the civilian government in areas liberated by the allied troops. The highest authority of the NICA was a Senior Officer NICA (Sonica); regional administrators under Sonica included Van Eechoud.
Markus W. Kaisiepo and Frans Kaisiepo later became prominent social and political figures. The first was anti Indonesia and strived for the independence of Western (Dutch) New Guinea. The second becomes a national hero for Indonesia.
Before this region became a part of Indonesia in 1963, Markus Kaisiepo left for Holland, lived, and passed away there as an uncompromising Papuan separatist leader. Viktor Kaisiepo, his son who also lives in Holland, continues the struggles of his father.
The second became one of the governors of the Indonesian newly gained province of West Irian that later became Irian Jaya (1964-1973). In honor of his pro-Indonesian attitude that made him a national hero, his name was given to the international airport constructed during WW II in Biak: Frans Kaisiepo Airport. In 2009, the Indonesian Navy added a state-of-the-art battle ship of the corvette type made in Holland and named KRI Frans Kaisiepo 368, another honor to him.
Manuel Kaisiepo (born in 1953), his son, became a senior journalist for Kompas, the Catholic-owned newspaper – the New York Times of Indonesia – with the widest circulation in Indonesia. He served twice in two Indonesian cabinets. From 2000 to 2001, he became the Vice-Minister for the Development Acceleration of Eastern Indonesia Regions that included Irian Jaya. From 2001 to 2004, he served as State Minister for the Development Acceleration of Eastern Indonesia Regions.