Briefs, Letters

POM landowners causing delay
IT is not a surprise to read about “disgruntled landowners” trying to disrupt the LBBSA forums in Hides-Tari. To outsiders, landowners may appear greedy and uneducated. The problem is these so-called landowners are based in Port Moresby, not at “ground zero”. The truth is the responsible Government departments tasked, under legislation, to facilitate between landowners and project developer had failed miserably. The Government did not conduct social mapping to identify legitimate landowners, instead they identified landowners living in Port Moresby. Without proper social mapping, it is no surprise that any Tom, Dick and Harry are trying to barge into the LBBSA forum. The sad fact is, if this project fails to meet its deadline, the blame must go to the Government as it has failed the legislative requirements to meet project development opportunities for all parties involved. – Nan, via email



Be fair, Wau
I REFER to many letters to the editor criticising the MP for Kerowagi. I support these writers as the MP only concentrated on delivering services to his area. Such biased decisions are unhealthy as Kerowagi is not only made up of Dagle. The people of Nogar, Bi Wol, Neregaima, Kup Gamar, Kerowagi town, Bogo Kawa, Dir Bombai, Gena and Sambugla Waugla also gave Guma Wau their mandate. Come on, my good MP. Serve everyone in your electorate as you have been given a huge amount for DSIP. – Apa Samual Kagl, Port Moresby



Juha not in Koroba LLG
I REFER to the statement by John Wapi Sala (The National, Nov 5) about Juha being in the Western province. Juha is located at the Nomad district in Western province. It is not in north or south Koroba LLG in Hela. Juha is hundreds of kilometers away from Koroba district. There are no family connection between the Huli-speaking people and Tinali (Juha) people. Neither do they share any form customary practices or languages. – Gokeni Gugupe, Mt Hagen



Don’t rename Karaweri High yet
I AM a product of Karaweri High School (1998-2001). It was established in 1992 by the former provincial Member of Simbu David Goro Mai.  The school, unfortunately, is rundown. It also cannot cater for the increasing number of students due to a lack of classrooms and dormitory facilities. It also does not have enough text books, lab equipment and teachers’ guides. As such, I think it is not appropriate to rename the school as Mai High School. – Bomai Yal, via email



Weed out nepotism
Why are so many students unable to get a place in our colleges and universities? This is because of “wantok system”. This is not only limited to our tertiary institutions but in almost all level of goverment. This is unfair because the smart and brainy students are sidelined while the “less brilliant” students get in because they know someone. This is one of the main reasons why PNG is struggling to develop. – Arobiyu, via email



Are you sleeping, Menai?
The Member for Karimui-Salt Nomane Posi Menai is a two-term MP. Despite being in office for the last seven years, he has let the people down. There are no services from the MP. If he fails to deliver in the remaining two and a half years, he can look for a new job. I was embarrassed by the semi-stone age comment by “Dokta Yumane” (The National, Nov 6). If the MP is not embarrassed by the comments, then he should step down and vacate his seat so that someone else can take over. – MLS student, Lae



bemobile fights back
bemobile is coming up with crazy advertisements and all sort of promotions to win new and former subscribers. It was the first mobile phone company in PNG. But it failed to establish itself because its mobile rates – from SIM card to call charges and mobile phones – were among the highest in the world. When Digicel arrived on our shores, it made owning a mobile phone affordable and within two years, it almost connected the whole country. The memory of bemobile ripping off its customers is still fresh in many people. – John Michael Kengi, Port Moresby