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Build more ‘Vision Cities’
IT is good to have a place like Vision City as it creates a modern look. The building’s design is good and its environment is ideal for families. Prices of basic goods and services are generally reasonable except for clothes. I suggest the management lease out more space to Papua New Guineans to operate there. I would also want to see more quality products being sold at affordable prices. It would be great if other overseas-based companies could set up such big, modern shopping complexes in Mt Hagen and Lae. – Andrew Dupaim, Port Moresby

Bring back Vaki
SO much has been written about the RPNGC and the Kulunga and Yakasa camps. What the constabulary needs is a no-nonsense leader like Geoffrey Vaki. He is known to be the “A1” and “elephant’s brains”, who can recall our names just by looking at our faces. Vaki is one of the most experienced police officers after Kulunga to take the RPNGC to the next level. Vaki has been side-lined due to a number of court cases and was a victim of the system. The government should consider recalling him for duty. – Insider, Port Moresby

In memory of Prof Nelson
I WANT to pay tribute to a great historian of PNG, Prof Hank Nelson. He was my supervisor for only a year, but played a significant role in my post-graduate studies at the Australian National University, Canberra. He related how the first batch of unschooled, village Papuan men, who went to Sydney to become health workers, returned as PNG’s first medical assistants. He said  if they could do it, so could I. Today, I carry a bit of his legacy when I think of my country, the economy, politics, urban drift and the everyday life of ordinary people. I thank God for bringing the late professor into my life as my mentor. Prof Nelson, I salute you and may you rest in eternal peace. – Dr Rona Nibeta Nadile, via email

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O’Neill’s failed housing scheme
THE failed housing scheme under Peter O’Neill’s control when he was the minister for  public service warrants an investigation by the Task Force Sweep to establish how the K40 million earmarked for 200 homes has been spent.­­ Only ten were completed over a period of five years. In the first place, the money should have been placed under the Department of Works for public tendering. The Department of Personnel Management does not have the capacity, nor the responsibility to supply housing to public servants. Task Force Sweep chairman Sam Koim must proceed with investigation without delay. – John Endemongo Kua, via email

Doctors treat villagers for free
I COMMEND ENT specialist Dr Joseph Garap, medical registrar Dr Kenneth Sodeng and RMO doctors Jacklynne Pahun and David Kundi for visiting our village on March 18. These doctors from Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae sacrificed their free time and risked their lives to come to Musom village, located in a gorge between several mountains in Nawaeb District of Morobe to provide free basic medical services. The doctors saved us time, effort and money to go to Angau hospital for treatment. I heard they plan to visit other villages in the coming months and I wish them well. – Thankful plesman, Morobe

Allowances not pocket money
I WOULD like to remind all tertiary students that the much talked about student allowances are not pocket money. Under the re-introduced policy, amendments were made and each student’s share will come in the form of educational resources and materials. We claim to be intellectuals, yet we tend to be like LNG landowners who think likewise for their infrastructural grants. These are not cash allowances, so I hope we do not confuse others. – Gear Bayamist, Ialibu
 
Another K10m to landowners
I AM disappointed by Hela CEO’s statement that the Finance Department is sorting out signatures for an additional K10 million for Tari Airport landowners in 2011 IDG grants. With the previous K10 million, there was no proper land identification survey and the funds should have been used for the required land acquisition work. Why pay another K10 million to the same group of landowners? This matter must be looked into to prevent double payment. I have supported most of the current government’s activities but with this and the judicial act, I am not impressed. – Yakira Kale, via email
 

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After Dark set sight on top 2

IT’S a must-win situation for After Dark this weekend when they take on the speedy Bullets in the NCD Volleyball Association women’s division, pre-season Vailima Cup playoff at TLC volleyball courts. A win will see the victor pushed to the top of the table and a place in the finals. Snipers and Vailima are the top two teams on 13 and 12 points respectively in pool A, followed by After Dark. A win by After Dark could land them a spot in the top two, pushing Vailima to third spot due to their loss on forfeit to the Snipers last week. After Dark sisters, Nao and Gomara Kone with Sose Goasa, equipped with good verticals and strong wrist-work are expected to score points from outside. Kathleen Johnson and Norah Johnson will be mending the blocks while playmaker, Vano Vagi directs traffic. After Dark will be missing the height and experience of blocker, Grace Doriga who has been missing from the courts lately. In the women’s pool B, U-Mi Yet and Pom Tech have secured the top-two placing and are ready for the semi-finals against the top two teams in pool A next weekend.

Kokopo to get cricket pitch

CRICKET PNG chief executive officer Greg Campbell will be in East New Britain today to assess potential cricket venues to be used in the 5th PNG Games in November. He will be accompanied by development officer Lakani Oala and shown the fields by the Games host organising committee secretariat.
According to HOC chief executive officer, Bernard Lukara they are also expected to finalise arrangements for the construction of a cricket pitch at the new Kokopo sports ground at Takubar. The total cost of construction will be met by Cricket PNG.
Campbell will also meet with other stakeholders and the provincial administration to discuss the introduction of cricket into schools under the BSP’s cricket development programme.

Junior Mozzie in Blues debut

THERE will be 10 new faces running on for Coolangatta when the Blues open their 2012 Queensland AFL Division 2 season with an away match against Palm Beach-Currumbin Lions at Salk Oval tonight. Coach Neil Mackay said he did not like to single out players but did say that Blues supporters will get a kick out of watching Jeremy Cross, Jack Ryan and Stanis Susave strut their stuff on the paddock. “Stanis is from Papua New Guinea  and I’m confident he’ll be yet another of our visitors from that country to make an impact with the Blues.” Susuve is part of AFLPNG’s development programme which has seen scores of young Papua New Guineans spend extended periods in Australia. The reserves game kicks off the action at 6pm while the first bounce in the seniors is at 8pm.

Roadies determined to run

RAIN, hail, tempest or riots; nothing stops the Port Moresby road runners continuing their tradition of running the streets of the national capital district every Saturday afternoon, with races having been conducted at the University of PNG over the Easter weekend.  Swans Pinampio and Jenny Newton starred last Saturday and are expected to back up for tomorrow’s races which leave from the Taurama Leisure Centre for events over 2.7km and 6.7km.  Both races begin with the gruelling water tower hill climb, and begin at 5pm.  All runners and power walkers are welcome. As usual there will be a 20 toea fee for participation.

Bomana off-season funded

IT will the replay of last years’ grand final between Vanuatu Dust and Lofa Particles in the Bomana off-season rugby league final tomorrow. NCDC has allocated a K10,000 prize money and the Wari Vele Foundation with trophies and medallions.

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Free education compulsory
THE huge number of school-age children roaming the streets of our cities, town and villages is the result of high cost of getting a kid educated and its associated costs. High school fees have been a burden for the rural people and even urban dwellers. The reintroduction of free education will certainly take a massive load off the shoulders of parents. Children must not be denied their right to education. If 98% of our population is educated up to Grade 12, I am sure we will have adequate professionals and skilled human resource in the next 20 years to bring the nation another step forward. The UBE is a good move, PM. – Kotiufa Sniper, Goroka

 

Keep Moresby clean
I REFER to your report on Sept 21 about the rubbish left behind by showgoers during the long independence weekend. I appeal to all city residents to be conscious of where you throw your rubbish. Please dispose them in the right place. Governor Powes Parkop and his team are trying their best to beautify the city, yet irresponsible people are throwing rubbish everywhere. Parents must train their children on healthy habits, especially hygiene and respect for others. I also call on the city hall to look into the “homeless” people sleeping along Ela Beach. They are using the sea-front as their toilets. – Steve Gimbo, Port Moresby

 

Blame yourself, Hickey
ON Sept 18, Bogia MP John Hickey went to Tangu village to address a large crowd at a volleyball tournament. He mentioned something about breakdown of law and order in Bogia. Surely the MP is to be blamed for that as he failed to address law and order since entering office in 2007. There is a submission by Bogia police to his office to create a police auxiliary unit but he rejected that submission outright. Is he aware that he is the cause of the problem of the Manam issue? I suggest he thinks before he opens his mouth. – Joe Viaken, Bogia

 

Wrong to attack Embel
I REFER to the attack on the Nipa-Kutubu MP Philemon Embel. It is sad to note that national leaders like him are not given due respect. What frustrates me is that the instigator was an educated person, a teacher. I am ashamed an educated person from the electorate has taken the lead to hurt the MP. I wish the MP a prompt recovery. – Brandon W. Popo, Nembi Plateau

 

Cruelty against humanity
Making promises to people and not fulfilling them have become a common practice for many MPs in PNG. This is cruelty against humanity and the MP responsible must face the consequences just like the Kerema MP when he visited Kaintiba. – Nangu Parange, Lae

 

No guns, minister
IT is leaders like the CS minister who give the world the perception that PNG is the Wild West. Can’t he think of better uses for K9 million instead of spending them on weapons? Is it any wonder why the submission of guns will never see the daylight? Is this the type of society we want in PNG? It is because of such leaders PNG is going nowhere. – Vicky, via email

 

A sheer waste
WHAT is the use of staging the zones select side against the bemobile Cup select side when not a single player from this event has been selected for the PM’s XIII side? It was a waste of time and resources. – James, Madang

 

Thanks, UPNG Toa One boys
I WOULD like to thank the UPNG Toa One boys for creating a lovely environment for me to stay and successfully completing my teaching practice at Gerehu Secondary School for the past six weeks. I was well fed and protected. It was a fascinating six weeks for me. It was tough for me to say goodbye when the time came for me to leave. I will never forget your hospitality. – Izzy rams, Goroka

 

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Gumine sees progress
THE people of Gumine are excited over the unprecedented level of development taking place in the electorate. Credit must go to MP and Minister for Lands and Physical Planning Lucas Dekena. Projects that were initiated or commitments made by Joseph Wamil Aulkupa and Nick Kopia Kuman are pursued and delivered to benefit the people. More importantly, government establishments like roads, bridges, schools, aid posts, staff houses, dormitories and mess halls for students and water supply that were previously overlooked are being funded and restored. I call on Dekena to spend more time with his people and see the problems facing them. His critics should give him time to deliver and can play politics come 2012. – Oltai Phile, Port Moresby

 

Bombom deserves bashing
I read with interest the report about the bashing of Kerema MP Pitom Bombom in your newspaper. I am a ward councillor from Gulf and I can say that Bombom has not provided the services he promised in 2007. He spends all his time in Port Moresby instead of delivering services in Kaintiba. Even when the councillors are in town to see him, he does not treat them with respect. When we are with him, he claims the prime minister or the deputy prime minister wants him to attend meetings. We later find him playing pokies or out partying. The cheques he signed to pay school fees bounced, forcing children to be dismissed from school. He has been lying to the people and now he got a taste of his own medicine. He deserved to be bashed. – Frustrated ward councillor, Kaintiba

 

What services, Bombom?
THE people of Gulf have every right to stand up against all the injustices. We have had enough of politicians who provide lip service. How long has Titus Bombom been in office? Can he show us what tangible service he has provided? We have suffered for far too long. Up to 40 or so people have died travelling between Kerema and Sapeaharo over the years. There is nothing in the Kerema Hospital to treat the sick. Can you imagine a town like Kerema has no bank? The so-called bank Bombom has set up is ripping off the people with high interest rates and withdrawal fees. We have electricity lines but there is no power. Is this what he meant by providing services? – Mila Horepa, via email

 

Respect has to be earned
I REFER to the attacks on two of our MPs as reported in our dailies. In PNG, a leader – a politician or a village chief – is someone who is well respected in the community. Unfortunately, I do not see that in our societies today. Many of our MPs have lost their credibility. They must be reminded that “respect is Earned and not gained. – Tears Van, Lae

 

Arrest torturers
I REFER to the report “Female sorcery suspects tortured” (The National, Sept 21). It is very sad to see four defenceless and elderly mothers being tortured. Where are the leaders for Jika Mukuga tribe? How can they allow this to happen? This is an act of insane people. How can we blame every sickness on sorcery? Even animals like birds can transmit diseases nowadays. Why are we torturing innocent people? I call on the police to arrest those involved in the torture of the four women. – Koima Siwi, via email

 

Is PNG in a war?
CAN the CS minister and his commander tell us the actual purpose of buying weapons? Does the CS need such sophisticated weapons to control prisoners? Are we in the middle of a war? Are the Talibans attacking us? The CS does not need this type of weapon. Use the money to improve our run-down jails, upgrade or build new houses for CS officers and improve their welfare. The CS should look into building a new maximum security unit to contain high risk prisoners. – Frustrated PNGan, via email

 

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Agwi must explain
PNGDF commander Brig-Gen Francis Agwi must explain to the people of Lae and PNG why fully-armed soldiers were causing chaos in Lae last Friday. If there was no call-out, who gave the order for soldiers to be deployed? Who authorised the opening of the armoury and the arming of soldiers? What legal right did they have to do what they did? The people of Lae are disgusted by the actions of this bunch of hooligans who terrorised the public. These people should be brought to face a court martial and dismissed if found guilty. It is no wonder the Australian government insisted on cutting down the number of the PNGDF and destroying its weaponry. – Sem blong yupla, Lae

 

 

PNGDF undisciplined
THE incident involving the PNGDF and Guard Dog Security in Lae over the weekend was absolutely appalling. This was clearly a matter between the commander and Guard Dog Security. Why did he have to drag the whole battalion into this mess? He was the cause of the problem in the first place and would have caused a fight if the security guard had not stepped in. To use the army to retaliate was totally unprofessional and a blatant abuse of state resources. It makes you wonder if there is really any discipline at all in the armed forces of this nation. – Citizen X, via email

 

 

Guard doing his job
I REFER to the report in The National about PNGDF personnel harassing a security guard (Sept 20). This is the second incident involving the security company and the PNGDF. Who do not have problems with security guards? However, they are only doing their job. Maybe the concerned soldiers should humble themselves and stop taking things personally. We do not want a third altercation. – Humble citizen, via email

 

 

Eda Ranu irresponsible
EDA Ranu must be the most irresponsible and incompetent water company in the world. It shows no concern for the well-being of the citizens of PNG. Numerous requests and proposals submitted to the company by people in the settlements and villages in NCD have fallen on deaf ears. The staff are arrogant and have a “don’t care attitude”. Eda Ranu has miserably failed its community obligation. I call on NCD Governor Powes Parkop and Moresby Northeast MP Andrew Mald to take up the matter with Public Enterprises Minister Arthur Somare to sack the board and top management for incompetence. – Nationalist, Port Moresby

 

 

Where is Goroka MP?
CAN someone tell me where the Goroka MP has gone to? He has not delivered anything tangible although he promised to do this and that. Since switching to the opposition during the first attempt to topple the Somare government, he has literally disappeared into thin air. Thompson Harokaqve, time is running out fast. The word going around the villages is he will be the next MP to suffer the same fate as Pitom Bombom. – Batafa mangi ginix, via email

 

 

Bring Lam back
CAN somebody tell me which high profile team Stanley Gene has coached? Can somebody tell me who the assistant coach of this year’s NRL minor premiers is? Bring Adrian Lam back. – Sore fan, Wau

 

 

Perfect 10 by Kaintiba folks
Finally, someone taught the Kerema MP a lesson on ignorance. The same thing almost happened to the Bogia MP but he escaped by the skin of his teeth at Tangu village on Sept 17. More MPs will be bashed if they fail to deliver and try to put on a last-minute show as the countdown to 2012 begins. A perfect 10-point display by the people of Kaintiba. – Joe Viaken, Bogia

 

 

Assault a wake-up call
THE attack on Kerema MP is a wake-up call on all MPs to fulfil the promises they made while campaigning during the 2007 elections. The people have been short-changed too often. – Jonathan, via email

 

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Congrats, Meria
AS I was skimming through the pages of The National (Sept 15), my attention was caught by the advertisement of the PNG Association of Administrative Professionals (PNGAAP). It was to extend the association’s gratitude to certain organisations and individuals who played a role in the 9th annual conference of the PNGAAP and to congratulate the outstanding administrative professional of 2010. I believe each administrative professional deserves a commendation for his or her efforts in contributing towards the goals of the organisations. I would like to congratulate Sandy Meria of the Department of Transport for being the first runner-up. I had worked with her and know her to be a diligent worker who is organised and has a good work ethic. – E Yambe, via email

 

 

Stop wasting our money, Aimo
IT is very sad to see we are planning to waste more taxpayers’ money on buying weapons. I call on CS Minister Tony Aimo to thoroughly look into why we are having frequent breakouts, how can they be stopped and prevented from happening in future? Instead of buying weapons, the money should be used to improve the living conditions and salaries of the CS personnel, upgrade prison facilities and conditions, move officers around so do not become institutionalised, etc. What good will the weapons bring? In fact, they will bring more problems if they were to fall into the wrong hands. So stop wasting our money on weapons and use it to improve the manpower and deteriorating facilities. – Frustrated Kange, Pekum village, Warawau

 

 

Shocking and unbelievable
LAE came to a standstill last Friday when the PNG Defence Force took on Guard Dog Security. The boys from Igam barracks, in full military fatigue, went into the heart of Lae with their weapons. Onlookers were bewildered and shocked. Are soldiers going to war? If they are not, then they should not alarm the people. If they have a problem with security guards, there are procedures to resolve the matter. They should not have caused inconvenience to the business community. To say I am shocked and bewildered would be an understatement. – Pothole Cruz, Lae

 

 

A good leader will take over
I REFER to the letters by Maximus Kaupa of Kundiawa and “Local politicking analyst” (The National, Sept 14) in reference to a previous letter by Jax Mahn (The National, Sept 9). I would like to assure the writers that to reach for where Don Polye is, one needs to have leadership qualities. When the prime minister decides to quit politics, I believe Sir Michael Somare will not hand over the top post to someone who may tarnish this nation. We do not need such regionalism and biased thoughts such as a highlander will never become a prime minister. – KA Imblenkemond, Lae

 

 

No special treatment
I REFER to the letter “Who is Paula’s dad” (The National, Aug 31) by “Curious”. Based on checks and investigations conducted by the institution’s management, it was found that Tamara Player was not given any special treatment nor was she sexually abused  whilst she was in detention at Bomana Correctional institution’s female prisoners wing. – Michael O Mondia, Commanding Officer

 

 

Can we stand on our own?
THIRTY-five years ago, PNG gained independence from Australia. Those born around that time are now adults. The focal question that we should all be asking ourselves is whether our country has matured enough to take responsibility of itself and the well-being of its citizens. Over to you fellow citizens. – Steven S. Palisa, Port Moresby

 

 

 

Thanks, Sir Puka
I would like to thank Abau MP Sir Puka Temu for what he is doing or done. In the past 25 to 30 years, the electorate did not see any development. But in recent years, we have seen some developments in our district. – Peksy Nakua, Port Moresby

 

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Pay rise unjustified
THE National Academic Staff Association at UPNG has again voted for a pay rise and better perks and privileges. I am not a sourpuss but from my observation, only a handful of hardworking academics at UPNG deserve promotion and a pay rise compared to the bulk who seem to be taking a ride for virtually doing nothing. We have far too many unproductive paper professors with little productivity. It seems all the university’s budget will now go into paying salaries alone.  I think it is more logical to accord promotions and pay rises on the basis of performance and productivity as opposed to the current agreed formula of 10% annual increment. Many of our so-called leading academics are virtually unknown even in their own professional fields of specialisation. – Bill Mamaro, via email

 

 

Enough is enough
LAST Thursday, we celebrated our 35th independence anniversary. However, I am fearful of our future. One word I fear most is corruption. This is because it has manifested in all sectors. How can a corrupt person bring up their children properly? What will happen when these children become men and women? Many of our MPs are tainted and we have so many unproductive leaders. As a future leader of this nation, I am heartbroken at what I am seeing now. I am also disgusted the majority of our politicians have failed to serve the people who gave them the mandate. I feel like a foreigner in my own country. I do not want PNG to forever rely on Caucasians. We should be able to stand on our own feet after 35 years. – Graham William, Goroka

 

 

Where is PNG heading?
WHAT can we look forward to? Are we better off today than before? Would we have been better off with or without independence? How far have we come and how far are we going? What are the tangible benefits of being independent? I am a patriot but as a patriotic citizen, I ask these questions all the time. – Andrew Punangi, Kokopo

 

 

Did OHE just wake up?
IT is alarming to read a headline like “OHE alarms over death toll on campus”. Don’t tell me the OHE was asleep all this time. The recent death at Unitech and previous ones could have been prevented if OHE was more proactive. Students at Unitech do not want to resume classes because it has become a perpetual party venue from Wednesdays through Saturdays. Loud music can be heard everywhere, drunk students shouting, singing, fighting, etc, making the zero tolerance on alcohol a joke. What is the Unitech administration doing? – Been there done that, via email

 

 

Rural people suffering
THE people in the rural areas are most affected with the lack or nil services. Although the government has allocated K16 million for the district services improvement programme to each MP, there is hardly anything to see. At the moment, no one knows who is benefiting from this huge amount. Corruption is rampant and, at the end of the day, it is the people who suffer from the lack of services. I call on our MPs to visit their haus lain in their electorate and see for themselves how the people are suffering. – Tonny Memba, Wewak

 

 

Punish speedsters, ban alcohol
I AM a Grade 12 student at Busu Secondary School in Lae. The recent report in The National about the rise in the number of accidents caused by speeding and alcohol is a fact. I have lost count of the number of accidents I have seen caused by drivers who are drunk or speeding. Sometimes, some accidents are caused by the poor road conditions and drivers not following road rules. I support the call by the national road safety council that drivers caught drink driving be punished. To eliminate drink driving, something must be done – ban alcohol or increase higher sales tax on alcohol. Papua New Guinean drivers have an attitude problem and we need to change it for the better. – Iso Yawi, Lae

 

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Independence too early
I CANNOT help but wonder what Papua New Guinea would be like if we had not achieved independence so early. Seriously speaking, I think we would have been much better off and far more developed than what we are now had we let Australia look after us for another 20 years. Look at the Kanaks in New Caledonia. They are enjoying the best of both worlds, more developed and still under French colonial rule. I read in the papers early this week about an independence story that said there was actually widespread opposition against Michael Somare and his like-minded colleagues who were treated with disdain by old colonial masters. This group was right to say that independence would be a catastrophe. I can only say now that they had a really good point. – PNG mangi, via email

 

 

PNG lacks quality leadership
I would like to ask a simple question – where is PNG heading? It is facing a breakdown in leadership which has caused PNG to be stripped of its natural resources. An honest man cannot win elections and become a leader in parliament because he is a minority. My taxes cannot give me sealed roads or roads without potholes. Schools fees are sky-high. Public servants are easily bribed. Medical services are scarce and the bulk of the population lacks basic comprehension. – Megusa beast,via email

 

 

Too many yoyos in parliament
IT is sad to read about our MPs joining the opposition and then returning to the government when the vote of no-confidence failed to eventuate. It is sad to see our MPs behaving like a yoyo. They have no shame and are opportunists looking for short-term gain. Papua New Guineans must not elect them back to parliament in the next election because they are a disgrace. – Jamie Namorong, Goroka

 

 

Bulolo must resolve problem
AS we celebrate 35 years of independence, I would like to challenge our government and Morobe leaders not to go ahead with the eviction of Sepik people in Bulolo and resolve their problems rather than blaming the Sepiks. Let us deal with the criminal elements and send them to jail. The Sepiks left their homes to develop Morobe. They deserve a better treatment. What if the Sepik people were to do the same to remove all Bulolo and Morobeans working in East Sepik? This will destroy PNG. – Avisat Nyan, Port Moresby

 

 

Congrats, John
I would like to congratulate Parkes for being the premiers of Group 11 after beating Wellington,
32-12 in the grand final last Sunday. I commend hooker Benjamin John, a PNG export, for winning the man of the match award. He scored three tries, made 24 tackles and 17 hit-ups in a non-stop display, according to (www.parkeschampionpost. com.au). – Silent fan, via email

 

 

Leave Mul alone
I REFER to the letter by “Nondol Dai” (Sept 14) questioning Benjamin Mul’s plans to build a secondary school. Milep High School is in Nondugl and building another secondary school will serve the children of Nondugl and Jiwaka. It is not a waste of money but an investment for future generation and a service to the people. As such, it does not make sense to question the building of another school. Let Mul do his job. – Nondol Bomol, Madang

 

 

Belated thanks to Hela leaders
ON behalf of all SHASA members, I would like to thank SHP Governor Anderson Agiru, Francis Potape, John Kekeno, James Marape and other Southern Highlanders for helping the Southern Highlands Adventist Students Association (SHASA). We appreciate their assistance and will have a great impact on the people of SHP. This year, we will carry out our programme at Koroba on matters such as climate change, HIV/AIDS, etc. – Dix [email protected], Port Moresby

 

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Anti-govt campaigns seditious
IT seems the NGO anti-government activist, Noel Anjo, has nothing constructive but criticisms for everything and anything. He is one of the most miserable human beings to have inhabited this land and seems hell-bent on dragging down with him as many ignorant and ill-informed Papua New Guineans as possible. What we have seen from his campaign are widespread destruction and looting of properties and goods. If he is serious about the welfare of PNG, then he should offer constructive suggestions. One wonders if he is capable as he professes to manage large organisations. Experience with others of his kind shows that they are easily corruptible. Grow up and do something constructive for yourself because the government is not going to do anything for you. – Donald Asibo, via email

 

 

PNG has grown tremendously
Papua New Guineans living at home and abroad must take time-out and reflect the last 35 years. In my opinion, we have come a long way in a short time. Thirty-five years ago, the sealed roads we are driving on were savanna grassland, LNG was unheard of instead benzin was the household word. I saw the first kina and toea being displayed by the late Glaimi Warena at Kauapena Primary School when I was nine. Many are picking on the negative things and pointing at the Haus Tambaran for all the shortcomings and failures. But I salute and congratulate our country for achieving so much despite the many hurdles scattered along the way. Happy 35th Independence Day, PNG. – Gideon Kandelepo, via email

 

 

Happy 35th anniversary
I would like to wish my fellow Papua New Guineans at home a joyous celebration for the 35th independence anniversary. Our country is abundantly blessed with natural and human resources but it is our people’s uncaring attitude coupled with political corruption and bureaucratic smugness that is causing a lot of setbacks. Let your celebration at home be with reflection and resoluteness for change. – Robert Javapro, Coolgardie, Western Australia

 

 

PNG far from being united
AS PNG turns 35, founding fathers showed they were true champions in uniting the people of diverse cultural background. But one question still remains: “Are we truly united as one nation, one country, one people” as spelt out in our national pledge? Sadly, we still see regionalism and tribalism. The recent clash at Unitech showed we have yet to overcome this crucial hurdle. It is the biggest challenge for our government and leaders. – K Ben, via email

 

 

OH&S talks an eye-opener
I AM a student who took part in two-day first national occupational health and safety symposium last week at Divine Word University. It was an experience as we listened to some very interesting papers presented by academics and senior professionals. The theme “OH&S – a critical need in today’s workplace” was appropriate as many people in PNG are unaware of their rights. On behalf of the environmental health students, I would like to thank and commend the chairman of the organising committee Alphonse Begani and our HOD Kari Totona for a job well done. – Kevin Bimbim, Madang

 

 

Sikani reinstatement stinks
THE reinstatement of Correctional Services commissioner Richard Sikani stinks. During his two terms or so as commissioner, Papua New Guineans have seen nothing but large numbers of jail breakouts, including William Kapris. In any organisation, the top management is held accountable for such failures. It does not matter which branch fails. This is nothing but a serial failure by top CS management to address problems resulting in the breakouts. I cannot believe the reasons given by the minister responsible. Who does the Bomana jail commander reports to? Who oversees the CS overall? For Tony Aimo to blame the commander is not only outrageous but also stupid. I call on the Ombudsman Commission to investigate Aimo and Sikani. – Doles, via email

 

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Getting tourist visa tedious
CAN the Australian High Commission make up its mind about the requirements when applying for a tourist visa for a holiday or short trip? I am told I need to provide an invitation letter from a hotel in Australia to say “it is inviting me to stay at the hotel”. My family and I have been visiting Australia since the mid-1980s. We have seen the criteria evolve but the latest was ridiculous. We have no plans to migrate or even become citizens of Australia. We want to visit and shop there. As such, why make it so difficult visit to Australia? I was educated in Australia and after graduating, returned to PNG to work. Since then, I have been a regular visitor there. As such, I am disgusted over the ever changing criteria for a tourist visa. – Naye Kulu, via email

 

 

Put K9m in education
I WAS shocked to your headline “K9m gun deal”, “Jail to buy 1,500 semi-automatic weapons, 50,000 rounds of ammunition” (Sept 9). Have we not yet learned “the pen is mightier than the sword”? In PNG, we might say “the pen is mightier than the bush-knife or prison sentence” meaning education is the most powerful weapon. It is more effective than any firearm. Put the K9 million into education resource centres in all PNG prisons, appoint well-qualified and specially trained teachers and, believe me, breakouts will be a thing of the past. Let’s build mutual respect with our unfortunate brothers and sisters who are in prison. When prisoners are rehabilitated and educated, their lives will transform. – Educationalist, Port Moresby

 

 

Arms deal stinks
WHY is the CS buying high-powered weapons? Does it have the capacity to secure such weapons? What is the use of buying such weapons when they continue to fall into the hands of criminals? I call on the authorities to investigate the people who negotiated the deal. I believe this is a recipe for national security disaster. It is scandalous. – Ularit Papi, Port Moresby

 

 

BSP customer service poor
I AM frustrated with the customer service at BSP Waigani Drive. My wife, who is studying overseas, applied for a replacement Visa card. She attached a cover letter to the application authorising me to pick the card when it is ready. But BSP told me it would send the card to her address in Australia even though I told the bank my five children and I would be visiting my wife. I showed BSP our travel bookings but it was adamant it would send the card to Australia with the PIN through PNG’s unreliable mail service. Is this the kind of love BSP is promoting? – IV Kila, Port Moresby

 

 

Do the right thing, Mul
WHAT is Benjamin Mul trying to do? Is he telling the people of Nondugl and North Waghi that he is blind? What are his plans for Milep High School? Now he wants to build another secondary school at Nondugl. Isn’t that a waste of money? – Nondol Dai, Port Moresby

 

 

Think before you act
IT is very sad that a student’s life was taken away in, of all places, a university. It is a place of higher learning and research, not a village backyard or in the bush. It is a place for intellects and not trouble makers. As individuals, we have to be responsible for our own actions. God has given us the power to choose and think. Let’s not abuse this power. – Para press, Madang

 

 

Cultural revival vital
In PNG, many societies are breaking apart because we are losing our culture and traditions. What we have now is a mixture of modern and traditional cultural values. The younger generation has forgotten our indigenous cultures that make us unique. Even our so-called Melanesian culture is losing out. PNG is trying to imitate the white men’s culture. As such, it is vital for us to revive our traditional culture and we must start this process by imparting our knowledge to our children. – MDK, Port Moresby

 

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Kainantu falling apart
Kainantu is the gateway to the highlands provinces. It is renowned for providing abundant economic resources to the development of Eastern Highlands and PNG. Lately, the town has been in the news for the wrong reasons such as the deterioration of basic infrastructure, an influx of outsiders, illegal fencing of state land and decline in law and order. The elites of Kainantu have never at any time pooled their brains to advice and direct leaders and officers in charge of managing and developing the town. The MP has not shown much initiative either. It is time for him to lead the way and we need more input from him than just a lousy tractor. – Duwigon Iyampon, Port Moresby

 

 

Garia the yo-yo
I read with interest how Chimbu Governor John Garia has changed his stand from being the so-called leader of the Eastern bloc to topple the prime minister to giving his assurance that he will back the government. That was what he told Internal Security Minister Sani Rambi. In my opinion, he has lost his credibility and that he has no vision. He is no better than a yo-yo. He tried to justify his switch by saying two Chimbu MPs have been given ministries. We do not need such narrow minded leaders boxed in regionalism. We need strong nationalist in the calibre of Sir Iambakey Okuk. – Maximus Kaupa, Kundiawa

 

 

Improve your service: EMTV
I AM a regular viewer of EMTV 6pm news. The news reports are always focused on the major centres but nothing on rural areas. Even what is telecasted is not to the standard. We want to see events as they unfold, not a slide show. It is different listening to a radio. We don’t want to see the reporters dressed up in latest fancy Western clothes. Some programmes telecasted are not of any use to the majority. Programme like In Moresby Tonight disturbs the flow of rugby footy. We need competition to give EMTV a run for its money. – Solo Nobs, Tabubil

 

 

Recruit the right people
I WELCOME the appointment of George Vaso as secretary for Labour and Industrial Relations. Although he is still in his early days as secretary, I would like to point out that his department is at the forefront of all industries in PNG. I urge him to recruit people who have heart for their fellow countryman. – Frustrated wokman, via email

 

 

Province for Minj?
AS someone from Minj studying at the University of Goroka, I would like to tap the brains of fellow Minjs and Papua New Guineans. I believe Minj should be a separate province because it has almost everything like minerals, land mass, human resource, etc, to survive on its own. On top of that, we also have a very unique and diverse culture that is found only in the Minj region. I welcome comments. Please email me on betani.divanap.ruhup @gmail.com. – Betani Ruhup, Goroka

 

 

A true Abau leader
I WOULD like to thank Abau MP Sir Puka Temu for the great change in the electorate. Previous leaders did not bother to deliver basic services. But Sir Puka changed all that when he entered office and the people are grateful to him. – Pecksy Kay, Port Moresby

 

 

CS needs to review decision
I REFER to the Correctional Services’ plan to buy guns for its officers to use. While the minister has the prerogative to make important decisions on behalf of the government, it is sad hat his department has not considered accommodation and related problems faced by his officers and their families before deciding to buy guns. Do they really need weapons at CS? I don’t think so. Their use will be abused and lives will be lost should there be jailbreaks. The CS does not need such sophisticated weapons. What will happen if the guns are in the hands of wrong people? This purchase should be reconsidered. – Waigani observer, Port Moresby

 

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Yakasa must step in
I WAS horrified to see several youths in the so-called “Holy Spirit movement” attacking a security guard recently. After beating him unconscious, they turned on his wife and stole her day’s takings and goods. I know these boys because we go to the same church. Is this what they are taught during their movement’s meetings? I am ashamed and appalled by their primitive behaviour. I call on Fred Yakasa to investigate since he is also a member of this church. I suggest Yakasa set aside some time to talk to these youths during their movement’s meetings. – Concerned citizen, Port Moresby

 

 

Dismiss security company
THE fight between Unitech students would not have taken place had the guards from Kuima Security been present on that fateful night. This security firm is contracted and paid to protect students and Unitech’s properties and its community. However, they failed to do just that and a young life was taken away. To see the guards carrying arms now while patrolling has left a bad taste in the mouth. I call upon the Unitech administration to consider replacing this security company. – Fed up, Lae

 

 

Terminate Kuima’s services
THE Unitech administration will do well to terminate the services of Kuima Security and replace it with G4S or Guard Dog Security. The personnel of these companies are professional and well trained. The problem at Unitech turned for the worse because the current security guards failed to act decisively and professionally. I call on the vice-chancellor to do away with the present security firm. – Concerned parent, via email

 

 

War cry not important
THE people of PNG expect their athletes competing in the Commonwealth Games next month to be at their best to win medals, not to make the loudest noise or war cries. We have spent so much money on our athletes and it is now time for them to show the results. We do not want to be in New Delhi to make up the numbers or, God forbid, make the loudest noise. As such, I cannot understand the intention of Team PNG general manager John Susuve. – Sports lover, Port Moresby

 

 

A disgrace
I REFER to the Mt Hagen Kuris. The team should not have been called the Kuris as they have not even come close to being impressive like the kuris or parakas, the two famous and unique birds found in Western Highlands. The players’ performance thus far has been neither inspiring nor impressive. – West Tengil Kange, Lae

 

 

Polye must investigate
I WOULD like to commend Kandep MP Don Polye for subsidising part of our school fees. Kandep has no natural resources except for its human resource. However, it is disappointing to learn that many Kandep students in universities and colleges have yet to receive the promised subsidy. I call on Polye to find out what is happening as those tasked to release the funds are not doing their job. – Lyan Tyre, Lae

 

 

Congrats, Dekena
ON behalf of the people of Koblaku tribe in Gumine, I would like to congratulate Lucas Dekena on his recent appointment as minister for lands and physical planning. This is another stepping stone for him. The appointment is just reward because he has done a lot to the people in the electorate after being left in the dark for so long. He must keep up the good work and he will be rewarded. – Koblaku Gii, Kundiawa

 

 

Calling Gumine, Karimui MPs
I HOPE the MPs for Gumine and Karimui-Nomane can make time to attend a meeting tomorrow (Sept 11) at the Jack Pidik Park from 10am to noon to explain the latest development on the Gumine-Karimui road and other issues affecting both electorates. – Peter Sterlo, Port Moresby

 

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Where are we heading?
I AM now in western Samoa, far away from my home in Arufa village, EHP. When I see PNG from afar, I can see that we are a very rich country. Unfortunately, we are not only very poor financially but also in our attitude and behaviour. I dare to say some Papua New Guineans behave worse than animals. In Samoa, there are hardly any graffiti on the walls or footpaths, no human wastes on the streets or shop fronts, markets are clean and hygienic with vegetables being displayed on tables while cooked food is served on plates like restaurants, and the people can roam the streets at night without fear of being robbed. I wonder where PNG is heading as we prepare to celebrate 35 years of independence. It is time for our leaders to open their eyes and see what’s going on. Our leaders cannot behave like ostriches with their heads buried in the ground. – Brian, Samoa

 

 

Why hand out cash, Dekena?
During the launch of the Gumine project last week, the MP distributed a large amount of cash to the Dom people. Amongst them was Kopan clan, who got K50,000 cash in front of more than 4,000 people at Kolma village. This means each person got K12.50 each. What can one person do with K12.50? It’s better to spend K50,000 on schools, medicines or AIDS care centre. Handing out cash is wrong. – Peter Domgal, via email

 

 

Congrats, Polye
ON behalf of my family and the people of Kandep and Enga, I would like to congratulate Kandep MP Don Polye on his recent appointment as deputy prime minister. His appointment did not come as a surprise to all of us as we have the belief and confidence in him. We pray Polye will continue to serve the people of Kandep with high distinction as he has been doing. – Alo Kipungi, Port Moresby

 

 

Road awareness
WE applaud the recent announcement by the national government to upgrade Lae roads. This piece of news is long overdue. One major concern is the rate of accidents that will happen once the roads are upgraded as more people will speed. I suggest proactive measures and safety awareness campaign be conducted. – Aigobeen, Lae

 

 

Unitech is not safe
I REFER to the current clash between two ethnic groups that has affected Unitech students. The administration has let the students down by not taking action. I urge the administration to be considerate, make firm decisions for the students and improve the security in the campus if lessons were to continue. At the moment, we do not feel safe. If our safety cannot be guaranteed, then students should be asked to go home. – A fleeing student, Lae

 

 

Why impose import duty?
CAN the PNG Customs explain why an import duty tax is applicable to vehicles that will be auctioned on Sept 11? It is my understanding that the vehicles are being auctioned to recover import duty owed to PNG Customs by the importer of the vehicles. Is it the PNG Customs’ intention to refund the vehicle and freight cost to the owner of the vehicles and keep the import duty of the sale price? If I have to pay the full price on a vehicle plus the import duty, I might as well go on line and order a vehicle of my liking. I think it is only fair if the PNG Customs eliminate import duty charges on the bidding prices of the vehicles auctioned. – Concerned bidder, Port Moresby

 

 

Give youngsters a break
I HAVE been following the progress of some young in-form players who have been consistent from the semi-professional bemobile Cup competition. These players have been performing to expectation and have caught the eyes of spectators, supporters, sponsors and, hopefully, the Kumul selection committee. I call on the selectors to give these players – David Loko (Mioks), Andrew Sam (Muruks), Emanuel Uki (Rangers), Tohu Kohu (Vipers) and Sebastian Pandia (Vipers) – a break. I am sure these boys can add fire work once they are given the chance to wear the Kumuls jersey. – Paul Piltil Kops, Port Moresby

 

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Lower income tax rate is best
I welcome the news “O’Neill promises pay rise for public servants in 2011” (The National, Sept 3) that the government is looking at increasing public servants’ salaries. However, a broader benefit for all citizens can be achieved by reducing the income tax rates. Under the current tax rates, any increase in salary will ALWAYS attract a HIGHER tax rate. It is better to reform the income tax rates and allow the people to have more disposable income in their hands. The current tax net is sufficient to raise the required revenue for the country. The goods and services tax is applied to everything that we purchase. Betting activities are covered by the gaming taxes. Investments are covered by the interest withholding taxes. Even royalties and dividends too are being taxed. – Steven Gila, Port Moresby

 

 

Sad day for PNG
IT is a sad day for many Papua New Guineans to see one of its universities grinding to a halt after the brutal murder of a young Papua New Guinean. The culprits should be hanged. This is totally unacceptable and the university administration must take responsibility. It could have nipped the problem by conducting reconciliation process instead of allowing it to escalate. Why did the administration report the incident to the police late? The Kuima Security Service should be fully investigated and its services terminated immediately for failing to protect the students. They are seen to be carrying offensive weapons around the campus. Isn’t carrying offensive weapons in a public place a crime? – Concerned parent, Lae

 

 

Unitech has lost control
THE Unitech administration has failed miserably to contain the number of students killed within its ground. Since 2002, when I did my final year there, there has been five deaths. The statistics is alarming and clearly depicts a lack of management ability and ignorance by the administration. To date, the university does not have any crisis committee to address the prevalence of ethnic clashes. Furthermore, the VC is never present in any tough situation. He is said to be on holidays at the moment instead of handling the situation. As long as the VC is on holidays, the rights of the students will be held at ransom. – Edward Suagu, Lae

 

 

Report biased
I FIND the report in the other daily on students killed at Unitech biased. It is a problem between the Sepiks and Chimbus. The National was correct not to mention the origins of students involved in the fight. When reporting such sensitive news, the truth must be presented. The two Sepik students killed were innocent students going to the dining hall when they were attacked. What made the report worse was to link the incident with the Bulolo situation. What is the Post-Courier trying to prove? Why can’t it report what took place instead of adding fuel to the fire? Keep up the good work, National. – Cough Hike, via email

 

 

Pep’s death a great loss
I WAS shocked to learn about the death of yet another businessman and leader of the Yamka tribe in Mt Hagen, late councillor Daniel Lo Pep. He died together with his wife and three children when their house caught fire last week. I cannot believe a great man would die in such a manner. He was known for restoring peace and upholding the good principles of leadership. His death is a huge loss not for the Yamka people but for the people of Dei, WHP and PNG. We need good quality leaders like him. I convey my sympathy and condolences to the immediate relatives of the late Pep. – Andrew Pini, Port Moresby

 

 

Minj a cowboy town
THERE is no point arguing over where the headquarters of Jiwaka should be. What is more important is to lower or eliminate law and order problems and where people respect each other. We need to bring back what it was like in Minj in the 1960s and early 1970s. It was then the model town, unlike a cowboy town today. The people must change their behaviour and attitude. – Nok Kilip Dam, via email

 

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PNG in a sad state of affair
I REFER to the recent fire and looting in Lae. What a sad state of affair the provincial capital has come to see the people ransacking shops last week. The looting has confirmed that some people have truly lost their way and will resort to any opportunity that comes along. My question is how many of these people are from the working class staying in the surrounding areas? Are all the looters unemployed? Lae is deteriorating fast due to these reckless and careless attitudes. And the endless potholes is making life an absolute nightmare. While I am a supporter of our prime minister, the reality in regards to what happened last week has sent a message that all is not well with the masses in PNG. If the PM had been in the vicinity, I am sure he would have been shocked, sad and disgusted at what happened at Eriku. Please do something, prime minister, before it is too late. – Heartfelt woman, Lae

 

 

Upgrade and seal road, NCDC
THIS letter is to the good governor of NCD and all the people responsible for the sealing of roads in the city. Road rehabilitation and upgrade is being carried out along Pitpit Street complete with drainage works while feeder roads of Koisere, Pune and Kunemaka are being sealed including Somare Circuit. I commend the NCD. However, in the midst all these road works, the road leading into the housing compound opposite Koisere Street and Pune Place has been being neglected. You must see the sorry condition of Talio Street. Can you imagine what it is like when it rains? I appeal to the good governor to please upgrade and seal this road. We are taxpayers too and deserve to enjoy the benefit of a good road. – Weary Talio Street dweller, Port Moresby

 

 

Sogeri road falling apart
I AM glad to see NCD Governor Powes Parkop having a good time fishing at the lake at 14-Mile. It is good the governor has seen fit to provide some form of recreation for the people of Port Moresby. The park is a good idea as city folks can go there to enjoy the cool, fresh and clean air. I also hope that the governor has taken note of the road’s condition during his ride to and from 14-Mile. The turnoff to Sogeri road until the Bomana junction is filled with potholes and can easily put some of the roads in Lae to shame. Please seal the road, governor, and save us some money from having to change the suspension and brakes of our vehicles regularly. – Pom resident, Port Moresby

 

 

Seal road to Saka
Saka Valley is about 5km from Wapenamanda town. We, the people of Saka, call on the MP to upgrade and seal our road as it has been falling to pieces in the last 10 years. No MP has tried to fix it. On top of that, one of our oldest bridges, Wakiam River bridge that connects Saka with Wapenamanda, has been washed away. Our only direct link to Wapenamanda has been cut off for a year and we are suffering. Can the Wapenamanda MP do something about it? The people want the road and bridge to be fixed before the end of this year, not 2012. – Angry Saka Valley resident, Saka

 

 

Marape must fix roads, bridges
THE people of Hela are suffering. There are big potholes along our roads and the bridges are falling apart too. I call on our MP James Marape to fix these essential services. The people are finding it impossible to reach Hoiebia because the Tabi and Ajana bridges have not been replaced. – Michaelyn, via email

 

 

Put more thoughts into meet
I REFER to the recent newspaper advertisement for teams to register in the southern nines tournament. We have been participating in this tournament for years. Unfortunately, nothing good has come out from this tournament. I call on the coordinators and members of the organising committee to plan the tournament properly and maybe invite the national selectors so that they can identify potential players. – Hiri Merona, Port Moresby

 

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Keep it up, Goi
JIMI MP Wake Goi is starting to invest in human resource. Recently, he presented a cheque for K44,261 to students from the electorate attending the University of Goroka. He has brought services to the district since entering office in 2007 as he knows Jimi is one of the least developed electorates in the country. He is investing in human resources in the future. He has allocated K150,000 to subsidise tertiary students from Jimi. As someone from North Waghi, I commend him for his initiative to develop human resource. Keep up the good work, Goi. – Peter Jika, Goroka

 

 

Watch your words, Kaeok
I REFER to your report “Development must reach rural areas, says MP” (Sept 2). I find it ironic that this comment came from Wapenamanda MP Miki Kaeok. The K10 million question is: What has he done for the electorate in the last eight years he has been in office? If his definition of development means the colourful piggeries at his backyard, then I suggest he remain there and look after his pigs. – Rev Allan Hot, Port Moresby

 

 

State a letdown
Every Papua New Guinean has a right to security and protection. It is the state’s responsibility to protect its citizens. The present law and order problem between the people of Bulolo and Sepiks is a good example of the state’s negligence to protect its citizens. The police manpower in Bulolo is not sufficient to control the situation. They could not do much to protect the children, women and the innocent. As a result, lives were lost, properties destroyed and many were injured. – Karanas Kamben, Lae

 

 

Wenge slow to act
AS a Sepik, I am grateful the PM has spoken his mind and for allocating K4.3 million for the repatriation exercise. However, I am ashamed of the Morobe provincial government’s poor handling of the situation during the initial stages. I failed to understand why Morobe Governor Luther Wenge did not act sooner. He could have nipped the problem instead of allowing it to escalate. – Sepik spirit, via email

 

 

Khay has no right to demand
WHILE I share the grief of Lae’s lord mayor over the loss of his son, I cannot understand why he is petitioning the Morobe governor as reported in your paper last Thursday. I agree with his call to address the law and order situation in Lae. Murder is a serious matter and he must let the police handle it. As lord mayor, he may be entitled to some form of recognition but he has no right to demand the provincial government meet funeral and transportation expenses. – Yutz Yet, Lae

 

 

Govt must chip in too
THE national government and NCDC should get together and plan road upgrades in NCD as it is the nation’s capital. It should not be the sole responsibility of the NCDC to fund road upgrades. People should not blame Governor Powes Parkop and NCDC as if they are the owners of Port Moresby. – Nathan Kelio, Port Moresby

 

 

Extend services to Enga, PX
I CALL on the Air Niugini management to reopen Wapenamanda Airport. This will enable air service to reach some 400,000 plus Engans. It does not make any economic sense not to resume air services to Wabag. Air Niugini is robbing us without providing this service. – Victimised traveller, Lae

 

 

Kandep students awaiting fees
I AM one of the Kandep students studying at the Pacific Adventist University. We are already well into the second semester but are still waiting for our fees to be paid. If the funds do not come soon, we will be asked to withdraw by the PAU administration. Can the Kandep MP look into this immediately? – Mongap Kewan, Port Moresby

 

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Engage foreign auditors
IF finance secretary Gabriel Yer is genuine and serious about the way public funds are managed, he should consider engaging auditors from abroad. Papua New Guineans do not trust their own auditors especially those who audit provincial and district expenditures. They are seen to be part of the corrupted system. The perception is they are easily manipulated and exploited by MPs and their cronies. A massive K16 million DSIP funds are placed in the MPs’ custody to be used for impact projects for the benefit of both the urban and rural people but it is evident there is nothing to show throughout the country. The finance secretary must direct his officers to physically inspect the projects prior to releasing the funds. At the moment no one knows who is benefiting from this huge K16 million DSIP funds. – Kotiufa sniper, Goroka

 

 

Capital can be anywhere
THE Jiwaka provincial capital can be anywhere as long as it is in Jiwaka. It does not matter whether it is in Minj, Banz or Kudjip. They are about 10 or 20 minutes of drive or bus ride from each other. It is not like our current K5 bus fare to Gomins. We should not give unnecessary headaches to the JTA. Let them make that decision. I am sure it will be for the good of all Jiwakans. What I care most is not where the provincial HQ is but a bank, good water and sewage system, less electricity blackouts and access to internet broadband. If our good JTA members and MPs can provide the above, then it would boost business operations in Jiwaka. – Masi Mongom, Banz

 

 

Ridiculous meals
CAN you imagine young adults eating meals meant for elementary school pupils? I am disgusted when I go to the UPNG Waigani campus dining hall during lunch time and see the meals being dished out. What we are getting a few pieces of chips with a tiny sausage roll. To say this is ridiculous must be the year’s understatement. For us to do well at the school of medicine and health sciences, we need to eat well too. I think Eurest Pacific Catering Company should look into this issue and address it as soon as possible before it leads to another student strike or boycott! – Bata Nunu’o, Port Moresby

 

 

Climate BSP’s core function?
BSP employed a marine biologist to manage its “climate change” office. Wow! Is climate change a core banking function? Climate change is the least of BSP’s problems at the moment. BSP needs a department or an officer to talk to the government and customary landowners to free up their land to build houses. – Former BSP employee, Port Moresby

 

 

Dekena spot on
A TOTAL of K17 million of the DSIP services rollout in Gumine is incredible. Money invested in impact projects can results in good turnover. Law and order, education, health, infrastructure, ICT and self-sustainable micro-economic projects are what the 70,000 people of Gumine need. Development projects are now being rolled out in Gumine. It is time for Gumine to embrace development. Thanks, Lucas Dekena. – Bomai Rutz, Gumine

 

 

Pundari deaf to people’s cries
New Mining Minister John Pundari will not make any difference at all in the present government’s attitude towards protecting our environment. He has unfortunately fallen into the same trap as the rest of the ministers by not listening to the people’s concerns about their environment being threatened.  – Papua Tauna, Port Moresby

 

 

Looking for Yalde Sikepal
I AM trying to contact Yalde Sikepal of Vudal Agriculture College and University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury. I can be contacted at 7270 2419 or after hours on 546 2216 or email: [email protected]. – Arnold Harry Wanamp, Banz

 

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Resolve issue quickly
I AM from Wampar. I am not happy with the decision to relocate the Sepiks from Bulolo at Nadzab. Wampars are friendly people and we are happy to live and assist anyone. However, Morobe Governor Luther Wenge and Wampar LLG president must tell us the length of this temporary stay. I do not want Wampar to end up like Manam. I call on the prime minister and the MPs from Angoram and Ambunti-Dreikikir to put aside their political differences and work with the MPs for Bulolo and Lae, and Wenge to resolve this humanitarian issue once and for all. They are also Papua New Guineans. Send them to their homes so they can start their lives anew without fear of violence. – Wampar voice, via email

 

 

Wrong call
IT is good to learn that the prime minister has honoured his commitment by allocating K20 million for the Karimui road project. But it is frustrating when the top road builders in the country are overlooked in favour of a junior in awarding the contract. The Karimui road is not a maintenance job, it is a new road and you need people with experience to do the job within budget and quality expected. How can one overlook companies like Curtains, Shorncliff, Global, Dekenai, etc? Even a fool can tell what is going on here. – Sick and tired, via email

 

 

Ban alcohol
I agree with the comments by JN Herra in his letter “Time to ban alcohol in Enga, Ipatas” (The National, Aug 30). The introduction of liquor into Enga has claimed thousands of lives, properties worth billions of kina have been destroyed, no basic services in remote areas, communities in turmoil, etc. Alcohol must be banned. We have suffered long enough. What has the governor done for the province when people in the remote setting are crying for basic services? – Chief Error, via email

 

 

No pride
THE brand new Toyota landcruiser, Pride of Gumine, which appeared in the front page of The National on Monday, was involved in a nasty accident the same morning at Situm, just outside Lae. What is this brand new vehicle doing a long way from Gumine in Chimbu? I am pretty sure the MP who assisted in the purchase of this vehicle will not be happy to learn of its fate. – WP, Lae

 

 

Poor decision, Dekena
GUMINE MP Lucas Dekena is going insane. Why is he using Gumine DSIP funds to buy a 4×4 landcruiser 10-seater for the Kerowagi police? Is Gumine free from law and order problems? This is Gumine people’s money. Why can’t Dekena buy a car each for Gumine, Omkolai and Karilmaril police stations? – Peter Domgal, Port Moresby

 

 

Well done, Boreboa primary
I AM amazed with the effort Boreboa Primary School has put in to buy a new school truck. I have never seen a primary school taking an initiative to do what the Boreboans have done. I must say that they really deserve to become a proud owner of a truck. As a trainee there five weeks ago, I have seen the teachers and students really mean business when they went about to raise funds for the truck. They have reaped what they have sown. Keep up the good work and maybe a school bus could be the next project. They deserve a huge pat on the back. – Mr Snax, Port Moresby

 

 

Good job, Muruks
I WOULD like to extend my congratulation to the “lipilipi” boys for the win over Warriors in Lae. It is not easy to beat the Warriors on their homeground but the Muruks, led by Nombert Genbip Kembo, Joseph Omae, Andrew Sam, Rodrick Puname and rest of the team did well to bag full points. They have put the smile back on the faces of Muruks fans in Southern Highlands and elsewhere. Keep up the good work. Sam was the star on Sunday. – Muruks fan, Port Moresby

 

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Briefs, Letters

It’s still K7, Malabag
WHILE I appreciate Michael Malabag making strong comments and taking a bold stand on BSP workers’ demand on housing and other allowances, may I ask him what he plans to do with the ridiculous K7 housing allowance for public servants? When will the government review it? The so-called housing ownership scheme for public servants (HOSPS) is taking ages to be implemented. And when it does, I can assure you that it is only for top management staff or those who are co-ordinating the programme. I cannot continue to pay K300 from my salary every fortnight to pay for my housing rent. Please do not make us suffer in silent in the settlements. I reckon public servants should fight like BSP workers. Enough is enough. – Les pinis ya, Port Moresby

 

 

A loss for UPNG and PNG
I AM saddened at the untimely passing of the late Dr Terence Laufa on Aug 14. Until his demise, Laufa was a lecturer with the strategic management strand of the School of Business Administration at the University of Papua New Guinea. He had contributed immensely to the development of PNG through advice and research. He participated in prestigious international meetings and was a mentor to many students. He will always be remembered as a soft-spoken and down to earth person who always made time for his students. His passing is a huge loss to the academia and PNG. I extend my sincere condolences to his family, relatives and friends. I pray the Lord will comfort you in this time of bereavement. – Eugene Miro Kambut, Port Moresby

 

 

Basil indecisive 
Bulolo MP Sam Basil has allowed himself to be seen as incapable of resolving the ethnic problem affecting his electorate. He has seen it fit to shift the blame. This is a real test of his leadership. He has not condemned the actions of his people when they raided homes belonging to the Sepiks. He has failed to address the problem head-on. He made a wrong judgment and has now set a frightening precedence. PNG is facing mammoth development challenges and the last thing we need is to create more problems for ourselves. – Real nationalist, Port Moresby

 

 

Probe Karimui DA
THE people of Karimui are fed up with the district administrator. He has failed to perform his duty. The district receives K3 million every year for DSIP from the government but there is nothing to see thus far. He shifted the office and its equipment to Kundiawa and has been operating from there for the last six years. We wonder when he will return to Karimui. We call on the Ombudsman Commission and other relevant authorities to launch an investigation. The people of Karimui cannot be made to suffer because of one man. – Oiobe Traip, Karimui

 

 

Thanks, Garamut and BSP
ON behalf of PNGDF’s Alpha Company 2RPIR, I would like to thank Garamut Enterprises and BSP Wewak for responding to my request to sponsor sporting uniforms and equipment. As I am away on a short course, I am not able to personally thank both organisations for their contributions. May God continue to bless your organisations. – Major Eddie F Etato, Commanding officer Alpha Company

 

 

Congrats, Numbasa
I WOULD like to congratulate Georgina Numbasa for winning the women’s award in the environment category. As a student at UPNG environmental science discipline, I am very proud of her achievement. She is very passionate about environmental issues, especially urban land degradation and pollution and the general welfare of the PNG’s unique flora and fauna. The UPNG environmental science and geography students take this opportunity to congratulate Numbasa. – AJ Mowbrary, Port Moresby

 

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Briefs, Letters

Don’t merge airlines
THE two ministers – Arthur Somare and Don Polye – should refrain from making the merger an issue. Leave Airlines PNG alone. It is managed by qualified professionals and does not need political intervention. Air Niugini is performing very well. Recently, I had to pay K366 from Port Moresby to Hagen for my wife and infant baby with APNG. I went to Air Niugini on the same day but I had to pay K475. The two airlines should operate separately. I urge the two ministers to talk more about affordability rather than profitability for the sake of the simple people like myself. Price of goods and services have sky rocketed due to the LNG project. Many of us who are earning between K200 and K500 a fortnight are feeling the pinch. – Tough luck, Port Moresby

 

 

Kaeok must deliver
I REFER to the letters by “Tsaka Weap” (The National, Aug 18) and “Try me” (Aug 19). Both said Wapenamanda MP Miki Kaeok has delivered. As someone from Wapenamanda, I don’t know what they are talking about because I have not seen anything of that sort. Last year, during the NEC meeting, the government allocated K40 million for the electorate. That kind of money will bring us forward. But there is nothing tangible to see. What have the funds gone to? If Kaeok is a real leader, he would have upgraded and sealed all the roads in the district. – Oaks Maio, Lae

 

 

Looking for a lost friend
I AM looking for a good friend of mine, Kombuk Ongul, whom I believe is working as a horticulture officer with the Department of Agriculture and Livestock in either Eastern Highlands or Western Highlands. Ongul was my former classmate at Massey University in New Zealand. If Ongul or anyone who knows him happens to read this, I can be contacted at +91 98642 89722 or [email protected]. – Saurabh Jyoti Gogoi, Assam, India

 

 

Don’t change format, National
SINCE the other daily came out with its “new look”, I have had difficulty trying to make sense of it. It is not only confusing but looks like reading comic strips every morning. Whatever you do, please do not try to change the format of your newspaper presentation. The National is now the only one I read when enjoying my morning cup of coffee. – Confucian, via email

 

 

Probe security officers
THIS is an open letter to the authorities to take a closer look at the reserve constables who are employed as assets protection officers with the PJV Barrick Gold Ltd. The PJV security officers are armed and, last Thursday morning, a villager was shot dead. After that, they drove to the PDA office and threatened the staff before forcing them to close the office. What is going on? These people are supposed to look after the mine site, not take the law into their own hands. – Yanzux Ray, Porgera

 

 

No promises by Poponawa
I REFER to the letter “Poponawa yet to fulfil his promises” (The National, Aug 19). I believe the writer is not from Poika Palme tribe of upper Nebilyer. From what I know about Poponawa, he does not simply make promises. In 2008, during the funeral of the late councillor, Nore Kogolowas, Poponawa did not say anything about power lines and sealing the road. – Palex Kunjil, via email

 

 

Bold stand
THE people of Bulolo must be commended for taking a bold stand against the Sepiks. They have caused too many law and order problems. Madang, for example, has not been what it used to be because there are too many Sepiks there now. They do not respect the peace loving people of Madang. – Concerned, via email

 

 

Sepiks must go home
THE Sepiks must be repatriated from Bulolo. They should return to their province and develop their own province. East Sepik has fallen behind many provinces. – Ngalye Madang, Madang

 

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Briefs, Letters

Somare opposition expected
THE opposition by Public Enterprises Minister Arthur Somare to the proposed merger between Air Niugini and Airlines PNG can only be concluded as shallow and narrow minded. The people of PNG have suffered enough with rocket prices by Air Niugini. The merger proposed by Deputy Prime Minister Don Polye is timely and should go ahead without opposition. Change is good for a struggling airline like Air Niugini. We know Somare’s stand. He was against Digicel making its presence here. His opposition against the merger is not a surprise. I see this as a political opposition against Polye as time draws nearer for the prime minister to retire. He should not use this issue to cause differences among NA MPs. – Concerned, Madang

 

 

Not losing sleep over merger
I refer to The National’s online poll: Should Airlines PNG be merged with Air Niugini? My answer is I do not care. The government does not care about its people. So why should I care? My village has not seen any tangible development. Everyday, we struggle to survive. How safe am I in my own country if there is a frightening build up of illegal firearms? It is a shame PNG does not even have the latest census data. Only God knows how much has been allocated for the rural areas. Who cares about the merger proposal? I do not care as I have never flown in an aeroplane. – Megusa beast, Hides

 

 

Maipakai’s ‘Stone Age’ politics
THE media statement by the member for Kikori and his cohorts are childish. In fact, they are the ones who are playing politics. It is Havila Kavo who is playing it straight. From my understanding, it was Kavo who funded the Kerema Coronation and Ihu high schools’ rehabilitation programme. Where was Mark Maipakai in the last six years when Ihu was falling apart? It is his responsibility as the Kikori MP to develop his electorate. He has done so little in his electorate, especially Ihu and Baimuru. It is time he stops making childish allegations and playing “Stone Age” politics. He and his LLG presidents should attend a course on public policy management. – Harako Belepa, via email

 

 

BSP customer service poor
I would like to express my disappointment with BSP’s customer service. I am a regular customer at the BSP Moresby branch. Everytime I go there, I have to wait for between one and two hours just to make a deposit. I find this unacceptable. I do not know why it takes this long to be served. I call on the BSP management to look into this issue. There are many frustrated customers like me waiting in line every day. – Frustrated customer, Port Moresby

 

 

Well done, Nasfund
I WOULD like to thank Nasfund for sending me my updated statement for every two months through my mobile phone. It shows it has an efficient system. – Satisfied contributor, Port Moresby

 

 

Change game plan, Muruks
THE current game plan employed by the Muruks is not good enough. I call on the coaching staff to change the game plan. The current plan leads to an excessive use of the forward pack. The Muruks can use this tactic to gain yards in their territory. But once in their opponents’ territory, they need to employ a more open style of football just like when the Muruks won three conservative grand finals. Please change the strategy to win the remaining games. – Hito Kendayamo, Ialibu

 

 

A historic moment
ONE behalf of the people of Margarima station, I would like to convey a belated congratulations to Komo-Margarima MP Francis Potape for being appointed as Minister for Climate Change. He is the first MP from the electorate to be made a minister since independence. This is a historic moment and we are proud of his achievement. – Yakolo Waru Ikire, Lae

 

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Briefs, Letters

Congrats, Wisil
AS a proud fellow Jiwakan, I would like to congratulate Toea Wisil on her latest achievement in smashing the 400m PNG record. It goes to show that sheer determination, commitment and hard work do pay dividends. On that note, I would like to suggest to the Jiwaka Transitional Authority to tap into young, outstanding Jiwakan individuals such as Wisil to assist it in conjunction with its personal viability training programme to reach the younger Jiwaka population. Well done, Wisil. She is a true testament of the Jiwaka spirit: “We may be smaller in size but we are big in heart!” – Mark Munnu, Banz

 

 

Timekeeper not fair
I would like to express my frustration over last weekend’s bemobile Cup match between Enga Mioks and Lahanis. As a Lahanis fan, I was not only cheering my team but also keeping an eye on the clock. However, to my surprise, the game was declared over with four minutes still on the clock. That game did not last the full 80 minutes. The missing four minutes had robbed Lahanis of the match. While the Mioks played well and I congratulate them, the timekeeper had brought shame. I call on the Lahanis management to conduct an investigation into this. – Lahanis fan,Wabag

 

 

PNG has skilled people
I REFER to your report “5,000 Indons for LNG site” (Aug 19). As a proud daughter of PNG, I would like to know why we have to bring in such a huge number of Indonesians to work here. We have talented and highly skilled people. Is it because the companies involved in the LNG are foreign-owned and as such they prefer to bring in their own people? I think our people should be given the first priority. We have many educated people who are jobless. For those who may not have the necessary paper qualification, why can’t they be trained? – Proud citizen of PNG, via email

 

 

No water for paying consumers
I CALL on the Goroka town authority and MP Thompson Harokaqveh to look into the water supply system of the town. Since March, the residents of west Goroka and those all the way down to Faniufa, have been facing water problems. While settlements such as Banana Block, Genoka and others are having 24 hours of free water supply, those of us who are paying our water bills are left without water. Where is the justice? It should have been the other way around. – Stanley Jacobs, Goroka

 

 

Tribal fight getting worse
THE tribal fight in Tipini is getting worse and it is letting the people of Porgera and employees of the mine down. This fight has claimed many lives, including prominent leaders of the area, and we should allocate funds to churches to enable them to organise peace mediation ceremonies in collaboration with the law and justice sector to stop this fight. The current crusade hosted by the Tipini Apostolic church has seen many people giving their lives to God. – Mangi Tipex, Lae

 

 

Thanks, Kikala
ON behalf of Porgera Primary School, I would like to congratulate the Member for Laigaip-Porgera Philip Kikala for honouring his commitment of K100,000 during the rehabilitation programme fund-raising show last Sept 16. We believe this is the way forward. We will use the money to build a new double classroom. – Thomson Kumara, Porgera Primary School BOM chairman

 

 

Seal potholes, Amet
ON behalf of the people of Madang, I call on Governor Sir Arnold Amet to seal the roads in the town. Not only is the number of potholes increasing but some of these potholes are beginning to look like craters. The governor must act quickly and firmly before we are being compared with Lae, which is famous for its potholes and craters. – Tracey Aung, Madang

 

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Briefs, Letters

We need basic services
WE need basic infrastructure like roads, piped water, bridges, banks, health, port and airports, and electricity. Some services are deteriorating while others are non-existent. As a result, they are causing a big problem for our people. Our government has failed to maintain our infrastructure or provide them. As such, it must look into these problems. Roads are important for the people to travel from one place to another and also to sell their produce besides making it easier for basic services to be delivered. The government must seriously look into providing water, especially to settlements. We all need water to survive. If we want to be a developed nation, we need basic infrastructure. Otherwise, we will continue to remain where we are. – Mary Pasuk, Madang

 

 

Havoc at national high schools
I AM disgusted with what is happening to our national high schools. According to the education minister, these schools are supposed to become schools of excellence next year, But what is happening to them now? We see landowners demanding compensation at Passam, Kerevat is in dire need of maintenance and the principal of Aiyura was chased out by boycotting students. What is happening? Can the superintendent of national high schools and the assistant secretary of secondary schools please explain? In 2006, the government allocated K6 million each to all premier national high schools to have them maintained. To date, nothing has been done. I call on the education minister and Ombudsman Commission to launch an investigation. – Mapemo, Port Moresby

 

 

Ref at fault
THE PNG National Rugby League and bemobile administration should be blamed for the recent spectator violence at the Lloyd Robson Oval during the game between the Vipers and Mioks (Aug 8). The violence was triggered by the referee’s call to penalise the Mioks on their try line. I was at the game and, in my opinion, the referee was at fault by making a very poor decision. It was one of the many poor calls he made. The organisers must appoint a neutral referee. I call on bemobile Cup administrators to take measures to avoid a repeat scenario. The Mioks should not be held responsible for what happened. Therefore, I call on the PNGNRL judiciary to rescind its decision. – Timothy Lepa, Ipatas Cup CEO

 

 

Muruks need to work on attack
WHEN Mendi Muruks won three consecutive grand finals from 2006 to 2008, it was based on solid defence and potent attack. The current team has being doing great in defence but the attack is poor and failed to any real pressure on the opponents. The free flowing football and flair that the Muruks are well known for were missing in the last two games. I call on the coaching staff to inject some venom into the attack in the remaining games. Muruks have a very formidable forward pack but not the backline. – Les McKote, Onne village, Mendi

 

 

Don’t blame govt, Menai
I refer to your report “Govt processes slowing DSIP” (Aug 18) by the member for Karimui-Nomane Posi Menai. I fail to see his logic in blaming the government. He should not be blaming the government for his failure to delivery basic services to the people in his electorate. – Amanu Sabbie, Negabo, Karimui

 

 

Congrats, Hekari Tarangau
I would like to congratulate Dr James Naipo, officials and the Hekari Tarangau players for winning the minor premiership at the Port Moresby Rugby League. Their performance since the beginning of the season has been solid. The finals are knocking at the door and the players must maintain their discipline. Remember the adage – no pain, no gain. – Akay, Kutubu

 

 

Moresby needs wider roads
TRAFFIC jams are becoming a norm not only during the mornings and evenings but also during lunch time. NCD Governor Powes Parkop must look at widening our city roads. – Hami, Port Moresby

 

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Briefs, Letters

Welcome back, Eagles
IT was a pleasure reading last Tuesday’s National that the pride of Western Highlands, the Mt Hagen Eagles, will return and compete in the premier bemobile Cup next season. As a follower of the Eagles, I am disappointed to see politics involved in running of sports in the province, especially rugby league. The Kuris have brought nothing but shame to all Western Highlanders. I commend Peter Bepi for his tireless effort to bring the Eagles back. Western Highlanders are in total shock over the Kuris’ massive 72-6 defeat to the Lahanis. I cannot wait for the new bemobile Cup season to start. I am confident the Eagles will restore our tattered pride. – Die-hard Eagle fan, Lae

 

 

New life on dirty jail floor
THE National’s front page story (Aug 18) had me trying to fight off the thoughts of an innocent child who could have been my sister or daughter. Have the Bomana jail staff gone mad or are Papua New Guineans becoming animals? To impose punishment on the mother was right but for a precious, innocent life to enter the world the way it did was disgusting. The staff of Bomana jail had the means to do something but failed to do so. The law and justice sector should be ashamed of what has happened and must do something to prevent such humiliating and inhumane acts from ever repeating, – LMC 489, Port Moresby

 

 

Baby Paula deserves better
IT was sad to read the report “Innocent inmate” (The National, Aug 18). As a young father of a lovely little girl, the mistreatment of an innocent child is beyond the guidelines of the Correctional Services and a clear deprivation of human rights. If William Kapris could receive medical treatment, why not little Paula? This child deserves to be treated like any ordinary Papua New Guinean child. The police have done a good job to arrest and charge those involved with the BSP robberies. What about the members of parliament involved? – Human rights advocacy, Port Moresby

 

 

Wenge a true patriot
I support and commend Morobe Governor Luther Wenge for taking a stand over the proposal to appoint an expatriate to head the Correctional Services. We have many capable people who can do a good job as the head of CS. If we can have Papua New Guineans as vice-chancellors in our universities, doctors in our hospitals, why not a local as head of CS? We have been independent for 35 years and it is time we stand on our own feet. We have to come out of our wells and see the bigger picture, rather than being held back by minor petty issues. – Rasa Ultaeng, Lae

 

 

Stop attacking Polye, Ipatas
IT is time for Enga Governor Peter Ipatas to put an end to his prolonged political differences and work together with Don Polye to bring much needed services to the province. What has Ipatas done for Enga during his term, apart from free education and rugby league? Where has all the annual collections from the giant Porgera mine gone to? Polye has made Kandepians very proud in terms of development and leadership. – Alo Pipeg Gii, Lihir

 

 

Ipatas must back Polye
I AM disappointed with the constant attack by Enga Governor Peter Ipatas on Deputy Prime Minister Don Polye. His outburst in the media is shameful and only demonstrates the narrow mind that he has. If Ipatas were a true Engan and leader, he would have got behind Polye and support him to be our next PM. Unfortunately, Ipatas has been trying his best to create disunity among the Engan MPs. Ipatas, we can see what you are doing. Don’t end up being a NA puppet. – I love Enga, Madang

 

 

Congrats, Kembol
I WOULD like to congratulate Kembol Kaikipae for making the 25-man squad for the national zone meet. He has been outstanding for the LBC Warriors. All of us in the Warriors club, DWU and Madang league are proud of you. – Gazebo Yakz, Madang

 

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Briefs, Letters

Better days for Wapenamanda
I WOULD like to respond to several letters questioning the leadership of Enga deputy governor and Wapenamanda MP Miki Kaeok. From an intellectual perspective, I think that such criticisms are shallow and do not warrant any substance for argument. Kaeok has formed the Wapenamanda Coffee Society Ltd and also acquired K5 million from the Department of Agriculture and Livestock for the coffee project, which is expected to generate some K20 million for the district. He purchased two sets of bridges to replace the old ones in the Tsak and Lower Lai ring roads. He has also allocated school fee subsidies for all schools in the electorate. He has also presented a vehicle to the Yaibos-based highway 14 police. – Try me, Madang

 

 

Bombom a puppet
I WOULD like to to reply to Gulf MP Titus Bombom’s allegations that Gulf people have lost touch with the administration. Havila Kavo has tried his best to do what is right for the people. However, all his time was taken up to stave off power-hungry Gulf politicians since the day he entered office. I suggest Bombom stop acting like a puppet, take a hard long look in the mirror and ask whether he is looking after the people’s interest or his own. It would be good if the spends more time back in his electorate and see how his people are struggling so he can reach a better decision. – Epe Savora, via email

 

 

Bombom lacks integrity
THE people of Gulf have lost their trust in Titus Bombom. He is one of those yoyo MPs. How can he lead the province when he has lost the trust of the people? How can he lead when he lacks integrity? The only support he has are the 10 LLG presidents, not the people of Gulf. Havila Kavo has shown himself to be a good leader and a true son of the province. I call on Bombom to stop making childish allegations and provide concrete evidence. Otherwise, he should just keep his mouth shut. – Harako Belepa, via email

 

 

Basil and Parkop are the best
IN my opinion, there are only two candidates – Sam Basil and Powes Parkop – who have the potential to be the prime minister in 2012. The others are either briefcase carriers or kowtow kings and they do not deserve to lead this country. They do not have the people in their heart and look after their own interest first and last. Sir Puka Temu could have been the new PM but his chance has gone. – Mangi Morobe, via email

 

 

Nothing but a ploy
I REFER to the letter “Highlanders in charge of the government” by Wamne Epesi of Kagua. I believe the recent chain of events we saw was made by the government as a ploy to destabilise the NA Highlands bloc to prevent the PM from handing the reins to his son. It is in the best interest of the PM to have the son to succeed him. This is as far as the highlanders can go in the fight for power. – Tipil Kyak, Port Moresby

 

 

Keep it up, Parkop
I WOULD like to commend NCD Governor Powes Parkop for doing a great job to keep Port Moresby clean and safe every day. I must admit that many people admire his leadership and commitment. Keep up the good job. I believe that his long-term development plan and actions will turn Port Moresby into a jewel in the Pacific. – Ronny Knox Angu, via email

 

 

Marketing with responsibility
THERE is an extent to where corporate firms and businesses can do their marketing and advertising. Each corporate firm has a social responsibility to ensure it conducts its marketing or advertising in a responsible manner. Some marketing “strategies” undertaken can be categorised as defacing public property and turning them into an eyesore. This is something we do not need. Public and some private properties should not be defaced in the name of marketing. It has made our country look cheap. – BOP, Port Moresby

 

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Briefs, Letters

Is Lam blind?
THE national selectors and coach Adrian Lam do not have national pride when selecting the Kumuls team. We have many talented local players who are capable of taking our national team to the next level but they are not given the chance. Instead, they opt for overseas players who are not even playing in the NRL. Just because they are overseas do not make them better than our players who play in the bemobile Cup. How can the selectors and Lam be so blind? If these so-called players cannot find the break from feeder clubs, then they do not deserve to be selected. How many Papua New Guineans have heard of Tu Maori, Keith Peters or Jason Nightangle? Is Lam telling the world that PNG does not have a single player who can play rugby league and he is forced to pick players from feeder clubs in Australia? – Topex Kangom, Port Moresby

 

 

Unfair to penalise Mioks
I THINK it is unfair for the Mioks to be docked two points as it was not their fault. Why should they be penalised when it was referee John Kaupa who provoked the fans with his poor calls throughout the match against the Vipers? – Apulins, Lae

 

 

PMV drivers must take HIV test
THERE are too many accidents along the Highlands Highway for commuters to accept. It seems the PMV drivers do not value the lives of their passengers. Many accidents are due to drivers’ negligence as many of them are taking unnecessary risks. There was one driver known for taking such risks and he was eventually terminated by the owner when it was found out that the driver was infected with HIV. From my observation, it is really unsafe to travel on any PMVs unless you know the driver. I call on the authorities to send PMV drivers plying the Highlands Highway to undergo health and HIV tests. Those who are given a clean bill of health must be given a certificate so commuters know these drivers are healthy. Otherwise, the accident rates will only increase. – James Larsen, Porgera

 

 

K7 housing allowance a joke
WHEN will the government increase the housing allowance for public servants from K7 per fortnight? This ridiculous figure has been in place since colonial times. If the government thinks that increasing this allowance would blow a big hole in its coffer, then it must provide affordable accommodation. The housing schemes that are currently in place are long term solutions and are best suited for public servants who have enough savings. This is not applicable to the new graduates. Where are they going to live? How are they going to save if what they earn go to paying rentals? This is a serious issue. And with the anticipation of the LNG project, rentals have shot through the roof recently. – Bensco, Port Moresby

 

 

Probe students unrest
I CALL on authorities from the Morobe provincial education board to suspend the Markham Valley Secondary School board of governors and carry out an immediate investigation into the students’ unrest between Amari and Wantoat students. School examinations are just around the corner and we cannot have these warring students disrupting those who are preparing for their examinations. – Concerned parent, Lae

 

 

Congrats, Dekena
ON behalf of the people of Don Geluagauma Kurpi Nulgau and Bari, I would like to congratulate Gumine MP Lucas Dekena for being appointed as the new Lands Minister. We are delighted with the decision of Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and would like to thank him. – Michael Nipapa, Jiwaka

 

 

Well done, Okapa MP
ON behalf of the Okapa students of UPNG, I would like to thank MP Bonny Oveyara for allocating K40,000 to subsidise our fees. Many of us are struggling to settle our fees and Oveyara’s subsidy is most timely. – Yasubi Tugonandi, Port Moresby

 

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Briefs, Letters

Well done, National
I WOULD like to congratulate The National for maintaining its number one status in the country. I have a lot of things to thank The National for. You have done a good job with your reporting and there is a wide variety of articles to read. There are one too many false reports in the Post-Courier. They also do not clarify details. The National is also affordable with just K1 and you have not changed the cover price. I have been collecting The National since the start of the year. I had to burn last year’s collection because I ran out of space in my room! I have a suggestion for you. Why don’t you reward your faithful readers by creating a competition where the major prize can be a car, house, plane ticket, cash, etc? You are “too good you are”. Keep up the excellent work. – JPM, Port Moresby

 

 

Mul’s act unacceptable
Benjamin Mul has joined the NA so he can be close to the PM and his cabinet during last Wednesday’s Jiwaka Day celebrations in Minj. However, many of us found his decision to be unprofessional. He has tarnished the good name and identity of the people of North Waghi. If he were a true leader, he should have crossed the floor of parliament when there were talks of a no-confidence vote or when several MPs joined the opposition. His move clearly shows the people of Jiwaka that he is in search of position. The people of North Waghi are not blind or stupid. We gave him the mandate to fight for our rights and say no to corrupt practices. We have lost our trust in him. The people of North Waghi are not yo-yos. – Senglap kanem, Banz

 

 

Pretenders, not leaders
I am disgusted by the greed of some highland leaders. I am sick of these so-called leaders who beat their chest proudly in public depicting “bigman-ship”. I have no respect for such people because their actions speak louder than words. Their words are mere propaganda to mislead people for devious and malicious schemes for their own political interests and personal gains. They do not know the true meaning of honour, integrity and leadership. I still salute Sir Iambakey Okuk for his renowned political leadership and achievements during his term as MP. – Countryman, via email

 

 

Too late, Asik
I REFER to your report “Asik sorry for switching” (Aug 12). The Wosera-Gawi MP has shown himself to be a poor leader. It appears Ronald Asik wants the people of Wosera to labour for him. We have now seen his true colours. Asik has lost the plot and his integrity. Without integrity, his apology is of no use. It is to late, Asik. – Lemu Nian, Wosera

 

 

Standard of English down
I disagree with Diana McManus’ comments that the standard of English has not dropped (The National, Aug 12). Are we looking at the overall statistics after examinations? Are we concerned with the individual performance and mastering of skills produced by our Grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 students? They should leave our formal schooling system confident with their reading and writing skills. Many of our students who entered universities have real problems with academic skills in reading and writing. Just ask any lecturers at the universities in PNG. – Loloma, via email

 

 

Thanks, Oveyara
I WOULD like to thank Okapa MP for taking the initiative to help students from the electorate attending all the six universities in PNG, Sonoma Adventist College and Balop Teachers College in Lae. Many MPs are not spending enough developing the human resource. As such, Bonny Oveyara has made a wise move by funding the students. Attending a mission-run university like PAU is very expensive and Oveyara’s help means a lot for Okapa students. As far as I can remember, this is the first time a MP from Okapa is helping students from the electorate. – Heitchzy Koriyomba, via email

 

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Well done, Colgate-Palmolive
I WOULD like to commend Colgate-Palmolive PNG Ltd for donating K10,000 to the forthcoming medical symposium in Wewak. It is one way of showing its commitment to advancing and improving the health system of Papua New Guinea. Colgate-Palmolive is a good role model when it comes to supporting the health sector in our country. Through its continuous support and donations to the health sector in PNG, the Health Department will be able to provide a better health care to the people in need. The company is known for playing an important role in our health sector. – Buka Philip, Madang

 

 

Get rid of old refs
THE PNGRFL and bemobile Cup board must replace all referees whose age and fitness have caught up with them. Referees like John Kaupa is past his use-by date and should be among the first to go. He also performed very poorly in the match between Toyota Mioks and SNS Vipers a week ago in Port Moresby. I believe the PNGRFL and bemobile Cup board also erred by fielding the Port Moresby-based referee during that same match. It would have been better if a referee from another centre was appointed. We need referees who are younger and fitter who can run up and down during a match. – Apulin Wane, Lae

 

 

Please explain delay
CAN the authorities tell us what is the cause of the delay in finalising the selection of subordinate position of the Southern Highlands provincial administration? This exercise has taken far to long. I am sure the more than 1,000 applicants are just as fed up as I am. We all will greatly appreciate it if the relevant officers can give us some positive information. – Souths Kuro, via email

 

 

Sepiks must go
THE Sepik people being accommodated at the care centre in Bulolo must be repatriated immediately. Resettlement in Bulolo or anywhere else in Morobe  is non-negotiable. Morobean leaders must stand firm. Recent events have shown that Morobeans have suffered in so many ways at the hands of the aggressive Sepiks. – Native, Bulolo

 

 

MPs must clean up
Scandals and allegations of corruption were unheard of in early years after independence. However, this no longer applies today. Corruption has become part of our culture and it is now entrenched in our society. We do not seem to realise what is happening but there is a perpetual violation of our national constitution by parliamentarians. If we are not careful, our constitution will become ineffective within a few years. Our MPs must act responsibly before it is too late. – Masiki Haliweki, Lae

 

 

Mul’s move timely
I applaud the move by North Waghi MP Benjamin Ngents Mul from the opposition to the government. The people of North Waghi have not seen any impact projects since his election in 2007 while he was in the opposition. We can now expect to see some progress in our electorate. The days of buying coffins and dishing out cash for compensations are over. We are looking forward to see projects that will change the lives of the rural population and make basic services accessible. This is an ideal opportunity for him to show the people of North Waghi that he is the true “action Ngalye” of Jiwaka. – Kombulno Kip, Nondugl

 

 

Mul’s reason childish
Benjamin Mul’s reason for joining NA is childish. This MP lacks vision, is power hungry and an opportunist. His district lacks basic services because he has not delivered. It looks like he crossed over just because the PM was in Jiwaka. Jiwakans are not puppets. They are real men who stand up and fight for what is right. This is the last thing we want from a Jiwakan leader. Be wary of Mul. – Bush man, Mt Hagen

 

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Excellent idea, Pip
I support the idea of inviting officers from Office of Rural Development (ORD) to physically inspect project sites. The move initiated by Nipa-Kutubu district administrator Robin Pip is a good idea. This is a move other district administrators should follow for the sake of good governance and transparency. For decades, millions of kina budgeted for the delivery of essential services has been diverted elsewhere. People have been taking advantage of the inability of officers to physically inspect the project sites to confirm the acquittals. Now that the task of keeping track of K10 million DSIP funds is vested in ORD, officers should get out of their comfort zone and visit the districts to check on the use of funds rather than relying on “dry reports with pictures” by leaders concerned. If we are to eradicate gross mismanagement of public funds, such remedial measures must be adopted by all district administrators. – Kotiufa sniper, Goroka

 

 

A job well done
I WOULD like to commend the member for Nipa-Kutubu Philemon Embel and his district administrator Robin Pip for doing a good job by bringing changes to Nipa town and the electorate at large. It is important to deliver basic services like health, education, agriculture and, most importantly, roads. These services will improve the people’s standard of living. Keep up the good work. – Francis Michael, via email

 

 

Congrats, Miss BSP
I WOULD like to congratulate Miss BSP for winning the 2010 Miss PNG crown. She has won over the judges during crowning night, but the real judges are out there, waiting to see how she can best represent PNG on the regional and international arena. She outlined so many interesting and challenging goals she intends to achieve upon winning the quest. Let us see she means what she said. I hope she does not go into hiding like other previous winners and come out only on the next crowning night. By the way, given that there are many environmental groups, both local and international, what on earth is a marine biologist doing in a bank? Isn’t she in the wrong industry? – Puzzled well wisher, Wewak

 

 

BSP has set precedent
IT is with great joy that I read the BSP management agreed to four of the five demands thus far. This is a win for Papua New Guineans because, for far too long, companies like BSP have made huge profits but failed to reward people. We must not be slaves on our own land and I call on the unions and workers of ANZ and Westpac to follow suit. ANZ and Westpac have boasted about being in the country for 100 years but have nothing to show for it. I call on them to reward Papua New Guineans fairly. – Concerned citizen, Madang

 

 

Rattle Mt Tavurvur, Muruks
I CALL on the SBS Mendi Muruks to play as if they are playing at homeground when they take on the Agmark Gurias this Sunday. It is time to bury the Gurias at their own graveyard at Kokopo. – Allie Kombo, Ialibu

 

 

What a shame
I REFER to your report about some sick Papua New Guineans who dug up the coffin of Sir Brian Bell in search of “treasures”. This is very disgraceful and utterly embarrassing for the country. Who in their right mind would rob a grave? While Sir Brian may be dead, many Papua New Guineans still respect him and hold him in high regard. For the culprits who did this, I hope they rot in shame. – Frustrated Papua New Guinean, via email

 

 

Grave robbers mentally sick
THE report about robbers digging up the late Sir Brian Bell’s coffin at 9-Mile cemetery is an indication of moral decay in our society. People terrorising graves are mentally sick and must be locked up forever. How can a sane human being do such thing? It is unbelievable and frightening. The authorities must do something immediately. – MDK, via email

 

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New-look Miss PNG great
THE new-look Miss PNG 2010 was successful and I commend the people behind it. Testing the contestants’ general knowledge and see how they respond was the right thing as they are ambassadors of the Red Cross. This was the main highlight of the night as I wanted to see them answer with intelligence and confidence. I was a little disappointed with a few whom I thought could have done better. I understand many would have been nervous in front of the camera and a big crowd and that was why they all had a chaperone. The chaperone was supposed to guide and mould the contestants. I commend the current Miss PNG who answered so well. I was embarrassed when Miss South West Air said “PNG rocks”. What was she thinking and to say that in front of the patron of Red Cross, the main sponsor? Miss PNG is not a hip hop competition. – Jungle queen, via email

 

 

Moutu is right choice
THE government has made the right decision to appoint Dr Andrew Moutu as director of the National Museums and Arts Gallery. I am confident that Moutu, with his academic knowledge and international exposure in England, Ireland and the United States, is capable of putting the nation’s Tumbuna house in order. PNG has a rich culture and tradition, As such, it is important that we identify and preserve our artifacts, war relics and ancient historical sites. Our rich heritage has the potential to lure international visitors and tourists. – Dominic Sapul, Kubalia, East Sepik

 

 

Poor move, Ipatas
I WAS really annoyed to read Enga Governor Peter Ipatas’ childish comments about Don Polye. It was an immature and poor judgment by the so-called action governor. Polye is a young and vibrant leader. Instead of giving words of wisdom, Ipatas chose to criticise because of petty politics. What a shame. – CM Bauma, Porgera

 

 

Rising crime a shame
I REFER to the letter “Crime on the rise in Madang” (The National, Aug 5) by Kenny Joivah. I am surprised and sad to hear that Madang is becoming a dangerous place to live and visit especially with the sudden increase in crime. I was there two years ago and things looked ok. I am planning to spend my honeymoon in Madang but after reading the letter, I am reconsidering going there. Madang is a beautiful place but the poor law and order situation will scare people away. – JPM, Port Moresby

 

 

Will PM retire on Saturday?
PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare made a statement earlier that he will step down on Aug 14, which is this Saturday. He claims he is a Christian leader. As such, it will be interesting to see whether he will live up to his promise. He has stated several times that he will retire but I will not by sitting on my chair’s edge come Saturday. – Poyo Wane, Lae

 

 

Muruks can do better
THE Muruks’ performance last Sunday at the Lloyd Robson Oval was poor and the Vipers would have won if Jessie Joe Parker had scored in the dying minutes. The Muruks cannot afford to have an off day, especially now when we are in the critical stage of the season. – Kupa Kembo, Port Moresby

 

 

Congrats, Manwau
I would like to congratulate the new member for Wewak, Dr Moses Manwau. He is the right man to lead the electorate as our people need a strong leader who stands for honesty and fights corruption. Your perseverance has paid off. Congratulations. – Dr Apo Mathias, Goroka

 

 

Another loss for Imbonggu
THE Imbonggu community is devastated by the death of Robert Tawa. He was a great and charismatic leader. We have lost so many great leaders in recent months. Tawa’s death came just weeks after the death of the late Peter Peipul, Lepi Makinje and Simon Ape. They fought for good governance at all level. Their deaths have left a vacuum in Imbonggu. – JM Magena, Wellington

 

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Stop domestic violence now
WE need to have safe houses for victims of violence, not only in Port Moresby but throughout the country. We want them now. How long must we be awaken by the violent and foul language of a male attacker and the helpless, persistent, pitiful screams of a female victim? How long must PNG women suffer? We must stop this violence that is killing our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunties and nieces. Our police officers must be trained so that they can react when they get a call about domestic violence. We must have a police hotline which the community can use to report such incident. Domestic violence is destroying families. It is destroying our society. If we commit ourselves to action on behalf of the victims, if all of us speak out, if we hold hands together, we can do it. Stop domestic violence now! – M. McCarthy, Port Moresby

 

 

No check and balance
IT seems Australia has been handing out aid money without proper supervision. It is afraid that if it stops, Indonesia will take over and gain eventual control. A proper system of providing aid to PNG should have been set up prior to independence while Australia still had some influence. Australia did fail PNG in not giving enough thought to independence and the method of government that was to follow. More consultation with the people of PNG would have produced a better outcome. Former prime minister Gough Whitlam was in a hurry to get his name in the history books before the Australians kicked him out. – Trevour Freestone, Australia

 

 

BEDP a good model
I REFER to your report about the opening of the new double classroom at Keagolo Primary School in Abau, Central (Aug 9). I am pleased to see such gesture from the Australian government through AusAID under its basic education development project (BEDP) programme. The head teacher would have done a huge favour by specifying how much the Abau MP had contributed to the building of the classroom. This nationwide project is an initiative of the Australian government and the people of Australia. – Ragela V Solomon, Port Moresby

 

 

Somare for PM
I HOPE Arthur Somare will become our next prime minister. He has the qualities of making a good prime minister. Somare is a humble leader who shows respect to others. Some of the decisions he made are fair. You just listen to speeches he delivers, the way he defines problems and suggests ways to address issues. He understands things and makes good decisions. – Kawai Kilimb Akali, Porgera

 

 

Time for PM to pass baton
PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare has passed his use-by date. He has nothing more to offer PNG. It is time for him to hand over the reins to a younger leader like his deputy Don Polye. – Dika Morea, Port Moresby

 

 

PNG needs young leaders
I AM not from Bulolo but I admire the way the young and energetic Sam Basil is delivering services. The Bulolo MP always puts his electorate first. Even though he is a first-time MP, he speaks and fights for his people. Papua New Guinea needs more young and energetic leaders like Basil, not recycled leaders. I wish he represented my electorate. – Allie Kombo, Ialibu

 

 

Chimbu PPC doing fine
The Chimbu PPC and his policemen and women must be commended for doing a good job. Supt Joseph Tondop is hands-on officer and since taking over the top job, he has cleaned up the district and carried out effective campaigns against drug and alcohol abuse in the province. He has questioned and arrested a national minister recently for attempted murder. Chimbu needs a tough cop and Tondop is the right man. Keep up the good work. – Uncle Zurro, Brisbane

 

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Sack Lam
I call on PNGRL executives to appoint a new Kumuls coach. How can we appoint a coach who spends his entire life in Australia? Is Adrian Lam around to watch the bemobile Cup players, some of whom are outstanding, week in week out? How much time does he spend watching out bemobile Cup players? Does he know who our rising young stars are? Why is he constantly complaining about the progress of our local players when he, as the national coach, is not even here to watch how they play? He relies on the local selection committee but the committee members are not responsible for who plays in what role and which position. It is the coach who makes the decision and how can he do that when he is not here to watch the players in action? Did Lam make any attempt to watch the recent zone trials? I don’t think so. – Frustrated rugby fan, Lae

 

 

Thanks, Agiru and Potape
ON behalf of the people of upper Wage LLG, I would like to thank Southern Highlands Governor Anderson Agiru and Komo-Margarima MP and Minister for Climate Change Francis Potape for securing K10 million for the Huhama-Yongale road. This area has been neglected since independence and public servants had to walk from Margarima to Panduaka. Many people have stopped taking up postings there because the road condition has deteriorated. Potape promised during his campaign rally in 2007 he would look into funds to rehabilitate the roads in the district, regardless whether these people voted for him or not. – Son of Upper Wage, via email

 

 

Good decision, Mondiai
I commend Lae metropolitan Supt Nema Mondiai to station a police task force at 3-Mile. Criminal elements along the Miles area are hindering business growth and robbing the innocent travelling public. As such, this is a positive move to minimise law and order problems in the area. – Dweller, Lae

 

 

Unitech needs latest books
THE Papua New Guinea University of Technology is one of the pioneering universities in the South Pacific region. Yet its library is of no help to students who want to carry out research for their assignments and projects. Many, if not all, of the books are outdated. Can the government look into this problem because without proper books, how can we become knowledgeable? – Concerned student, Lae

 

 

Remove O’Neill, PM
I totally agree with Hami (“O’Neill’s appointment not right”, The National, Aug 3) that the prime minister has appointed the wrong man in Peter O’Neill to the Finance and Treasury Ministry. Many educated and intelligent Papua New Guineans hold this person responsible for the demise of PNG Investment Corporation Ltd. On behalf of the silent majority, I call on the PM to remove O’Neill as Finance and Treasury Minister. – Buarr Yale, Wabag

 

 

Good idea, governor
The congestion of PMV commuters at bus stops in Port Moresby appeared to have eased. It used to be very bad, especially for women commuters who are trying to get to office in time in the mornings and get home after work. I believe the NCD governor’s buses are helping to ease this problem. I wonder when the bus services will operate normally. The governor’s idea was a good one when he got involved in the service area which needed a solution. – POM commuter, Port Moresby

 

 

Keep it up, Bishop Leo
I COMMEND the staff and students of Bishop Leo Secondary School in Wewak for producing and maintaining the academic performance in the last few years. The school is the smallest in East Sepik but it has produced many bright and quality students, who are now doing well all over the country. All the efforts are down to the teachers and they have done a wonderful job. – Blessmarn, Port Moresby

 

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Ref at fault
THE premature end of the bemobile Cup game between the Vipers and Mioks in Port Moresby last week was disgusting. The huge crowd that came to see the match went home dissatisfied. The violent end was a result of a poor referee decision. The referee saw it fit to award a penalty to the Vipers without even consulting his touch judges. His action at such a critical moment was unprofessional and poor calls throughout the match caused the fans to react. The PNGRFL board must seriously into getting better qualified referees and there is a need to move referees from one centre to another. It must also consider introducing a video referee. – Mioks fan, Wabag

 

 

Field violence unjustified
I REFER to the recent PNGRFL referee bashing by Mioks fans and another involving the Gurias. As a league fan, it is disappointing to see such violent behaviours. While it is frustrating to see poor calls being made, it is not an excuse to attack officials. Players and fans owe the referee an apology. Our players must understand that they are representing their major corporate sponsors and such poor conduct reflects badly besides bringing the game to disrepute. Rugby league is our national game. So, players who want to throw a punch must think before they act as their actions affect us all. – Avid league fan, Port Moresby

 

 

Explanation unacceptable
THE explanation by the Mioks coach last Thursday in your paper was a farce. I do not accept his explanation “what happened on Sunday was that the referee made a mistake when he awarded a penalty against us” as he tried to justify and defend the shameful actions of his players. How can he say he does not tolerate
violence while trying to justify the attack on the referee in the same breath? The coach and his players should be banned for life by the PNGRFL judiciary. Assaulting a referee is simply not in the book. It is time our players learn to show professionalism. Shame on you, Mioks. – Gigs, Port Moresby

 

 

Well done, Manwau
I WOULD like to congratulation Dr Moses Manwau as the duly elected member for Wewak. He is the right man to lead Wewak. His perseverance has paid off and I am glad that the PNG justice system is working. The 300-vote difference is a lot. Manwau has always strived to make life better for the suffering people. He has a strong belief in fighting corruption and inequalities in East Sepik and PNG, and used to do that with Moses Mari, who at one time was the Ombudsman Commission’s lawyer. – Dr K.L.M Sau, Australia

 

 

Congrats, Manwau
ON behalf of my family, I would like to congratulate Dr Moses Manwau on his court victory and subsequent declaration as duly elected member for Wewak. I know my late father would have rejoiced upon learning of this news. You have realised the dream of two young men who began a lifelong friendship at St Xavier’s High School in Kairuru. – Daniel Hasimani, Wau

 

 

Ex-PNGDF staff still waiting
I REFER to your report “Remember their sacrifices: GG” (July 26). Sir Paulias Matane is spot on to remind us to remember the sacrifices made by Papua New Guineans during his speech on Remembrance Day. While I appreciate the fallen soldiers for their efforts, what is the government doing to ensure former PNG defence force soldiers who have retired or retrenched get their entitlements? – Ex-soldier, Mendi

 

 

Send leaders to rural areas
I STRONGLY believe delivery of services to the rural areas will only improve after we send our CEOs, bureaucrats and departmental heads to stay in these places for a minimum of two months. They cannot return to their respective villages but live in another province. These chair warmers live, hear, feel and see for themselves the real situation in our rural areas. – Loloma, via email

 

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Enga needs new blood
Enga needs a change in leadership. I hope we will get a new governor who is young and well educated with a big heart to serve the people with pride and dignity in 2012. While the current governor is the best we have thus far, I believe we need fresh blood to take the province to another level. Peter Ipatas has brought Enga into the modern era and he will long be remembered for his free education policy that has been adopted by many provincial governments and MPs. But I believe the time has come for him to retire from politics. We have many young Engan leaders who are capable of taking over and they must be given the opportunity to lead the province. – Tongai countryman, via email

 

 

Shame on you, Ipatas
I REFER to your report “Enga governor hits out at deputy prime minister” (Aug 3). Governor Peter Ipatas is talking nonsense and seems more interested in petty politics. For him to say that Kandep is undeveloped and still in the back page also means Ipatas has failed as a governor. Kandep is part of Enga and Ipatas is the governor of Enga. So why is he blaming Don Polye and when Ipatas himself is the boss of Enga? I guess he has not been to Kandep recently to see what is going on there. I urge him to visit all his districts before opening his big mouth. – Emb wanakane, Kandep

 

 

Change name, Kuris
MT Hagen has produced many good rugby league players over the years. However, the Mt Hagen Wantok System Kuris have given the province a bad name. I was ashamed by the 72-6 thrashing at the hands of Bintangor Goroka Lahanis last weekend. The huge defeat has gone into the record books of the PNGNRL. I call on the management to change the team’s name and not to tarnish the good name of the kuri bird which is only found in the province. – B Joe, Goroka

 

 

Research paper misleading
I refer to the Mell Research paper in The National (July 29). The research paper highlighted the achievement of the government. However, I disagree with the conclusion stating the improvement on law and order, health and education sector. The law and order problem has escalated while the health and education infrastructure and basic services have deteriorated resulting in rural-urban migration. These issues are obvious even without having a research being carried out. – Masiki Haliweki, Lae

 

 

Time to change
IT is very sad to hear that the headmistress of Sumia Primary School in Southern Highlands was removed early this year by the communities and other staff members. Is it jealousy or the mentality of people who cannot accept a woman as boss? In fact, it is through her sheer hard work and experience that she was promoted. It is not good when we, men, demoralise women in the workforce. Women are not inferior to men. They are just as equal as men. It is nonsense that women cannot be a good leader. The world is changing and the people living around Sumia Primary School must change this primitive way of thinking or they will be left behind. – KPO Ame, Madang

 

 

Climate ministry a gimmick
THE newly-created Ministry of Climate Change headed by Komo-Margarima MP Francis Potape is nothing but a reward for backing the government. It was one of several hasty decisions made at the eleventh hour by the prime minister to hang on to power. I do not see any logic in Potape being accorded this ministry. How much can he contribute to the mega hydrocarbon project and how much will he negotiate for the people of Hela and SHP? The prime minister is a master tactician and knows how to play his game so that every MP will dance to his tune. I feel for those council presidents from Hulia who were quick to praise the prime minister. – Max Mara Murphy, Margarima

 

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STI rates on the rise
I AM concerned with the rapid STI increase in the mining township of Basamuk. The infection rate is very high and the health of the population will be affected if no action is taken. Given the close association of STIs with HIV/AIDS, I will not be surprise if many people working in the mine are infected with the HIV virus. I suggest the authorities look into this issue immediately and conduct health awareness campaign. I would also like to see church-based organisations make their presence felt at the mine site where there are too many immoral activities going on. These people must bring God’s word to these people. – Sabrina K, Madang

 

 

Daulo MP must explain
Jumping ships at this crucial time of political horse-trading is very suspicious. It is a sign of poor and incompetent leadership riddled with corrupt motives. Interestingly, the move by Daulo MP Kondo Patrick to join URP, which is a major coalition partner to the NA-led government, is not welcomed by the people of Daulo. We want a change of government outright and the MP’s move is uncalled for. Patrick’s move smells fishy. Whose interest is the MP serving? We want him to explain. – Joseph, via email

 

 

Kaeok too quiet
THE people of Wapenamanda have given the mandate to Miki Kaeok to represent them in parliament. Since being elected, we hardly see him asking questions on the floor concerning his electorate. When parliament is in session, he sits on the chair like sitting on a throne and prefers to watch other MPs asking questions. Can our MP starting asking questions for the benefit of his people? – Marl Ambulyn, Alotau

 

 

Sir Puka a hypocrite
FORMER deputy prime minister Sir Puka Temu was in a position of power to reprimand any cabinet ministers or point out their weaknesses. He failed to take action then. So why did he come out now to publicly condemn his former colleagues and friends in the government? I find his motive suspicious. I also find it hard to believe his allegations. – Pep Mon, Mt Hagen

 

 

Nothing much from Bombom
WHAT can the people of Gulf expect from their interim governor? I doubt Pitom Bombom can do much after ousting Havila Kavo from office. As expected, the interim governor has not made any sound since taking over. We can only hope that he does not reverse all the positive measures implemented by Kavo. – Peter, via email

 

 

Where is South Fly MP?
ON behalf of the silent majority, I call on South Fly MP Sali Subam to wake up and come out of hiding to tell us when he is going to fulfil his election promises. We gave him the mandate and we expect him to deliver. – Maeyang Geald, Port Moresby

 

 

Mining engineer jobless
I recently graduated from Unitech with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering. I sent my application letter to all the mining companies in PNG but all I got was one rejection after another. Unlike previous years where mining companies came running while students were still in school, this year, only six out of 20 were recruited. I am currently unemployed. I call on our government to amend and extend the graduate development scheme with mining companies to two years so that graduates can gain more experience. – Saptants 2009, via email

 

 

Lae roads getting worse
AS a citizen of Lae, I demand to know where my MP and governor are. Are they aware that our roads are not fit for vehicles? Are we living on Earth or moon? Why are there so many craters? Please return to Earth. – Original Morobean, Lae

 

 

Link Kandep first, Polye
I refer to the Works Minister’s recent proposal to build a four-lane Highlands Highway. I urge him to fix the ring roads in Kandep first before upgrading the Highlands Highway. He must build the Mendi-Tap-Kandep road, Kandep-Lai Valley road, Kandep-Margarima road and the Laiagam-Kandep road. – Muniah Ker-Momde, Wabag

 

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Sandaun provincial day
THE West Sepik students at UPNG have taken a bold step to initiate the Sandaun provincial day. It falls on Dec 4. However, it has not been widely celebrated for years. This is because the people are already in a
holiday mood with schools out and Christmas just three weeks away. It is an important day and West Sepiks must not forget that. As such, we want to inform all West Sepiks that we have proposed to hold a Sandaun provincial day on Oct 10. A meeting will be held this Sunday at the university campus at noon. We urge all West Sepiks staying in Port Moresby and the surrounding area to attend. For more information, call Toffy Thomas Samson at 7188 1450 or 7699 3270 or Pius Nasi at 7186 2331 or 76228380. – Toffy Thomas Samson, Port Moresby

 

 

Prepare for nightmare, Hekari
VANUATU’S Amical FC will fly the country’s flag in the 2010-11 O-League. The Vanuatu champions have scoured the Solomon Islands for talent and they have signed on Kossa FC striker Moffat Deremoa  and SI national futsal player Jack Wetney. They have raised the number of Solomon Islanders in the club to five. They are now after the sacked Hekari United duo Alick Maemae and Stanley Waita. If both players sign on, they will not have to wait long to face their former team. Amical have been drawn to meet defending champions Hekari of PNG in the opening match of their O-League campaign on the weekend of Oct 23-24 in Port Moresby. Hekari, be prepared to meet your nightmare. – Joe Bob, Lae

 

 

Amet’s anti-squatter policy vital
I support Sir Arnold Amet’s zero tolerance on settlement. Today, illegal settlements are mushrooming all over and becoming a threat to the people, public servants, students and landowners. So, in the best interest of the majority of good people, there must be a total eviction of settlers. In Madang town, the original landowners are now outnumbered by the Sepiks and Highlanders. We, the people of Madang, are peace loving, respectful and friendly. However, our identity has been tarnished by settlers. We are ready to support our governor to carry out his policy and we want to get our true identity back. – Madgaunist, Madang

 

 

Three papers too many
I REFER to the letter “Grade 10 students to sit for 7 papers” (The National, July 26) by Jonel Lai. Choosing seven papers from 12 subjects for Grade 10 students is still three papers too many. There is nothing wrong about the old curriculum. The writer did not study or sit for seven papers. Neither did our doctors, economists, lawyers, pilots, scientists, etc. I don’t see any reason why we should not stick to the old system. – WMolo, via email

 

 

Sir Brian a true leader
SIR Brian Bell was a real leader – a hardworking businessman and philanthropist. He lived a life of a knight, respected as one and died with a legacy that will linger for generations to come. PNG will surely miss him. – Patriotic nationalist, Port Moresby

 

 

Yoyos spoil the soup
Good thoughts and spirit bring out a good person. That’s what the Master Chef on Channel Nine programme would say. Good ingredients for the best food come from our own backyard. The people who voted in yoyo politicians have learned a valuable lesson. The government has lost the trust and confidence in yoyo politicians. And the result from this sad exercise is the people will lose out on tangible projects and developments. In the 2012 elections, voters must really grill candidates when they are out campaigning and
canvassing for votes. – Black fish, Port Moresby

 

 

Leave it to the coach
IT is funny to see the City Rangers having new faces in their side almost every weekend. How can the players read each others’ game if there are constant changes? This is illogical and must stop. I call on franchise owner Kelly Aiyok and his management to let the coach and his assistant handle the team. – Lloyd William, Port Moresby

 

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Well done, Bombers
I would like to congratulate the players and coaching staff of Lae Bombers for a superb display against the Enga Mioks on Sunday. Compared to their previous games, the Bombers have improved a lot, especially the defence, which is a promising sign. Bombers’ fullback Norbert Torato must be commended for the try saving tackle on Jeffrey Maino. He showed he was a class fullback. Keep up the form. Although the Bombers lost, they gave a good account of themselves. Keep up the good work, Bombers. – Felix Ambelye, Lae

 

 

Thanks, Mr B
ON behalf of our family, staff and management of NBC Morobe, we would like to convey our condolences to the family and friends of the late Sir Brian Bell during this time of sorrow. We take this opportunity to thank Sir Brian and the staff Brian Bell group of companies for the initiative to create credit scheme customer service at Brian Bell stores which allow us to have more household equipment which we cannot afford with our normal salary. May his soul rest in peace. – Tonny McHarets, Lae

 

 

Polye should not rush
Deputy PM Don Polye should humble himself and wait for his turn to govern. He should not be making his intentions known at a time of political uncertainty like now because that only shows his greed and appetite for power. He is a party man and the party is an institution with its own constitution. By now, he should be aware of its policy with regard to changes in leadership. I do not see the reason why Polye should publicise his intention when Sir Michael Somare is still control. – Kang Ketapara, Mt Hagen

 

 

Smart move, Poponawa
Tambul-Nebilyer MP Benjamin Poponawa made the right decision to stay with the government since entering office. This has allowed him to have access to development funds which he used to bring services to his people. He has brought development to the electorate and the living standard of his people has improved. His commitment to the government paid off when he was made Minister for Civil Aviation. He has made the people of Tambul-Nebilyer proud. – Dirty Wara, Tambul

 

 

Shame on you, NA MPs
THE six NA MPs from the southern region who have returned to the government have shown the people of PNG their lack of leadership and incompetence. What a shameful act. The region needs leaders who dare to fight for the people. It is obvious these so-called leaders are only interested in serving themselves. I urge the people from the southern region to vote wisely come 2012. – Helen, Port Moresby

 

 

PM’s threat childish
WHY is the prime minister picking on a young leader who is so vocal against corruption? When he threatened Sam Basil, the PM indirectly threatened the nation. I would like to see the PM standing against Basil in Bulolo come 2012. We will then see who the better man is. We need more leaders like Basil. – Ekit Kuu Kange, via email

 

 

Well done, Dekena
AS a proud citizen of Gumine district, Chimbu, I would like to congratulate MP Lucas Dekena for being appointed as Lands minister. It is a credit to the people of Gumine and Chimbu as two of our MPs, Guma Wau of Kerowagi and Lucas Dekena of Gumine, have been appointed as cabinet ministers. – Domgalmua, via email

 

 

Congrats, Mald
I WOULD like to congratulate Moresby Northeast MP Andrew Mald for being elected as the deputy leader for the NA Southern bloc. His commitment to remain with the prime minister until 2012 is a way forward to continue providing services to the people. – Uncle Zero, Port Moresby

 

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Sir Brian a generous man
I WOULD like to convey our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Sir Brian Bell. His death is a great loss for PNG. He was a generous man and had a big heart for PNG. He served his adopted country and its people with distinction. He supported sports, churches, NGOs, children and charities. He recognised the contribution by churches and gives them huge discounts which we do not see in other business houses. He respected everyone. One comment I often heard from security guards at all Brian Bell stores is that Sir Brian does not allow thieves to be beaten but the law takes its course. We will miss him. May he rest in peace. – Steven K. Thomas, PNG Bible Translation Association

 

 

Prudent management vital
THE LNG project is expected to triple the national budget, leading to an increase in foreign reserves and, hopefully, increase the kina’s value. This will only eventuate if the government and other stakeholders use the revenue wisely and in a sustainable manner. It will be a blessing if effective management is in place together with transparency, honesty, accountability and sustainability. Otherwise, it will be a curse if there is mismanagement and a lack of transparency and accountability. Our economy will suffer even though the revenue from LNG is high. PNG needs an effective and visionary management team to bring us to the next level. – Greg Ivan O’Hara, Tari

 

 

PNG needs strong laws
IT is time for our MPs to make better laws for the people of PNG. We cannot continue to live in fear of the poor law and order. Too many people are going around with guns and other weapons. Nowadays, it is becoming too common to see and read about daylight killings. Is this what our leaders want to see? How can the people live in peace if we do not have strong laws to protect peace-loving and innocent Papua New Guineans? – Mathilda Aimba, Madang

 

 

Stiffer penalties needed
IN some areas in Papua New Guinea, people own guns without licence. They use guns to hold up innocent people, rob and fight. I call on the government to come out with stiffer penalties for those found guilty owning weapons illegally. These people must be hunted down. – Noth Muni, Madang

 

 

Just reward for Dekena
GUMINE MP Lucas Dekena is a humble, transparent and down-to-earth leader with a big heart for his people. He has made the district a role model for other MPs to follow. He has brought many changes to the district. I thank the prime minister for appointing Dekena as Minister for Lands. I am confident he will bring this department to a higher level. – Sam Wapesa, via email

 

 

Congrats, Talpa
I COME from Lower Kaugel and I would like to thank Western Highlands Governor Tom Olga for appointing Philip Talpa as the provincial health director. Talpa is the right person as he is a specialist in health management. – Have, via email

 

 

Nape is no leader
The speaker is one of the highest positions in PNG and we are closely watching how Jeffery Nape will conduct parliament when it next sits. Since becoming speaker, Nape has brought disrepute to the office. He does not act like a true Chimbu leader. We are known as warriors who speak and act intelligently. It is obvious he has no respect for other MPs. – Simbu warrior, Port Moresby

 

 

Basil must apologise
WHILE Bulolo MP Sam Basil is known for daring to speak out, I am disappointed that he insulted the prime minister by saying “yupla olgeta kaikai pekpek blong Arthur” (The National, July 22). This prompted the “kill” threat against him by Sir Michael Somare. For Basil, a respected MP, to insult the PM is unbecoming and uncalled. Basil must apologise to the people of PNG, especially the people he is representing. – Basil supporter, Port Moresby

 

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A loss for PNG
I would like to convey my sincere condolences to the family of the late Sir Brian Bell. I have known him for more than 30 years. His death is a loss to PNG. He was one of the most generous businessmen in our modern history. He was chairman of the AIESEC students at UPNG many years ago and would go out of his way to assist aspiring young economics  students in their studies or tour foreign countries. During the Aitape tsunami in 1998, he walked from his house at Boroko to St Joseph’s hall to tell the Sepik people that he would personally get his staff to provide gardening tools, and seeds for the devastated villages of Malol, Arop, Warapu and Sissano. His kind assistance had helped tsunami victims to rebuild their lives. May he rest in peace. – John M. Samar, Port Moresby

 

 

North Fly MP full of hot air
I AM disappointed with my MP Boka Kondra. He seems to be on a perpetual honeymoon and has yet to fulfil even one of his promises. The people of North Fly are fed up with him. We are still waiting for him to live up to his promises of building a university campus, Tabubil-Olsobip road, complete the sealing of the Kiunga-Tabubil road, complete the Sisismarkam-Waregre road and East Awin road among others. We have been let down by past MPs and Kondra has joined the list of ineffective MPs. It looks like we will continue to eat banana and sago while staring at the back page. The MP should pull up his socks now or remove his shoes for good. – Menzies Mambel, Tabubil

 

 

Comments baseless
I AM disappointed with the letter by Mamando Pain about Sir Mekere Morauta, Sam Basil and Jamie Maxtone-Graham. The writer’s opinions are baseless and inappropriate to suggest these three MPs are serving Australia’s interests. They put the national interest first and fight for a better future for us. While we are enjoying an economic growth of 8%, our social indicators are among the worst in the world. The writer would do well to consider variables like commodity prices, domestic interest rates, government spending and the value of kina. The rapid economic growth experienced since 2002 is due to the boom in the mineral prices. Period. – Dr Pii, Port Moresby

 

 

No media ethics
I AM always up to date with the news, especially our two daily newspapers. I support the comments of “Cliffhanger” in his letter “Biased reports” (The National, July 20). It is true The National is fair and ethical in its reports and news. On the other hand, the other daily seems to give biased information. I would like to ask a question – do the people working there know their ethics, and is it professional to give false and biased information to the public? Papua New Guineans are not stupid and will not be fooled. – Steve Gallagher, Madang

 

 

Threat uncalled
I AM a supporter of Bulolo MP Sam Basil because of his strong stand against corruption. Hence, the threat by the prime minister did not go well with me. If the PM can see it fit to make a threat in parliament, it is unbecoming of him as a leader and will set a precedent. The PM must be held accountable for this threat. – Basil Stret, Lae

 

 

Basil provoked PM
HOW would you feel if someone were to tell you to eat pek-pek? I find the comment by Bulolo MP Sam Basil degrading. That must have provoked the prime minister into making a threat. It is unbecoming of our leaders to behave like small boys. Let us please respect one another to see this country of ours move forward. – Hua Yombohn, via email

 

 

Weak MPs
I FIND MPs who are involved in horse-trading as weak, incompetent and have no leadership qualities. How can we call these MPs leaders? The people gave them the mandate believing they dare to make bold decisions. – Namba game observer, Lae

 

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No public toilet in Wabag
I AM disappointed that Wabag does not have a public toilet. This is a shame and people are forced to use creeks and nearby bushes as toilet which is unhealthy and pollutes the environment. During last Christmas holidays, my three-year-old niece was fined K30 for using the bushes because there is no public toilet for her to use. My elder sister was forced by the town council workers to pay the K30 fine which is unfair. I think it is shameful and illogical to fine people when there is no public toilet. I call on the authorities should build public toilets in Wabag. – Mercy Joseph Lupi, Madang

 

 

Spot on Temu, Abel, Namah
IN the past, many people have been silent on the political issues facing our young, resourceful nation although there were several attempts to reveal, uncover and uproot corrupt practices in the NA-led government. The bold move by three senior members of the government and other MPs is spot on. This shows they have the heart for this nation. Although the opposition may not have met the required numbers to push for the vote of no-confidence, I am glad that there are more opposition numbers now. – Political observer, Lae

 

 

Bold move
I COMMEND Sir Puka Temu, Charles Abel and Belden Namah for joining the opposition. It is good for the country. Other members of the government should be brave enough to follow the trio. I disagree with the decision to appoint someone as acting minister when the person is referred to a leadership tribunal. – Albert Wandu, via email

 

 

Integrity lacking
I AM disappointed to say that many of our leaders do not have any sense of integrity. In fact, I am inclined to believe that many of them do not know its meaning. Even the governor-general has compromised his integrity by accepting his “reappointment” when due process and procedures were not followed. – Morobean Gaindu, Lae

 

 

Probe Namah’s allegations
Allegations by former forest minister Belden Namah of corrupt practices by Border Development Authority must be investigated. He made several allegations and I believe the authorities must launch an immediate task force. If the allegations are true, those responsible must be charged. – Awore Gotuwo, Goroka

 

 

PNG lacks leadership
PNG needs good quality leadership today. The coalition government has not shown that in the last eight years. The government has lost the plot. It boasts of being flush with money but the lives of ordinary people have not changed for the better. I think we need a change of government. – Papua Tauna, Port Moresby

 

 

Be fair, speaker
Jeffery Nape should be listed as one of the worst speakers in the history of Papua New Guinea. Whose interest is he serving? The people in Sinasina Yongomugl or Sir Michael Somare? PNG is a democratic country where every elected leader has the right to be heard on the floor of parliament. The speaker must be fair to both sides of the aisle. – Wjk, Queensland

 

 

Environmental threat
ON behalf of the community living along the road leading to the new Lae Biscuit factory at Kamkumug, I would like to urge the company’s management to stop dumping their waste along the roadside. The wastes produce very an unpleasant smell, especially for those walking along the road. It also poses an environmental threat and hazard to the livelihood of the surrounding community. This road links many industries in the Taraka section and also the PNG University of Technology. We have many people, both local and foreigners, using the road. It must not become an eyesore. – John Kua, Lae

 

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Why the sudden walkout?
I REFER to your front page report “Temu, Namah and Abel walk out” (July 20). While the move is timely for the opposition, one must also ask why now? Why didn’t they move when it was obvious that there was corruption in the government’s camp? Is there something they are not telling us? The opposition MPs did not show prudence in its contest for governance. They seem desperate and are not making rational decisions. How can they just take someone from the government and offer him the top post on the opposite side? If the reasons of the trio were sincere and honest, they would not need another reason to fight against their former colleagues. I guess it’s not just the government which is power hungry. Does the end justify the means? – Linkzmahn, via email

 

 

Back to bad old days
NOW we know why the Organic Law on Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates was challenged in court. It is obvious many of our MPs are hungry for power and want to become the prime minister. Now, we are reverting to the bad old days of political instability where votes of no-confidence were common. We need political stability to develop and move forward. Let this government complete its term for the sake of our country. What good will it do if a new government is formed after a vote of no-confidence? Just imagine if every government that is installed is challenged and changed all the time. It will be a waste of time and resources. Enough is enough. – Seko Sisiwan, Port Moresby

 

 

Grow up, Sir Mekere
THE opposition has been harping on removing the government, But we have not been told what it will do to improve this country. I am not happy with Sir Mekere Morauta’s reasons to change the government. And why did he call the NA a Momase party? Is he really fighting for the nation’s interest or his own? Some of his comments were childish. I used to admire Sir Mekere but now I am having second thoughts. We want leaders whom we can trust and who put the people’ interest first. If the government is making the wrong decisions, then the opposition is there to steer it to make the right decisions. If we want a change of government, I say we do it in 2012. We need stability right now. – Waigani voter, Port Moresby

 

 

Bold move by trio
I COMMEND former deputy prime minister Sir Puka Temu, forest minister Belden Namah and tourism minister Charles Abel for taking a bold step to leave the government. Now that the Supreme Court has outlawed certain parts of the OLIPPAC, there is no reason for MPs to continue clinging onto the NA. MPs must understand that they are voted by the people to fight against corrupt practices and bring services. Yet, the majority of the people of PNG have not see any improvement despite the government’s claim of growth and economic boom. – Joe Formex Wasia, via email

 

 

Western MPs too quiet
WHILE the numbers game is going on, I would like to know what the Western MPs’ stand is as they have been silent. We, the Western people, want to know who Dr Bob Danaya and his three MPs are backing. – Ted Malongim, Kiunga, Western

 

 

Ipatas’ empty promise
a year ago, Enga Governor Peter Ipatas promised to give students from the province attending the PNG University of Technology K100,000. Unfortunately, he failed to fulfil his promise. I call on the governor to tell us what is happening instead of leaving us in the dark. – Gave Eraeng Yale, Lae

 

 

Naru’s timely donation
LAST Sunday, Kelly Naru was in Butibam village to donate some money following appeals by the organising committee of a volleyball tournament. While everyone was following the political game at Waigani, Naru took time off from his busy schedule to come to Butibam village to donate K10,000 to the committee. I want to commend and thank Naru for his support. – Tribesman, Yalu village

 

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ANZ Bank disappointing
I NOTICED the services provided by ANZ Bank have been appalling since the new CEO took charge. The ATMs are not working and staff appear demoralised. Recently, I applied for an Access card at its Madang branch and was told the card would be ready in three weeks. I went to check after three weeks and was told to come back after two weeks. This went on for six months before I finally got my card. Can you believe that? If that was not enough, two of the three ATMs in Madang (one at DWU) have not been working for the past four months causing inconvenience for the people. We, the customers, want quality services that used to be provided by ANZ Bank. – ANZ customer, Madang

 

 

Probe alleged misuse
I REFER to the letter “Money paid but still no work” (The National, July 16) by “Anti-corruption” regarding the alleged misuse of funds allocated for the Munhiu health centre. I recall putting together the project submission last year under the supplementary funds for the Mendi MP to endorse. This was my initiative to rehabilitate the deteriorating health centre which served more than half the population of the electorate. I am very frustrated and will get to the bottom of this. The authorities must look into this. – Kapol Naik, Port Moresby

 

 

Luma must act
I REFER to the admission by Works secretary Joel Luma and his senior officials that Highlands Highway assessors had been overpaid by K1.2 million. Luma and law enforcement agencies must act swiftly to recoup this money. They must get the courts to garnish the bank accounts of the individuals and companies involved to recoup the money. Individuals involved in this fraud should be arrested and face criminal charges. If Luma fails to act, then he is sending out the wrong message. – Dang Kee, Port Moresby

 

 

Increase teachers’ pay
I CALL on Education Minister James Marape to seriously consider increasing the salary of our teachers. They deserve a 100% pay rise for their dedication in educating our children. Recent reforms have overloaded our teachers and have taken teachers from their duties as parents. The department must also improve the incentives of teachers in rural locations. We are losing too many teachers to the private sector. Marape and his departmental heads must do something about that. – James Kinu Komengi, Hela

 

 

MPs are rubber stamps
I FEEL Esa’ala MP Moses Maladina and Environment Minister Benny Allan have been made use of as rubber stamps to push the controversial amendments through. While many Papua New Guineans are against both bills, the government still bulldozed them through. I wonder whose interest is the government is representing. The government has acted irresponsibly when it pushed both bills through. – Masiki Haliweki, Lae

 

 

Goroka players eye break
THE Goroka rugby league will continue to produce top players because it has a huge pool of players. Goroka is home to many ethnic people and selection is made on merit. Village games are coming to an end and many players are hoping to catch the eyes of selectors. Among the players who are hoping for a break are Mikaive, Lomutopa, Awute and Pondo. – Lihima, Madang

 

 

Fans will miss Uni
IT is a pity Esiloan University will not be taking part in the coming NSL season. Uni has always been competitive whether at PMSA or NSL level. It has a strong fan base. This will inevitably affect crowd turnout. I hope the blue, gold and white team will compete next season. – Uni sapota, via email

 

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EMTV sleeping
I WOULD like to express my disappointment with EMTV with regards to the telecast of the Tri-Nations rugby union matches between the NZ All Blacks and the Springboks of South Africa. Two weeks ago, EMTV advertised it would show the game on July 10 at 8pm but it did not materialise. Last week, it advertised again that it would show the second game on July 17. Instead, EMTV showed a replay of the first game even though it advertised it would be showing game two. I wonder if the people at EMTV have a clue about rugby union let alone any sport. Imagine the uproar if EMTV failed to show a State of Origin game or worse, a replay of an earlier game. Get your act right, EMTV. You’re number one because you’re the only one. – Not impressed, Port Moresby

 

 

PM must remain till 2012
I believe in stability rather than the repeated change of government of yesteryears. The people of PNG must ask themselves this question: We are going to the polls in 2012, what good will a new government do for this country in two years. New governments come with new policies which come at a cost and I would hate to think what an opposition-led government would do after eight years of growth. If given the opportunity, the opposition would squander state resources in the next 22 months to prepare for the polls. We must give investors and ourselves the luxury of time and certainty only to measure NA’s performance before the polls. Let us hold the course and allow Sir Michael Somare to remain as prime minister until 2012. – Dr Lagaip, via email

 

 

Watch your words, Sir Mekere
I REFER to the comment by Sir Mekere Morauta that NA is a Momase party. This is not only a false but stupid comment. NA is a national party based on nationalist idea. We want solidarity and stability in our government. Our economy is growing and we have attracted many investors. When Sir Mekere was the PM, students from UPNG were shot dead during protests. Is this democracy? His comment about NA will only divide the nation. I know many people who supported him are shocked by his comment. I used to admire him but have now lost my confidence in him. – Steve Gallagher, Madang

 

 

Basil for PM
WE believe Sam Basil should be our next prime minister. He can lead us away from the corrupt state we are in. He is a true son of PNG and has the heart to fight against corruption. Basil has proven to be a capable leader despite being a first-term MP. – Maxsy Pawa, Lae

 

 

Biased reports
LOOKING at the both dailies covering the political issues since certain parts of OLIPPAC were declared unconstitutional, we have read with suspicious the other daily’s coverage. They are biased and greatly exaggerated. The National is balanced. The public will not be fooled by the exaggerations and anonymous sources. The National relies on the facts and known sources. The good Catholic priest Fr John Garia must tell PNG the truth. The gross exaggerations and agenda pushed through by the Post-Courier are suspicious. Remember, the public cannot be fooled. – Cliffhanger, via email

 

 

Maternal deaths, pure neglect
Dame Carol Kidu is right to say we need to increase awareness on the mortality rate PNG is experiencing. It breaks my heart to hear of women and babies dying through pure neglect. We hear about what Dame Carol is doing in Moresby but I have yet to see anything being done in Lae to alleviate the disastrous situation here. The only support that Angau hospital gets is a lot of empty promises and rhetoric (as is the same with Lae roads). The doctors and nurses at Angau deserve medals for the conditions they are working under. They are performing miracles everyday with virtually no medicines and equipment. They are the real heroes of PNG.  Stop the politics and look after our women and children. – Sherron Lewis, Lae

 

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We want services, Graham
I CALL on Jamie Maxtone-Graham to concentrate on his electoral duties instead of being involved in moving votes of no-confidence. Since he was elected as Anglimp-South Waghi MP, he has never set foot and stay for more that 48 hours in the electorate. He has been living and operating out of Port Moresby. He has never publicly reported how the electoral funds were used. The people of Anglimp-South Waghi have yet to see any tangible project. We did not vote him to become the PM. We want basic services. It seems he is desperate to become the next prime minister. Unfortunately, he failed to realise he does not have PM material. – Manda analyst, Goroka

 

 

Agiru’s empty promises 
SHP Governor Anderson Agiru is full of hot air. His latest in a long list of promises is O City for the proposed Hela province. Hela has enough technical experts to bring development and progress. We are all keen to cooperate and build the province from scratch. Knowledge has taught me that nothing can be built overnight. It is a pity that Agiru keeps falling behind his project delivery schedules. He had not laid the foundation for any of his promises such as Kuku Ipa supply project, Tari International Airport, Hela University Centre, the super highway and miserably failed to make Southern Highlanders millionaires as promised. – Technical expert, via email

 

 

We need good roads, Goi
I just returned from my holiday in Jimi. While I was there, I experienced the terrible and tough life our people are facing everyday when transporting their coffee and peanuts to Banz market. The road starting from the Jimi-Waghi border to Tabibuga is falling to pieces with each passing day. I call on Jimi MP Wake Goi to quickly fix the road. We gave you the mandate to bring basic services like good roads, education and primary health care. The MP must review his development plans and prioritise them according to the needs of our people back at home. – Nip parr-Mai, Port Moresby

 

 

Congrats, Uyassi
I would like to congratulate Munare Uyassi for his reappointment as Eastern Highlands provincial administrator. The NEC did the right thing by reappointing him for another four-year term. Uyassi is a man of principle and known for his leadership qualities. It is no surprise that EHP was rated among the top three performers among the 20 provinces in the country. EHP needs visionary administrators who can work towards achieving the country’s medium and long-term development strategy. The province is now experiencing an economic boom as a result of good governance and stability. – Bilaki Enape Waizepa, Port Moresby

 

 

Houses too close
THE Malolo Estate at 8-Mile outside Port Moresby is a great idea gone wrong in a number of areas. There was no thought for family privacy. The houses are built too close to each other; which also poses risk of fires spreading quickly from one building to another. Greed for money has once again been given priority over human needs and common sense. It is a pity this project was allowed to proceed. I would love to have a new home for my family but I have decided against it because of one thing – we need space in our yards. We do not want to be crammed in with our neighbours. – Seko Sisiwan, Port Moresby

 

 

A disgrace
WHEN the International Amateur Boxing Association placed its trust and confidence in Lohial Nuau, I for one thought the sport was heading in the right direction. However, this is not the case. What a disgrace. – Boxing glove, Lae

 

 

Poor quality
WHEN are contractors going to build real permanent roads? The quality is poor. Construction companies are paid millions yet we get rubbish. The roads are so badly done that we get potholes even before the “new” roads are completed. Back in the 1980s, the roads were better quality. – Jon Kuimbe, Port Moresby

 

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Stop wasting money, Wenge
MOROBE Governor Luther Wenge is running back to the courts to seek legal interpretation on the
election of the governor-general as reported in your paper (July 14). One wonders how much it will cost people of Morobe and how long it will take the province to continue footing the bills on such matters. It would have been better if the money used for this exercise be channelled to the Lae city authority to improve our main market or given to police to combat rising petty crimes in the city. Whilst everyone knows of the 100% success rate that Wenge has when it comes to taking the national government to court on such issues, I would appreciate it if the governor can ponder for a moment and ask himself whether his action will be of any immediate benefit for his people. Otherwise he should forget it because he is wasting much needed resources for his own personal ego and glory. – Franco Wawen, via email

 

 

We need a referral hospital
I TOTALLY agree will heart surgeon Dr Noah Tapaua’s comment that we should have a referral hospital for heart patients locally. Nearly 90% of people are living in the rural areas and they are the ones who gave our leaders the mandate as members of parliament. I urge all the MPs to consider this seriously for the sake of our poor people since MPs can afford to go overseas for treatments. But what about your voters? Sir Michael Somare is the father of this nation and I call on you not to neglect your sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters. We need to have our own facilities and equipment to conduct open heart operations ourselves instead of waiting for the annual operation. – Tru PNGan, via email

 

 

‘Team’ pushing for PMC
THERE is a “team” that is aggressively using the media to lobby the government to allocate funding for the Pacific Medical Centre despite many medical professionals and Papua New Guineans opposing the idea. This team, as I understand, will exert pressure to try and convince the government and the people of PNG to give in to their proposal. – Observer, Port Moresby

 

 

Lands officers ‘dirty’
PAPUA New Guineans know there are widespread fraudulent activities going on in the Lands Department. The bureaucrats that are supposed to do the right things are doing the opposite. Documents that are supposed to be processed are often delayed so that those who need the documents urgently are forced to buy these officers lunch or give money under the table before the documents are processed. This has been going on for too long. – W. Opey, Mt Hagen

 

 

Good move, Somare
PUBLIC Enterprises Minister Arthur Somare is taking the right step by inviting a reputable body to oversee the funds from LNG project. I call on him to set it up in such a way that no government ministers or cronies can even lay a finger on the funds. We support you in this endeavour for the good of our nation. – Pi Poroko, Waghi valley, WHP

 

 

Money paid but still no work
AT the beginning of the year, the National Planning Department allocated K800,000 for Munhiu health centre. The Mendi JDP&BPC released the amount to an unknown contractor. But till today, work has not even started. Can the authorities investigate and find out where the money has gone to? – Anti-
corruption, via email

 

 

Well done, Kipalen
I would like to commend Wabag LLG president Roy Kipalen for improving the administration since moving into the office. He has shown his capabilities and competency in using whatever resources to good effect. – Jerry J Yamarak, Madang

 

 

Scrap OBE
SOUTH Africa has become the latest country to scrap the OBE because of its massive failures. How long will we continue with this failed system? It is time to scrap it. – Concerned citizen, Port Moresby

 

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So long, Okona
I WOULD like to convey my condolences to the family of the late Capt James Bomi Okona who died in his sleep in Madang last week. Okona was a role model for many of us in Bawan village, Boana, Morobe. We will always remember this humble man. He was one of the first to grab the opportunity to become a pilot after independence. He served PNG with distinction. From Port Moresby to Baimuru, Kikori to the mountains of Goilala and the highlands and down to Madang’s remote places like Ramu and Bundi. On behalf of my family, I thank Okona for what he had done for this country. I know the people of Chimbu, especially Chuave, will miss you too. The people of Boana and Nawaeb have lost a fine pilot and, for now, the only one from the area who had conquered the skies – by flying like a bird. – P. Naringi, Port Moresby

 

 

Good work, IRC
I submitted my school fee rebate tax returns in September last year and forgot all about it. Nine months later, I received an advice on my tax returns followed by a cheque on Tuesday. This is my third batch of claims made and each time all came through. I would like to commend the committed and honest people at IRC. We have read so often about poor working ethics of our public servants but the IRC staff proved they are a different kettle of fish. If PNG were to have such honest and hard working people, then all the bad perception of our country would cease. If only our politicians and top bureaucrats were like this. – NT Apaso, via email

 

 

Well done, Polye 
I applaud Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Don Polye for proposing a four-lane Highlands Highway. This will no doubt be a milestone for the people of PNG to have a four-lane highway. Polye is a man of vision and continues to beyond expectation. This will also be a big relief for motorists as the highway has “become too narrow” with huge trucks ferrying equipment and fuel for mines in the highlands region. I believe it will also minimise the road accidents. We need more leaders like Polye who has the foresight for the future. – A. Powa, Madang

 

 

Huli wigmen wow ’em in Dubai
I AM very proud to be a Papua New Guinean when I read your article about our very own Huli wigmen performing in Dubai. I would like to thank the PNG Tourism Authority and others who are involved in this promotion to the Middle East. I could imagine how it was like to perform in a place where the people are seeing our Huli wigmen for the first time in their lives. – Martin, via email

 

 

A step in the right direction
The new compensation law as proposed by Works Minister Don Polye is a step in the right direction. I commend Polye and his department for coming out with the law. For far too long Papua New Guineans, especially those staying along the Highlands Highway, have been taking advantage to claim never ending compensations. These claims have amounted to millions of kina. The money could be used for other priority development areas. Our MPs must make sure this law is passed in the name of development. – Ted Malongim, Kiunga

 

 

Serve the people
I read with interest what the government and opposition leaders are saying to defend themselves from allegations and counter-allegations in the media every day. It is obvious both parties are competing with each other to lure public support. Papua New Guineans are fed up with this. We want tangible benefits from both the government and opposition leaders. If you cannot provide that, then it is time for the MPs to step down. You are not fit to serve the people. It seems our MPs only know how to play the media propaganda game. – Joseph Ambane, Port Moresby

 

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Mendi MP has done a lot
I REFER to a letter by “Concerned mangi” (The National, July 9) asking whereabouts of Mendi MP Pastor Isaac Joseph. It shows the writer is not aware of what is happening around him or her. Since taking office in 2007, Joseph has walked the length and breadth of the Mendi electorate, unlike previous leaders who disappeared in Port Moresby. He has also ensured an equal distribution of developmental projects in the four corners of the electorate regardless of whether they voted for him or not. The electorate is better off today in terms of real measurable developments and this is because of the leader we have. I am sure the MP will bring about a lot of positive changes in the remaining two years and the people of Mendi are looking forward to progress. – Ip Komb Haemenaik, Lai Valley, SHP

 

 

We need your help, Polye
THE people of Tsak Valley and Lower Lai are seeking the help of Kandep MP Don Polye. Our bridges and roads have deteriorated over the years and nothing has been done to improve them. As a result, life has become hard for us. Recently, one of the bridges in Tsak Valley was washed away by the Tale River and we are disconnected from the rest of the world. This was made known to the authorities but our requests fell on deaf ears. The only road linking the Highlands Highway has been shut down by the Yakumani tribe because of tribal conflict. This has restricted the movement of some 20,000 people. It is like living in a prison. The Wapenamanda airport was recently upgraded. We see no reason why there is delay in reopening it. – Kiowale force, via email

 

 

Wenge’s silence deafening
THE silence from our usually vocal Morobe Governor Luther Wenge on national issues such as the Maladina amendments and the Environmental Act recently passed by Parliament is deafening. He was very vocal over value added tax (VAT) and the enhanced cooperation package (ECP) which was successfully abolished. Even though he was in the government at that time, he still went to the Supreme Court and won. He challenged the government over laws that undermined the rights of the people of PNG. We expected him to speak out but, strangely, he has been very quiet on these two controversial amendments. Wenge, we want you to speak up for this nation again like what you did previously. – Wondering in silence, Madang

 

 

Teachers are role models
I WAS sad to read in The National that two teachers were among five people detained for allegedly attacking an MAF pilot in Karamui. I know that teachers are not highly paid in PNG. But they are supposed to train and mentor future leaders of the country. How can they become role models if they attack innocent people who are bringing service to our country? The PNGTA must look into this issue and get rid of those teachers. They should not be teaching our children at all. – Loloma teacher, via email

 

 

Maintain road
Can the road that serves the Kindeng Primary School and health sub-centre be maintained by WR Carpenters? Many people are using these two institutions and I call on the company to fix the road as part of its community obligation. If nothing is done, the road will be impassable come the next rainy period. – Concerned citizen, via email

 

 

Vote of no-confidence unlikely
SINCE the court threw out certain parts of the OLIPPAC, the opposition is saying that a vote of no-confidence is imminent. I believe it is unlikely to happen because the opposition does not have the required numbers. Politics in PNG is very unique, unlike other countries. It is a numbers game here but the team which wins is the team that spends the most. The opposition will not be able to muster the required number and I suggest it work together with the prime minister for the better of our nation. Otherwise, the opposition can wait until the 2012 elections to mount a challenge from the ballot box. – Max Wasawa, Port Moresby

 

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Practice what you preach, G-G
I REFER to the letter “Do the correct thing, Sir Paulias” (The National, July 5) by Peter Niesi. I support the writer’s comments. In the early hours of Sunday, June 6, my colleagues and I took part in the 2010 Walk against corruption.  It was cold and raining that morning but because we want to eradicate corruption, we had to be there that morning regardless of the weather. The three leaders who took part that day were Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane, CIS Minister Tony Aimo and opposition leader Sir Mekere Morauta. After the walk, Sir Paulias gave a speech lasting almost 30 minutes about corruption. He used simple terms so that the students and children can understand the meaning of corruption. One example he gave was and I quote “if you are late for class or work, that is also corruption”. Well, Sir Paulias, if you accept your controversial reappointment, is that corruption or not? – Tavile Nakanai, Port Moresby

 

 

Stop the blame game
THE decision by the Supreme Court in regard to the Organic Law on the Integrity on Political Parties and Candidates (OLIPPAC) should not be used by the opposition or any MPs as an opportunity to sell themselves just to form a new government. In fact, the law made it possible for any government to serve the people of this country. The intent of the law was the best we have had since Independence. Unfortunately, some selfish individuals like the PM, the speaker and some of their senior ministers decided to hijacked the system and abuse it. This prompted Dr Bob Danaya and others to seek legal interpretation of the court so as to declare parts of it illegal. – Franco Wawen, via email

 

 

Malabag, a government puppet
IT is always the negatives from PNG Trade Congress Union president Michael Malabag to the opposition when it comes to politics. He does not seem to understand the ordinary people and workers in general. While there is political stability in the past eight years, living standards have remained unchanged and corruption has shot through the roof. Look at the Australian Workers Union. It keeps a neutral stand. But when the government makes wrong decisions that would have repercussions on Australian workers’ welfare, they speak against and can even bring the government down like what happened recently to Kevin Rudd. – Observer, Port Moresby

 

 

Back to bad old days
I respect the Supreme Court’s decision to nullify several sections of the Integrity Law. Unfortunately, I would like to state that PNG is going back to the bad old days of political instability. The OLIPPAC has had a good effect on the economy of our country. Nobody can deny that. I really support Sir Michael Somare when he said the ruling party would be spending more time looking at the numbers than working to expand the economy. He is a leader who deserves full respect. – Room 65 Br Hall, Madang

 

 

Thanks, National
ON behalf of silent majority of boxers throughout PNG, I would like to thank The National for exposing improper practices within the PNG Amateur Boxing Union (PNGABU). I call on the sport federation, sport foundation and the Sports minister to conduct their own personal investigations in the operation of PNGABU and bring to justice the errant executives. – Crying boxers, via email

 

 

Get rid off ghost names
There are far too many ghost names on the Southern Highlands government’s payroll. I appeal to the provincial administration to clean up the payroll and get rid of the list of non-existent people immediately. As a proud Southern Highlander, I am ashamed of such blatant on-going corruption back home. – Pkunuma, Madang

 

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Dawn of a new era
I REFER to the Writers Forum (Weekender, The National, May 7). There was an interesting write-up by “Icarus” about the Kapris-ious ways. I agree with the writer that the government is selling out our rich natural resources cheaply to outsiders while we sit and watch our country going to the dogs. The writer said the sons of Sukundumi on Independence Hill “are selling off this country” while storing hidden “deep pockets of silver” for themselves. This is the work of somebody with insight, foresight, deep wisdom and understanding of the intricacies of governance and the driving forces at work of our leaders. I dare say that we will see the dawn of a new era come 2012. – M.J. Amipjap, Port Moresby

 

 

GG must step down
I have always admired and supported Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane for his stand against corruption. However, since his controversial reappointment, I have lost my trust and confidence in him. His reappointment for the second term did not follow the correct procedures. He has tarnished his integrity and reputation by accepting the offer for the second term when he should have rejected the offer outright. How is he going to preach about corruption when he knowingly accepted his corrupt reappointment? He should step down. – Qondang Konec, Finschhafen

 

 

Tell us your stand, GG
THE GG has been reappointed in a controversial manner and his decision to occupy the office has made many people wonder where he stands. By continuing to stay in office, he is supporting corruption in the country. He used to preach against corruption but his very action now shows he is supporting it by continuing to stay in office. He has lost his credibility and tarnished his reputation. I challenge him to tell the nation what his stand is. – John  Mondai, Mt Hagen

 

 

Hagen city truly clean
I would like to congratulate the Mt Hagen city authority for launching the Hagen Kona Kai squad. Since the campaign started, this group has educated the people not to litter, dispose their rubbish properly and stopping street vendors from selling betelnut and smoke. The city now looks truly clean. The people are co-operating and they must be commended. I call on everyone to keep this up. We must keep our city clean and other people will also do the same. – Felix Ambelye, Lae

 

 

Why cancel the 2010 census?
IT is a disgrace that the census scheduled for this year has been cancelled. The minister responsible should hang his head in shame. This is pure slackness and the Planning Department is the worst of the whole lot. The national census is very important in the planning for the country’s economic growth. We also need to know what our population growth is. How does the PM think he can achieve Vision 2050 and other important projects when he continues to fail to deliver? Can’t the government do something right for once, instead of failure after failure. – Mangi PNG, Madang

 

 

Thanks, Aihi
I would like to thank Kairuku-Hiri MP Paru Aihi for allocating K150,000 to seal the Kailaki to Doe road. The people have been neglected and suffered for so long. They have given up on their leaders because of the empty promises. But Aihi has given them some hope. – Lillian John, Port Moresby

 

 

Well done, Customs
I REFER to the report “Tax crackdown” (The National, July 7) and I would like to commend the PNG Customs Service. The challenge now for it is to monitor foreign companies operating in the country and ensure they pay their taxes. – Made, Madang

 

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Don’t abuse our democracy
OUR Supreme Court has ruled on the reference relating to the Organic Law of the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates (OLIPPAC). The opposition now has the opportunity to push a vote of no-confidence and the prime minister has welcomed the court’s decision with a caution. Whilst I respect the ruling, I share the same view as the prime minister. Despite the numerous allegations of corruption against the government, I believe the nation has experienced a steady progress and economic growth compared to the ongoing political instability in the previous 27 years. It is important to have rules and laws but they must not hinder our progress. What is the logic of having a vibrant democratic system that promotes constant votes of no-confidence, create political instability and defeating national growth and prosperity? – Kia’ovo Tsi’ara, Kairuku

 

 

Sir Mek must explain OLIPPAC
NOW that the Supreme Court has thrown out parts of the Integrity Law, I can finally see a glimpse of hope that (at least) there will be a better and a more democratically elected government in place. However, what worries me is that Sir Mekere Morauta, who introduced the law, is a potential PM. I urge him to explain, for the sake of good and transparent governance, and make a public statement on the pros and cons of the law. I salute Dr Bob Danaya for the victory. – Tipil Kyak, Port Moresby

 

 

Census funds misused
THE move to defer the census by a year is sad. This clearly shows the managers involved are not capable of handling the task although it has shown to be a success in the past. The general election will be held in 2012 and intending candidates will not know how many people they have in their respective electorate. How that can be effectively managed next year is a big question since initial listings around the country have already taken place and several millions of kina have been exhausted. The census boss can blame National Planning for not releasing the remaining funds but initial funding released was sufficient to complete primarily listings. I call on National Planning to demand for acquittals because the frequent use of hire cars by all census executives had drained the money. – Frustrated official, Port Moresby

 

 

PNGTA must clean up
From my understanding, the PNGTA is the teachers’ union. Teachers who are financial members contribute every fortnight to the office so it can function. However, it has been observed that certain officers are taking their wives or husbands to the office everyday and doing their private business there instead of serving the members’ interest. These people continue to misuse members’ contribution without providing any tangible services to the members. As a financial member of PNGTA, I call on the management to put a stop to this nonsense and stop abusing our money. – Peter Munde, Port Moresby

 

 

Mendi or Eriku Muruks?
ARE we watching the Mendi Muruks or Eriku Muruks in the bemobile Cup? I call on the team management and sponsor, Mabey and Johnsons, to immediately relocate team to Mendi. The team must be based in its home town as it is representing the whole of Southern Highlands, not Lae or Morobe, unless they want to be known as the second Lae Bombers team. So many things are taking place in SHP and there is no reason why the team cannot attract lucrative packages. Let’s bring some glory home. – SHP bradas, Lae

 

 

Where is Mendi MP?
I WOULD like to know when the Mendi MP is going to seal our roads, build bridges and put up power lines in his electorate. Many MPs are delivering such basic services throughout the country. Is our MP still asleep? – Concerned mangi, via email

 

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Get your priority right, Wenge
THE potholes in Lae’s roads have grown to become mumu holes. It is a shame and disgrace to see such horrible and disgusting situation in the industrial city of Papua New Guinea. Instead of putting his attention on sealing and improving the roads’ conditions in the second biggest city in the country, Morobe Governor Luther Wenge is planning to challenge the recent reappointment of the governor-general in the Supreme Court. Why can’t he go to the court and force the government to fix up Lae’s roads? The people of Lae are suffering because of the poor road conditions. – Concerned citizen, Lae

 

 

Field youngsters, Rangers
I CALL on Rangers franchise owner Kelly Aiyok to explain why he is not fielding young and talented players who were selected from the Master Mak Easter Cup tournament. We have seen a number of young talented players selected and players like Noel Joel, Robert Nandie and Ford Tuli played well during their debut match. Although Rangers lost the first few matches, these young players played well and were consistent. It was the seniors who made the mistakes. I urge Aiyok to give these youngsters more playing time so they can improve further. – Rangers supporter, Port Moresby

 

 

A disgrace by Simbu Warriors
AS a die-hard Simbu Warriors fan, I would like to call on the board to resign so that new board members can be appointed. The Warriors’ performance has been dismal, to say the least. There are many fans of the Warriors and, thus far, we have not been impressed by the team. The coach needs to come up with a game plan which the players can stick to. We are no longer in the 1970s where we play man-to-man. We need to play a thinking game as rugby league is being played today the world over. – Makan Nem, via email

 

 

All eyes on PPP
I REFER to the article “Public-private partnership a UBE winner” (The National, June 28). At the political level, such partnership is not new but the question is whether it will turn out as planned. Treid Pacific had teamed up with the Southern Highlands government before. The current tie-up with NCD Commission must be judged by the stakeholders, in this case, parents, students, teachers and school boards of management. The Education Department should also follow this development closely. I will monitor this tie-up closely. – Hupigo, Tokushima, Japan

 

 

Semri must be fair
Middle Ramu MP Ben Semri must assist all students from the electorate attending the various tertiary institutions throughout the country with their school fees. It is unfair he is only helping students who are related to him, his political friends and cronies. If he really wants to develop the human resources from his electorate, then he must make education his top priority. – Concerned citizen, via email

 

 

PM pulled off a fast one
IT seems Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and SHP Governor Anderson Agiru “fooled” LNG landowners with the presentation of a K60 million mock cheque. Why show off the mock cheque when you cannot pay us, the poor landowners? When will the funds be released? We were told at the presentation the funds would be released last week. But it has passed without any of us seeing even a toea. Please stop all these lies. We are fed up. – Peter, David & Thomas, Hela

 

 

What crop diversification?
I REFER to your report (July 2) about the East New Britain government encouraging crop diversification. It was an excellent proposition. But then the report went on to say that ENB wants to clear 345,000ha of land and for it to be planted with only one crop – oil palm! Is that what you call crop diversification? – Arthur, Cardiff, Wales

 

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Seeking compo a pastime?
I refer to the headline “Highway blockade” (The National, July 2). It seems that the people living along the Highlands Highway are fond of claiming compensation. We hardly read in our newspapers about landowners from either Hiritano or Magi highways seeking compensations from the government for the road that runs through their land. If these people are appreciative the road, why can’t the Highlanders, especially those living in between Goroka and Tari, do the same thing? The Highlands Highway is a national road, citizens of this country or foreigners have the right to travel on it without fear of harassment. It is the responsibility of the government to repair the road or clear debris in the case of landslide, not the local people. – Irix Kirabu, Madang

 

 

Deliver what is promised
I REFER to the promise made by chief secretary to the government Manasupe Zurenuoc and Department of Works secretary Joel Luma at Kundiawa during a visit to Onua and Mindima, west of Kundiawa. They said all the necessary verifications and valuations had been completed and the payment would be in June. Well, June has come and gone, and there is still no sign of what was promised. That made the small people along the highway angry and frustrated. When big shots said something, they have a tendency to forget what they said but the small people will not forget what they said. – Morbs boy, Lae

 

 

Develop human resources
Tewai-Siassi MP Vincent Michaels should seriously be looking at sponsoring students from the district at many of our tertiary institutions and technical colleges as part of his plan to develop the electorate. We have many talented students but, because of school fee problems, they are back in the village. If he were to develop our human resources like many other MPs, I truly believe Tewai-Siassi can be one of the most developed electorates in PNG. He has funded many projects since his election in 2007 and the people can now see the light at the end of the tunnel after being neglected for years. – Bricksen Naleng, Lablab station, Siassi Island

 

 

Wheeling and dealing
THE governor-general was reappointed under suspicious circumstances by the government. Sir Paulias Matane, an advocate of transparency and good governance, slept through his first term and allowed corruption to flourish. Sir Kingsford Dibela never talked much but dissolved Parliament when corruption was not even of the magnitude we see today. Sir Paulias just talks a lot. Then we learned that the national census will not take place. The Electoral Commission suddenly voiced its concern about the 2012 elections. I predict these moves are purposely done to see the PM remain in power even after 2012. – Prophet Makaravaizo, Madang

 

 

Graham, leave JTA alone
I agree with former North Waghi MP William Wii that Jamie Maxtone-Graham should withdraw the proposed changes. Maxtone-Graham should not try to change the JTA chairman. It is the wish of Jiwaka people that former Western Highlands premier Philip Kapal should lead the Jiwaka Transitional Authority and he is the right man for the job. The people of Jiwaka do not agree with Maxtone-Graham’s proposals. He was not involved in any working committees since day one. – Frank Goi, Madang

 

 

Be patient, Talu
THERE are no political differences in the Jiwaka Transitional Authority (JTA) as claimed by former senior public servant Francis Talu. It will take time to set up a provincial administration and bring development to Jiwaka. We cannot expect all these to happen overnight. Let’s learn to be patient, the committee is working very hard to get things done on time. It needs regular meetings, planning, researches, time and commitment. – Waghi bridge, Madang

 

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MPs blind and selfish
I COMMEND Sir Mekere Morauta for trying to protect our environment. My land is my inheritance but because of our rich natural resources, the government is trying to take away my birthright for its own selfish desires. Our MPs must be reminded that the people gave them the mandate to be their representatives in Parliament. The MPs are supposed to make decisions that safeguard their people, not sell them out. Many of our MPs are blind and selfish. What do I have if my land is taken away from me? It is my land that keeps me going even though the government failed to deliver basic services. My parents sweat their guts out to cultivate the land to pay for my school fees and basic needs, not the government. So what more does it want? –[email protected], Madang

 

Stop the abuse
OUR sovereignty is being undermined as our Constitution is constantly being abused by those in power. We have conducted so many commissions of inquiry but not a single recommendation has been implemented. The Guns Committee report is gathering dust and firearms have claimed so many innocent lives, the latest being journalist Sent Timbi. PNG needs a good road network connecting all provinces, telecommunication, affordable education and healthcare if we want to progress and promote a vibrant internal and external economy. We cannot allow the so-called elite “aristocratic” class of opportunists to hijack our democracy. – Johnny Paraeels, Manila

 

 

PM a hypocrite
IT was interesting to note Sir Michael Somare commenting about former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd being a man of bold faith. Rudd has chosen to step aside in the best interest of Australia. So this makes Sir Michael a man of weak faith as he cannot take a bold stand to step aside as the PM. What a hypocritical statement by Sir Michael who has muddied his own name by the Moti affair and the controversial Maladina and environment amendments. – Anti-Somare government, Mt Hagen

 

 

Govt has lost our trust
I AM sad to say that our government is making decisions to suit its own interests. Our MPs, who are supposed to be our voice, are becoming puppets. People have protested against some of the laws passed in Parliament but to no avail. – Concerned citizen, Madang

 

 

Why give Somare more work?
WHY should the Finance and Treasury Ministry go to Arthur Somare? He already has a lot of things on his plate. What special qualities does he have that other MPs do not have other than sharing the same surname with the prime minister? SHP Governor Anderson Agiru’s comments on the appointment of Somare were shallow and very obvious. It would have made more sense if the post had gone to someone who is not as busy as Somare. – Daru Mako, Port Moresby

 

 

Kapal is right choice
THE Jiwaka Transitional Authority chairman, Philip Kapal, is an outstanding and qualified leader. The government made the right decision to appoint him to be the head of the authority. The people of Jiwaka have total trust and confidence in him. He does not compromise his principles. He is a leader who can achieve impressive results. I call on everyone to put our differences aside and ensure we hit the road running when Jiwaka becomes a province in 2012. – Frank Goi, Madang

 

 

Restore glory, Kuris
AS a die-hard rugby league fan, I am disappointed with the performance of the Mt Hagen Kuris. The performance thus far has been bad. Mt Hagen has produced a many top players in the past. Therefore, as a concerned Hagener, I call on the board and management of Kuris to take swift action to restore the pride and glory of Mt Hagen. – Daniel Namba, via email

 

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NCOBA a mess
THE National Coordinating Office for Bougainville Affairs or NCOBA (formerly known as the Office of Bougainville Affairs) is becoming a mess. It has lost its dignity and respect. Its recent recruitment exercise is highly suspect. As a result, staff morale has been affected. The office is hiring vehicles costing thousands of kina a day and this is a waste of funds. There is no order in the office – staff come and go whenever they please. What is happening to Bougainville Affairs? It is time the ABR president put his foot down and let a few heads roll. – Concerned Bougainvillean, Port Moresby

 

 

Banning alcohol not the answer
BANNING alcohol is not a practical solution to curb alcohol-related harm. Globally, the prevention of drug and alcohol-related problems are now centred on the concept of harm reduction, recognising the fact that substance abuse will remain a way of life. In PNG, there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that the rise in homebrew coincided with the rise in the prices of factory-brewed alcohol or in places where alcohol is banned. Let us look at practical solutions such as tightening up on legislations covering underage drinking, drinking in public, drink driving, etc. – Food for thought, via email

 

 

Never say die, Muruks
I WANT to congratulate the Mendi Muruks for leading the bemobile standing after notching up eight wins and a draw. Although the Muruks are based away from home and have many new faces, they have stamped their mark and are making Southern Highlanders happy and proud. Credit must go to captain Joseph Omai for leading the team and workaholic Nombert “Genbip” Kembo for his tireless work. To the team, keep up the good run and bring the cup home to Murumbu where it resided for the three years. Lipi! Lipi! – Sok Puri, via email

 

 

Congrats, Aka
I applaud the appointment of Joseph Aka as the national statistician. His appointment is historical for the National Statistical Office because he is the first national economist who climbed from the lowest rung of the organisation to the top post. He has a masters degree in economics from Queensland University. He is intelligent and capable of diligently performing at the highest level. On behalf of the pure economics class of 1993 at UPNG, I would like to congratulate Aka for his achievement. – Dennis Gonnisso, Port Moresby

 

 

More debates, please
AS an educator, more importantly an English teacher, I concur with Morobe Governor Luther Wenge’s comment that debating is an excellent tool to sharpen one’s intellectual ability. It makes young minds to be alert, analytical, rational and sharp in addressing issues. I would like to encourage my fellow English teachers to encourage and conduct more debates on a regular basis. There should be more inter-school debates. – Martin Emms Maiok, Port Moresby

 

 

A lesson for Tambul folks
There were many letters to the editor pushing for Tambul-Nebilyer MP Benjamin Poponawa to be the finance minister as he is the vice-minister. Now that the job has gone to Arthur Somare, the people of Tambul must understand our MP does not have the political clout to claim that post. The prime minister’s snub has undermined many intellects as Poponawa is more qualified than Somare. However, this is not the time to cry foul but a lesson for us to learn. – Tais Tambulian, via email

 

 

Why should PM step down?
IT has become obvious in the last few months that NGOs, opposition MPs and individuals are going to the newspapers, radio and TV stations to call on Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare to step down. Why are they calling the Grand Chief to resign? For the eight years, our economy, under his leadership, has blossomed. What are your alternatives? I suggest you try your luck in 2012 general election. – NA supporter, Port Moresby

 

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Late Cherubim a good servant
I AM an ex-teacher and my last posting was at Caritas Technical Secondary School. Whilst teaching there, I came to know bishop Cherubim Dambui, who would visit the school to be with the staff and students during mass. Dambui had a strong passion for people to know and love Jesus Christ whom he would always preach about. I will miss his way of delivering sermons, his sense of humour, and his love for the country which he served until his death. My family and I join Caritas Technical Secondary School teachers, their family and the CSM Sisters in conveying our condolences to the family of late Dambui. May he rest in peace. – Martin Emms Maiok, Port Moresby

 

 

Thanks, National and EMTV
I WOULD like to thank The National and EMTV for bringing us coverage of the football World Cup being held in South Africa. EMTV must be commended for bringing to our homes an unprecedented coverage of this sporting extravaganza. For diehard football fans, it has been a wonderful month of football feast. Keep up the good work. For those who do not have cable TV, EMTV has done us a great service. The National must be congratulated for a job well done in giving us updated coverage and daily draws of matches being played. Keep up the good work. – Sawa Kaman, Port Moresby

 

 

Cops must conduct checks
I CALL on the traffic division of the RPNG Constabulary to conduct routine highway checks on vehicles. They must ensure the speed limit is followed, carry out alcohol breath checks on drivers, check driving licence and worthiness of vehicles on the road, especially PMVs. These are the main factors that cause road accidents in PNG. – Sani Bolted, Kiunga, Western

 

 

Congrats, John 
I WOULD like to congratulate Benjamin John for being selected to the side to play against Queensland country at Roma on July 24. He is among three players from Forbes who have been selected. The people of Pagae tribe in Margarima, Southern Highlands, and Meriamanda in Enga are proud of John’s selection. – Walin & Pagae tribe, via email

 

 

Clean up the mess, govt
THE letter “What are the alternatives, Sir Mekere ?” by Dexter Bland (June 29) shows the writer has no concern about the local people who will be affected by environmental damage. Our government represents the people and if the government cannot decide what is best for its citizens, it is not representing the people or the country. It has to clean its own mess but not at the country’s expense. The amendments to the Environment Act are nonsense. – Megusa beast, Goroka

 

 

20% increase too much
I REFER to your report “PNGTA demands 20% pay hike” (June 29). We all know that teachers should be given the utmost respect for the role they play in the development of our country. PNGTA president Tom Hecko said, with LNG here, it was time to look into our teachers needs and increase their pay. However, I don’t see any reason why every now and then the PNGTA is seeking an increase in salary. I find 20% increase is too much as many teachers do not perform up to par. – Titus K, Port Moresby

 

 

20% is not enough
THE 20% pay hike that is being sought by the PNGTA is ridiculously low. What is 20% to a teacher who is earning K100 a fortnight? That is only a rise of K20. What about the teachers who are earning less than K100 a fortnight? The 20% rise is no better than peanuts. I suggest that instead of a flat across the board 20% hike, it would be better if those who earn K100 and below be given a 200% rise while those earning more than K500 get a rise of 10%. This will at least reduce the huge gap between the top and the bottom rung. We need a progressive increment, not a flat 20% rise for everyone. – Depressed teacher, Port Moresby

 

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Address woes, Polye
I AM really disgusted with the way Don Polye is continuously patronising Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare in the media, claiming the country is enjoying “prosperity” because of the PM’s leadership. What prosperity are you talking about, Polye? The majority of people in this country live below the poverty line and are engaged in a bitter struggle everyday to feed themselves and their families.  Prices of basic food items are way out of reach for the common people. Millions of people do not have access to clean running water. Hundreds of Papua New Guineans are dying every week due to lack of basic medicines in our hospitals. Our roads have deteriorated beyond repair. Crime, corruption and lawlessness are escalating and the long list goes on. I guess the only people enjoying prosperity are Polye and the Somares. Stop this nonsense and address these problems. – Dang Kee, Port Moresby

 

 

Time to change mentality
I refer to your report “Govt urged to release K68.7m” (June 25). That is a huge amount of money to spend on a few people. What plans do these landowners have? We have seen over the years that landowners along the Highlands Highway, when paid compensation, do not put the money into good use. Look at the Sepik Highway and other major highways in the country. Landowners there do not demand for compensations like that. Road infrastructure is a vital service for development and change. Major road upgrade brings many benefits to the area. How can these people charge the government for bringing something that they will benefit? It is time people realise they have to sacrifice something. – Joxes, Madang

 

 

Pipeline meeting fruitful
AS a spokesman for the Kido pipeline committee, I would like to thank Peter Koim, the team leader for Department of Petroleum and Energy, and members of the delegation for meeting the people of Kido on June 26. We are happy with your presentations and input during the meeting as they gave us a better idea of the proposed pipeline project and answered many questions. The meeting has put many things into perspective. As a legal body empowered by the Kido community, I would like to reiterate that this body is the eyes and ears of the people. It is the mouthpiece of the community. – Allan Podi, Port Moresby

 

 

Warriors’ disappointing
I CANNOT believe the Warriors could lose to basement team Mt Hagen Kuris. That is the most disappointing performance by our so-called warriors. That must be the Warriors’ worst ever performance in history. I think the in-house politics had taken its toll on the players. I call on Warriors’ CEO Jerry Kapka to intervene and clear up the mess. Chimbu needs to regain its pride. – Konia Mapube, Port Moresby

 

 

Time for PM to go  
THE latest incident in Parliament shows clearly the prime minister has no respect for democracy and the law. He is acting more like a dictator. It does not take a genius to figure out what is going on behind the scene. It is obvious. Therefore, it is time the PM steps down. He has served the country for too long and the time has come for him to step aside. The opposition must do something before we end up with a dictator in charge. – JPM, Port Moresby

 

 

Mola feels threatened
Please allow me to refute claims made by Prof Glen Mola on June 1 in The National saying PMC is raising false hopes. Many people, including potential patients like Tsanis Kakon, are happy that we will finally get a modern hospital. I believe Mola is hitting out because the PMC would be a threat to his hospital. Instead, I would like to see Mola improve the services at his hospital and the first thing he could do is to reduce the fees. – Steve, via email

 

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Women power down under
I REFER to the front page of The National (June 25) about Julia Gillard taking over the leadership of the Labor Party and becoming Australia’s 27th PM and the country’s first female PM. Interestingly, she was also confirmed into office by another of Australia’s first female governor-general Quentin Bryce. Now that’s Australian politics. As for Kevin Rudd, being a big boy in the diplomatic world, I know his knowledge and experience will become invaluable to Australia and the ALP. Besides, he is still the elected member of his constituency and is still in the government, unlike his predecessor, John Howard, who lost it all in politics. As for PNG politics, if the PM is really serious about female participation in parliament, he should start by nominating a female candidate for the GG post (or is it too late?). That is, if that is really his heart’s desire to see women in Parliament. Otherwise, it is just another political gimmick. – Tru-Ave, via email

 

 

Still a long way for PNG
Kevin Rudd’s decision to stand aside and hand power to his deputy, Julia Gillard, to be Australia’s new PM makes our parliamentary system of government archaic and primitive. The attitude among PNG politicians that the PM cannot be replaced until the five-year term is up is nonsense. Democracy means that when the majority votes you out, you are out even in party politics. If the PM is corrupt and found guilty by the law, that PM should step down naturally. Australia’s political culture shows PNG’s democracy has a long way to go. Politicians’ loyalties to the PNG government seem to be coerced in order to receive favours like the MPs’ district development funds, etc. Because of this coercion, MPs are seen to pass dubious laws that street people can see is not based on “common sense”. – Democracy supporter, Port Moresby

 

 

No handouts, please
I AM sick and tired of reading the comments about reserved seats for women. We must accept the fact that PNG is a democratic country and all leaders who are in Parliament today have gone through the normal democratic process of being elected. The people voted them in. I appeal to our women leaders to go through a similar exercise if you want to enter Parliament. Let us work together to make PNG a better place and free of corruption. – Wizard, Goroka

 

 

Homebrew spreading in WHP
I AGREE with Western Highland’s administrator Malcolm Culligan that the consumption of homebrew and marijuana is creating a huge social problem and is on the rise in the North Waghi area of the proposed Jiwaka province, especially in two sub-districts of North Waghi (Nondugl and Banz). The problem is not only limited to the ordinary people but also professionals like public servants. I have seen some officers from Nondugl consuming homebrew and marijuana. The worse part is that some of these officers, when drunk and high, start punching people and chasing them with sticks and bush knives. I call on the Western Highlands provincial police commander to take action on these public servants. – Alamb Pakeroya, via email

 

 

Right move by Mioks
FOLLOWING the slight changes in the Enga Mioks team management, the players seem to have regained their stride. Robert Ganim must be commended for daring to make some changes. He made the right decision to dismiss the team manger and suspend the captain. Although many people have criticised him, I think Ganim’s decision was in the best interest of the team. – Jerry J Yamarak, Madang

 

 

Sack incompetent staff, Danaya
I support the letter by Golai Kambut (The National, June 17) that Fly River government must settle school fees. This delay in releasing of the subsidies has been going on since the inception of the programme. Every year, incompetent staff at the governor’s office in Kiunga fail to do their jobs properly. Their incompetence has seen students being removed from school midway through. I call on the governor to terminate the incompetent people. – Bolted, Kiunga

 

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Administration failed dismally
I REFER to the recent clash between the two ethnic groups in Fr Peter (Fatima) Secondary School. As an ex-student and as one of the victims in the clash last year between the same ethnic groups, I believe the administration is making things worse. The administration is not taking the correct measures to solve the problem and bring peace. The administration is treating it lightly and ignoring the issue, hoping it will go away by itself. For now, I put the blame on the administration for failing to take concrete measures to resolve any issues arising in and around the campus. If the previous clash was resolved, then I think the recent clash would not have happened. – CPX 104, Madang

 

 

Arrest those involve in clash
ON behalf of Jiwaka tertiary students, I condemn the recent ethnic clash between Jiwakans and Western Highlanders. I call on the police to arrest those that started this fight. Those involved are behaving like uncivilised primitives and attacked the Western Highlanders. I am ashamed to be a Jiwakan. School is a place to gain knowledge to move this country forward and to compete with the world. – Nondugl Nangle, Madang

 

 

Wrong to grant Kuipa bail
MANY ordinary Papua New Guineans are disappointed with the magistrate’s decision to allow the so-called “mystery woman lawyer” Helen Kuipa to go out on bail. She played a major role in the escape of felon William Kapris and 11 convicted notorious criminals who were serving their terms at that time. She aided and abetted in the escape. Granting bail to a person who committed a serious crime is not seen by law-abiding citizens as a deterrent. – Kotiufa Sniper, Goroka

 

 

Review decision, magistrate
I AM outraged with the decision of the magistrate to grant Helen Kuipa bail. She played a major part in the escape of William Kapris and other convicted prisoners. She should be left to rot in jail. I call on magistrate Fred Tomo to review his decision. – Disgusted, Port Moresby

 

 

Congrats, Gillard
I WOULD like to congratulate Julia Gillard for becoming Australia’s first woman prime minister. It already has a woman governor-general. It took Australia more than 100 years to achieve that. Perhaps Papua New Guinea can do better that that. – Martin Korokan, Port Moresby

 

 

Our leaders are greedy
I REFER to the amendments to the Environment Act. Frankly, I think our leaders are selling out our country for their own gain. They see this as an opportunity to become rich. They are not thinking think about the people. – Kole cops, via email

 

 

Who says BSP is caring?
I AM disappointed with the BSP customer service. Five weeks ago, I withdrew K500 from an ATM machine. Although the ATM did not dispense any cash, it printed a receipt noting a cash withdrawal transaction. I took the receipt to the bank filled in a complaint form. The officer serving me told me that he will send my complaint to their IT department in Port Moresby, verify my problem and reimburse my money after one month. After waiting for a month, I went to the bank to get an update and I was told IT department has yet to respond to my complaint. It is coming to six weeks and I cannot understand why it is taking the bank so long to verify my transaction. – Frustrated customer, Lae

 

 

Telefomin must move forward
AS a Oksian studying at the University of Goroka, I am disappointed that lecturers are using Telefomin as an example of a remote place in PNG. How would you feel when somebody says that you come from a very remotest place? What is the Telefomin MP doing to bring the electorate forward? On top of that, I want  to see Telefomin tertiary students go back and raise the standard of education there. – Concerned Oksian, Goroka

 

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Somare’s huge ego
I AM not sure if there is any integrity left in this Parliament. Arthur Somare seems hell bent to have Dr Allan Marat name the MPs allegedly involved in a plot to assassinate the former attorney-general. His huge ego is bringing disrepute to the office he occupies. The younger Somare also furiously demanded The National to name the three MPs named by William Kapris recently. The information has now become public knowledge. The list of such allegations and counter-allegations of corruption and wheeling and dealing by MPs, their cronies and associates is damaging the country’s integrity. The younger Somare is using MPs’ parliamentary privilege to attack fellow MPs and newspapers for speaking out. This is not protecting the integrity of Parliament but his ego and power. – Andy K Yombo, Lae

 

 

Somare’s raving unnecessary
I REFER to the plot to kill Dr Allan Marat and the senseless outburst by Public Enterprises Minister Arthur Somare. I commend opposition leader Sir Mekere Morauta’s call on the responsible authorities to conduct an investigation. He is right to say leaders should strengthen their resolve to expose the evils, not staying quiet. I disagree with Somare’s challenge to name the three ministers involved in the plot. I don’t understand what he is raving about because the call was to investigate, not name the people involved. – Tavile Nakanai, Port Moresby

 

 

Amendments not right
I AM an environment student in one of the institutions in PNG. I am aghast that our government can propose such unbelievable amendments and bulldoze them through Parliament. Why on earth should it do such thing? Whose interest is the government serving? Did they consider those who will be affected? Will the people benefit from it in the years ahead? The government should look at the damage done to the Angabanga River and Lower Watut River. Is the government making any effort to help the people living along both rivers? The amendments are not in the best interest of the country and its people. – Kevie Costna, Madang

 

 

PAC must probe Boito
I REFER to the additional K10 million given to MPs. For other districts, it will be a blessing and a miracle to see developments taking place. However, for Obura-Wonenara district, it is a district without an MP this term. There is nothing happening since John Boito entered office in 2007. This has raised serious of questions as to where the money has gone to and I seriously question the acquittals he has submitted. I call on the public accounts committee to start an investigation. The PAC can send an official to the district to get a first-hand look. – Save but hat long toktok, via email

 

 

Delay unacceptable
I CALL on Kina Finance to explain the delay in processing members’ POSF entitlements. It is disgusting to be constantly told off by the people who answered the phone. Otherwise, the excuse will be “your application is waiting to be processed”. My application is still being processed after one month? Is that a joke? I call on the management to explain the delay. It is absurd that members are paying for incompetence and unprofessionalism.  I call on the POSF management to seriously consider reviewing the fund manager’s role. – Disappointed member, Kokopo

 


 
Congrats, Gillard
I WOULD like to congratulate new Australian prime minister Julia Gillard. She has made history in Australia by becoming the first woman PM. I wonder when PNG will have a woman as prime minister. We have seen many women as prime ministers and presidents and they gave their male counterparts a good run for their money. My favourite woman PM is Margaret Thatcher. And she showed the world why she was called the Iron Lady while in power. Look at Britain today, stumbling from one political disaster to another. – Meri pawa, via email

 

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We need balance
I REFER to Daniel Namba’s letter “Reserved seats is not gender equality” (The National, June 22). Most schools throughout the world have scholarships in male-dominated fields such as engineering or medicine which are reserved strictly for women. This is to build up a balance between males and females in these professions today. Also, in terms of race, there are a number of scholarships which are strictly reserved for “black” applicants. This is not to demean them but to build up a balance which, if society was allowed to, would not permit. In terms of jobs, some vacancies are reserved for female applicants. This is not to demean them but to “give them a shot” if you will and see the outcome. The idea of reserved seats in Parliament is not to shift focus to women or to demean them in any way. The current number of women MPs we have explains it all. – Spardz Wennar, Port Moresby

 

 

NUS Games needs govt aid
THE National University Students (NUS) Games is one of the biggest sporting events in the country. It unites students and staff of major tertiary institutions across PNG. It promotes a huge diversity of sporting codes for both male and female participants. The games addresses gender equality, good sportsmanship, self-discipline, various sporting codes, unity in diversity, etc. It is indeed a unique national event that addresses many agendas. The games also produce fine sportsmen and women. No one can deny the recognition the games deserves. The hard working executives such as Molly Perry Gena must be supported by the government. It would be ridiculous if the government does not show up. – R. Maino Daniel, Lae

 

 

Administrators failed to act
I AM sad to see ethnic violence has erupted for the second time at the Fatima Secondary School. Many students sustained injuries and parents are concerned with the safety of their children. They are also worried because the national examinations are approaching. This is not the time to blame anyone. But what is obvious is the poor leadership of the school’s administration. They saw signs of trouble yet did not take any action. Education authority in WHP should remove the headmaster and his deputies. When an institution has frequent ethnic fights, the administration must be held responsible. – Pi Poro, Mt Hagen

 

 

Sad sight
I COULD not believe when I saw the destruction of my former dormitory on your front page (June 21). I had to read the report again and again as I recalled the fond memories I had. I was one of the first students to move into that building after it was built. This is the second time this incident has happened. The first one was the administration building which was burnt in 2004 while I was in Grade 11. And now, six years later, the boys dormitory (Marcel Dorm) had been razed. My advice to the innocent students is to report the ones who are responsible for the burning down of the dormitory. Don’t be afraid and to tell the truth. – Paul Keve via email

 

 

PNG needs more Parkops
Tangled in the midst of corrupt, self-centred and popularity critics, we have a God-given mind and strength to choose right from wrong. Some critics and rivals can go about throwing their maus waras on the streets, media and campaign posters to win fame and favour. I am sorry you will see how the bulk of the NCD population feels about Powes Parkop in 2012. PNG needs more Parkop-minded MPs. – Malipin SF, Port Moresby

 

 

Thanks, Marape
AS a Sunday worshiper, I want to thank Education Minister James Marape for encouraging young Seventh-Day Adventists to fully immerse our faith in God through the Footprint singing ministry. We, the Lae youths and young Christians, are richly blessed through your songs you sang with your committed young singers from each of the five highland provinces and testimonies you shared during the Lae SDA concert at Unitech last Sunday. – Emmanuel, Lae

 

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Cowboy town in the making
I support Golai Kambut’s letter of “ Pickpocket activities on the rise in Moresby” (The National, June 21). It Is true that many ordinary Port Moresby residents are walking around in fear because of these petty criminals. Whatever happened to the cop shops that were built? Are the police sleeping? Are they too concerned with major crimes that they forgot to protect the ordinary citizens of this country? What are your plans to counter this menace, Governor Parkop? You set out to make this city beautiful but did nothing to address petty crimes. If the authorities cannot do anything, then ordinary citizens may one day take the law into their own hands and turn Port Moresby into a cowboy town to fight these “uncivilised primitives”. – JPM, Port Moresby

 

 

Rot started in Kokopo
I salute former justice minister Dr Allan Marat for making a stand and telling the people of Papua New Guinea what is happening in the government. But why speak out now when the rot started a long time ago? The leaders of the various political parties who went to Kokopo to hammer out a coalition government knew what they were letting themselves into. Otherwise, they would have joined the opposition. The true leaders stayed back in Port Moresby hoping to form a government but to no avail. The damage was done when they met in Kokopo. So why blame the government now? I call on fellow Papua New Guineans to choose our leaders carefully in 2012 because our good country cannot go to the dogs again. – Tru’ave, Port Moresby

 

 

Poor call by MPs
AMENDING the Environmental Act to prohibit landowners filing lawsuits against developers is a very poor call by the government. PNG is a developing nation and its people depend on the environment and resources. This amendment will allow developers to pollute and destroy our environment and we cannot do anything about it, but become helpless spectators. The 73 MPs who voted for the amendment are the people they represent. Those who voted for it have not only let their constituents down but also PNG in general. This amended law must be repealed because it is not serving the best interest of resource owners and the people of Papua New Guinea. – Iba Ulipi, Koroba

 

 

Pathetic display by Kuris
THE Mt Hagen Kuris performed dismally against the Port Moresby Vipers. The Kuris played like a bunch of street kids who had been randomly assembled just before the game. The team lacked cohesion and direction. I dare say the Kuris could even lose to any of the cellar dwellers in the PRL competition. Mt Hagen is renowned for producing Kumul players like Rodney Pora, George Moni, Menzie Yere, Simon Young, Larsen Marabe, Nickson Kolo, Kevin Frank, etc. The question now is how the players were selected. Are they the best available? – Gomis off-season product, Port Moresby

 

 

True samaritans
I would like to commend Gary Bustin and Mark Palm for launching the Samaritan Aviation float plane in East Sepik (The National, May 18). The plane will bring medical supplies to rural areas. This is made possible because of the dream of these two men to one day fly into the rural areas of PNG and assist the people who have no access to basic health services. They have also worked hard to secure sponsors in the United States. Our country needs more people like Gary and Mark to help those in need. All the best and safe flying, guys. – AJ Kema, Port Moresby

 

 

Stop autonomy nonsense
Sir Julius Chan and Ben Micah brought the provincial government reform in 1994. It destroyed all the controls and stabilities inherited from the colonial era. Today, these two men are pushing for autonomy in New Ireland and former politician like Sir Matiabe Yuwi has joined the bandwagon and advocating for autonomy to all provinces. PNG must stop this autonomy nonsense because if we allow it, there will be 22 independent states. – Jacob Sekewa, Port Moresby

 

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Fund sports, Kekeno
I CALL on the MP for Koroba-Lake Kopiago John Kekeno to allocate funds for sports. Many of the teams which took part in the south’s basketball tournament in Goroka last week were supported by their MPs. While I am proud that our team made it to the tournament without the MP’s help, I am ashamed to say that they look like orphans. What a shame. Many of our leaders are urging youths to stay away from tribal fights, marijuana, alcohol, etc. If Kekeno wants our youths to stay away from illegal activities, then he must help them by allocating funds for sports. When our youths are showing such positive initiatives, then the MP must step in and provide support. – Wanelapo Igini, Madang

 

 

Poor move by Wau
I REFER to The National’s front page (June 18) “MP Wau pressed trigger, say locals”. I condemn the actions of Kerowagi MP Guma Wau regardless of whether he discharged the firearm. As the mandated leader, he should have handled the situation in more mature manner without using weapons. I would like to know why the MP was carrying such a huge amount of cash on a Sunday. Why is the MP doing the job of the Kerowagi district treasurer? If the money was to pay for a road project as the MP claimed, then the Kerowagi district treasury should be handling the payment. The MP has brought disrepute to the United Resources Party. – Concerned Simbu, Goroka

 

 

Right call, Fairweather
THE MP for Sumkar, Ken Fairweather, has done the people of his electorate and Madang province proud. He made the right decision to leave the government bench over the amendments to the Environment Act. He has proved himself to be a man of principle, honesty and honour. Such people are sadly, very rare, among our politicians. I can only urge the other MPs from Madang to follow his example. – Dr John Mackerell, Madang

 

 

Many MPs just as qualified
I refer to the letter “Poponawa is the man to replace Pruaitch” which appeared in The National last month. The writer said Benjamin Poponawa is highly qualified. However, many of our MPs also have the same qualifications like him. It does not mean having many degrees and masters will make someone a minister. There are other qualities too. – Forever young, via email

 

 

Where is South Fly MP?
I am sad to hear about my people complaining about the empty promises by the South Fly MP. He was good in convincing my people in the remote part of the electorate that he would provide the basic services needed in the area if given the mandate. We wonder when he will fulfil his promises. – Jamie Namorong, Goroka

 

 

Reopen Minj Airport
I refer to the recent K20 million funding for major infrastructure projects in the Jiwaka region. I support the call by Works and Transport Minster Don Polye for a second international airport in the highlands region. Minj Airport has an extensive flat topography and a wider glide path capable of accommodating bigger aircraft like the Fokker 100s. I believe the airport can ease the congestion at the Kagamuga Airport in Mt Hagen. This will also generate income for the proposed Jiwaka province. The development of the Minj Airport should be top priority for Jiwaka Transitional Authority. – Jiwaka soul, Madang

 

 

Landowners in a fix
Landowners in Hidden Valley are not able to elect a new president for the Nakuwi Landowners’ Association since last year because some selfish office bearers sought court orders to prevent election. For the last six months, landowners have no representative to voice our concerns to the shareholders of Morobe Mining Joint Ventures and the government. What a shame. – Concerned landowner, via email

 

 

Looking for Leka
I WAS a student of the Professional Staff Training Centre which has closed down. I am looking for Hicks Leka, the founder/director of PSTC. Can Leka contact me on these numbers – business 983 5412 or mobile  7133 6071? – Sam, Kimbe

 

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At the crossroads
The government is preaching about progress. But I do not see anything to that effect. We are extracting our natural resources at will without giving a second thought about the environmental damage. How is the government planning to share and distribute the riches among the citizens? Does the government care about the poor citizens? Members of Parliament are still holding onto their office even though they have been referred by the Ombudsman Commission. Crime on the rise and bribery is not only rampant, it has embedded as part of our culture. Decisions are made without proper consultation. The poor are getting poorer, the rich are getting richer. PNG must learn from other countries if we are to see true progress. – Jundai Dam, Lae

 

 

PNG needs to be on GPS
I would like to air my views concerning global positioning system (GPS) in PNG. For instance, a tourist from overseas comes to Mt Hagen to stay in Hotel Poroman. How can this person go there? I check the Google map for PNG and it seems 99% of PNG is not on the GPS map. How can we help tourists go to their desired locations if they are not on the map? With current technology, tourists are going around armed with GPS kits to travel around efficiently and promptly. I call on the concerned authorities to look into it and ensure that PNG’s major centres, streets and heritage sites are included on the GPS for convenience. – David Cassy, Tasmania

 

 

Momis must include women
I WOULD like to congratulate John Momis for being elected the new president of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. My hope now is for the new president to include capable and politically astute Bougainville women like Magdalene Toroansi and Francisca Semeso in his administration. It will show his people and the rest of PNG that the new political leadership is serious about improving the lot of Bougainville women and youth. We must remember Bougainville women have been instrumental in bringing peace to the warring factions and the PNG government since the days of the crisis. – Reginald Renagi, Gabagaba-Kemabolo

 

 

Bridge construction very slow
I REFER to the construction of bridges by Civpac at Borokorobu and Vaitama between Kwikila and Saroakeina villages. The construction phase has taken almost a year now and there is still nothing to see. The contractor demolished both bridges at the same time as if it would take only six months to complete. To date, there is no foundation. The workers seem to be digging and digging. People are wondering when the foundation will be laid. Can the Central Works division look into this? – Troy Dadi, Saroa Keina village, Kwikila

 

 

Just like pigs
According to my science teachers, mankind evolved from some low life to humans. While I don’t know much about this theory, however, it seems to make sense. A look at the streets of Port Moresby, stained by betelnut juice, I believed some Papua New Guineans must have evolved from pigs. PNG is a Christian country, so why are the people so filthy? The bible says our bodies are “God’s temple” where his Holy Spirit should reside. So where did we evolve from? – Mark Kalep, Port Moresby

 

 

Kapal a true Jiwaka leader
THE Jiwaka Tertiary Students Association would like to commend the appointment of Philip Kapal as chairman of the Jiwaka Transational Authority. Kapal has one of the best leadership records when he was the premier of the Western Highlands. We have full trust in him and are confident he will perform to the best of his ability. – Philip Amdi, via email

 

 

Poor customer service
THE poor customer service at Nasfund is very disappointing. I tried enquiring my account balance several times but no one bothered to answer the phone. Are the staff really that busy until they cannot answer the phone? I call on the management to look into this. – Frustrated member, Port Moresby

 

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Better late than never
I REFER to the report “K2.5m facelift for Mendi league oval” (June 15). I would like to commend the Southern Highlands provincial government for finally allocating some funds to build a long overdue mini stadium in Mendi. Through rugby league, the province stands united in support of our favourites Mendi Muruks. It is disheartening to see our local heroes are based in a “foreign land” at the moment. However, let us ensure that the money is spent as intended. We do not want to see a bare field being fenced with galvanised iron. It is unclear who got the tender but from the photograph in The National, it seems “PNG Construction Ltd” got the project. I hope it is not another media hype to claim some mileage. We want to see value for money in the mini stadium. – Kingston A Yaro, Melbourne

 

 

LNG a curse or blessing?
THE proposed Hela province will be the richest province in the country but it is up to every Hela man and woman to unite and reap the benefits from LNG. If we are not careful, the riches of our land will curse us and we will wage war against each other alongside the pipelines, oil rigs and the promised freeway. This result is we will remain bystanders forever. We have seen nothing come out from the Southern Highlands in the last 20 years and there is no guarantee that we will be liberated by the LNG project. Our leaders need to map out the future so that our dreams will be fulfilled. – Awa Igini, Madang

 

 

Sakora decision wrong
Justice Bernard Sakora has made a mistake by handing down a light sentence on William Kapris. Many of us following the news from outside the country are frustrated. This is a man who has a record of robberies where he stole not thousands but millions of kina. I wonder how BSP management feels about this. It does not help build investors’ confidence. Such a light sentence will only send a wrong signal to investors. I am not a lawyer but I feel justice has not been delivered. I urge the police to dig out more evidence so they can charge him again. – Frustrated PNG, Cairns, Australia

 

 

Well done, Wau
I FEEL village court officials, who tirelessly attend to all kinds of problems, are underpaid. They sacrificed a lot to keep peace within the society and community. Only a few people in authority have the heart for them. I thank the Member for Kerowagi, Guma Wau, in particular for acknowledging and rewarding these hardworking peace makers at the community. – Elvis Kolip, Port Moresby

 

 

Boka incompetent
THE Member for North Fly has lost focus of his role as a mandated leader of the district. Since winning the seat in 2007, the people have not seen any development project in the electorate. Boka Kondra, we are waiting for you to deliver the many promises you made during campaigning. – Bolted, Tabubil

 

 

Treat Sepiks with respect
BULOLO MP Sam Basil must treat the Sepiks with respect. They were there in 1913 to develop Bulolo and many have made the town their home. During his election campaign, he promised to remove the Sepiks. He has fulfilled his election promise. I pray the repatriation is not ethnic cleansing. – Tru  PNGan, Bulolo

 

 

‘No service’ in Wewak
WHILE it is great that Telinet has a lot to offer customers, it is disappointing customers in Wewak are unable to access the internet services. I have in my possession an EVDO modem and an X’cess wireless phone since the beginning of this year. At first everything was perfect like I used to experience in the south. Then all of a sudden, the network crashed and the “No service” and “disconnect” became a norm. I enquired at the Wewak Telikom office and was told the transmitter was down. It came back on for a day or two before a suffering complete “shutdown”. I did not pay K199 and K55 just to decorate my home with wireless phone and modem. Please look into this problem and resolve it quickly, Telikom. – Ralph, Wewak

 

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PM did not come to hear
THE prime minister’s visit to Madang to hear first-hand grievances from the landowners regarding development of Ramu nickel project in my view did not achieve its purpose. Most of the issues were not discussed and it seemed that he avoided the mess he and his government created. The landowners wanted to hear and question him about the amendments to the Environment Act 2000 among other things; however, this was not adequately discussed. It was the other way around. He came not to hear but to tell the people why the project should go ahead and the litany of the so-called benefits it would bring. And by the way, much of the time was taken up by the PM telling the audience what it was like during his days travelling around Madang as a teacher. It was just a waste of time and taxpayers’ money. All these should have been done way before mining permit was issued. Why tell us what we already know? – Joxes, Madang

 

 

Shut up, Maladina
ESA’ALA MP Moses Maladina must learn to shut up. Why can’t he shut his mouth and concentrate on developing his district? He introduced a useless bill to protect his greed in Parliament and now he is commenting and forcing the government to make tough decisions with regard to the Ramu nickel mine. The people will just exploit our land, steal our resources and leave us with nothing. The Ramu Nico project is still in its infancy stage and we have already seen many negative effects. The national highway linking Madang and the Highlands and Lae is now like the Kokoda Track. – Gaun Tamol, Goroka

 

 

Light sentence will hurt us
THE very, very lenient sentence on one of the most dangerous criminals, William Kapris, will set a bad precedence. The nature of the crime does not deserve such a light sentence but then PNG is known as the land of the unexpected. My Christian mind said the five-year sentence was very light and it was suspended! Perhaps the good judge should take a reality check by walking on the streets of Port Moresby, Lae, Goroka and Mt Hagen where all kinds of robbers, thugs and criminals roam. We live in fear every day and want to see criminals get their due punishment, not leniency. With due respect, judge, I say this because of the rise in criminal activities. – Concerned  citizen, via email

 

 

Olga a real survivor
After winning the Western Highlands provincial seat in 2007 general elections, Tom Olga had to go through two court ordered recounts. In the first recount, there were slight changes in the figures but did not affect the results as he emerged winner. The court ordered another recount basically to confirm whether or not the errors and omissions would affect the results. Again the second recount showed Olga finished ahead and he remained as governor as the majority of Western Highlanders had given him their mandate. – JmcPalem, via email

 

 

Fly River govt must settle fees
CAN the Fly River provincial government explain to Western students attending various institutions around the country the delay in the release of school fees subsidy this year? It must also explain the delay to the institutions. As a representative of the Fly River students at IBS, I find this a chronic problem. I urge the provincial government to address this issue because the first semester is ending shortly and we have to inform the administrations when they can expect payments. – Golai Kambut, Port Moresby

 

 

We need a road, Puana
I HAVE suffered enough of travelling by sea with the huge transport cost charged by the only shipping company which is providing services to the South Coast of WNB. Can the MP, Tony Puana, provide us with another option like building a South Coast highway? – Andrew Navak, Pililo village, Kandrian

 

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‘Opt for sports  tribunal’
THE PNG Sports Foundation and the PNG Sports Federation have appealed to all sporting bodies to use the PNG Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) to resolve their disputes instead of resorting to the courts. Both, the federation secretary-general Sir John Dawanincura and foundation chairman Graham Osborne made the remarks when supporting the call by PNG Kumul coach Adrian Lam, urging PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) to immediately resolve the legal wrangle over the leadership of the PNGRFL. Osborne said that dispute over the legitimate chairmanship was before the court with two factions claiming they were the rightful group to head rugby league in PNG. “We all know that and this is not the case,” he said. “Everyone, including rugby league players did not care who are in-charge of the game. Their only major concern is to get someone named or appointed to put rugby league back on track,” he said. He added that the foundation had over A$5 million (K11.3 million) for junior rugby league tugged away and frozen in the bank account due to the ongoing court battle over who should lead the sport.

 

 

AFLPNG expands to Enga
AFLPNG has expanded to the Enga in the Highlands region. The Highlands Lutheran International School, a two-hour drive from Mt Hagen, experienced an introduction to AFL football led by AFLPNG highlands development officer, Moses Kar. School children as young as four, took part in a day of activities and games, thoroughly enjoying the day’s events.  As part of the AFLPNG’s development programme, the expansion to the Enga is vital to the growth of the sport and the development of the local communities. AFLPNG manager Walter Yangomina said the AFLPNG hoped to give Enga children the opportunity to play AFL football. “We are trying to cast a net wide enough to reach everyone.  The talent on display at the Highlands Lutheran International School highlighted the importance on expanding the AFL further throughout PNG. Peter Labi descends from Enga and now plays in Australia so we think there are opportunities for the children from these provinces to follow in his footsteps,” Yangomina said.

 

 

Former PNG rep dies
FORMER Papua New Guinea cricket representative and stylish batsman Vele Patu passed away last week. Patu aged 56 from Hula, Central, passed away at his Konedobu home last Tuesday night after battling a liver problem for three months. He was a member of the PNG cricket team to the 1982 ICC tournament in England where they finished third behind Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. The side was captained by Nigel Agonia with Ilinome Tarua as his deputy and included promising talents in Taunao Vai, Tau Ao, Api Leka, Kila Alewa and Vaivine Pala to name a few. Patu played for Rigo and Colts in the Port Moresby competition alongside great cricketers like Don Fox, Maki Kari and Charlie Harrison. He was also an accomplished five-eighth for his beloved Magani rugby league team in the 1980s. Vele Patu is survived by his wife, Naomi, three children and seven grand-children.

 

 

Brothers romp Royals
BROTHERS thrashed Royals 20-0 in the round 17 of the Port Moresby rugby league A grade competition on Sunday to maintain the third spot. Brothers, who were sharing the third spot with Kavo West, are now clear in third spot after West lost to Eagles 24-22. West, on 19 points, now share the fourth spot with Hawks and Paga Panthers who also won their respective games over the weekend. After round 17, Taranagau were narrowly leading the competition on 29 points followed by Kone Storms 26 both sharing first and second spots respectively. Brothers scored four unanswered tries with two successful conversions taken by half back Sape Jopi for seal the victory. Brothers led 4-0 for the first 40 minutes with an unconverted try to Steven Guwua 25 minutes from the start of the whistle. The second half was a one-sided affair with Brothers running in three more tries over the hapless Royals.

 

 

Two clubs axed
TWO clubs, Etoue and Centre Point Vaisi, face will be axed from competing in the Clement Kanau Netball Cup after failing to pay up their affiliation fees on Sunday. Competition director Archie Hubert did not hesitate to axe the clubs blaming them for their ignorance for failing to pay their affiliation fees, player registration and submitting of players’ master lists. He said there was no explanation for their failure and matches won previously would be forfeited to the losing teams Mix Souls in both A and B grades.

 

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Look after our natural resources
ANY policy shift by the government to conduct downstream processing and add value to the country’s natural resources onshore before exporting as alluded to by Gabriel Kapris must be applauded. PNG has been a nation of “rent collectors” and “gatekeepers” when it comes to developing natural resources and industrial-scale extraction projects. It is time PNG invests on its human capital and acquire appropriate technologies so that maximum economic benefits from the sale of our natural resources could be fully realised. Our people and political leaders must stop harvesting and selling everything today as if there is no tomorrow. In doing so, we have become greedy and lack vision for the future. As landowners and resource owners, we have to look after what we have now and also for the future. So let’s think and plan carefully for the future when it comes to exploiting our natural resources. – Robert Bino, Canberra

 

 

Sakora’s comment spot on
THE question raised by Justice Bernard Sakora as to why the mastermind of MRO robbery Alphonse “Alfie” Silas and others are still free, while scapegoat William Kapris has been arrested, summed up the feelings of the people of this country. It is no secret that Alfie is a senior public servant and owns a number of expensive cars and is living in luxury. His pay is not sufficient to buy all these luxuries. So how can he lead such a lavish lifestyle? When are the police going to “seek his help?” As a law abiding son from Sepik, I am sick and tired of the hearing about Sepiks being involved in fraud and stealing from both the state coffers and public. Where are the law enforcement agencies like the police and judiciary? I believe history will judge this government as the most corrupt. – Chambri Munda, Port Moresby

 

 

A slap on the wrist
I AM unhappy with the sentence passed by Justice Bernard Sakora on William Kapris. It is a shame that the prisoner was given a lenient sentence of five years and ordered it suspended. This shows that our judiciary is in total disarray. What sort of message is the judge trying to send? It is telling the people that you can rob, steal, cause mayhem and you can escape with a slap on the wrist. This type of sentencing makes Kapris looks like a hero. Have the people forgotten that he killed a policeman, raped innocent women and stole millions of kina using firearms? He is not Robin Hood but a common thief who will do and say anything to get free. Let us not be fooled by his allegations. There are still hard-core criminals out there who escaped with him but yet to be arrested. Shame on you, judge. – Angry citizen, Port Moresby

 

 

Elementary teachers underpaid
I CALL on the Education Department to urgently review the salary of elementary teachers. They are grossly underpaid. As a result of the poor salary, many have left to seek greener pastures elsewhere. The ones that joined in 2005 to be trained as elementary teachers and successfully completed their three-year probation have not yet registered with the PNGIE as teachers. As a result, they are still getting K180 per fortnight after five years of service. – svaga, via email

 

 

Probe missing funds
THE secretary for Finance must investigate where the money meant for Hela census had gone to. The missing funds totalled some K376,200. It is obvious some people are collaborating with the Finance Department’s cash management branch and diverting the funds intentionally. The authorities must carry out an investigation immediately and arrest those involved. – Fed up, Tari

 

 

Congrats, UOG grads
DESPITE the never ending internal problems at the University of Goroka, the graduation ceremony was finally held last Friday. I would like to congratulate all the graduates and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours. However, as a UOG student, I am just as disappointed as the graduates that they were unable to graduate earlier in the year as planned. We believe the problems affecting the university will continue unless there is a change in the top management team. – Israel Aajo, via email

 

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Piso must apologise
THE national church synod of the Gutnius Lutheran church will be held from June 26-30. David Piso was excommunicated through the normal church process at Timothy Lutheran Seminary at Birip on March 11 by 151 serving pastors (The National, March 24). Piso responded 13 days later in The National with the headline “I’m still in control”. The manner in which he responded has sparked a doctrinal crisis. The very man, who has been upholding the doctrines and teachings of the church for the last 28 years, refused to humbly accept the verdict. Unfortunately, this has divided the church. I urge all Christians not to do that. Let there not be two synods but only one. For the sake of the church, Piso must accept the fact that he has been excommunicated. The only way to come back is to apologise to God and the church. There is no other way. – Concerned Christian, via email

 

 

Disgusted by unkempt woman
I enjoyed travelling on the bus from Waigani to Gerehu which our good governor has provided. However, one thing really annoyed me was a woman vendor who carried a bag of buai and two packets of cigarettes to sell at Gerehu bus stop. She sat next to me and talked loudly in her own dialect to her friend a few seats away. She did not seem to have any regard for other passengers, mainly school children and office workers. To make matters worse, she did not even bother to wash in the morning which contributed to unpleasant smell being recycled around the area where we sat. Why can’t some people clean themselves before they leave their house? It was disgusting. – Concerned traveller, Port Moresby

 

 

Rundown school buses
Passing through the Waigani tunnel everyday, I cannot help but notice the two rundown school buses shipped in by the NCD governor early last year. The buses were brought in to serve the growing number of school children in NCD. To date, nothing has been done to restore it back to its previous condition. The buses are slowly rotting away while our children struggle to get to school on PMVs. The authorities responsible are turning a blind eye. Why are taxpayers’ money being wasted? Come on, NCDC. Get your act together and do something. – Concerned citizen, Port Moresby

 

 

Cut the Mioks down, Muruks
IT is good to see SBS Mendi Muruks have won three of their matches and drew one even though the players are young and not much is known about the players. Keep up the same spirit and determination. I hope to see them deliver a sucker punch on the Toyota Enga Mioks this Sunday. I believe they can do that if the Muruks cut down the ball handling errors as seen in the last two games against the SVS Vipers and Agmark Gurias. Go, Muruks. – Allie Kombo, Lae

 

 

Thanks, Kekeno
OUR electorate has finally begun to see some progress. Hopefully, it will not be short-lived. The Koroba-Lake Kopiago MP John Kekeno is implementing some development projects. Better late than never. – Paiigini Wsk, Lae

 

 

Please keep us updated
HOW is it that Kroton 2, set up 22 months ago, is a new company? Is its director Glen Robert Blake still operating from his office in Brisbane? What is the shareholding like in the National Gas Company? Do landowners have any equity in Kroton 2? – Confused, Cardiff

 

 

Seal the road
AS a regular visitor to the Sunday market at the Pacific Adventist University, I agree with the comments by Jonathan (The National, June 9) that NCD Governor Powes Parkop must seal the road. It does not only lead to PAU, the orchid garden, Sogeri but also the world famous Kokoda Track. Do we want foreign visitors, especially Australians, to see the deplorable condition of the road? The turnoff to the Bomana War Cemetery is also bad. Please do something, governor. – JJ, Port Moresby

 

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G4s not welcomed
I WOULD like to commend SHP Chamber of Commerce president Berry Mini for speaking out on behalf of the silent Southern Highlanders regarding the global security firm G4S. It is not a nationally-owned company as claimed by the managing director of the security firm. Southern Highlanders are not fools and we are fed up with people trying to mislead us. Who contracted G4S to provide security services for the project? Local PNG companies can also provide security service and at a more competitive rate. Many of these companies have proven track records. If Southern Highlanders can own and run big supermarkets in the province, what is a small security firm? I call on the SHPG to look into this matter before G4S terrorise innocent lives. If the firm wants to remain in SHP, then it must have good public relations with the people along the highway instead of discharging their weapons as this will only make matters worse. – Buddhamahn, Lae

 

 

Gau’s comments unacceptable
I AM surprised to read the comments from newly elected Rai Coast MP (“Ramu landowners to challenge law”, The National, June 4). James Gau is an educated person, an experienced civil engineer. As someone from Madang, I cannot accept such comments. He needs to address this issue as it concerns his people. Their livelihood is at stake. Who is going to help them address it? Is it not Gau? Supporting the amendment is a betrayal of the trust his people gave him. He did not get the mandate to become another NA puppet. He should seek a second opinion from a reputable independent environmental consultant and compare notes before coming to a conclusion. Or if he is confident deep sea tailings will not cause environmental pollution, then publish the findings in the media and do awareness based on it. This will surely put to rest this on-going issue. – N. Bangulass, Madang

 

 

Just vote women!
I FIND it sad to hear and see how much advertising has gone into promoting and creating awareness on reserved seats for women in Parliament. Aren’t we considering the economic constraints or are we selfishly seeking to reserve these seats? We are, generally, the worst culprits of disharmony. Whilst I respect a handful of humble women leaders, what is wrong with voting a woman from your electorate into Parliament? We are supposed to move up another level in gender equality. We, women, are the ones who nurture life and can stand on our own. Leave the seats as they are and vote more women into Parliament in the next general election if we are that serious about gender equality. – Trupla mama, Port Moresby

 

 

North Waghi MP must deliver
THE North Waghi MP promised to make education his number one priority to build human resource in his electorate. What has he done thus far? The Milep High School desperately needs his assistance. So how much did he allocate from his K10 million DSIP grant? Similarly, he boasted about supporting North Waghi students attending higher education institutions both within PNG and abroad. I have yet to see anything. When is he going to deliver his promises? – Banz Pengye, Canterbury

 

 

Keep it up, Poponawa
I have noticed a lot of changes in Tambul-Nebilyer in terms of infrastructure development. I am happy MP Benjamin Poponawa is making our lives better by delivering basic services like health, education, agriculture and, most importantly, roads. These are the vital services that the people need in order to improve our standard of living. Thanks, Poponawa, and keep up the good work. – B. Kewa, via email

 

 

Thanks, Telikom
RECENTLY, I purchased a modem from Telikom. As a result, I am very independent and mobile, thanks to Telinet. As a consultant who is always on the move with my office (laptop), I do not have to go looking for hotspots anymore. My request is for Telikom to link Kiunga so I can communicate regularly with my loved ones via mobile. – IT observer, Port Moresby

 

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Give it to Poponawa
WHY change ministers when they are comfortable in their present positions? Instead, Vice-Minister for Finance and Treasury Benjamin Poponawa should be promoted to fill the position vacated by Patrick Pruaitch. He has the qualifications, including a master’s degree in accounting. He was a career public servant at the auditor-general’s office, checking and balancing our financial status before becoming a politician in 2007 general elections. He’s well qualified and experienced in that field and is not new to it. Give him a go! He’ll be more comfortable to this ministry because this is his field as an experienced and qualified accountant. – Palex Llyle, Lae

 

 

Choose the right person
I have been following closely the comments and views of the public as to who should fill the post at Finance and Treasury vacated by Aitape-Lumi MP Patrick Pruaitch. I agree with the comments by “NA supporter” (“Poponawa is the man to replace Pruaitch”, The National, June 7). Poponawa has the qualification and experience in public service to take over the job. The Finance and Treasury is a key ministry in any government. Sure, qualification and experience are important but what will make a difference is the commitment and transparency. As such, it does not have to be somebody from NA to take over. – Spy 37, Port Moresby

 

 

Get real, Mioks
THERE is an Engan saying “when the cuscus is still up on the tree, you do not select which part of the animal you will eat”. As such, the Mioks captain and vice-captain’s boast have now blown up on their faces following their defeat to the Lahanis. They should eat their own words. They must also decide which game to play, league or politics? If they consider themselves as (semi) professional rugby league players, they should concentrate on their game and win as many matches as possible. Winning three games in a row does not mean they have won the bemobile Cup. Remember, talk is cheap. – Triple M, via email

 

 

Kuris’ display a disgrace
MT Hagen has produced some of the best rugby league players. Hagen teams have never been whipping boys until the Kuris came along. I call on the sponsor, Wantok Gaming System, to review the team management. By the way, what role is Max Tiri playing? He has a lot of experience and should be the coach. To date, Kuris do not have a team manager and that is a shame. The Kuris are not managed by an experienced and qualified manager. If it can have a highly qualified team doctor, why can’t it employ a highly qualified manager? – Die hard Western Highlander, via email

 

 

Kuris coach a joker
THE Kuris head coach must be joking when he told his players to improve and develop their playing skills. He is the coach and he should be the one to implement ways and different combinations so the players know what to do when they are on the field. – Rugby fan, via email

 

 

Shameless MPs
I REFER to your front page report last Thursday (“Kapris names MPs in MRO’s guilty plea”). If that is not corruption at its worst, God help us. If I were one of the three MPs named, I would have done the honorable thing – resign – rather than bring disrepute to their ministries and the government. What a shame. – Benjamin Sipa, Lae

 

 

Airport killing a shock
I was shocked to read about the killing of an Engan in our international airport. As an Engan, I find the incident frightening as I thought the Jackson Airport would have been one of the safest places with its strict security measures. The question is how can a innocent person be killed inside the terminal? Where were the guards? I call on the authorities to boost the security inside the airport. – Biripian Besta, Lae

 

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No security at airport
I READ with concern the shooting incident that occurred last Wednesday at the Jackson Airport. One of Enga’s prominent businessmen was robbed and killed inside the airport. It was a shock when the news reached the ears of the businessman’s relatives and other citizens. This is a sign that security had been compromised at the airport terminal. Who is to take responsibility for the incident? Is it Air Niugini for not providing enough security guards or the government? Our beautiful country is now dominated by rascals and criminals and it seems no where is safe. I urge the public to take extra precaution when travelling. – Israel A, Goroka

 

 

Improve safety measures
I REFER to your report “Airport killing raises queries” (June 3). As a frequent traveller, I believe the safest place is inside the Jackson Airport. But the fact that a man had been shot dead inside the terminal has changed all that. Where were all those guards who interrogate everyone trying to get into the terminal? They are well known for checking everyone and asking so many unnecessary questions. Where were they when the gunmen walked inside the terminal? This is an eye opener for the National Airports Corp and other relevant authorities to step up safety and security measures at the terminal. – Frequent traveller, Port Moresby

 

 

Don’t count your chicks early
I REFER to the letter “Well done, Abal” (The National, June 1) by “Malai Wane” of Unitech. I suggest the writer wait until the project gets off the ground. The K1 million budget will not even get a foot track, let alone a bicycle track. If you want a road, get your MP to put the K1 million aside and seek counterpart funding. A properly designed gravel road will cost more than K100 million, minus sealing. So I call on the writer to ask one of the lecturers to confirm the costings. The initiative is good but lack proper professional advice. – One guy, via email

 

 

Agiru a real Huli man
YOUR May 21 headline, “Agiru warns government”, says it all. The prime source of energy is ours and not the developers or government. Energy is the only source where it determines a country’s economic growth and stability. We know and have seen countries going to war just to become owner of energy producing sources such as oil and gas. On the same token, we are the owner of a multi-billion gas project. Agiru is right to say the oil and gas belong to the people. He is a real Hela man for standing up to what is right and rightfully ours. – Luke Jeffrey, Lae

 

 

Land is like my mother
THE government is amending laws to remove the rights of Papua New Guineans in owning their land. Almost 97% of the land in PNG is owned by customary landowners and we value the land like our mother. We use it in different ways to suit our livelihood. Why is the government bent on denying what is rightfully ours? How much has it done for the rural majority? The amended Environment Bill must be repealed. – Country man, Lae

 

 

Congrats, Kapal
ON behalf of Jimi district and 23 council wards in Nondugl, I would like to convey our sincere appreciation to Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and the NEC for appointing Philip Kapal as the chairman of the Jiwaka Transitional Authority. Kapal is a competent and capable leader. I believe Jiwaka has a bright future with him at the helm. Congratulations, Kapal. – Michael Konga Siwi, Mt Hagen

 

 

Kuris still the whipping boys
MT Hagen Kuris suffered another defeat last weekend but unlike their previous huge defeats, the 20-30 loss to the Masta Mak City Rangers was an improvement. We do not want to see the Kuris end the season without a win or at least a draw. – Fed up Kuris fan, via email

 

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Probe NHC books
I have been watching events taking place at NHC. I would say it is controlled by greedy, self-centred and heartless officers. These people have their own agenda. I urge the prime minister and the deputy prime minister to replace the minister. The NHC is owned by the people, not the minister and his cronies. I call on the Ombudsmen Commission, attorney-general and auditor-general to investigate the NHC books. Corruption is rife in NHC and it is affecting citizens and public servants of this country. This is because NHC is not providing affordable housing to the people. Why is the managing director of NHC and his staff silent on the establishment of a new company called Housing Estate Ltd? Whose interest is the NHC serving? – Samson Toliki, Port Moresby

 

 

Reading is essential
I refer to the letter “Reading, a window to success” by Bradwin Publishers (The National, Monday, May 31). Today, many people lack the passion to read. We treat books like a toy to play with. Young people are too occupied with video games, television, etc. The use of these electronic gadgets takes up a lot of our time that could have been put to better use like reading. Reading is not just about amusement, but about acquiring and developing skills that are critical to a nation’s development. Unfortunately, there are very few libraries in PNG. I call on the prime minister to build and stock more libraries before PNG becomes a donor country to Pacific island nations. – James Lunge, via email

 

 

Pick staff on merit, Poponawa
AS a proud Tambulian, I would like to commend our MP Benjamin Poponawa for delivering much needed services to his people. We all know that he is a humble and God-fearing person with high educational qualifications. Since the people of Tambul-Nebilyer have shown their trust in Poponawa, we expect him, in return, to appoint his support staff according to their qualifications on merit. I am disappointed to see a nursing officer appointed as an electoral officer for Tambul district. What has nursing to do with electoral office? Please appoint people on merit. – Konginmel, via email

 

 

Fred, the man to watch
AS a die-hard fan of the PNGACTL Lae Bombers, I am impressed with the display of lock forward Sydney Fred (No 13). He does not give up and attacks and defends at the same pace throughout the 80 minutes. The Kumuls need someone like him. I call on the national selectors to keep an eye on him. – Topex Kangom, Port Moresby

 

 

Stealing is not the way
I refer to the recent clash between Jiwaka and Hagen students. The school ground is not a fighting zone for students. It is for them to learn and gain knowledge and to become good leaders and citizens. Students must get their priorities right because what they do now will determine their future. As a Jiwakan, I am ashamed a Jiwaka student had stole a mobile phone from a Hagen student. Stealing is not the way to success. As the adage says: “You will reap what you sow.” Shame on you, Jiwaka students. – Ex-Fatima 2005 outcast, via email

 

 

Congrats, Gau
ON behalf of my family, the people of Simbai, Kovon, Arbaka and Josephstaal LLGs of Middle Ramu, I take this opportunity to congratulate James Gau Gelak for winning the Rai Coast by-election. I believe the people of Rai Coast made the right choice to elect Gau as their new MP. – Ananias Jonny Alonk

 

 

Relocate fish market
WITH the National Capital District and Central experiencing a cholera outbreak, I call on Governor Powes Parkop to relocate the Manu fish market next to the cop shop. With the recent rain, the place is muddy and waterlogged potholes could pose a danger to the people’s health. The market is also being taken over by petty criminals when the police and security personnel go home. – Joyce, Port Moresby

 

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Start defending, Pruaitch
PATRICK Pruaitch should accept the referral by the Ombudsman Commission to the leadership tribunal and defend himself against the allegation for misconduct in public office. Only through the leadership tribunal can he clear his name before the people of his electorate who have given him the mandate and the people of PNG as Finance and Treasury Minister. He should stop appealing or seek restraining order but allow the tribunal to commence and start defending himself to prove his innocence in court. Papua New Guineans applaud the decision of the Supreme Court and the three judges who presided over the hearing must be commended for upholding the integrity and the good reputation of the judiciary system. The suspension of Pruaitch is justice seen to be done. Regardless of our status, we all are covered by one law, one constitution and no one is above the law. – Kotiufa Sniper, Goroka

 

 

Judiciary offers hope
THE decision by the Supreme Court to suspend Patrick Pruaitch is good news. We are now beginning to see some hope in the judiciary system. The police have been afraid to charge politicians but are not worried when it comes to arresting ordinary citizen. The leaders continue to perform their official duties by taking out stay orders against the tribunal from inquiring into their alleged misconduct, making a mockery of the Constitution. Justice is seen to be done by the Supreme Court. A leader implicated in any serious misconduct in office must immediately vacate the public office and allow investigations to proceed to clear his good name without tarnishing the office he holds. That office belongs to the people of PNG. This decision should set a precedent so that no leader takes advantage of the court system. People are watching the prime minister’s case. – Pi Poro, Mt Hagen

 

 

Missed chance to grill SP
IT was a pity SP Brewery was not invited to attend the recent workshop on alcohol-related harm as it is the sole manufacturer of beer in PNG (SP Brewery ‘unhappy’, The National, May 28). The labelling of SP white cans, namely A, B and C. It appears A is strongest with C being the weakest despite all of them carrying 5.8% alcohol content (is there something SP Brewery is not telling us?). Why is SP Brewery not charging a lower price on its midstrength beer to encourage drinkers to opt for it, which is the “weakest” and the “safest”? SP Brewery could have answered if it was invited to attend. – Ludwig Nanawar, via email

 

 

What a shame, NBC Kundiawa 
I REFER to your report “Sounds of Chimbu destroyed” (May 18). I find it very hard to understand why the NBC Kundiawa management and staff did not bother to protect and preserve such priceless cultural heritage. Their ignorance was thoughtless, irresponsible and culturally damaging. The destroyed items were valuable and irreplaceable and it was a shame so much dedicated time and painstaking work had been destroyed. It was a catastrophe, not only for the people of Chimbu but the entire country and global community. Did NBC Kundiawa made copies of these recordings before they were destroyed? – Concerned archivist, Port Moresby

 

 

Where is Mendi MP?
WHY are there no progress and development projects in Mendi? While Enga is developing, there is no growth in SHP, particularly Mendi. SHP is rich with natural resources but poor in development. Where is the Mendi MP? Why isn’t he making any effort to bring development projects to the town? SHP governor boasted about doing this and that when he took office in 2007, but till today, I do not see any changes to the people’s standard of living. The people of Mendi need services and development. We gave the MP the mandate to bring roads and other basic infrastructures to remote places like Nene. We want good roads, bridges, health centres and schools instead of giving cash handouts to the people. – Concerned Wara mangi, via email

 

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End petty politics, Graham
I REFER to the Jiwaka Transitional Authority (JTA) and the attempt by Anglimp-South Waghi MP Jamie Maxtone-Graham to revisit the act by way of private members bill. Firstly, it is counter-productive for the MP to go against the current JTA (except for the husband-wife team) and the substantive JTA Act when he missed that golden opportunity to do so in Parliament. As the prime minister had told him in Parliament and I quote: “… if you were not busy nailing your shoes to the post at Bluff Inn, you would have noticed the discrepancies in the act (JTA) and raised them in Parliament”. The people of Jiwaka have suffered for too long and want to move ahead and we are not happy with Maxtone-Graham’s attempt to undo or amend the act. – Kusipil Dam, Port Moresby

 

 

Congrats, Kapal
THE appointment last week of former Western Highlands premier Philip Kapal by the National Executive Council as chairman of the Jiwaka Transitional Authority is the right step for the proposed province. As a tribesman of Kapal, I would like to congratulate him. Under him, we are assured of his leadership, wisdom, knowledge and his vast administrative experience and know-how. Everyone from the region must put aside their differences and work together and help build the province. I acknowledge the continuous support from the Komblo and Sekak tribesmen. – Original Kardam, Port Moresby

 

 

Maintain highway, govt
I REFER to the state of the Highlands Highway.  It is the only cheap way to reach resource-rich provinces like Southern Highlands and Enga besides the other Highlands provinces. As the multi-billion kina LNG project moves into its next phase of development, I call on the government to maintain this highway. We cannot afford to have another landslip or other incidents that can affect the progress of the LNG project. – KSCNEM, Parramatta, NSW

 

 

A stupid act
I REFER to the Environmental Bill passed in Parliament last Friday. I am of the view that such bills are made to serve the investors. Lawmakers should be mindful that they do not create avenues for another Bougainville. If the rights of the landowners have been stripped, I can only say that was the
mother of all stupid acts. – Observer, via email

 

 

Credit to peace makers
I THANK God that the Tipirupeke and Bogasi tribes have made peace. He has listened to our prayers and I commend those who took the initiative to get the peace talks rolling. It was a risky job going to and fro from the tribes. They deserve all the credit by bringing peace between the two tribes. I salute the peace makers. You not only brought peace but paved a path for development and a spirit to build a good community. – Victim of the situation, Port Moresby

 

 

Pukpuks disappointing
THE Pukpuks lost all their games in the junior tournament in Moscow. Despite that, we would like to commend them for their efforts. But I must remind the national association and the Pukpuks management to refrain from sending a team in future to be slaughtered. International exposure is not the issue here. We have been exposing our players on the international scene for years and the result is we still cannot win an international game. For now, the juniors need to seriously think about playing for overseas clubs. – Pukpuk ya, via email

 

 

Shameful display
I REFER to the report “Gurias give Kuris a 36-0 thrashing” (The National, May 31). As a supporter, I cannot believe the way Kuris played at Kalabond Oval. It was terrible and I am ashamed. Is this the way the Kuris will continue to play? Just look at the Warriors, who despite being out of the tournament for a few years, gave a classic performance. We are not playing in a village league but the country’s premier semi-pro league. – Napia Brus, Madang

 

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What has Mul done?
I AM living in Banz and I have not seen any tangible projects by North Waghi MP Benjamin Mul. I can only assume that the writers praising the MP are his cronies living in Port Moresby or Lae. You call attending funeral services, buying coffins, assisting compensation payments, assisting students with pocket money and donating vehicles as service delivery? Services mean something which the whole district benefit and improve the people’s standard of living. Services that we critically need include education, health, roads, bridges, electricity and water supply. Are the people of North Waghi enjoying these? Cash handout is not service, neither is buying beer. I call on the Ombudsman Commission to check how Mul spent the district support funds. – North Waghian heart, Banz

 

 

PAU must lead by example
THE Pacific Adventist University has a piece of land at 14-Mile which it has leased to PNG Gardener and NCDC for 20 years. The land has been turned into a recreational park for the community. It is now open for business. However, the fact that the park is open on Saturday is causing controversy among members of the Seventh-Day Adventist church. Saturday is supposed to be Sabbath, a day of rest. How can the PAU administration allow business to operate as usual? This is not right. I suggest the administration do something about this. – Jromeoleo, Lae

 

 

No progress in Kutubu
THE people of Kutubu are worse off now than before oil was discovered. Millions of kina from the proceeds of oil for infrastructure development in Kutubu have been diverted elsewhere. There are hardly any development projects in the district. Leaders whom the people gave their mandate failed to develop even the basic infrastructure. The people must realise that they need long-term progress and what is there for their children and grandchildren when our oil and gas run out. – Irix Kirabu, Madang

 

 

Time for PM to retire
I support the comments by Dr Kristoffa Ninkama (The National, May 31). The prime minister’s recent remarks about making PNG a donor country are unbelievable. It is ridiculous to consider PNG as a donor country when our government cannot even provide for its own people. We will never know what is going in the PM’s “wise mind” but it is obvious that he is losing touch with reality. It is time for the PM to resign and retire gracefully before he embarrasses his people any further. – Street mangi, via email

 

 

Probe Powi too
Southern Highlands administrator William Powi was to call for the authorities to investigate the K200,000 allegedly misused by the provincial treasurer. Can we blame the treasurer when the administrator cannot be found anywhere in the province to approve payment? I call on the authorities to investigate the administrator too. – Chris Les, via email

 

 

Okapa MP in dreamland
THE Member for Okapa has been sleeping since 2007. The people are now wondering when he will wake up and develop Okapa. While MPs like Sam Basil and Wake Goi have brought services and development projects to their electorates, Bonny Oveyara is still in dreamland. Health services are deteriorating, there is no road for the people to access and what is happening to the K10 million DSIP grants? When is the MP going to deliver his promises? – Sting Stitz, via email

 

 

Only lip service from Allan
Unggai-Bena MP Benny Allan is not doing anything to bring basic services to the electorate. He is not making any attempt to stop tribal fights in the district. He has promised to upgrade the Upper Bena road but till today, we are still using the same old pig track. We want real services, not lip service. – Lubalobo, Lae

 

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Enough is enough
According to 2010 National Muster.com statistics on corrupt government in the world, Papua New Guinea is ranked at 2.3, which means very corrupted. The score ranges between 10 (very clean) and 0
(highly corrupted). This includes political corruption, business corruption, police corruption, etc. And now the Government is trying to take away the powers of the Ombudsman Commission. What does this tell Papua New Guineans and the rest of the world? The people of PNG are sick and tired of corruption and scandals surrounding our government. We have heard and seen enough of policy and lawmakers breaking laws without being punished. It is a matter of time before this country faces systemic breakdown and chaos. The government must start delivering services to the people. – The patriot front, Madang

 

 

Well done, Abal
I WOULD like to thank Sam Abal on behalf of silent majority of the people of Maramuni for allocating funds for the construction of Wabag-Maramuni road. We have been waiting for a road for a long time. It is a basic infrastructure that we have been denied since Independence. With a better road link, I believe the living standards of the people will improve because other infrastructures follow. Since the acquisition of the land by the colonial powers, nobody was interested in doing something for the people of Maramuni. We thought we have been abandoned for good until Abal came along. – Malai Wane, Unitech

 

 

Unwise to review budget
THE government, through the Finance and Treasury departments, wants to review the budget as reported in The National (May 16). I believe this action is unjust because the exercise is at the people’s expense. If the government wants to pay the landowners’ seed capital as their starting capital to establish their business as part of the MoU, then government must not divert money allocated for other development projects. The government should raise the money from corporate and mining taxes, not from its own overburdened citizens. – Tuksy Kasi, Lae

 

 

PM must explain
I AM disgusted with the prime minister’s intention to recruit 5,000 Fijian labourers for the LNG project when thousands of Papua New Guineans, including university graduates, are jobless. Unemployment is the primary cause of law and order problems. Many of us believe that the LNG project will at least resolve our high unemployment rate. But if the government is planning to employ 5,000 Fijians, then we will end up as spectators instead of contributing to PNG’s growth. Repercussions can be drastic if the people are not informed thoroughly on the reasons of employing foreigners. – Unemployed PNGan, via email

 

 

Websites for show only
IT is frustrating and embarrassing to find many of our national departments’ websites not being updated or user friendly. Just try surfing the websites of National Planning office or Department of Personnel Management to find out what I mean. I tried to get copy of the Vision 2050 from the prime minister’s office but it was not uploaded. It seems many of our national departments’ do not have competent website administrators or those responsible do not understand the importance and advantages of having such websites. Internet has linked up people around the world and brought government services closer to the people but our national departments do not understand this. – Franco Wawen, via email

 

 

Thanks, Czuba
ON behalf of DWU students, I would like to thank Fr Jan Czuba for the tremendous contributions that he has made. This shows that he is a true servant of God. Even though he is not a Papua New Guinean, he has put to shame many Papua New Guineans and shows where his heart is. Many of us can only admire people who own laptops but because of Czuba’s commitment and dedication, each DWU student now has a laptop to do our studies and assignments. – Wilfred Paka, Madang

 

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Where is Panduaga road, MP?
ON behalf of the people of Upper Wage LLG, I would like to thank Francis Potape for allocating K200,000 to construct the council chamber. However, at this point of time, we have to look for land to construct or build the chamber. It is going to be very expensive to acquire land. I would like to appeal to Upper Wage president Hape Merale to consult with Potape and use the money to upgrade the Uhama-Panduaga road. While campaigning in Panduaga, Potape promised to send bulldozer and build a road. We are waiting for him to deliver his promise. – Robert Muli Agiwa, via email

 

 

Probe RESI funds for Mogol
THE Mogol Secondary School in SHP was supposed to get K3.5 million from the RESI funds last year. The funds were given to a contractor. Instead of starting work on the school, the contractor has bought five brand new Toyota
landcruisers, two Isuzu NPRs and a big house in Port Moresby. From reliable sources, it is learned that there is less than K1 million in the account. I call on the authorities to carry out an investigation. We cannot allow such blatant fraud to go without any investigation. – Anti-corruption, via email

 

 

Don’t leave Morata out
MANY die-hard fans of Maroons and Blues enjoyed watching the first State of Origin game on big screens around NCD last Wednesday, thanks to Governor Powes Parkop and his team. However, Morata was left out and many supporters who gathered at the usual venue (community hall), went home frustrated. While the few lucky ones who owned TV sets enjoyed the game, the rest of us missed it. I call on the governor to put up a big screen in Morata too. – Ricky Maip, Port Moresby

 

 

Step down, Orimyo
THE people of Henganofi are frustrated with the failure of their MP, Ferao Orimyo, for failing to deliver basic services. He has been trying to fool the people by going to the media talking about non-existing projects. The people are fed up with him and demand that he resign so that we can elect a new MP in a by-election. We gave him the mandate but he had let us down by doing nothing. – Arthur Morris, Lae

 

 

Kapal is right choice
WE, the Unitech Jiwaka students, would like to commend the government for appointing
Philip Kapal as chairman of the Jiwaka Transitional Authority. Kapal has a wealth of experience and knowledge. Jiwaka will move forward under Kapal and we call on everyone to work together. United we stand and pu ya pupo (let’s go). – Jiwaka students, Lae

 

 

Conflict of interest
WHILE I commend the government for appointing Philip Kapal as chairman of the Jiwaka Transitional Authority, I am unhappy with the appointment of Robert Palme and his wife Elizabeth Palme as committee members. I personally think it is not right to have husband and wife as it may result in a conflict of interests. – King, Banz

 

 

Reading, a window to success
LESS and less Papua New Guineans are reading today. In the past, reading was a key component of teaching and learning. I remember my teacher would yell at us: “Sit down and read!” He would set aside some time for USSR (uninterrupted sustained silent reading). Reading means learning. Through reading, students are conversing in an academic language and develop skills to think, analyse and evaluate critically. – Bradwin Publishers, Port Moresby

 

 

Time to take ownership
THE local level government of Banz is contributing immensely to the development of the town. The people of Banz must support the LLG president and his team. We must learn to look after the infrastructure and take ownership. – Peter Kula, Goroka

 

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Replace Warriors’ coach
I AM disappointed the Warriors are still employing the outdated way of playing rugby league. The days of one-man style, late tackles and drop balls, mostly from late passes, are long gone. Today, all teams are going for team work, player combinations and some individual skills. The match I saw between the Warriors and Bombers last Sunday was devoid of the modern day approach. It was a disgrace as the Bombers, teeming with school boys and rookies, outplayed the Warriors. I call on the management to remove the coach and replace him with someone who is well versed with the new style of play. The players gave a good account of themselves and I do not see the need to replace any of them. If we do not get a new coach, the Warriors’ 2010 season is as good as over. – Disappointed warriors supporter, Lae   

 

 

Leave Sepiks alone
MY Sepik brothers and sisters, who have settled in Morobe long before Independence and who have contributed one way or another to the development of the province, have been told they have overstayed their welcome. For almost 100 years, they worked and lived in peace and made Morobe their home. While there is no denying that a handful of Sepiks have committed serious crimes, the combined attacks by the people of Wau-Bulolo on the Sepiks were unfortunate and disappointing. The destruction of their homes and properties must be condemned in the strongest term. I would like to remind Morobeans that other people also played their part in developing the province. – Morobean Gaindu, Lae

 

 

Beware of large-scale mining
I AM watching with interest this kafuffle about mining and LNG in PNG. I wonder how the people of PNG can be so trusting when previous governments and MPs had siphoned off hundreds of millions of kina. I really admire how the Australian government is able to maintain the existing infrastructure with ease when the PNG government is not able to achieve that. I believe the people of PNG need to access information about the after-effects of mining and related issues. It concerns me greatly that the average Papua New Guinean does not understand the environmental aftermath of large-scale mining. – Roland Boden, Brisbane, Queensland

 

 

Where are you, Cameron?
During this term of Parliament, the country has seen many new MPs who are serving their people with distinction such as Sam Basil and Powes Parkop. I salute these two MPs for their hard work and displaying leadership qualities. Unfortunately, there is a bigger group of MPs who have spent the last three years sleeping. Among them include my MP for Kiriwina-Goodenough Jack Cameron. I dare him to tell the people of the electorate what he has done so far. He must explain how he acquitted his DSIP funds, how much he received and spent during his three years in office. The people of Kiriwina-Goodenough are dying to hear what he has to say. – Sakaulayalaka, via email

 

 

Agiru is right
THE government must deliver whatever it promised during the BSA and LBBSA talks. While work on the LNG project has started, landowner companies are becoming spectators on their own land. It is the foreigners who are benefiting from project. I support the tough stand by Agiru. If the government is unable to fulfil its promises, then there should be no LNG project. – JM Magena, Wellington

 

 

Tewai-Siassi MP must explain
CAN the Tewai-Siassi MP explain to the people if it is true that the ring road project, which costs more than K2 million, has been awarded to a contractor who has no earth moving equipment? It is common knowledge that the so-called contractor has moved in with a second-hand backhoe, and a tipper truck to build bridges. – Disgusted, Lae

 

 

Somare’s reasons childish
ARTHUR Somare’s reasons for setting up an IPBC office in Brisbane are childish and do not make any sense. PNG is an independent and sovereign nation. If investors want to invest here, then we must welcome them here with open arms, not in Brisbane. – KPh, Port Moresby

 

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Banz LLG chief leads the way
THE president of Banz LLG must be commended for his contribution to the development of the proposed province. He is maintaining the cleanliness of the town. Banz market can now be regarded as one of the best markets. The market is clean and its facilities are maintained on a regular basis. The measures taken by the LLG president to keep the town clean has attracted investors to Banz, the heart of the proposed Jiwaka province. If he can do that, I call on all major stakeholders to follow his good work and work together to make Banz the centre of Jiwaka. Keep up the good work, LLG president. – Peter Kula Kupkap, Goroka

 

 

Stop interfering, MPs
THE people of Jiwaka are waiting to see real progress in the proposed province. As such, the three MPs from the region should refrain from interfering with the work of the interim committee since they were not picked by the NEC. What have the three MPs done to contribute to sustainable development of their districts? Jiwaka needs people with commitment to bring development to the proposed province, not leaders barged their way in like bullies. I call on the three MPs to work together with the interim committee. We must all work together for a better Jiwaka. – Concerned Jiwakan, Goroka

 

 

Kingal a decent preacher
I would like to comment on what people are saying about Pr Joseph Kingal and his great work. I am a Catholic but I do agree with what Kingal does when preaching the word of God to the mass with a view to educating them. My friend is a follower of his Christian organisation and I support the way he tries to take the word of God to as many people as possible, even to remote areas in PNG. Those who criticise the pastor are just plain jealous and that is a sin. I think we need more people like Kingal to spiritually develop PNG. – LDoas’ besty, Tabubil

 

 

Keep it up, Mioks
THE Toyota Enga Mioks have proven themselves to be the team to watch following their third consecutive victory. The supporters are proud of our young and talented boys. They proved that it was not a fluke when they qualified for the grand final last year. If the players keep up their present form, they should make another grand final appearance later this year. We also want to thank the management and chairman of Toyota Enga Mioks Robert Ganim for his continuous support and commitment. – Jerry J. Yamarak, Madang

 

 

What a shame, Kuris
I AM disgusted to see the Kuris stuck at the bottom of the ladder after three rounds of the bemobile Cup. The players are used to playing social games in the villages and are not prepared for the tough
semi-professional tournament. The only positive to come out from this adventure for the players is the exposure which will do them good. The real Western Highlands team is the Mt Hagen Eagles. – Eagles fan, via email

 

 

Banning alcohol is spot on
I REFER to the letter by “Megusa beast” of Lae (May 24). His comment on Morobe Governor Luther Wenge and Bulolo MP Sam Basil’s call to ban alcohol was off the mark. To be reactive means to react without thinking thoroughly. The call to ban alcohol is correct. The majority of law and order problems are related to alcohol. To contain the current situation, we must look at the contributing factor and alcohol is the main one. – Thomas B Sila, via email

 

 

Raise savings interest, BSP
NOW that BSP has made a huge K257.7 million in after-tax profit, can the people’s bank give something back to its customers by raising the savings interest rates? I hope BSP does not steal from its customers to fill its own pocket by imposing charges on all forms of transactions. I cannot leave my money in my account every fortnight because the amount seemed to reduce all the time. – Seko Sisiwan, Port Moresby

 

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League ref gets backing
LONG-time rugby league referee David Dege, in the Goroka rugby league competition has received a timely sponsorship of K150,thanks to BR Bottle shop at Goroka’s infamous Kakaruk Market, who came to assist Dege to help purchase referees gears, including uniforms and boots. Owner of BR Bottle shop Brambi Kera handed over the cash to Dege at The National office in Goroka on Sunday before the round three game between Mt Hagen Kuris and Bintangor Lahanis. “Supporting referee Dege may sound small but it goes a bigger way to keep his efforts intact to support rugby league development in Goroka,” he said. Dege thanked Kera and his operation for supporting him, saying he knocked on doors of many organisations for assistance but has received no favourable responses. He said since there was no formal sponsor for the referees this year for the Goroka rugby league competition, they go out seeking private sponsorships. “I am happy with Kera’s gesture to sponsor me,” Dege said. Dege from Dumun village in SinaSina-Yongumugl district, Chimbu,  has been a very consistent rugby league referee and touch judge in Goroka and he often helps out in some of the Bemobile Cup games.

 

 

Pay up or ship out: PNGFA
THE PNG Football Association (PNGFA) has urged all affiliates to comply with the requirements and obligation binding their membership status. In doing so, PNGFA secretariat is issuing a final notice to affiliates to pay up or ship out. PNGFA chief executive officer Dimirit Mileng said the date for meeting all these financial requirements and obligation was April 30 every year. However, less than five members have fully paid to qualify as fully affiliated member of PNGFA. The executive committee has given affiliates further 14 days till next Monday, to pay the fees. These payments include membership affiliation of K1,000, K2 player registration fee for senior players and K1 for those under the age of 15. However, this will also affect their participation in PNGFA-sanctioned activities planned for the year. In other football news, the U20 national women’s tournament will be held in Goroka, Eastern Highlands, from June 10-13. Those member associations who are intending to participate in the tournament should pay a nomination fee of K500. For more information, call Daisy Bowada-Serum on 323-2591 or 7622-7725. 

 

 

Boost for touch footy club
A TOUCH footy club in Port Moresby’s North Waigani touch competition last week received a handsome surprise when an individual came to their doorsteps and offered the sponsorship of new sets jerseys. The lads of the Steelers touch footy club were very grateful and were lost for words when the “Good Samaritan” – Ray Arewai – came to  their need. Arewai said after visiting the Cormorant Street near the Tokam Police Barracks area and noticing the boys playing during Easter, he felt the urge to help the youths out with a sum of K1,019 from his own pocket. He added that the sponsorship would give the young blokes a chance to expose their talents and potential through sports like rugby league. Steelers captain Elijah Waku said that most of the team members were from different backgrounds and touch footy was one way of bringing them together and keeping them occupied. “The assistance that Arewai has given us is beyond our words as no one has ever come to our aid,” Waku said.

 

 

Sports to drive message
THE Lae Chamber of Commerce is now tapping into its private sector mobilisation response project to help the community. It hopes that through sports, it can have peer educators who are equipped with the necessary sporting goods, to change the attitudes of communities. Peer educators were yesterday given sporting goods including soccer balls, volley balls and nets, whistles and pumps. The sporting equipment were given to all the six wards of the city, including the villages of Kamkumung, Butibam, Hengali, Wagang and Labu. The response project team leader, Nelly McLay, said the new approach was part of the behaviour change communication strategy. LCCI is now supporting all trained peer educators in the workplace to take education on gender, HIV and related issues back to their families and communities. The launching of mobilising families and communities through sports will be held on Sunday.
Under the LCCI private sector mobilisation project, Tingim Laip Project Morobe, has trained more than 50 peer educators in private sector companies, that use and access the Lae ports.

 

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NCDC system efficient
I REFER to the letter “NCDC must improve system” (The National, May 20) by “Service provider” complaining about the NCD governor’s new system of payment of claims. According to the writer, the system appears slow and he gets paid one month later. The writer does not realise how lucky he/she is. There are some government departments which pay claims 10 months later while others take years. I did not vote for the NCD governor but I am proud I have a smart governor. The process he has put in place is to ensure transparency of each transaction. NCDC has been plagued with corrupt dealings in the past. This is the first time the current governor is able to save money so it can be used somewhere else where needed. Good on you, governor. I challenge the writer to tell me which government department will settle claims in less than a month. – Laha Parek, Port Moresby

 

 

Ripped off by Air Niugini
I AM disgusted by Air Niugini. Recently, on my way to PNG from the United States, I was told at the LA airport that I could not board a flight because the airline carrier did not have an “agreement” with Air Niugini. So I was stuck because Air Niugini only deals with Qantas. This is ridiculous. As a Papua New Guinean citizen, I do not need a visa to transit in Australia if it is less than eight hours. But since Air Niugini is not keen to deal with anyone other than  Qantas, I had to apply for a transit visa and go through all kinds of hassle so I can spend three hours at an Australian airport on transit. In the past, when I flew with Qantas, I had no problems. And to make matters worse, Air Niugini would not even let me rebook my flight for a penalty. I had to buy a brand new ticket. What a rip-off! – Meri lo bush, via email

 

 

Koki and Boroko dangerous
HAVING lived in NCD for more than seven months, I now realise that the Koki market is the most dangerous market in NCD and the Boroko shopping centre is more dangerous than Gordon, Waigani or Gerehu. Whenever I feel like buying fish, I will take a bus to Rainbow as it is safer than Koki. I call on the authorities, including the NCD governor’s office, to urgently do something about Koki market and the Boroko shopping centre area in order to maintain our good image as the NCD is the focal point when investors come to PNG. – Elvis, Port Moresby

 

 

Pick Jiwaka MPs as head
IT has taken a long time for the people of Jiwaka to get a province of their own. Many Jiwaka leaders had spent their own resources and worked hard to make it happen. Our dream came true when MPs passed a bill to create the new Hela and Jiwaka provinces. I call on the government to appoint the interim chairman from one of the current Jiwaka MPs – North Waghi’s Benjamin Mul, Anglimp-South Waghi’s Jamie Maxtone-Graham or Jimi’s Wake Goi. – Whymrick, via email

 

 

Introduce anti-HIV law
THE National AIDS Council has done a tremendous job by conducting surveys, awareness and setting up voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) centres, etc. But our people continue to ignore the warnings. Currently, PNG has no laws to prosecute those who deliberately spread the HIV virus or knowingly put themselves at risk of being raped, abused or to rape. It is time the government gets its acts together to save innocent people. HIV carrier who spread the virus must be prosecuted. PNG needs a law to govern and control HIV before it is too late. – WJK, Queensland

 

 

Tourism industry threatened
THE recent ethnic violence in Bulolo caused 14 Australian tourists, who planned to walk the Black Cat Track, to cancel their trip. Such law and order problems are posing a major threat to our tourism industry. The government must recognise the importance of the tourism industry. It is a multi-million kina industry. According to latest reports from the Tourism Promotion Authority, the number of tourists is increasing every year and that is something PNG must be proud of. Major development projects like LNG is not sustainable, unlike, tourism. Therefore, the government must make every effort to lower law and order problems as tourism alone can sustain our economy even after we run out of minerals, oil and gas. – Wilfred Paka, Madang

 

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What an embarrassment
I WAS shocked to learn we do not have a disaster plan in place. During the launch of the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI) drought preparedness seminar in Bubia, Lae, recently, I asked the director of national disaster and emergency services if the government has a national disaster plan. The reply I got from the director was no. While the director was honest and I commend him, his reply left me embarrassed as the conference room was packed with foreigners. He revealed that we have been operating on an ad hoc basis year in year out. The chief secretary, who was the guest speaker, confirmed that was the case. Isn’t a shame that we do not have a disaster plan in place? The director should be working on one now. If he is not capable of producing one, then he must be removed. – Michael Novingu, Lae

 

 

DWU flag flying higher
DWU received the university status in 1996. Since then, it has delivered to the people of PNG and neighbouring nations. May 22 was a historic day for the university when it distributed a laptop computer to each student as part of its “paperless policy” initiated last year. This is the first of its kind in PNG. Currently, DWU is ranked 70th  while UPNG at 94th out of 100 best universities in Oceania according to the 2010 webometric ranking (http://www.webometrics.info/top100_continent.asp? cont=Oceania). DWU students will be able to access free internet services which other universities in PNG are unable to do so. All its 13 computer laboratories are connected to the university’s main server. I thank Fr Jan Czuba for his commitment to raise bring the best and latest technology so DWU students can enjoy them. – Joe Wasia, via email

 

 

DWU must tighten security
THERE is hardly any security at night at DWU. Recently, criminals from the nearby settlement climbed over fence near the girls’ dormitory and banged on the door. Luckily no one opened the door. Can you imagine if someone had open the door or it was knocked down? I shudder to think about it. I call on the DWU administration to do something about improving the security measures, especially at night. The security guards must also patrol the perimeter more often. – Frustrated, Madang

 

 

Leaders must not be reactive
MOROBE governor Luther Wenge and Bulolo MP Sam Basil must handle the ethnic violence in Bulolo with wisdom and proper thought. They cannot be reactive. Banning alcohol is not a solution. I suggest they strengthen law and order. Where are tax revenues from sales of alcohol? It should be used to improve law and order in the area. Where is the tax money from our resources? If these funds had being used properly by the government, I believe law and order would not have deteriorated to the present state. – Megusa beast, Lae

 

 

Leave Mul alone
THIS message is for the people of North Waghi electorate, especially the people of Nondugl. Don’t kick Benjamin Mul around; let him do his job as mandated. He is delivering basic services, something we have not been getting for the last 20 years. In fact, he is the “action ngalye”. He has answered our prayers and I am grateful he is our MP. – Kusipil Ngalye, Lae

 

 

Blame Daulo MP
I refer to the letter “Who is to blame?” (The National, May 3) by Walthur Wagi.  Yes, it is true the people of Daulo are responsible for electing the MP into office. But I would say it is the MP himself who misled the people in the first place. If he did not make all the promises, who will want to elect him? Blame the MP for making promises and then failing to honour even a single one. The people must make the right choice in 2012. – Debbie Rogers, Kimbe

 

 

Well done, Dawa
Gumine MP Lucas Dawa has brought many development projects to the electorate. They include village water supply system, building new classrooms and houses for teachers, and rural electrification. They people will greatly benefit from these infrastructure developments. The MP must be commended for improving the people’s life. – Henry Gelua Iri, Gumine

 

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Ban alcohol in WHP
I REFER to your report “Pregnant woman raped in Mt Hagen” (May 18). It is disgusting and shameful to read about rising rape incidents in Mt Hagen, which more often than not, are related to alcohol. For a Western Highlander living in a foreign land, reading about our province going to the dogs is sad. The authorities must take drastic actions like banning the sale of alcohol and outlaw homebrew if they are serious about maintaining law and order. Don’t these people respect their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters? It is sad to see the womenfolk living in fear in their own land. What is the governor doing about this? Does he have any plans to order the provincial licensing board to stop issuing new licences? – Kay Kalas Kange, via email

 

 

Where is Boito?
CAN someone tell me where I can find Obura-Wonenara MP John Boito? He was very vocal in the media soon after his 2007 election. Since then, he has disappeared. The roads in Obura-Wonenara have being deteriorated and the people are forced to walk from Obura to Aiyura. The roads linking Gasup have become pig tracks and I am forced to walk 30km before I reach Aiyura to catch a PMV to Kainantu. If this is what is happening here, I shudder to think what it is like in remote Marawaka, Andakombi, Asena, etc. On behalf of the silent majority, I call on Boito to come out from hiding and use the machines he bought to maintain the roads. – Uncared for, Obura

 

 

Well done, NCD task force
I WANT to commend Dr Timothy Pyakalyia and his NCD cholera task force team for removing illegal roadside markets and other vendors who may contribute to the spread of cholera. I call on the task force to check the houses built near or on the sea in Motuan villages. These areas do not have proper waste management system. Rubbish, including human waste, is dumped daily into the sea without any regard for hygiene. Is it any wonder that the coastline around NCD and the neighbouring Central province is so contaminated with cholera bacteria? – Tony, Port Moresby

 

 

Discriminatory dress codes
I REFER to the discriminatory dressing rules in many hotels and clubs in PNG. The people who set these rules should be reminded that we have a national dress – meri blouse and laplap for women and shirts and sulus or trousers for men. Tongs and sandals are part of this dressing. What is this about barring our people from entering such premises? The hot climate in PNG allows for this kind of everyday wear to be accepted. How about allowing some common sense to prevail?  It is ridiculous to put on ties and suits all the time in our hot and humid weather. – Seko Sisiwan, Port Moresby 

 

 

Thanks, Naru
I WOULD like to thank the principal lawyer of Kelly Naru law firm for donating K55,000 to churches and schools in Western Highlands and Chimbu. A special thank you for donating K10,000 to Milep High school. Although he is not from North Waghi, he has a heart for the people and concern for the future generation. The donation will cater for the needs of the school. – Kapun Ngale, Auckland

 

 

Foursquare church not involved
I REFER to your report “Trio caught with drugs” (May 18). It mentioned a vehicle belonging to the Foursquare church was transporting drugs when it was stopped at a police roadblock. I want to clarify that the vehicle does not belong to the Foursquare church. The church stands by its record in preaching the Word of God that save and transforms the lives of many ordinary Papua New Guineans. We cannot allow this report to tarnish the church’s good name. – Nick Frani, Senior leader of Foursquare church of PNG

 

Editor’s note: The information was provided to us by the police, which unfortunately was not correct in this instance. The vehicle, we learned, was donated by the Central province governor to the Tapini LLG to carry out church-related work. There was no intention to tarnish the Foursquare church.

 

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Wantoks lookin for players
PRK Wantoks United FC taking part the NCD Public Servants Soccer competition are calling on both old and new players to turn up at the Port Moresby National High School Oval for training. Wantoks are the amateur club for Hekari United competing in the semi-professional competition, the Telikom National Soccer League. John Kapi Natto is urging the players to show up for training in readiness for the 2010 NCDPSSA soccer season. He said Wantok United FC would be going into full training after a hectic NSL and O-League season. Recently, the O-League Cup made a special trip to the Solomon Islands and Fiji to thank the players from these two countries for winning the O-League Cup. Hekari United FC striker Kema Jack and the team manageress Vonnie Kapi Natto accompanied the cup to the two football associations – Solomon Islands Football Federation and Fiji Football Association – for leasing their players to play for Hekari United FC. “The purpose of the trip was to say thank you to the players’ families, supporters and the two countries. The six Solomon Islands players are Joachim Waroi, Benjamin Mela, Alick Maemae, Gideon Omokirio, Stanley Waita and Henry Fara’odo Jr while Fijians are Tuimasi Manuca and Pita Bolaitoga.

 

 

AFLPNG oval refurbished
AS a result of the traditional partnership between the codes, AFL PNG in association with Cricket PNG, have already started the resurfacing of both the Colts and Amini Grounds at Boroko, National Capital District. The resurfacing of the ovals is important and necessary for the improvement and sustainability of both AFL and cricket in PNG. By resurfacing the grounds, the quality of AFL football will improve at both junior and senior levels, therefore increasing participation and spectator numbers. The newly laid turf will also allow players to play in conditions whereby the oval is to the standard expected at AFL-PNG. Increasing player participation is vital to the growth of the sport in PNG. With a national talent pathway available to skilled juniors, the opportunities are enormous for talented children to display their skills.

 

 

Digicel sponsors PURL
DIGICEL PNG is supporting the urban rugby league in Popondetta. The competition involves mostly unemployed youths in the urban areas within the province and, work to keep them off the streets. The competition was inactive for 23 years until 2008. This  season started last month with eight teams competing. This year, Digicel went on board to show its support as the competition was in need of prizes for the participating teams and players. It is also the first company to provide assistance to the competition. This initiative is highly appreciated by rugby league officials, players and fans within Popondetta town. The official handover of the sponsorship package was done by Digicel Popondetta’s area manager James Wila to the Popondetta Rugby League chairman Mathew Kano, players and members of the community during a match of the proper season.

 

 

Goroka softball revived
GOROKA softball competition is set to be revived in a bigger way this season with the assistance of a senior employee from the Bank South Pacific, Aiye Tambua from Masi village outside Goroka. He is currently working at the BSP commercial centre in Gordon, Port Moresby. Tambua also has plans to financially support all the clubs in the Goroka rugby league competition. He said softball was a family sport and supporting a family-orientated sport would be an ideal way to go. He is also extending his invitation to students attending the University of Goroka, the Goroka Technical College and the Highlands Regional Nursing College, to team up with local teams to boost the competition. He is also keen to see the Goroka Softball Association become a member of the PNG Softball Federation.

 

 

Paga eager to win
MICHAEL Wagambie Lawyers Paga Panthers are expected to put on a sterling performance to pull off a victory when they take on traditional rivals PRK Souths tomorrow at the Lloyd Robson Oval. Paga will be led by their seasoned campaigners Joe Sipa and Luke Kolalio, to continue their winning run in the competition. After starting off their campaign at the slow pace, the Panthers registered their first win against Hekari Tarangau. Try-scoring sensation Luke Lambu, who scored a brace of tries, is expected to show his class against their opponents in the Port Moresby rugby league round 14 encounter.

 

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It does not pay to procrastinate
AS much I appreciate Dr Allan Marat’s outburst on the government’s corrupt deals, did he have to wait until he was no longer considered a “friend” before going to the papers and spilling the beans? When he saw what was happening, he should have done the right and noble thing by resigning. Now he has been sacked. It was not the NA-led government that voted him into Parliament but the people of Rabaul. Marat was not the first to be kicked out. Lae MP Bart Philemon was also forced out although he did not reveal the rot in the Finance Department. My appeal to those MPs in the government caucus is this; if you know there is something fishy going on, expose it immediately instead of waiting for the boot. – Tru-ave, via email

 

 

Resolve Hela issues
THE people of Hela have no one but their leaders, especially their MPs, to blame if they feel they have been misled over the LNG project or formation of the new province or other issues. The time is right to form a committee comprising all landowner groups, church leaders, district and village elders and others to be part of the group to raise your concerns. Once a committee has been formed, invite the MPs for a meeting and resolve whatever issues diplomatically. It is not wise to form small groups in Port Moresby challenging the government. Who said you will win using this process? – J. Lakani, via email

 

 

No changes in SHP
I AM disappointed not to see any development in the Southern Highlands despite the governor’s assertion that he will bring development projects. There is hardly any changes and Mendi town has remained unchanged despite oil and gas being extracted for the last 27 years. By right, Mendi should be a booming and developed town or, rather, a city with sealed roads, electricity and piped water supply. If only Powes Parkop has been elected as SHP Governor or Mendi MP. – WKRimbason, via email

 

 

Petition’s long delay
CAN the Justice Department tell us, the voters of Wewak Open electorate, why it has taken so long for the Supreme Court to announce its decision on the election dispute since 2007? How long are we going to wait before the result is declared? We cannot be denied our rights to justice. – JP Kipandu, Wewak

 

 

Sorry for hurting wife
I AM looking for my wife who left me last Saturday after an argument. She rang me that night and told me that she has gone to Lae. However, I believe she is in Port Moresby. Her name is Della Simon. If anyone knows her whereabouts, please tell her to come back home. I will never beat her or say any cruel words to her again. I am very sorry that I have hurt her. I can be reached at 7162 1299 or 7200 3215. – Elvis, Port Moresby

 

 

Well done, Mioks
I WOULD like to congratulate the Toyota Enga Mioks players for registering to two consecutive wins in the bemobile Cup. The Mioks showed disciplined team work on and off the field. I hope they will maintain this winning streak and discipline. I would like to thank chairman Robert Ganim for showing his commitment and getting the best players for the team. – Jerry J. Yamarak, Madang

 

 

Extend Sir Paulias’ term
GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Paulias Matane has done a fine job as the Queen’s representative in PNG. I call on the government to extend his term of office until May 2012. By then, we should have the first woman governor-general of PNG. – RR, Port Moresby

 

 

Thanks, Simbu govt
I would like to commend the Simbu provincial government for prioritising education in the province by subsiding school fees, from elementary to tertiary level. It is really a privilege and I am very proud to be a Chimbuan. Keep up the good work, Fr John Garia. – Jbire, Lae

 

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Oro to host darts meet
THE Papua New Guinea Darts Federation will be holding its 16th biennial championships in Popondetta from Sept 11-18. The event will be hosted by the Oro Darts Association. The federation is telling interested associations in PNG intending to participate that there will be a pool of two men’s and two women’s teams. Federation general secretary Moses Sangkol said the turnout of the last championships was overwhelming with 17 centres taking part. The fees are K500 affiliation, K100 team registration and K30 player registration. The deadline for affiliation is for Aug 11. Fees can be paid into the PNG Darts Federation account at the BSP’s Port Moresby branch account No: 1000 587367. To obtain further information, call Sangkol on 7683-5848 or 7662-3844 and John Kuaru on 7298-2436.

 

 

Broncos upset Kumuls 8-6
SK Broncos came from behind to beat newcomers Kumuls 8-6 in round two of the 3-Suns Rigo Rugby League competition at Kwikila last Saturday.
After trailing 6-0 for most of the encounter, two fast tries to Kini Mana and captain Asi Enane saw them upset the Kumuls. Mana showed some classy footwork to cross over at the corner to narrow the gap to 6-4. The try was a morale booster for the side as they continued their onslaught to send Enane scoring an unconverted try to sneak in front by two points (8-6). Kumuls only try came from their five-eighth Tavoga Kone. In the other matches, Kwikila Varovaorna beat Daigos 24-4, Dauma Knights humbled Bigai Brothers 10-6 and Kilivana defeated Girabu Panthers 16-6.

 

 

Telstars remain unbeaten
ESCO Telstars posted a cricket-like score 59-19 over luckless Snax Mermaids to remain unbeaten in the tough Port Moresby netball competition on Saturday. Led by veterans Mona-Lisa Leka, Julianne Diro and Sophie Yarusa, they proved too strong for Monier Paramana, who had to work overtime to contain them. Paramana, without the Raula sisters, Geua and Ravu, saw Kula Iamo and Renagi Dringo standing in for them to ensure a much-coordinated effort. However, it was Marie Otio, who was sensational at goal, to top-score with 35 points. In the other games, City Pharmacy Rebels trounced Veupunama 56-25 while Sparrows were on bye.

 

 

Canos win tennis tourney
PORT Moresby Tennis Association hosted a single set doubles tournament at the Boroko Tennis Courts on Sunday. On Day One of the competition, the Cano brothers, Kris and Jonathan belted their opponents JC Ibay-Jun Bernabe 6-3 then later thrashed Gil Germudo-Francis Hyun 6-1. Alan Gui-Fernando Bernabe knocked down Tony Astorga-Vergel Alvarez 6-4 and a tight win against Gil Germudo-Francis Hyun 6-5 to stay alive.  The Cano brothers, who were unbeaten, met Ibay-Bernabe in the final round to defeat them 9-4 to win the plum. The single set doubles tournament was proudly sponsored by Nambawan Trophy Limited. The winners went home with K200 each.

 

 

26 women attend cricket clinic
AFTER a one day coaching clinic conducted by Cricket PNG development officers, Gomore women’s super 10 cricket challenge is set to reach another level. The clinic, held at Gomore village, was attended by 26 women, including a handful of men. They received basic training umpiring and training certificates.

 

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Teachers denied perks
ON behalf of the women elementary teachers, I would like to air my disappointment with the poor counter service for teachers at Fincorp House. Since last year, we have been following up on our higher duty allowance on the understanding that if a teacher is given a senior position, he or she would get a higher allowance. However, we have been told by the Education Department counter clerk that we will not be paid higher duty allowance because we are not yet registered as teachers. Mind you, we have been teaching for five years after completing our three-year training course. Since last year, we were given senior acting positions but our allowances do not commensurate with the positions. We call on the department to look into this and make the necessary adjustments. – Concerned teachers, via email

 

 

Support human resource, Mul
NORTH Waghi MP Benjamin Mul has delivered many of the projects he promised. I also commend the MP for not making Port Moresby his home by living in his own house, looking after his people’s needs and wants like buying coffins for the dead and settling compensations disputes in the villages. Since Jiwaka will become a province, it will need human resource for development. As such, I call on Mul to allocate more funds to support students from the electorate attending tertiary institutions throughout the country. I also urge other MPs from Jiwaka to allocate more funds for education. – Mandang Kul Ngal, Lae

 

 

Mul the action ngalyie
THE Member for North Waghi, Benjamin Mul, deserves to be called the action man. Despite being an MP, he leads a humble lifestyle and is just like any ordinary citizen. He attends every funeral when notified of death within his electorate. He tries to make sure that everyone benefits form the services. Mul is a true leader who leads by example. – Sigri Ngal, Goroka

 

 

We want honest people, Olga
WHILE the WHP is restructuring its administration, I call on Governor Tom Olga to fill these positions with people with credibility and outstanding credentials. We do not need people with narrow minds and without vision who are there for self-gain. Such people misuse public funds and paint a bad picture on our province. If Olga recruits people on merit, I am sure WHP will have a bright future. – Ricky Maip, via email

 

 

Sack Lahanis management
AS a diehard supporter of Bintangor Lahanis, I cannot accept the excuse by team manager Himmony Lapiso about the lack of rest in the defeat to Agmark Gurias on the opening day. Lapiso and his assistant Peter Isaro are not competent and they should be sacked. What excuse is he going to give following the defeat to the Muruks on Sunday? They cannot go giving lame excuses. I call on franchise owners, Sia brothers Simon and John, to immediately remove Lapiso and Isaro. – Die hard Lahanis supporter, Goroka

 

 

Go home, Hela folks
WHY are landowners making a lot of noise on the streets of Port Moresby? Why are they still talking about the LBBSA? If they had signed the agreement, why are they still crying? Are they paper Hela landowners from Port Moresby? If not, then go home instead of wasting your time hanging in front of Vulupindi house. – Robert Agiwa, via email

 

 

Congrats, Gau
I would like to congratulate the newly elected Member of Parliament for Rai Coast James Gau. We, the people of Rai Coast, have put all our hopes in you to bring development and services to the local communities. Our district is called “Good night” by other people. But I hope you will remember that after every night, there comes a dawn. A new day breaks. Dare I say we can now look forward to the dawn of a new day for the people of Rai Coast? The people will know how much you put in as an MP. – Galeg Makai, Madang

 

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Morobe say thank you
THE Telikom National Soccer League (NSL) runners-up Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC have thanked supporters have set their focus on improving next season. At a club get together at the Lae Botanical Gardens with the players and their families last Saturday, the club officials challenged the players to improve on their discipline and commitment. It was a memorable season for the club after coming under heavy criticism. The franchise put that behind them and became the first outside Port Moresby to make the grand final. Club president Insp Chris Kumyanbam challenged the players to be more competitive and match the level set by Hekari United FC in the Oceania region. “There will be no joyrides this season, we have to really compete to be the best,” he said.

 

 

Supa stars for Panthers
PAGA Panthers’ right winger Tomson Supa played an outstanding game last Sunday to lead his team to a 10-6 victory over Maka Suro in the second game of the Mt Hagen rugby league competition played at Rabiamul oval. Supa scored two tries, one in the opening half and another in the second to beat their opponents. Supa’s first try came after 25 minutes when he picked up a pass from his halfback Bernard Bilip to cross over for an unconverted try to take any early 4-0 lead. However, Suro failed to cut down on their error rate that saw Panthers’ capitalising with a converted try to Supa, who intercepted a pass before crossing over under the uprights for the winning try and shut out their opponents with a 10-6 victory.  In the other A grade games, West Tigers drew Storms 6-6, Gomis Panthers crushed Sharks 14-4 and Brothers forfeited Kuli Roosters.

 

 

Snipers in top five
SNIPERS sneaked into the top five when they defeated YWCA 3-1 in the NCD Volleyball Association women’s premier division at Taurama Leisure Centre last Saturday. This was Snipers’ third straight victory in the first round of the season. Snipers’ combination of Veronica Noka, Elizabeth Naime and Gillian Siniva was again on fire at the net with solid spikes, backed up by superb blocks, giving the Peter Miliken-coached side no breathing space. In the other match, Patriots led by veterans Brenda Sevese and Kila Okirua pushed Pom Tech to a tie-breaker after they were 2-2. Results in other matches saw Scorpions beat Vailima 3-0 and Ulamagi beat Grasshoppers 3-1.

 

 

Select one side for tourney
CENTERS with more than two associations should hold selection trials to pick their squad to represent them at the provincial championships in Kokopo, East New Britain from July 1-4. Touch Federation of PNG (TFPNG) gave an example of Corporate Touch Port Moresby (CTPM) and Central Touch Association (CTA). The associations are based in Port Moresby so they should hold selection trials to select a side for the championships. TFPNG president Joe Yore said the affiliation to TFPNG was by association under the current constitution and, therefore affiliation of provincial bodies was not acceptable. Eighteen participants will also be attending a Level 1 coaching course in Kokopo and Port Moresby. The course fee is K50 and must be paid today.

 

 

Venue change for meet
THE venue for the National Souths Basketball championships will be held in Goroka, Eastern Highlands. The event is sponsored by major sponsors Mendi Open MP Pr Joseph, who is also the Southern Highlands Deputy Governor, Governor Anderson Agiru and Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC). It was initially set for Pimaga, near the Kutubu oilfields in Southern Highlands. Tournament patron Pr Joseph said there was a change of venue because the facilities in Pimaga had not been finalised.  Tournament officials have deferred the dates for the tournament to June 11-14 rather than June 4-7, to coincide with the Queen’s birthday weekend. It also gives teams intending to participate till next Friday to pay up their nomination fees.

 

 

Besena pip Zoggole 3-2
A YOUNG Solomon Besena side fought a strong comeback by Zoggole to win 3-2 when the National Capital District hockey league kicked off its season at Murray Barracks last Sunday. Besena skipper Edward Purkikil scored two goals while Eddie Gebo picked up another before Zoggole hit back with two fast goals to narrow the gap to 3-2 at full time. In the women’s encounter, Zoggole beat Seagulls 4-0, Spy Gu forfeited Mermaids and Rockets clobbered Wanderers 3-0.

 

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Maxtone-Graham has failed
I AM unhappy with my Anglimp-South Waghi MP Jamie Maxtone-Graham. There are no services or development in the electorate. He has failed to address deteriorating road conditions and increasing law and order problems, create economic opportunities and upgrade or maintain our deteriorating infrastructure. He has made Port Moresby his home and we have not seen him in the last three years. He has no vision for the electorate and I am sad to say I supported him blindly in the past. He has been overrated and he has no heart for the common people back home. Maxtone-Graham has finally shown his true colours and he has lost my vote for good. The electorate needs a leader who is transparent, honest, visionary and God-fearing. – Petrus, Goroka

 

 

Dept officials not experts
I REFER to the delegation from the Commerce and Industries Department taking part in the Shanghai World Expo. It is good to showcase PNG products although it would have been better if companies, NGO groups or individuals send their own representatives instead of getting guys from the international business division of the Commerce and Industry Department because they lack professionalism and product knowledge. I believe it is a waste of time and money to send these officers to China. – Concerned citizen, Port Moresby

 

 

Time to switch camp
I HOPE MPs from the highlands region have seen the true colours of our prime minister. I believe the time has come for these MPs to switch camp as there is no pride or honour to serve under a dictator. They must not continue to behave like puppets, dictated by the whims and fancies of a leader who has passed his prime or use-by date. Back the Lae MP as he has the people in his heart and we need someone who puts the people first instead of his own interest. We need an honest and transparent leader. – Hard work nothing, Lae

 

 

PM unfair
NOW that the people know the prime minister had forced Dr Allan Marat to resign in the name of cabinet solidarity, why is Sir Michael Somare not taking any action on ministers and MPs who are implicated? This shows the PM is not fair and is biased in his decisions. – Sipaka Tambia, Madang

 

 

Wewak needs new signboards
THE relevant authorities in Wewak must change all the faded pedestrian signs in town. They include those outside BSP, Dagua market and two along the beach road from town to Windjammer Hotel. I have seen drivers from other centres speeding through such crossings and almost causing accidents. We cannot blame these drivers because there is nothing to warn them of a pedestrian crossing ahead. Something must be done now before someone is killed. – Ben Yato, Wewak

 

 

Yakasa cannot be biased
METROPOLITAN commander Chief Supt Fred Yakasa appears to have two philosophies. He will hunt down those he hates but takes no action against those he gets along with. While he has done a great job overall, he cannot appear to be biased when it comes to making arrests. Yakasa must apprehend those responsible, including police officers, for releasing the damaging William Kapris CD and now posted on youtube. t has severely damaged our country’s reputation as well as that of the RPNGC. – Hua Yombohn, via email

 

 

Thanks for promoting tourism
I REFER to the report “Western Highlands ramps up marketing” (The National, May 10). As a tourism and hospitality management student, I read the report with interest and would like to thank Governor Tom Olga and Samuel Angimb for promoting sustainable tourism and culture in the province. I commend the governor for setting up the provincial tourism, cultural and heritage office in the province. I call on all MPs to help with counterpart funding to promote tourist attractions in their respective electorate. – Napia Joseph Goraiye, Madang

 

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Editorial spot on
I REFER to your editorial “Chief of all ‘longlong’ and ‘sadang’” (May 12). I cannot believe that the leader of a nation can utter those words. Has he forgotten that it was the people who gave him the mandate? Your editorial was spot on. If the people he represents are longlong and sadang, then the leader is the chief of them all. I wish to remind the PM that he has made a constitutional vow to be loyal to the people of PNG and serve them. The people’s views must be taken into consideration in any decision-making process. I commend The National coming out with the editorial. Please continue to do what you do best without fear or favour because you truly represent the silent majority. – Sagobe, via email

 

 

Chief’s appeal fading
PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare is at the end of his political career. It will be sad to see his legacy fade away in time if he continues to patronise PNG politics. As we progress in the 21st century, Papua New Guineans are losing their respect and trust in our founding father. He showed disrespect for the people of this country by labelling them as longlong. People will never forget this comment and it will come back to haunt the PM. – Bernard Yegiora, Changchun, China

 

 

PAU students seek Ipatas aid
CAN Governor Peter Ipatas tell Engan students in tertiary institutions around the country when he will pay the promised 30% school fee subsidy for students? The first semester in some universities are coming to an end but Ipatas has yet to announce when he will pay the subsidies. There are rumours that the governor had paid school fees for students whose parents supported or voted for him and he had paid subsidies for University of Papua New Guinea students. If they are true, then I question his decision as they are not fair. The fees in Pacific Adventist University are pretty high and Enga students here really need the governor’s help. – BJ, via email

 

 

Thanks, Nilkare
ON behalf of Gumine-Bomai students of UPNG, I would like to thank Kausunga Lucas Nilkare for his generous presentation of K1,000 to the association. That was unexpected and many Gumine-Bomai students were pleasantly shocked. Students are future leaders and Nilkare has made a wise investment in education. – Konia Maipube, Port Moresby

 

 

Vaccination expensive
I WAS happy to read last in The National last Thursday that MRA has taken the initiative to vaccinate all its employees against cholera. I would like to know whether the K3 million allocated to fight cholera include the vaccine for the people of NCD?  At K185 per dose per person, I find the cost is too high for an average family to afford, especially if children under five years need four doses and adults two doses for a complete cholera vaccination kit. – V. Beneng, Port Moresby

 

 

Time to change Morobe leaders
I AGREE with several writers that it is time to throw out the recycled leaders of Morobe in the next election. There is no law and order in the province. The innocent people of Lae have become victims of pick pockets and other petty crimes. The roads in the province are falling apart and covered with potholes and craters. Everywhere you turn, you see rubbish and plastic bags. Yet, the leaders are pretending that everything is fine. If this is not a clear sign of incompetence and weak leadership, I do not know what it is. – Glen Lucas, via email

 

 

Nape speech a joke
I REFER news report on EMTV last Wednesday night (May 12) about the biggest bilum. While I commend the effort of the group, the speech by Speaker Jeffery Nape was a joke. I burst out laughing when Nape went on and on about bilums. Why did he read a prepared speech about bilums? If he is a real leader, he should have spoken from his heart about keeping and maintaining our culture and tradition instead of a speech more suited to foreigners who are not familiar with bilums. – Get real, Lae

 

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Congrats, Hekari
ON behalf of the Eastern Stars Football Club, I would like to congratulate Hekari United Football Club for its outstanding and historic achievement by winning the Oceania Football Confederation Cup and qualifying for the FIFA Club World Club tournament. There is no doubt the sacrifice of Mr and Mrs Kapi Natto has paid off handsomely. The players, backroom staff, team management and the Hekari board must be commended for showing their commitment and discipline. Hekari has set a benchmark and all NSL clubs must lift their game to ensure we continue our dominance in the region and go one step further by qualifying for the World Cup. I thank PNGFA under the leadership of David Chung for setting up NSL as it has paid off. – Joseph Ealedona, Eastern Stars FC chairman

 

 

Lame excuse
I WRITE this letter in protest against Dr Allan Marat’s sacking. The reasons given were shallow and unacceptable by rational Papua New Guineans. As attorney-general, Marat had the right to see any prisoner to hear what he/she has to say. What is Sir Michael Somare trying to hide and why is he protecting the three ministers? Marat was only highlighting the stiff competition we face when major development projects take place in our country. Did Marat commit a crime for telling the truth? God help PNG. – Wawen Wosik, Wewak

 

 

Biased decision
THE prime minister explained he dismissed former attorney-general Dr Allan Marat to maintain cabinet solidarity. But what about other ministers and MPs implicated in the William Kapris CD and other controversial cases? The PM is not taking any action because they are Sepiks and from the National Alliance party? Whose interest is the PM protecting? His actions are biased and not consistent. – Togoba Jiks, Lae

 

 

Daulo folks at fault
I REFER to the letters criticising the Daulo MP (The National, April 29 and May 3). Many people will agree with the comments raised but, sadly, the people of Daulo must be blamed too for electing the MP. Why did they give him the mandate in the first place? The district has some of PNG’s best leaders, but somehow, the people seemed to pick one useless leader after another. Unless they elect someone who can take them forward in the 2012 elections, they will continue to moan and complain about their MP’s lack of service deliveries. – Handamo, via email

 

 

Clear the rubbish
I REFER to your report “Keep Unitech clean” (April 24). As a former student of the university, I am disappointed to read about it as it will give a wrong impression of the institution. I hope the university authorities had got rid of the garbage and clean the entrance. – Wulmulg Jigs, via email

 

 

Minister’s comments childish
I REFER to the comments by Trade and Industry Minister Gabriel Kapris in your paper (May 12). What is he trying to prove? I expect a minister to investigate major issues of national importance instead of wasting the government’s time and resources checking names. In the process, he also tried to clear the names of the three ministers implicated. What is the minister’s objective? – Kunanaku Yalstainde, Perth, Western Australia

 

 

Two teams from WHP?
I AM confused as to which team is representing Mt Hagen in the bemobile Cup. I read in The National on Monday about Hagen Kuris being whipped by Enga Mioks on Sunday at Rabiamul Oval. What about the other team, the Mt Hagen Eagles? Do we have two teams from Western Highlands? – Confused Kange, via email

 

Editor’s note: There are two franchise teams from Mt Hagen. However, the entry of Mt Hagen Wantok Gaming System Kuris has been accepted while the entry of Mt Hagen Eagles has been rejected by the PNGNRL.

 

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PM right to sack Marat
DR Allan Marat may be right in one sense but it has caused inconvenience to the government. He was supposed to advise the prime minister, not discredit him and his government. While many of us opposed the amendment, we need people like Marat to advise the decision makers. He was foolish to come out in the media to destabilise the government. If he was wise, he would have critically look into the Constitution and advised Moses Maladina to withdraw the bill. Marat also spoke against the LNG project. If he was a true leader, he should have advised the PM and cabinet on the issues. – Hua Yombohn, via email

 

 

Whose interest, PM?
IS the prime minister’s intention to amend the Leadership Code for the good of PNG or to protect those close to him who have been implicated in recent investigations? It is time to be honest, Sir Michael Somare.We are fed up with the political bullying. We need better reasons for the sacking of Dr Allan Marat than mere political solidarity. It is not about NA’s wishes but about righteousness, transparency and truth which the NA-led government is sorely lacking in. What is the law without ethics and morals? You work for us, we don’t work for you. – Patriot, Port Moresby

 

 

Sacking suspicious
THE prime minister’s outbursts and sacking of former attorney-general Dr Allan Marat is suspicious and seen to be protecting the Maladina billwhich will weaken the Ombudsman Commission and allow leaders to continue their mischievous way. – M. Kuluka, Madang

 

 

Are you fit, Kuris?
AS a Western Highlander, I am sad to see the Kuris being mauled by Enga Mioks. If Kuris cannot perform on their own backyard, I wonder how they will fare for the rest of the season. It is important that you do your homework thoroughly before taking to the field. Even though the Mt Hagen Eagles are out this season, they are still the people’s choice. If Port Moresby can have two teams, I see no reasons why Mt Hagen cannot do that too. – Hagen Eagles fan, Mt Hagen

 

 

Koroba needs an ambulance
WE, the students and staff of Koroba Secondary School, are requesting our MP John Kekeno to buy an ambulance for our feeder Kakrene health centre. We are really struggling to transport patients to Tari and Mendi hospitals. – WSK, Paiigini

 

 

PAU market needs toilet
I LOVE the Sunday market at PAU. It is good to escape the polluted air of Port Moresby and enjoy the fresh air and greens at the university. However, I have noticed that the market does not have a public toilet nor does it have a proper place to wash hands. The market sells raw as well as cooked food and with the cholera outbreak in the city, I believe it is a necessity to provide these facilities. – Beanie, Port Moresby

 

 

Mul the action MP
THE Member for North Waghi, Benjamin Mul, is an action MP. He has contributed immensely to the development of the electorate. I find no reason for the people of Nondugl to accuse him of a lack of performance. Many new and tangible development projects are taking place in the eastern side of the electorate. The Nondugl people should appreciate that they have one of their own man in power, unless they want to continue remaining in the back page. The suffering in the last 25 years is not enough for them? – Sigri Kopi Ngalyie, Goroka

 

 

Come home, Rambi
THE Mul-Baiyer electorate is one of the least developed areas in Western Highlands. Successive governments have neglected the electorate. The MP, Sani Rambi, has been giving lip service. I suggest he comes home and see the sufferings his people are going through. We also want to know when PNG Power will pull the power lines from Minjikina to Bukapena as Rambi promised. Where is the money earmarked for the Mul district market? When will the Balk-Nengil road be sealed? All the existing infrastructure is deteriorating. Is he going to upgrade them? – Joe W, Mt Hagen

 

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Wake up, Menai
IT is unacceptable for the three LLG presidents of Karimui-Nomane to pass the buck (The National, April 30). They have taken a long time to follow up on the K20 million Gumine-Karimui road project. When are we going to get the money and when can we expect the road to the completed? We need this road as it will give us the access to the outside world. The leaders we have elected thus far are incompetent. We call on MP Posi Menai to wake up from his long slumber. We have not seen even one development project in the district and Menai must address this issue immediately. The people cannot go on dying without seeing any changes. – Citizen T. Doiobe, Goroka

 

 

New act to screen candidates
WE need a Leadership Integrity Act where those who want to contest in national and local level government elections need to be thoroughly screened before they are allowed to contest. They must have birth certificates to prove that they are the citizens of PNG. Candidates with criminal records should be rejected and the education level must be at least Grade 12 and can read and write in English. We cannot have people blindly passing bills without knowing their effects and consequences. The days of uneducated MPs are long gone because we are in the new age. Intending candidates must be a man or woman of high moral integrity and standing. – New man, via email

 

 

MP giving free handouts
THE Member for Anglimp-South Waghi, Jamie Maxtone-Graham, is giving free handouts through claims instead of providing basic services to his electorate. He has been doing this since he was elected to Parliament. He has not fulfilled even a single election promise. All the district grants went into paying claims. The people elected him to bring progress and development, not to approve false claims. I call on the authorities, especially the Ombudsman Commission to look into the MP’s books and his acquittals. – Gilanga, Port Moresby

 

 

Marat, a concerned politician
THE removal of Dr Allan Marat as justice minister and attorney-general shows the prime minister does not care about the people’s interests. Marat did the right thing by informing the people of PNG through the media of the “benefits” of the LNG project. Other MPs and ministers are cowards and are not bothered about the well-being of their people. I salute Marat for daring to speak out. – Gideon Kaluga, Port Moresby

 

 

Sin is sin
I WOULD like to commend Dr Allan Marat for sticking to his principles and not be swayed by the greed that has consumed the cabinet and self-seeking politicians. He has done the right thing and showed that he is not afraid to call sin by its right name. – Silas, via email

 

 

Oro a disaster
I SUPPORT the comments by “Jungle queen” (The National, May 10). I would like to add that we, the people of Northern, demand the Oro provincial government to draw up a disaster plan to cater for an imminent eruption from Sumbiripa (Mt Lamington). We do not want to lose 3,000 people again to this “sleeping giant”. If we are not prepared, we will lose more. We demand the Oro government tell us what measures it is taking and also to publish the disaster plan. If the current leaders cannot do the job, let us remove them in 2012. We need leaders with vision to change the province. – JPM, Port Moresby

 

 

Safe to eat seafood?
I REFER to the comments by NCD task force leader Dr Timothy Pykalyia that sea water off Hanuabada and Elevala was heavily contaminated by the cholera bacteria and that the bacteria could survive for a long time in sea water. I would like to know how the authorities plan to contain the bacteria because we know the sea is a huge expanse of water and it is impossible to contain plastic containers let alone a bacteria which is smaller than a fullstop. My next question is if the sea is contaminated by the cholera bacteria, is it safe to eat fish, crabs, prawns and other shellfish? – Jonathan, Port Moresby

 

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A golden opportunity for PM
I THINK this has been the most challenging term for the prime minister, given all the challenging issues and increasing negative public perceptions he had to bear. Let me say this to Sir Michael Somare, this is the golden opportunity to act responsibly and reverse public perception, resurrect his credibility and regain the people’s respect, which is at an all-time low. Forget the past, the nation is watching closely on how you handle the following three issues – the William Kapris video, Maladina amendments and finance inquiry. Timely decisions with tough actions on these issues will put you right back to where you were before. I am sure you know what to do. – Kunanaku Yalstainde, Perth, Western Australia

 

 

Unfair decision
I BELIEVE the dismissal of Dr Allan Marat simply lacks leadership. What has come out of this is the perception that the prime minister is behind the push to curb the powers of the Ombudsman Commission. William Kapris’ allegations have damaged the government’s image and yet the prime minister has done nothing. Is this what you call a fair deal? – Observer, Port Moresby

 

 

Why no action on 3 MPs, PM?
WE respect the prime minister as the father of this nation. He was the country’s first prime minister. We have one question – why did he sack Justice Minister Dr Allan Marat but did nothing to the three MPs who were named by William Kapris? – Concerned citizens, Port Moresby

 

 

Rescind Maladina bill
I AM totally against the idea of our elected leaders debating the controversial Maladina amendments in July. It is best this controversial bill is rescinded. As far as Papua New Guinea is concerned, this particular section of the Constitution protects and prevents politicians, civil servants or government statutory heads from misappropriating public money, state properties, etc. As a Papua New Guinean, I will not allow our elected politicians to find ways and means to add or delete parts of our Constitution for their own selfish gain. We have had enough of public office holders misappropriating millions of kina. – Bob Drikori, Gumine,  Chimbu

 

 

Kidnapping not our culture
I REFER to your report “Man in court for abducting kids” (May 6). God has blessed Papua New Guinea and everything is free back in our own villages. Cities and towns are meant for working class people of all colours. If one cannot afford to cope with urban life, it is best he/she returns to the villages where everything is free. As such, the suspect and his accomplices had no right to hold innocent children for ransom. It is not our way of life. We must not tolerate such behaviour and the court must impose tougher penalties for such crimes. – Nixon Mark Malix, Port Moresby

 

 

Congrats, Pala
LAWYER and Member for Rigo Ano Pala is the new attorney-general after Dr Allan Marat was removed. Rising to prominence is one thing and until Pala takes a stand on a serious legal issue, PNG has no light. Marat spoke out against mining of seabed mineral resources in the Bismarck Sea, LNG project and the Maladina amendments which led to his dismissal. In the meantime, I would like to congratulate Pala for being appointed the attorney-general. – James Wanjik, Port Moresby

 

 

Health Dept sleeping
I BELIEVE that cholera will become the top killer in Papua New Guinea this year. One question I want to ask the Health Department is why there was no awareness about cholera nationwide. Is it because the government does not have any money to do that or is it because the department is inefficient? It is the department’s responsibility to warn the people of the dangers associated with cholera. – Steven Vaga, via email

 

 

What a letdown
IT is disappointing to learn that five people have died from cholera in the nation’s capital. The authorities should know that the virus can be transmitted easily. Had health precautions and awareness started last year, the deaths could have been avoided. – Disappointed citizen, Port Moresby

 

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A win for people’s power
I WOULD like to take this opportunity to congratulate the media for its contribution by way of informing the public daily on news relating to the controversial Maladina amendments. It has played a big part in maintaining order. Organisations that deserve to be commended included NGOs, CCAC, TI-PNG, churches, UPNG students and the concerned public in Port Moresby and Lae. I would like to commend the RPNGC hierarchy for its trust in permitting the protest march. The peaceful march last Tuesday was a victory for the people of Papua New Guinea. The march is evident of a mature society that will not tolerate corruption. The people have demonstrated their responsible rights. We will wait for the government to play its part. Together we can move mountains. – Last man standing, Port Moresby

 

 

Brave move by Marat
FORMER attorney-general Dr Allan Marat has been dismissed for speaking the truth. The brave MP has commented about the LNG project and that resource owners and people will get crumbs and the lion’s share going to the foreign companies. Marat is the first government MP to come out and tell the truth after being fed up with all the lies given to the people. This takes a lot of guts and it has cost Marat his ministerial job. We now need more MPs like Marat to come out and do the same thing. The least the PM can do is to keep sacking these MPs. This will quickly build up the opposition, or middle-bench numbers of unhappy politicians to challenge the government further in Parliament. – Reginald Renagi, Gabagaba-Kemabolo

 

 

Congrats, Pala
I WOULD like to congratulate Rigo MP Ano Pala for being appointed Justice Minister and Attorney-General by Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare. He is more than qualified to hold the post of attorney-general as he is a trained lawyer. – Rigo man, Port Moresby

 

 

ANZ Bank must explain
I AM an ANZ bank customer. Lately, there is an increase in the amount charged for the so-called “Acct maintenance fee” which has gone up to K6 from K5 monthly. Why should customers struggle to maintain our accounts only to see our hard-earned money being deducted? Mind you K6 is enough to buy a decent meal for a simple family. Can the ANZ management explain to its customers about this increase? – Kiki Bzaseo, Henganofi

 

 

Vote leaders with ideas
I SUPPORT the comments by “Son of NP” in his letter titled “Wake up, Oro govt”. I have returned to Northern several times. I am sad to see the leaders have done nothing to arrest deteriorating conditions in Popondetta and the buildings in the town. Where are all the leaders who were voted in? The people of Northern must wake up now and vote for leaders with ideas, not those who give handouts come 2012. – Jungle queen, Port Moresby

 

 

Wrong to remove Marat
REMOVING Dr Allan Marat from the cabinet has not gone down well with the people of this country. His comments should have been treated seriously instead of being sacked for stating the truth. The reasons Sir Michael Somare gave were childish and make him look like a dictator. Let’s now see what he will do with the three MPs implicated in the MRO and BSP robberies. – Robson, via email

 

 

Congrats, Gau
I WOULD like to congratulate the newly elected Rai Coast MP James Gau. The people of Rai Coast put their hopes in him hoping that he will bring development and services to the people. Our district is sometimes called “Good night” by others. – Galeg Makai, Madang

 

 

Woman’s sorrow meaningless
I REFER to your report “Bad marriage made me murder my four children” (May 7). I do not know why the mother allegedly drowned her four children. Why express her sorrow now? She should not have done what she did in the first place. – CPX 104, Madang

 

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Do it right at DWU
I REFER to the letter “Open day an eye opener” (May 5). It would be good if companies and organisations from outside Madang send their representatives to attend this annual event at Divine Word University. There are many courses offered here for people holding certificates and who are not fully equipped with the knowledge that is required of a particular job that they do. For example, the job of occupational health and safety (OHS) is now being taken up by professionals like nursing officers or other health professionals who do not have enough scientific knowledge to verify what chemicals do to the body if taken or inhaled excessively and others. There are certificates being offered in OHS and other courses too. – Kevin Bimbim, Madang

 

 

Sir Mek steals limelight
ON Tuesday, Port Moresby’s roads were fairly empty during a peaceful public protest march to Parliament. This resulted in the Maladina bill deferred to the July sitting. Sir Mekere Morauta stole the limelight instead of the speaker when he accepted the people’s petitions at Parliament. The PM and his government MPs were nowhere to be seen at the entrance to our “spirit” house for obvious reasons. They are now perceived as the bad guys. Instead, it was Sir Mekere and his small band of opposition members who received the petition. – Reginald Renagi, Gabagaba-Kemabolo

 

 

Sacking of Marat suspicious
THE prime minister’s outburst and sacking of Justice Minister Dr Allan Marat is suspicious. I think he is past his use-by date. He has given his best to PNG and it is time for him to step aside and let someone like Marat or NCD Governor Powes Parkop, take over. If a presidential system of government was introduced, Sir Michael Somare and his ministers will not have a chance. Marat’s comments against mining companies and the Maladina amendments were well received by the people. – Nationalist, Port Moresby

 

 

PM’s action baffling
CAN someone please tell me what our good PM is doing? Why did he sack Justice Minister Dr Allan Marat for telling the truth? Truly, I am baffled by his action. I think it is time for Papua New Guineans to tell him to step aside. – Kambirikiri, Port Moresby

 

 

Choose carefully
Intensive campaigning has already started ahead of the Police Association elections. All posts, including the presidency, are up for grabs. The purpose of this letter is to remind my colleagues not to make the same mistake of electing those who are selfish and corrupt. There are several former executives who have nominated to contest and I urge all members to seriously consider re-electing these people who have tainted themselves. So let’s open our eyes wide before we cast our votes. – Retiring cop, Port Moresby

 

 

Time for change in Morobe
THE time is right for the people of Morobe to vote for change in the 2012 elections. No Morobe leader has made any attempt to lower or curb the high law and order problems; make an effort to improve the appaling road conditions and network in and around Lae; and the province is like one big rubbish dump with rubbish everywhere you turn. These are clear indications of weak leaders. It’s time for change. – Glen Lucas, via email

 

 

Eagles fans unhappy
MANY people are not impressed with the change of name of the Mt Hagen rugby league team. They have been following and supporting the Mt Hagen Eagles and are confused with the new franchise name, Mt Hagen Wantok Gaming System Kuris. The new name “wantok system” gives the perception that only a select few are involved or nepotism and that is not appealing. We want the word “Eagles” to be included. Western Highlanders feel as if the team is made up of a certain group of people. I call on the new franchise team to tell the people how the new name truly represent them. This is unacceptable. – Eagle supporter, Port Moresby

 

Editor’s note: There are two franchise teams from Mt Hagen. The entry of Mt Hagen Wantok Gaming System Kuris has been accepted while the entry of Mt Hagen Eagles has been rejected by the PNGNRL.

 

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Minister needs better advice
I REFER to the letter “Chinese language a barrier” (The National, April 29) by Tana of China. The writer highlighted a very important point, language barrier. I am disappointed the Health minister failed to make a thorough background check before making this statement: “The department plans to give PNG clinicians an opportunity to work in hospitals in China.” While it is an encouraging statement, as China does have an advanced health sector and we can learn a lot from them, I wonder who the minister’s advisers are. The lingua franca in China is Mandarin. Unless the clinicians we want to send to China are fluent in Mandarin, this exercise will be a waste of funds if language is a barrier. If we want to tap China’s expertise, not only in health but other sectors as well, then we must be able to communicate with them in their language. – Bernard Yegiora, Changchun, China

 

 

We don’t have to pretend, GG
I WOULD like to thank Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane for the inspiring and encouraging speech he made during the official opening of the DWU Open Day last weekend. It was challenging and interesting. But there is one part that he mentioned which I do not agree to. He said that our two dailies must not report any negative or bad news on the front page all the time. They must report positive or good news all the time. Coming from the head of state, that was like a low blow in boxing. We do not have to pretend as if nothing bad is happening in our country. We must admit there is an increase in law and order problems and other related issues like corruption. These are issues that must be addressed and how on earth can we do that if we hide these things and pretend everything is all right? Our dailies are doing a fine job, so keep up the good work and keep the ball rolling. – Mirux Yana, Madang

 

 

Lae no longer safe
THE Highlands bus stop in Eriku in Lae is becoming unsafe for travellers as there is a sudden rise of street mangis. They are pickpocketing, grabbing people’s bags and mugging innocent people at knife-point. Recently, I witnessed my two brothers being attacked by a group of six men armed with pocket knives and took their belongings while they were waiting at the bus stop to catch a tulait tulait bus to Mt Hagen. I call on the authorities to do something quickly to solve this problem. One suggestion is both the national and provincial governments get rid of all the settlements and replaced them with planned suburbs. – Tolu point, Lae

 

 

Consider Tambul-Nebilyer MP
I CALL on the NEC to consider Tambul-Nebilyer MP Benjamin Poponawa for a ministerial post now that a cabinet reshuffle is imminent following the resignation of Justice Minister Dr Allan Marat. Poponawa is more than qualified to be given more responsibility. He is also one of a handful of MPs who is delivering services to his people. The face of Tambul-Nebilyer has changed for the better since he entered office in 2007. Above all, Poponawa is honest and transparent in whatever he does. That, to me, means a lot today. – Sikidige Tosa, Lae

 

 

Congrats, Hekari
THE board, management and staff of the PNG Sports Foundation would like to congratulate Hekari United for qualifying for the FIFA Club World Cup. The foundation also commends the club management and sponsors for a job well done. It is an achievement and the whole country is very proud. The foundation wishes the club all the best in the world tournament in United Arab Emirates in December. Well done, Hekari. – Mrs Iammo G. Launa, PNGSF executive director

 

 

Wake up, Oro govt
I SUPPORT the comments by Spencer Taru in his letter “Oro govt sleeping”. I am a young man from Northern province who grew up in Port Moresby. My latest visit to the province was over the Easter weekend. I am sad to see nothing has changed and the scar from Cyclone Guba is still visible as nothing has been done to get the province back on its feet. I wonder whether the Oro government is still functioning. It looks like it has been swept away by the cyclone which struck in 2007. That was three years ago and yet nothing has been done. What a shame. – Son of NP, Port Moresby

 

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Open day an eye-opener
THE recent DWU Open Day was an exciting day for residents and workers in Madang. Although students did their best to showcase their respective departments and faculties, I found the health sciences display the best. The department of environmental health and safety demonstrated clearly some of the very essence of community-based self reliance skills which one needs to acquire to minimise the current problem of water-borne disease such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid and diarrhoea. Water resource management, food and nutrition, occupational health and safety, public health engineering, etc, opened the people’s eyes. I thank everyone for putting up a wonderful display. It was a real eye-opener. – Hubert, Madang

 

 

Open day educational
I WOULD like to thank the Divine Word University for holding its annual open day over the weekend. It is a very unique opportunity where the university’s faculties shared valuable information with the public. Several business houses, NGOs and government bodies were also invited to display and give out information. The university must be commended for holding such event because it made available vital information to educate the people. Please continue to share vital information through open days. It not only helped to equip the people with valuable information but also developed the students from the questions posed to them. Other tertiary institutions should do that too. – PTOKO, Madang

 

 

Thanks, Parkop
THE members of Papua Hahine are grateful for the steps taken by NCD Governor Powes Parkop for organising a dialogue between CSO leaders and Esa’ala MP Moses Maladina. We are humbled by the two leaders. We believe this is a positive way forward to ensure that democratic governance is achieved between political leadership and voters through such consultations. The two politicians not only showed professionalism but graciously listened and offered suggestions to improve the much publicised constitutional amendments to eliminate corruption not only at political level but at departmental levels too. – Sally Mokis and Susan Setae, Port Moresby

 

 

Drop trio
I BELIEVE PNG will be better off without these three MPs – Moses Maladina, Luther Wenge and Lucas Dawa – after the 2012 elections. Dawa, especially, claimed that there is no efficient service delivery mechanism because of the intervention by the Ombudsman Commission. The allegation is baseless and illogical. It is evident that some of our leaders speak without thinking. – Bomai Yal Taire, Port Moresby

 

 

Beware of scam
IT has come to my attention that a woman from West New Britain has been collecting money and promising jobs for fruit pickers in far north Queensland. I want to warn the people to stay away from her and not to become her victim. She claims she is working for a Catholic church and is charging K600. Please stay clear of this woman. – John, via email

 

 

Looking for an old friend
I AM looking for a friend whom I have not seen since 1997. I would like to get in touch with Bronie Ball from Chimbu. If anyone reading this letter knows Bronie, who lived in Mt Hagen in 1997 and attended the Mt Hagen Primary School, please tell her to contact me on this number – 71315001. If Bronie happens to read this, please call me, Felix Kinjikali, your old buddy. – Felix Kinjikali, Lae

 

 

Right move, Undi
AS a brother and diehard fan of Jackson Undi, I would like to commend him for his decision to leave Bombers and play for the Muruks in this year’s bemobile Cup. It is not a mistake to go home and play for his province. The Muruks dominate the Kumuls team and this is where Undi will make it through the national squad. I believe Undi will make it to the Kumuls squad this year. All the best, Undi, and Muruks. – Kari Tema, Port Moresby

 

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Oro govt sleeping
IT is good to see that many provincial governments have finally seen the importance of developing their human resource. But this is not the case in Northern where the number of students attending national tertiary institutions is at an all-time low. Many schools are rundown and there are no libraries while access to internet is limited. PNG is enjoying a minerals boom thanks to the LNG project. Yet the Oro government and our MPs are not doing anything to upskill our human resource and the number of jobless school leavers in the province is rising at an alarming rate. Unemployment is taking its toll on our youths and young men and women are resorting to other means to survive. – Spencer Taru, via email

 

 

Evict settlers
I REFER to the letter “Evict Banana block settlers” (The National, April 30). The Lae city authority and Morobe government must look into the issue of state and customary land being illegally occupied by settlers. The Banana block is classified as a flood zone and the presence of illegal settlers is creating a lot of problems for the people. I suggest the authorities send eviction notices before evicting the settlers. They cannot sit down and do nothing while innocent people suffer at the hands of these settlers. It is time for the Lae MP and governor to wake up, put aside their differences and plan how to clean up and develop the city. We expect our leaders to lead, not warm their chairs. – Eagle eye, Lae

 

 

Thanks, Abal
I WAS very happy to read about Sam Abal’s plan to build a road from Londol to Maramuni. The people have been living in isolation and missing out on many basic services since independence. They have been deprived of their rights to many government services by so-called leaders. We are happy that he has installed a communication network in Maramuni and now plans to build the most vital access, road. We hope that services like health, education, agriculture, etc, will follow suit. Thank you, Abal. He has impressed many with his leadership in sports, tribal fights, etc, in Enga. We need more people and leaders like Abal. Keep up the good work. – Dr Joseph Sand, Melbourne

 

 

Keltiga folks are the losers
FINALLY, the battle for the WHP provincial seat is over. However, the real loser in this tussle is not former governor Paias Wingti but the voters of Keltiga village, whose votes were unaccounted for. Is it right for people to thank God when they win court cases but know within themselves that they were not entirely righteous in their dealings? Where is the Godly fear? – Jonathan Kuimbe, Port Moresby

 

 

PM’s silence deafening
I AM very disappointed that our PM, who is supposedly the father of this nation, has remained very quite on important issues like the proposed amendment to curb the powers of the Ombudsman Commission. What is the use of talking about Vision 2050 when your house is in disarray? He travels overseas too much. His silence is truly deafening. – No confidence, Port Moresby

 

 

Looking for Linus
I AM looking for a lost friend called Linus who lives north of Port Moresby. He used to live in Victoria Park, Perth, in 2008 while his wife was studying at Curtin University. The last time we met was on New Year’s Eve in 2008. Linus, if you are reading this letter, or somebody who knows Linus, can you please email me at [email protected]. – John, via email

 

 

Go home, Potape
I AM fed up with reading about Komo LLG president Thomas Potape every day calling on government authorities to release the MoA funds. What is he and his council members doing in Port Moresby instead of bringing services to the people back home. Can’t he understand SHP Governor Anderson Agiru’s instructions to the authorities not to release funds? It is best Potape go home and serve the people. – Robert Muli, via email

 

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Stay vigilant, Jiwakans
HELA has its transition authority while Jiwaka is yet to have any authority. Concerns had been raised in Parliament by Member for Anglimp-South Waghi as well as other Jiwakans in respect of this matter. According to the Prime Minister, there was an oversight by the people involved in drafting legislation for Jiwaka. Whether the transition authority serves its intended purpose or provides an opportunity for intending candidates and their cronies to prepare for 2012 election is another thing. It is the prerogative of the Prime Minister and NEC to decide when we should have an authority and its members. I, for one, am prepared to wait just like the 99% of Jiwakans and to have a say in 2012 through the ballot paper. My advice to my fellow Jiwakans is to be observant with what’s going on between now and 2012.  – Nolan Kom, Nondugl

 

 

Was due process observed?
I REFER to the letter “NEC decision on Hela may be flawed” (The National, April 28) by “Puria Igini”. One will have to look into the HTA Act and the enabling amendment to the Organic Law and the Constitution itself to ascertain if due process was followed to appoint Education Minister James Marape as HTA chairman. I wished that we follow set procedures and if they have not been defined, the path ahead is too long. If set procedures were followed, then many constitutional amendments must have taken place and someone will have to advice the people of Hela and PNG of the legislative framework (amendments) on this that exists so that this issue cools down. – Uncle Man, Kokopo

 

 

Efficient more effective?
I AM sure Moses Maladina is a decent chap with good intentions. I am also sure he knows what he is doing and the implications of the amendment. I am taken back by his argument that the amendment will make the OC efficient. My concern is this: Will making the OC efficient improve things or rather resourcing it well will make it more effective?  The problem with the OC has always been the lack of ample resources allocated to running its activities. If things are taking too long to take effect, it is largely due to not having the necessary resources. I do not see how changing the legislation will make it any better. In fact, I see it making it worse off than it currently is. The timing to pass this bill is suspicious especially with countless reports and referrals before the OC. Whatever Maladina’s intentions are, he has chosen the wrong time. Why fix something when it is not broken? – George Bopi, Port Moresby

 

 

Thanks, doc
I WOULD like to commend ophthalmologist Dr Jacques Darman and his team for doing a great job in many parts of PNG. They have restored vision for many people. I would like to thank the Christian Blind Mission for its financial assistance that helped to restore sight to many blind people in some of the remote places in PNG. It is an eye-opener for our national ophthalmologists and government. While we have limited financial support, we must do what we can and make use of what is available for the benefit of our people. Many people whose vision are impaired, can be corrected, prevented and cured. – Ambai observer, Goroka

 

 

Who is to blame?
I REFER to the letter “Daulo MP sleeping” (The National, April 29) by Michael Nema. It is a disgrace for Daulo intellects to read such letters. I think publicly painting such a bad picture of our MP is indirectly humiliating the people of Daulo. Who elected the Daulo MP? It is the people and the onus is on us to make the right choice. – Walthur Wagi, Port Moresby

 

 

Thanks, KTVS
ON behalf of the tourism and hospitality trainee 2006-07, I would like to thank the management and the staff of Kundiawa Technical Vocational School for building our knowledge and providing the skills for life. We believe you all will continue with this trend. – Ex-KTVS, Bomai-Yal

 

 

Get real, Maipakai
LABOUR Minister Mark Maipakai is wrong to invite Bangladeshis to work in PNG. More jobs should be created for our many jobless people. Maipakai should wake up from his slumber. – Jobless, Port Moresby

 

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Maintain Menyamya road
THE people of Menyamya have missed out on basic services for the last 15 years because the road leading to the district has not been maintained. The current MP has secured funding from the Works Department but when is he going to start fixing the road? It is an important infrastructure that needs to be maintained regularly or else Mother Nature will reclaim it. We have seen other MPs putting to good use their district services improvement programme funds. But it seems our MP is still sleeping. How long will it take him to deliver much needed services? His five-year term is almost up. The recent cholera outbreak started in Menyamya and if this is not a good reason for the MP to fix the road, God help us and PNG. – Timothy, Lae

 

 

Be proactive, Catholic bishops 
THE child abuse scandal by Catholic priests appears to be a global issue. It is sending shock waves around the world as more and more cases come to light. I suspect PNG is no different and there may be victims out there who are afraid to come out public and are suffering in silence. I call on Catholic bishops in PNG to be proactive and invite anyone who feel they have been abused by a priest, nun or layman to come forward and tell their side of the story. That way, we can start the reconciliation process and deal with the culprits appropriately under our laws. If we do not have any victims, then that is good. – Kunanaku Yalstainde, Perth

 

 

Release funds early
AS president of the Fly River Students Association of the University of Goroka, I would like to know when the Education office in Daru will release the funds as promised by the provincial government as part of the assistance given to students in all tertiary institutions in the country. In the previous years, the funds were only received at the end of the second semester when we are preparing to go home. Why at the end of the academic year? Whose interest will it serve? We have too many inept people back home. For once, can we have the funds early when we need them most? – Jamie Namorong, Goroka

 

 

Evict Banana block settlers
The Lae city authority and the Morobe government should evict the makeshift settlement of Banana block at the back of Bower Bird Street in Chinatown and on reserve land near Bumbu River. Bower Bird Street used to be a very clean street but since the Highlanders and the Menyamyas started squatting there, the place has become an eye sore. I call on the authorities to evict these squatters. Sometimes I wonder whether I am staying in a city or in the wild west where a piece of kunai land is converted overnight into a block full of prostitutes and gamblers. – The Lae gardener, Lae

 

 

Count me out
THE Government has allocated K107 million for the 2010 National Census of which K5 million has been appropriated to the National Statistical Office. It is now filled with brand new Toyota Landcruisers and 4×4 Hilux utes. So when are we getting counted? I am told by sources that Finance and Treasury are now involved in dishing out some of these funds to the provinces. So far, Gulf and Central have received some funds of which none of it can be accounted for. Where is the control? If the trend is allowed to continue, then “count me out”. – Ex-Nabasa, via email

 

 

Telecast 3ABN nationwide
THIS is an open letter to the PNG Union Mission and the Central Papua Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Mission of PNG. I spend most of the time watching and listening to the 3ABN telecast. Sometimes I wonder why some programmes are not telecast live. The channel should be telecast throughout PNG and not Port Moresby alone. – 3ABN lover, Port Moresby

 

 

Koroba needs ambulance
WE, the students and staff of Koroba Secondary School, call on MP John Kekeno to buy an ambulance to our feeder Kakrene health centre. We are struggling to transport patients to Tari and Mendi hospitals. – WSK, Koroba

 

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Daulo MP sleeping
THE people of Daulo have not heard from our MP. He has gone quiet and we have not seen him nor read about in our daily newspapers. We have not seen any tangible projects from Asaro to Mangiro. The 2012 election is just around the corner and he has failed to deliver his promises. The people of Watabum saw many development projects under the former MP. One of them is the Yamox village housing development project where semi and permanent houses for the villagers, bridges to connect all the villages on the other side of the river. He also started the electrification project from Chuave to Fionoku. But the present MP has done nothing since taking office. – Michael Nema, Kemanimo

 

 

Chinese language a barrier
I REFER to an article in your daily paper last week “China vows to support PNG health sector”. Firstly, I would like to thank the Chinese government for its ongoing support in this sector. However, I find a comment by the Health Minister a joke. I quote: “The department plans to give PNG clinicians an opportunity to work in hospitals in China.” How can a clinician perform and learn when he/she cannot speak the Chinese language? If you cannot speak Mandarin, how do you expect to learn and train? To me, the stay in Beijing for 18 months is more of a “test of endurance”. Isn’t it better to get advice from qualified clinicians on how the health sector can benefit from this agreement? – Tana, China

 

 

Don’t waste your time, mates
I AM an ex-serviceman and I am enjoying my early retirement back in my home province. When I was retrenched, I listened to my boss’ advice. I went home and planted cocoa, built my own house, left some money in the bank and that was it. I am now reaping the benefits. Some of my colleagues bought cars, spent money on alcohol and others. Sometimes I see them on the streets in rags. I was grateful to my boss. To my colleagues who are still in the city in search of money that may never come, please go back to your villages and enjoy real life in retirement. – Mek JP, Hagen

 

 

Explanation needed
While I appreciate the Mioks management’s selection of officials and players for the season’s campaign, I wonder why the bulk of last year’s players and officials were left out. The previous coach, Toksy Nema, and his young guns did a tremendous job by taking the team to the grand final. Although there were mid-term crisis within the camp, they proved their critics wrong. Thus, the decision to drop them is unwarranted. I call on the management to explain to Mioks fans how it came to this decision. – Crazy Mioks fan, Madang

 

 

Investigate crash thoroughly
I CALL on the investigators to carry out a thorough investigation into the recent accident in Western Highlands province. The death of 18 people cannot be treated lightly. There have been too many accidents on that particular spot. – Shocked relative, via email

 

 

Nomane must explain
I WONDER why Chuave MP Jim Nomane voted for the Maladina amendment. Whose interest is he serving? Is it in the interests of the 60,000 plus people of Chuave or his own? He has not delivered any basic services to the people in remote parts of Chuave for the last three years. So why did he vote for the Maladina amendment? We do not understand his decision to do so. He owes the people of Chuave an explanation. – Chuave Stonez, Lae

 

 

Get real, MPs
I CALL on our MPs to stop living in fantasy land and get real. Curbing the powers of the Ombudsman Commission is not the answer or the way to bring this nation forward. Look into your conscience and ask yourself whether it is right to limit the watchdog’s role. Making them toothless is not the answer. I also call on all our church leaders to make a stand and let commonsense prevail. – Kevin Tindipu, Lae

 

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Emulate Hekari
IT was good to see the final of NSL end on a high note last Saturday. It was obvious there was a huge difference in class between the two teams. Every team in the NSL needs to start preparing for next season in order to match Hekari’s standard. They are clearly a notch above the others. I believe there are two key factors that need serious thought: developing a culture of professional attitude and maintain discipline at a high level. The attitude of many players is very casual on and off the field. I have lost count of how many times I have seen players getting drunk. The fitness level of the players is also suspect. This was obvious during the playoff for third placing. Finally, those playing football in PNG, both amateurs and professionals, must make it their business to emulate the standard set by the Hekari management in order to raise the standard of the game. – Seko Sisiwan, Port Moresby

 

 

Wise move, Hekari
PNG champions Hekari United made a wise decision to go to New Zealand early to allow the players to acclimatise to the cool weather at this time of the year. We saw how the Kiwis struggled to cope with the hot weather here two weeks ago. – Jedi, via email

 

 

A waste of money by Kondra
THE hot topic in Kiunga today is about the proposed trip to New Zealand by Boka Kondra and all LLG presidents of North Fly next month to sign a MoU with a university. I wonder what the MoU is for. What is the actual purpose of the trip? Does the vice-chancellor know these people? This is absolutely a waste of the taxpayers’ money. We are talking about a 20-man delegation at the minimum. Stop building castles in the air. Use the funds for this trip to upgrade schools, provide incentives for dedicated teachers, build roads, improve health facilities, subsidise school fees, etc. The people are still waiting to see some of the promises Mr Kondra made. The MP is living in a fantasy world and that is unwise. Stop dreaming and deliver what you promised, Mr Kondra. – James Julius Yore, Auckland

 

 

Don’t play with fire, Maladina
THE people of PNG have spoken and we are witnessing “people power” in play. I hope Esa’ala MP Moses Maladina is aware that he has waken a sleeping giant. The people of PNG have enjoyed our freedom since Independence and we want to keep it that way. The Ombudsman Commission is there to protect our democracy and our independence. Don’t remove our powers through the OC. You should be talking about bringing services to your electorate, Mr Maladina, instead of playing politics by trying to remove the powers of the OC. – Joe M Simbiken, Popondetta

 

 

What about the other side?
I REFER to your report “Uni students sign petition against changes” (April 26). I think the signing of the petition by UPNG students was inconsiderate and selfish. While it is their right to do so, I am surprised by their action because they have only heard one side of the argument and jumped into conclusion. What about the other side? I’m sure there is a reason for the proposed amendment. As the educated elites, they should know there are always two sides in a debate. Why not listen to the other side of the argument before finally deciding what to do next? – George Karingal, Taiwan

 

 

Thanks, Lagea
I would like to thank the MP for Kagua-Erave James Lagea for distributing the funds for bus fare for tertiary students in the district he promised early this year. Most students received the money last week. I also commend Lenneth Yano for his tireless work and commitment to ensure the students receive the funds. For those of us who have yet to receive the funds, we will wait patiently. – R. Mura, Madang

 

 

Boxing controversy
I READ with interest the war of words between professional boxing and amateur boxing in PNG. But what I read in the papers and from the internet, especially from this site, http:/www.aiba.org about PNGABU executives, I see a lot of difference. I leave it to those interested to make their own conclusion. – Mad dog, via email

 

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An avoidable tragedy
I REFER to the accident that claimed 18 lives along the Highlands Highway outside Mt Hagen. The loss of lives was almost similar to what happened on the Markham section of the road where 43 lives were lost earlier this year. It is unbelievable that PMV owners and their drivers do not seem to take heed of all the awareness programmes carried out by the authorities and warnings from police on reckless driving. It is simple: SPEED KILLS. I would like to convey my condolences to the families of those killed. The fact 18 people were killed in a 15-seater vehicle meant the bus was overloaded. This meant the crew knew about this from the start. Drivers reading this be warned, you have the choice of following the law: Drive safely or speed at your own peril. – Seko Sisiwan, Port Moresby

 

 

Investigate crash, governors
I REFER to the terrible road accident at Paia-kona, 10km out of Mt Hagen, last week. I would like to convey my condolences to the families and relatives of the 18 who died in the accident. I am frustrated to read there were about 20 passengers on board this bus, exceeding its capacity. This is the fourth time I have read about road accidents that claimed five or more lives. I call on the Highlands governors to investigate this accident thoroughly and publicise the findings so we can learn from it. As leaders, they must educate their people to follow rules and regulations. – Kunanaku Yalstainde, Perth, WA

 

 

Why fight over a meal?
I REFER to the letter “Soldiers do not sit, eat and guard” (The National, April 23) and commend the writer for clarifying the responsibilities of a soldier and how important it is to have an army. I believe many will agree with me that the world’s superpower, the United States, relies on the strength of its military, which is a huge defence force. Let us not blame an innocent soldier complaining about his meal and salary. It is how the PNGDF is being administered financially. Let us identify the loopholes within the system and plug them. Then pay rise, entitlements and other issues will no longer crop up. Let us focus on achieving the desired results. – Richard Apelis, via email

 

 

Time to make a stand
WE, the concerned students of DWU, commend all tertiary students who are making a stand against corruption. We must challenge the decisions of our Government now or forever face the consequences. As educated and informed people, we need to make a stand and speak out for the rest of PNG. The time to act is now, it is not enough to just express our frustration and disgust and do nothing. We have the right to demand for answers from our parliamentarians because we gave them the mandate in the first place. We have taken the stand to sign the petition against the Maladina amendment. – DWU patriots (41 signatures), Madang

 

 

Jiwaka needs a capable leader
THE fact that there is no leader for the Jiwaka Transition Authority is obvious. The Somare government is reluctant to make an appointment for political reasons. Whatever the case may be, Jiwaka MPs should concentrate on developing their electorates because they lack basic services. If the Government is not keen on appointing an MP to head the Jiwaka Transition Authority, then I suggest that it pick our gifted people like Chief Philip Kapal, Simon Kaiwi, business leader Munnul or Nick Kuman. The people of Jiwaka want an appointment to be made quickly so the authority can deliver as 2012 is just around the corner. – Kapal Jr Imbal, Lae

 

 

Engan leaders must unite
After a court battle and a by-election last year, Don Polye has proved himself to be the leader for Kandep. Despite many critics from the province and country, Mr Polye has emerged victorious. The differences between NA MPs and other MPs from the province will continue to exist. They are nothing more than petty politics. That is why I call on the leaders and people of Enga to put petty politics aside and make the people’s interest as their top priority. Politics has crippled Enga for too long. Engan leaders must unite and work side by side to develop the province. – Waimin Manase Iso, via email

 

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Military attire floods Hagen
IN our cities and towns, I see many people, both men and women, wearing clothes that look like the PNGDF fatigue. You can find these clothes being sold openly in many Asian-owned and operated shops. Are they allowed to sell such clothes? With the heavy presence of PNGDF personnel in Mt Hagen for the construction of the road to Madang through Baiyer, I find it impossible to differentiate between the common people and PNGDF personnel. Do we have any law to restrict the sale of such clothes? Can the authorities look into this as I fear there could be a bank robbery by men and women dressed in army clothes, just like the BSP robbery at Mt Hagen in 2002. I call on the authorities to look into this issue urgently. – Concerned, via email

 

 

City rangers are bullies
Everyday, I see the so-called city rangers who seem to be enjoying themselves terrorising innocent street vendors, especially around town. They act like they own the streets, kicking and chasing people away. It’s like a cat and mouse game every morning and evening. These city rangers are bullies. Can NCD Governor Powes Parkop explain the crude behavior of these rangers, who are never in clean clothes? I don’t think they even have ID cards! They are no better than common thieves, taking betelnut and smoke from vendors they chase away and consume these items themselves. I call on the NCDC to train and clean these people. – Fed up, Port Moresby

 

 

Funds gone to pigs
I REFER to the letter “Maintain Wapenamanda roads” (The National, April 22) by Joe Wasia. The writer should know that Wapenamanda district is made up of Minamb, Lower Lai, Middle Lai and Tsak Valley. There should not be any complaint about roads, schools, health and other services because there is no money. Whatever funds the MP had, had been invested on a piggery at Lokaipales, only 1km away from Wapenamanda station. MP Miki Kaeok must start providing basic services once the pigs have matured and are sold. – Kosin Akali, via email

 

 

Letdown by Kaeok
RECENTLY, I visited Wapenamanda and noted that the district has remained the same. I did not see any tangible development projects. When is MP Miki Kaeok going to deliver the basic services? He was given K10 million to develop the district but the people have yet to see anything. It is time for him to go home instead of hiding in Port Moresby. – MPK, via email

 

 

Leave Mul alone
I REFER to the letter “Upgrade road, Mul” (The National, April 21). The writer wants Benjamin Mul to upgrade the entire North Waghi road. While I agree that the road is important, I suggest the writer stop pressuring the North Waghi MP. This is the first time we are enjoying some basic services after a long time in the darkness. Therefore, I call on the writer to leave Mr Mul alone and let him do his job. – Nodol Bomol, Madang

 

 

A deliberate act?
ALTHOUGH the three CS officers have been rearrested, I cannot help but wonder whether it was a deliberate act by the arresting officer to skip court. The incident caused an embarrassment for the RPNGC. It takes a long time to build up a reputation but only a few seconds to destroy it. – Seko Sisiwan, Port Moresby

 

 

Did ICCC approve PMV fare?
SOME PMV crew in Port Moresby recently increased the fare from 80t to K1. I call on the ICCC and other relevant authorities to tell the commuters whether they approve the fare increase. I was taken aback when the crew of PMV Bus 9 collected K1 from each passenger travelling from 3-Mile to Waigani, University and Gerehu last Thursday at around 11:30am. – POM city commuter, Port Moresby

 

 

Keep it up, Air Niugini
I live in Darwin, Australia, and travel regularly between Cairns and Port Moresby for business. I find the service and flights excellent. I will always travel with Air Niugini.  Keep up the excellent work, and choosing the F100 is a great choice. Go, Air Niugini. – Anthony Hunnam, Darwin

 

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Olga has people’s support
I WOULD like to state here that I used to support Paias Wingti. He was a three-time PNG prime minister and a respected leader of Western Highlands province. I had great respect for him. On the other hand Tom Olga had nothing and I am positive he did not have the money to lure voters. After seeing Mr Wingti taking Mr Olga to court not once but twice and the latter emerging with the highest votes on both instances showed that the people wanted change. Three years have been wasted but I hope Mr Olga will make full use of the remaining two years to carry out his plans. I believe Mr Olga is now made of sterner stuff that when he first entered office. I have changed my mind and am now behind the young man.  – Concerned kange, Port Moresby

 

 

Where is mv Rainforest?
ON behalf of the Salamaua people, I would like to express our concern regarding sea transportation services and travelling within the Huon Gulf area. We have lost many of our people to the sea, even when transporting coffins of our dead people. This is because there is no proper vessel for us except banana boats. The Member bought a vessel called mv Rainforest and promised that it would be used between south Morobe, Salamaua and villages within the area. Where is this vessel and its promised service? I call on the MP to explain what is going on. – Kevin Ming Ahipum, Salamaua,Huon Gulf

 

 

All eyes on Dawa
I REFER to your report “Dawa: I support Maladina bill” (April 15). Gumine MP Lucas Dawa said he supported the amendment proposed by Esa’ala MP Moses Maladina to remove the powers of the Ombudsman Commission. I am very disappointed with Mr Dawa’s stand. He said “it will give MPs a greater chance to perform without fear”, which to me, is the understatement of the year. If he has been doing his job above board, what is there for him to fear OC? Let’s see how Gumine will fare once the bill is pushed through Parliament next month. – Mixy Hasimani, Madang

 

 

Wrong call, Dawa
AS a responsible citizen and a Chimbuan, I disagree with my MP Lucas Dawa’s argument on the Maladina amendment. He is speaking for himself and not on behalf of the people of Gumine. Many of us, the poor people, have suffered and will continue to suffer if the bill is passed because there is no one to investigate and look into the affairs of our leaders. There is a reason why the Ombudsman Commission is created. Even if our MPs are honest, transparent and accountable, there is still no reason to strip the OC of its powers. – Khaupa, Madang

 

 

We have the final say
I WOULD like to call on the people of PNG to stay calm and see which MP vote for the Maladina amendment bill next month. Let’s not worry too much as we have the power to remove them come 2012 election. Let them play with fire and they will find out how it feels when they are burned. Stop worrying and relax but remember the names of those who voted for it. – JP Kipandu, Wewak

 

 

Congrats, Olga
I WOULD like to congratulate WHP Governor Tom Olga for being declared the winner by the Supreme Court, the highest court in our legal system. This shows people of WHP have confidence and trust in him. He is capable of leading WHP. I call on him to continue discharging his provincial duties and responsibilities for the betterment of WHP. – Mount Ogga Kange, via email

 

 

Talk only, no action
Unitech’s SRC, under the leadership of Justin Herepe, seemed to be spending its time strategising this and that all the time without any implementing anything. We want to see the impact projects and so forth. Strategising without anything to see is unproductive. Talk less and do more. – Fed-up supporter, Lae

 

 

Well done, Hekari
I WOULD like to congratulate Hekari United for winning the first leg final of the O-League. The three goals they scored should be enough to see them win the title if they can hold their nerves. – Jonathan, via email

 

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Lae roads destroying vehicles
AS a vehicle owner in Lae, I would like to ask whoever is responsible for maintaining the roads to do something. The potholes and craters are loosening the bolts and nuts that connect the vehicle’s joints. I wonder if these decision makers have ever driven their vehicles on Lae roads. While the Lae authorities continue to blame the National Government, more potholes are appearing and they continue to grow wider and deeper. The Lae city authority cannot continue to engage low quality contractors to patch potholes by using mud and little bit of sand stone. It needs to engage contractors with experience and equipment to do a proper job. Lae roads are truly a disgrace to the people of Morobe and PNG as a whole. – Vehicle owner, Lae

 

 

Maintain Wapenamanda roads
Wapenamanda district has two major constituencies, Tsak and Lower Lai. The roads that link the two constituencies were built by the provincial government in the late 1980s. They have deteriorated because of neglect by consecutive MPs for the last 20 years. As a result, we have been suffering for lack of access. I call on MP Miki Kaeok to address this important issue urgently. Without roads, all economic activities come to a stop. The MP must wake up and fix the roads. – Joe Wasia, via email

 

 

Throw people like Maladina out
IT is good to see the people’s disgust and outcry against MPs who voted to amend the leadership code so that the Ombudsman Commission have limited powers to investigate alleged misconduct on their part. We must remember that our system of government is democratic, meaning the government is for the people, of the people and by the people. The people have spoken against it, so let us all make sure corrupt MPs and people like Moses Maladina do not return to Parliament in the 2012 election. PNG needs new blood and people with honesty, integrity, above average intelligence, physically fit and dynamic. The “old” and recycled politicians should be retired for good. – Jek Polo, Port Moresby

 

 

Be fair, Sir Arnold
Everyone is happy when resources are distributed fairly to all citizens. The Madang provincial government, under the leadership of a former chief justice, Sir Arnold Amet, has assisted students from the province at Unitech with their school fees. Thank you, Sir Arnold. But what about other Madang students attending other universities? I call on the good governor to be fair. – Jr Darong Bafor, via email

 

 

MP fails to deliver
I HAVE a question for my MP, Thompson Harokaqveh: When can we see the K10 million DSIP grant being spent on tangible projects? He has been in office for three years but I have yet to see any physical changes in Goroka town. – Full-time supporter, via email

 

 

Immoral practice
AS an environmental science student, I found out recently that the environmental assessment reports are done by mining companies themselves and not by an independent body or organisation. This is not the correct procedure and the Department of Environment and Conservation should not allow this to continue. I call on the DEC and other authorised agencies to demand for assessment reports done by an independent body. – 4-yrupng, via email

 

 

Go Hekari
I WOULD like to congratulate Hekari United FC for  registering a huge win over Waitakere United of New Zealand last Saturday. It is now up to the boys to perform in Auckland and I know they will give their best shot to earn the right to represent Oceania at the World Club Championships in Dubai. It is not an impossible dream with God on our side. We must continue to have faith in Him. PNG and the rest of Oceania is watching. Go Hekari, go PNG. – Wopa Soka, Port Moresby

 

 

Stay cool and attack, Hekari
ALTHOUGH Hekari United holds the advantage going into the second leg of the O-League final, it must not allow the Kiwis to score an early goal in Auckland. Instead, they players must stay cool and go on the offence as attack is the best defence. – JJ, Port Moresby

 

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Right move by Govt
THE Hela region has a population of more than 500,000 people who live within the electoral boundaries of Tari-Pori, Komo-Margarima, and Koroba-Lake Kopiago. They speak Huli, Tuna and Tukupa. Although there may be some differences but, in Hela history, we are one. In the spirit of oneness, we prayed for someone who is young, vibrant, energetic, fair, intelligence and wise to lead the Hela Transition Authority. Our prayers have been answered when the National Government appointed Tari-Pori MP and Education Minister James Marape to lead the Hela Transition Authority. He has the right attitude and leadership. – Ronny Knox Angu, via email

 

 

Good start for Hela
IF SHP and the proposed Hela province want to see progress, then Anderson Agiru must not be in the picture. He has not delivered anything despite a promising start. Where is his list of “to do things?” Change in Hela has started with the decision to dump Mr Agiru. The new generation of Hela elites must look to Education Minister James Marape to set the pace. I am not saying Mr Marape is fit for the job but he has his duty to deliver. – Pora Kinu, via email

 

 

Marape is a genuine leader
AS an outsider, I am disappointed to read the negative comments by “Pro-URP Hela Igini” about Tari-Pori MP and Education Minister James Marape (The National, April 12). Although I have only met him on a few occasions, I can say that he is a model citizen of high intellect, strong resolve and moral standing. The people of Tari-Pori and Hela must support his policies and development aspirations as head of the Hela Transition Authority. It is too early to formulate assumption about the man and his leadership capabilities. – Stephen Kikala, Port Moresby

 

 

Upgrade road, Mul
I CALL on North Waghi MP Benjamin Mul to consider upgrading the entire North Waghi road. The road is important as it gives everyone accessibility. Mr Mul has done an excellent job thus far by gravelling the Nondugl road from Waghi bridge to Bamne, bringing electricity from Dona to Nondugl and initiated the water supply project. But upgrading the North Waghi road is very important as it will enable the people to have access to services like education, health, marketing and other daily activities. – Angne Kopunye Ere Kanenmo, Nondugl

 

 

Dawa must explain
THE Gumine MP has either been misled or lack understanding of the implications of the Maladina amendment. The principle purpose of Ombudsman Commission is “to seek the truth in the interest of justice for all”. The amendment is a direct attack on the Constitution of this country. The OC upholds the integrity of our leaders and protects the interest of the six million people of this country. To remove the powers of the OC when there are rampant cases of corruption, misappropriation, leadership misconduct, etc, is simply insane. I call on Lucas Dawa to explain why he supports the amendment. – Yuri Yal, Lae

 

 

Withdraw OC bill
I AM still waiting to see some signs of development around Esa’ala district. Since the election of Moses Maladina, I have not seen nor heard of any progress within the district. Why is Mr Maladina wasting his time to protect himself from being investigated in future? Why gag the Ombudsman Commission instead of helping the very people who put him in Parliament? Prove yourself that you are the right man for us by withdrawing the OC bill. – Eyagu, via email

 

 

Don’t work alone, Goi
I REFER to your report about Jimi MP Wake Goi (March 29) accusing leaders, businessmen and public servants of campaigning against him and disturbing his purported development projects. My question is: “Has he sought and asked for cooperation from the leaders, public servants and businessmen from Jimi since his election?” He has not done that and has been working in isolation. We would be grateful if Mr Goi and his advisers come up with a concrete five-year development plan. There is no such plan at the moment and major impact projects are being overlooked. – Anthony, Mt Hagen

 

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Local Bishops must wake up
MANY of our expatriate bishops are retiring after faithfully serving their respective churches for almost three-quarters of their lives. Some came very young without knowing our culture and language but full of courage and enthusiasm to spread the word of God. They have done a wonderful job, not only spreading the word and administering the sacraments but they approach life in a holistic way. They built schools, hospitals and speak on behalf of the silent majority. One such person was former archbishop of Port Moresby Sir Brian Barnes.  Now the task is with our local bishops. I hope they can fit the shoes of the expatriates just as well and speak up on issues such as Maladina amendment, Motigate, women issues, etc. – Nigl Cleopas, via email

 

 

MPs stink
I REFER to the letter “MPs have let people down” (The National, April 15) by “Student watchdog”. The writer is spot-on. The Maladina bill is self-centred to suit him and his fellow MPs. This shows that many of our leaders do not care for the people or respect our forefathers by changing the Constitution at their whims and fancies. If we want to be like Australia or the United States come 2050, then we have to start from now and make it hard to change the Constitution like 12 years instead of 12 hours. It is shocking that all 83 MPs in Parliament that day voted for the bill without any dissent or abstention. They do not deserve to be given another term in office. – Another student watchdog, Lae

 

 

Students appalled
MANY Unitech students are appalled our MPs voted 83-0 in favour of the Maladina amendment. We wonder whether our MPs fully understood the contents of the amendment before they voted for it. We are sure the majority of our MPs did not understand the contents or the consequences. If they did, then they must explain why they supported it. The excuse by the Bulolo MP is unacceptable. – Student watchdog, Lae

 

 

Dawa must explain himself
I AM shocked that my MP, Lucas Dawa, is supporting the Maladina amendment. I am sure that is not how the people of Gumine feel. How can he make that claim without consulting the people who gave him the mandate? I want him to return to Gumine to tell us why he is supporting the bill. – Concerned Gumine citizen, Lae

 

 

Timely recognition
IT was worthy to note Justin Tkatchenko decided to name the beautiful park at 16-mile after Lady Veronica Somare. I believe it would not have been a blissful ride of more than 40 years in politics for Sir Michael had it not been for the love and support provided by Lady Veronica. Sir Michael already made his mark on the K50 note and is widely known as the father of the nation. It is about time we give due credit to Lady Veronica. – Samuel Yuguru, Australia

 

 

Let Olga lead
WE, the people of WHP, are sick and tired of witnessing one court case after another. Three years have been wasted and, in that time, the people have missed out on basic services. Mr Olga has been declared as a winner on three different occasions. Let him continue to discharge his provincial duties. He is a young, energetic and vibrant leader. – Wurup-Kaip Kange, via email

 

 

What a shame
I REFER to the report about an “uncivilised” group claiming K4 million from a Catholic mission land station (April 15). It is a shame that this group dare to claim for something that has been given to God by our grandparents. – CPX 104 Gomo, Madang

 

 

Kekeno must end tribal fight
THE Koroba Secondary School is the only secondary school in the district. But it has shut down due to a tribal fight in the vicinity. Our Grade 10 and 12 students are affected as a result. I call on MP John Kekeno to intervene and end the fight in Kakarene ward 1 and 2. Most of our properties have been destroyed and many of us are at risk. – Fight victim, via email

 

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Meals not included
I COMMEND the Central provincial government for hosting the rural health staff in-service workshop in Port Moresby recently. These people are committed to deliver community health services despite the challenging circumstances. The workshop has boosted their morale. They were also given updated information about Government policies and where they fit in as well as what is happening within the Health Ministry. These men and women lived and worked at very remote areas. While they were provided with accommodation, it was disappointing that meals were not included. As a result, many had to turn to their wantoks for assistance as they were also not given meal allowances either. – Concerned son, Port Moresby

 

 

Dawa’s call without substance
I REFER to the Gumine MP Lucas Dawa’s comments in relation to the Maladina amendment. He supports the amendment to curb powers of the OC. Mr Dawa has reiterated the same old grounds of the amendment on the basis that funds are not reaching the people. This is a pretext of gross misappropriation. How dare he say the funds are insufficient when an MP’s funds run into millions? Donors also continue to pour money and it is the responsibility of MPs to work together with them as co-financiers. Where is the logic in Mr Dawa’s comment? It would have been better had Mr Dawa outlined the pros and cons as to why he supports this amendment. His points are shallow and lack merit. – Ipa Yaru, Porgera

 

 

Blind MP
THE Gumine MP said he supported the Maladina amendment (The National, April 15). I find it disgusting when I see MPs blindly supporting each other. The reasons given by the MP are not genuine. Why would the OC blindly accuse him based on fabricated information? The OC cannot and would not investigate any MP unless there is clear evidence of misappropriation. Why is he panicking and blindly supporting the blind? People of such calibre and integrity should know better. – Nigl Cleopa, via email

 

 

Dawa support baseless
I REFER to the report about Gumine MP Lucas Dawa supporting the Maladina amendment. The two points he raised showed his immaturity. I wonder how he would feel when he becomes an ordinary citizen and finds the law he supported now fails to serve him due to mismanagement by MPs. To say the Ombudsman Commission is blocking service delivery is baseless and childish. A respected leader should be able to justify his stand. – Kupa Kembosy, via email

 

 

Where is Kekeno?
ON the behalf of the suffering grassroots of Koroba-Lake Kopiago electorate, I call on MP John Kekeno to deliver basic services. We need the roads to be sealed such as from Tokia bridge to Kopiago highway, upgrading of Kunu-Kunduku-Kakarene to Pureni road, constructing of Fugwa to Egele Yalupa road, maintenance of the Koroba Secondary School, subsidising elementary and primary schools, renovating Koroba Health Centre plus other local sub-health centres and aid posts, introducing of pilot coffee projects and supplying local farmers with seedlings, etc. He made these promises in 2007 but his promises have gone down the drain. We want to know when he will deliver his promises. – Suffering grassrutz, Lae

 

 

Marat has set precedent
ATTORNEY-General and Justice Minister Dr Allan Marat admitted visiting alleged bank robber William Kapris in jail to hear what he has to say. While no one is challenging the visit, Dr Marat is defending the visit by quoting sections 154 and 156 of the Constitution where he claims he is empowered to visit any PNG citizens in prison. Well, this is good news to rapist, murderers, arsonist, etc, to have a leader like Dr Marat, who has the heart and time for not so lucky people. He has set a precedent and it will only be a matter of time when those convicted will request him to see them. – Kotiufa sniper, Goroka

 

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Get real, Sir Michael
During the 13th graduation ceremony at the University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE) at Vudal, Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare was the keynote speaker (The National, April 12). He said higher education played a vital role in the Government’s Vision 2050. I wonder if our good PM and his department have conducted a survey on the number of university graduates employed each year. Many are unemployed and are roaming the streets or end up doing menial jobs. Is this a positive way to achieve Vision 2050? Some of us are very lucky to secure employment but many are still jobless. The PM’s speech is a slap in the face. Please fix our roads, Sir Michael, so that your Vision 2050 travels smoothly and reaches its destination. – Charlie T Vauto, via email

 

 

Farewell party for Hela folks
I AM from the eastern part of Southern Highlands province and I have many friends from Hela region. I propose that Southern Highlanders farewell our Hela brothers and sisters in a truly Melanesian style by getting together and hold a big kaikai. Compared to other parts of the province, Hela people are hardworking and no gift takers. You can see that from their famous Huli drains which are several meters high and spans tens of kilometres. Young women are strictly protected until they are married compared to others. We have a lot to learn from the strong Huli culture. As I cannot reach all the nine SHP MPs and other concerned leaders, I decided to put my idea in The National. Feedbacks are welcomed. – Keporuma, Lae

 

 

Time to unite
HELA is far too big for any one individual, bureaucrat, politician or political party. And in the same token, no one person can claim credit that it will become a province in 2012. What is important now is for everyone to unite and work together to have a public service machinery in place that will lead the province from today to 2012 and beyond. – Steven Hupigo Tandale, Port Moresby

 

 

Wrong move, Zibe
I REFER to an article “New medical centre is for all” in The National (April 9). It was a selfish and ignorant act by Health Minister Sasa Zibe to allocate K400 million to build the Pacific Medical Centre that will only benefit a few rich minority instead of allocating funds to upgrade and maintain the existing medical centres and hospitals across the country. How does Mr Zibe expect a villager from a remote and isolated region in PNG, like Karamui in Simbu or Menyamya in Morobe to meet all the necessary costs to go and get treatment in Bautama, Central province? – Kua John, Lae

 

 

Let’s deal in kina
WE can solve all of our development funding problems by requiring other nations to purchase our resources in kina. When we sell in kina, it will force other nations, hungry for our resources, to build their kina reserves to pay for our natural resources. When they provide services like building roads, airports, seaports, hospitals, schools, telecommunication systems, etc, we pay them in kina and, in return, when they buy our natural resources, they pay in kina. All Parliament needs to do is change the law. Just a thought. – Tim Koeser, via email

 

 

AG’s conflicting comments
HAVING read both of your articles on the AG’s visit to Bomana to see William Kapris and the editorial, I am somewhat confused by the AG’s conduct when he was quizzed by the Member for Bulolo on the prisoner accusing MPs of being involved. If I recall correctly, the AG said in Parliament that he was unaware of all these. The AG’s visit to Bomana took place on Feb 8 and I am sure the Parliament session took place well after that. If that is so, then are we safe to say that our AG is a liar? – Waigani insider, Lae

 

 

Right move, Fairweather
IT is good that Sumkar MP Ken Fairweather is standing up against the Maladina amendment. The Ombudsman Commission is the “eyes of the people” and should play its role as mandated. Justice is best achieved when the laws are established by the very people who must obey them. Every citizen must be able to account for his/her action. There must be accountability in public institutions. – Steve Gallagher, via email

 

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Parkop launch in Hagen timely
NCD Governor Powes Parkop’s decision to launch the first regional office of his newly established political party in Mt Hagen is welcomed. However, the location is not appropriate as it is outside the town. The party should be launched in the city instead of a village. Western Highlanders are keen to support this new party and its visionary leader. Mr Parkop and his executive must consult all leaders in the district before endorsing the right candidates. An early decision will ensure the party’s is well prepared for the next election. Election in the Highlands is about base vote regardless of fame and preferential voting system. If a candidate has strong base voters, then the probability of winning is high. So the executives of the party must quickly make some critical research before investing on the right candidate. – Kamtes, Waghi Well

 

 

Olga must stay calm
I CALL on Western Highlands Governor Tom Olga to stay calm and continue to do what he has been doing. 
Although he has to undergo a baptism of fire since winning the seat in 2007, he is still young and can absorb what is being thrown at him. No Member of Parliament has gone through what he was subjected to, three consecutive court battles. These court battles are no longer seen as an attempt by someone who wants to seek justice but as an attempt by someone who wants to make him lose his focus from his core responsibility and that is to deliver services to the people of WHP. Steel has to go through fire to become something valuable and I believe the court battles will make Mr Olga wiser. It is important he stays focused and ensures services are reaching the people of WHP. – With you, Mt Hagen

 

 

Give Hekari full support
IT has been a long time coming with the sort of commitment and dedication one puts into achieving something. As such, I would like to congratulate Hekari United FC, the sponsors, team management, coaching staff and players for making the final of the O-League competition. The hard yard has been achieved but the arduous task is yet to come, that is winning the home leg of the two-leg final. We cannot let the home game slip away because it will mentally affect the preparation for the away game. I am sure the coach staff and the players are all geared up for the match against New Zealand’s Waitekere United FC on Saturday. I call on local football fans to support Hekari. – Dimirit Mileng, General secretary, PNG Football Association

 

 

No PNGSDP impact in Western
THERE has been a lot of mileage for PNG Sustainable Development Program in Western province lately. However, as a citizen of Western, I see little impact of PNGSDP in the province. For instance, when people set foot in the province, they will ask what PNGSDP is doing in terms of development projects like roads and bridges. People have to walk from Oriomo to Morehead and that is a five-day walk. It has been reported in the media that PNGSDP is counter-funding roads and bridges, water supply and classrooms in other provinces. But what about Western where the Ok Tedi mine has affected the mighty Fly River? Even the province’s MPs have gone into hiding and have failed to deliver basic services. – Jamie Namorong, Goroka.

 

 

Congrats, Nande
IT is good to know Mark Nande has been appointed as Kagua-Erave administrator. It is hard to find good, honest and hard working people like Mr Nande. Given the resources and support, Mr Nande can be expected to deliver the goods. On behalf of the Mura family, the Yapaita clan and Mumugerpa tribe of Alams and 7 Kona, I would to congratulate Mr Nande. – Thomas Mura, Brisbane, Australia

 

 

Seal roads
IT is an eyesore to see the roads inside the University of Technology campus covered with potholes. Over the years, the roads have not been sealed but patched with gravel which lasts only for a week or two. It is truly a waste of money and the Unitech administration should do something about this. It is about time we change everything in Unitech. – Kamie Ererr, Lae

 

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PM must take lead
THE recent passing of the bill in Parliament that questions the integrity of the Ombudsman Commission is of low status and seriously undermines the capacity of the 83 MPs who voted for it. The Government should take corrective measure to address this issue for the common good of everyone. Papua New Guineans must speak out and condemn that decision. The decision will have negative effect on the political administration of PNG in the future. This amendment will do more harm than good as it will be harder to prosecute MPs for breaking of law like Motigate. For the good of the future generation, everyone should condemn this unjust act. The Prime Minister must take the lead in addressing this issue to protect the integrity of our leaders. – Aaron Bare, Madang

 

 

OC, a toothless watchdog
AS a lay-person with respect to the legal profession, I see the Maladina amendment to “scrape off” additional powers of the OC as testimony to the long-held view that this whole concept is somewhat “flawed” despite all its good intentions. The OC, in matured democracies within the Commonwealth, is more effective in the delivery of its roles and responsibilities. But the same cannot be said about PNG which is compounded by a highly corrupt political culture, lacking in good governance, transparency and accountability. Thus, given our present circumstances, the OC will remain a toothless watchdog unless there is a political will within the Government to uphold the practice of good governance. – Robert Bino, Canberra

 

 

Students’ silence deafening
I REFER to the amendment to strip the Ombudsman Commission of its powers. As one of the silent majority, can someone tell me why our intellectuals in tertiary institutions around the country are so quiet? Their silence is deafening. Are they still asleep? I call on Transparency International, NGOs and other relevant organisations to do something seriously before that bill is passed. – Binia, Lae

 

 

Leave OC as it is
IF the MPs’ ultimate aim is to remove the Ombudsman Commission, then this is the end of PNG. This is because there is no one to check the MPs. The Government can do anything it wants. As it is, corruption and white collar crimes are already at an all-time high and they will only get worse. I strongly disagree with the move to strip the Ombudsman Commission’s powers. – Concerned citizen, Lae

 

 

Defence incompetent
THE Ministry and Department of Defence is run by incompetent officials. They have all failed in their duty to ensure former PNGDF commander Cmdr Peter Ilau’s official departure and march-out process was properly conducted by Defence administration in accordance with the normal standard administration procedures. The Defence Minister must direct the secretary to quickly action the delayed pay of Cmdr Ilau’s full entitlements without delay. This is a simple process that has not been properly administered every time an incoming and outgoing commander complete a formal hand-over. This shows Defence has lost its professionalism. – Reginald Renagi, Gabagaba-Kemabolo

 

 

Parkop must lead PNG
I HAVE never been to Port Moresby but I have heard a lot of stories about NCD Governor Powes Parkop. He has done much to change the image of Port Moresby. He is a beacon of hope for PNG. I believe he can do more if given the chance to run the country. His views on various issues affecting PNG makes a lot of sense to us. He is slowly implementing what he has in mind. The people have lost confidence in the Government because of the poor leadership. We need a change in Government and leadership. I believe Mr Parkop has what it takes to be a good leader. – jnaneme, via email

 

 

Looking for lost friend
I LOST contact with my high school friend Ruth Wera in 2005 when I changed location. I want to get in touch with her again. If anyone who knows Ruth happens to read this, please pass her my phone number 72988123. – JJ, Port Moresby

 

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Wewak’s changing face
THE people of East Sepik have been supporting Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare since 1968. We have elected him into office in every election without fail. This is because he has changed the political, social and economic well-being of our country and put us on the world map. Forty years is a long time and Wewak is
finally getting to see some changes. It is a wonderful feeling to fly into Wewak’s Boram Airport on a Fokker 100 rather than on a Dash 8 that sometimes get you offloaded in Madang. Passengers travelling by ship also get to upgraded wharf facilities now.  The new Wewak market and jetty will encourage more people to go into farming and fishing. This means more revenue for the people and province. – Joe. M. Simbiken, Popondetta

 

 

Leave OC alone
WHY is the Somare Government keen to do away with Ombudsman Commission? It is the watchdog put in place to ensure there is no corruption. The people want transparency, accountability, justice, honesty and true leadership from our politicians. We want the Somare Government to explain why it wants to curb the powers of the commission. We want it to remain as it is to ensure MPs deliver services. Let’s not do away with the Ombudsman Commission. – Maramb Kilmiks, Lae

 

 

Dishonest bank staff
I REFER to the report in your paper last week about the BSP Wabag branch. To the people of Enga, the incident was not a surprise. There have been too many cases where bank tellers have stolen, forged customers’ signatures and other illegal activities. It is sad to have
dishonest people working in an important institution like a bank. This is something the management must
seriously look into. – Kii Yan, Madang

 

 

Don’t compare Agiru
I REFER to the letter “What progress is Agiru talking about?” (The National, April 8) by “Stingray”. Why should SHP Governor Anderson Agiru follow in the footsteps of NCD Governor Powes Parkop? There is no reason to compare these two leaders. – Robert Muli Agiwa, via email

 

 

Congrats, Randa
I REFER to the appointment to senior and middle management positions in the Department of Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs (The National, April 9). On behalf of my family, I would like to congratulate Benjimin Randa for being appointed as personnel officer for SHP. Congratulations, my brother. – David Roman Panga Jr, Lae

 

 

A mockery
I FIND it very shameful to read in our newspapers about Engans claiming compensations over landslides, which are caused by nature. I wonder which section of the Lands Act the Engans are referring to. Can the concerned authorities in Wabag explain to the people living along the road from Laiagam to Sopas junction that it is unethical to do that? – Fed up, via email

 

 

Work with Nande
I COMMEND the authorities for appointing Mark Nande as Kagua-Erave district administrator and the reappointment of Morasi Ghay as his deputy. The appointment of Mr Nande is long overdue. For too long the DAs have been appointed by MPs as political tools. We can now look forward for better delivery of Government services. Mr Nande has a wealth of experience. I call on everyone  to work together to see progress in the district. – Smil Napal, Kagua station

 

 

Kagua students suffering
AS the future human resources of Kagua-Erave, tertiary students from the  electorate are still waiting for our MP to fulfil his promise to pay for our school fees this year. Students from the districts are suffering and struggling to pay our full fees. Many students from other districts have settled their fees, thanks to their respective MPs. We hope to hear some good news from our MP soon. – Student representative, Lae

 

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Toroansi for president
OF the seven candidates who have nominated to be next president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), there is one candidate I know will make a good and strong leader. As such, I call on Bougainvilleans to throw their support behind the only woman candidate, Magdalene Itona Toroansi. She is a very committed public office-holder and has strong principles. I admire and respect Ms Toroansi as she always has the people’s best interest at heart. The ABG needs a strong leader like Ms Toroansi. I am confident with her at the helm, the ABG will strictly adhere to good governance and rule of law and bring peace, harmony and prosperity to Bougainvilleans. – Reginald Renagi, Port Moresby

 

 

Congrats, Marape
I WOULD like to congratulate James Marape on his appointment as the chairman of the Hela Transition Authority. He is a young, vibrant and honest leader. I went to school with him at Kabiufa Adventist High School in the 1980s. During our schooldays, he displayed strong leadership qualities. I commend the Somare Government for making this appointment. Hela, when it becomes a province, needs a young, strong and vibrant leader. – Robert Akepa, Port Moresby

 

 

Well done, Marape
I WOULD like to congratulate James Marape for being appointed chairman of the Hela Transition Authority. As a first-time MP, his appointment has been seen as a motivation for young politicians. However, he must remember that he is still the MP for Tari-Pori and must continue to serve his people. – Pora Kinu, via email

 

 

Abuses by PMV drivers
I AM a regular traveller along the Highlands Highway and sometimes I enjoy comfortable ride to my destination. But more often than not, I get stranded along the way because many PMVs, carrying bags loaded with peanuts and betelnut from the coast to the Highlands, compromise their true purposes. I would like to know why passengers are left stranded while cargoes get priority. Different vehicles serve different purposes. Trucks and dynas are created to carry cargoes while buses are meant to carry passengers, not cargoes. Sometimes I wonder if there are laws in PNG to regulate the uses of buses and trucks. – CTVauto, via email

 

 

Shut up, Singirok
THE new PNGDF commander, Brig-Gen Francis Agwi, must fight his own battle in the media and not allow a former disgraced general like Jerry Singirok to bad-mouth him. Gen Singirok has a tendency to shoot first and asks questions later. I suggest he keeps his mouth shut. He lost credibility and integrity when he lost command twice for compromising our security. – Soldia tauna, Port Moresby

 

 

Vision 2050 a joke
MANY people are treating the Government’s Vision 2050 as a joke. If the Government cannot achieve the present five-year plans, what more a 40-year plan. Many people believe the Government is out of touch with the community. Thus far, we are sailing like a ship without a charted course. If we want to achieve our goals, there must be minimum disruptions from people with vested interests. – Jonathan, Port Moresby

 

 

Nationwide branches, Parkop
MANY Papua New Guineans from all walks of life are keen to join Powes Parkop’s new political party. He is one leader who can stand tall among his peers. He is seen to be delivering services and more in his electorate. He has shown PNG how to set the standard within a very short period of time and this is something all our leaders must wake up to face. This country needs more people like him. Mr Parkop and his executives must consider setting up branches in all provinces and towns. This will allow supporters to register and identify potential candidates under the party’s banner before the next election. PNG needs fresh bloods in the likes of Mr Parkop. – Ipa Yaru, Porgera

 

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Toroansi for president
OF the seven candidates who have nominated to be next president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), there is one candidate I know will make a good and strong leader. As such, I call on Bougainvilleans to throw their support behind the only woman candidate, Magdalene Itona Toroansi. She is a very committed public office-holder and has strong principles. I admire and respect Ms Toroansi as she always has the people’s best interest at heart. The ABG needs a strong leader like Ms Toroansi. I am confident with her at the helm, the ABG will strictly adhere to good governance and rule of law and bring peace, harmony and prosperity to Bougainvilleans. – Reginald Renagi, Port Moresby

 

 

Congrats, Marape
I WOULD like to congratulate James Marape on his appointment as the chairman of the Hela Transition Authority. He is a young, vibrant and honest leader. I went to school with him at Kabiufa Adventist High School in the 1980s. During our schooldays, he displayed strong leadership qualities. I commend the Somare Government for making this appointment. Hela, when it becomes a province, needs a young, strong and vibrant leader. – Robert Akepa, Port Moresby

 

 

Well done, Marape
I WOULD like to congratulate James Marape for being appointed chairman of the Hela Transition Authority. As a first-time MP, his appointment has been seen as a motivation for young politicians. However, he must remember that he is still the MP for Tari-Pori and must continue to serve his people. – Pora Kinu, via email

 

 

Abuses by PMV drivers
I AM a regular traveller along the Highlands Highway and sometimes I enjoy comfortable ride to my destination. But more often than not, I get stranded along the way because many PMVs, carrying bags loaded with peanuts and betelnut from the coast to the Highlands, compromise their true purposes. I would like to know why passengers are left stranded while cargoes get priority. Different vehicles serve different purposes. Trucks and dynas are created to carry cargoes while buses are meant to carry passengers, not cargoes. Sometimes I wonder if there are laws in PNG to regulate the uses of buses and trucks. – CTVauto, via email

 

 

Shut up, Singirok
THE new PNGDF commander, Brig-Gen Francis Agwi, must fight his own battle in the media and not allow a former disgraced general like Jerry Singirok to bad-mouth him. Gen Singirok has a tendency to shoot first and asks questions later. I suggest he keeps his mouth shut. He lost credibility and integrity when he lost command twice for compromising our security. – Soldia tauna, Port Moresby

 

 

Vision 2050 a joke
MANY people are treating the Government’s Vision 2050 as a joke. If the Government cannot achieve the present five-year plans, what more a 40-year plan. Many people believe the Government is out of touch with the community. Thus far, we are sailing like a ship without a charted course. If we want to achieve our goals, there must be minimum disruptions from people with vested interests. – Jonathan, Port Moresby

 

 

Nationwide branches, Parkop
MANY Papua New Guineans from all walks of life are keen to join Powes Parkop’s new political party. He is one leader who can stand tall among his peers. He is seen to be delivering services and more in his electorate. He has shown PNG how to set the standard within a very short period of time and this is something all our leaders must wake up to face. This country needs more people like him. Mr Parkop and his executives must consider setting up branches in all provinces and towns. This will allow supporters to register and identify potential candidates under the party’s banner before the next election. PNG needs fresh bloods in the likes of Mr Parkop. – Ipa Yaru, Porgera

 

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No more tax holidays
WHILE it is important to attract foreign investors to our shores, how can we enjoy economic growth if the Government were to continuously give tax holidays to foreign investors? Regardless of whether we give tax breaks or not, foreign investors will still come here because there is a stiff competition out there for natural resources. We cannot bow down to their demands. Remember, our mineral resources will run out one day and if we do not squeeze as much as possible, then we are heading for trouble. We must also ask whether we are taking the necessary measures to increase our foreign reserves so that they can keep us going when we run out of minerals. – Lucas Kiap, Port Moresby

 

 

Mobile clinics great idea
THE introduction of the German-made mobile clinics is a great idea and initiative by Goroka MP Thompson Harokaqveh. Other parts of the country should follow this approach to serve the rural people and to improve access to affordable and quality health services. Our road networks must be upgraded so that these mobile clinics can reach the length and breadth of Eastern Highlands (and PNG). – W. Hera, via email

 

 

Relook at death penalty
I WOULD like to express my deepest sympathy to the relatives of the woman who was murdered by her husband in Goroka last month. How dare the man do that? Doesn’t he have a mother or sisters? It was so heartbreaking to read the news. His action was inhuman, worse than an animal. I call on the Government to seriously look into the death penalty. Our current penalties are not a deterrent. Every woman deserves to be treated fairly by a man. – Immanuel-omega, Lae

 

 

Desert at Erima
Living at Erima settlement area is just like living in an African desert where people have to walk for miles looking for water to drink, wash, etc. Where is Andrew Mald? Is he taking any step to ensure at least a tap with clean water is delivered to the people of his electorate? I wonder how long the poor people will have to struggle to look for water. Please, don’t ignore us. – Water victim, Port Moresby

 

 

Keep it up, Morobe
THE Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC players are beginning to stamp their authority in the NSL and I believe they have it in them to make it to the grand final. The players are playing consistently throughout the season and I do not see them bowing out before the final. They have done well under the guidance of Kosa Max Foster. Most of the players have grown in maturity even though some players are new. Let us show the CMSS Tigers that Morobe is still the best. Best of luck to captain Goroba Tawa and his boys. Go Morobe! – Kevie Costna, Madang

 

 

Oppose Maladina bill
ESA’ALA MP Moses Maladina’s move to amend section 27(4) of the Constitution to remove powers of the Ombudsman Commission is a sign of dictatorship. This is a very serious issue in which every citizen must realise. I dare not think of the price we have to pay if the bill is passed. Will we become another Zimbabwe? The indicators are pointing that way. As such, everyone must stand together and oppose the bill from being passed in Parliament. – JM Magena, Wellington

 

 

Students still asleep
IT is very alarming to learn that there is no response from our tertiary institutions with regard to curbing the powers of the Ombudsman Commission. The country is about to be sold off to the highest bidder and yet there isn’t a squeak from our so-called learned elites? What is the use of our degrees, diplomas and tradesman certificates? It seems all our student leaders are still sleeping and are not aware of what is happening around them. – Diehard PNG, Lae

 

 

Hold referendum
SINCE our MPs are voted into office by the people, the people should be given a say when it comes to making crucial decisions like the Maladina amendment. The Government should hold a referendum and let the people have their say. – People’s power, via email

 

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Good selection, Rangers
I WOULD like to commend the selection committee of the Master Mak Rangers for a job well done in a fair and just selection of players for this season. The selection of 25-man squad is on merit and the players must show why they have been selected when the tournament starts. I am the president of Hagen Tigers Club and a great admirer of some of these young players – Nelson Palme, Enock Maki and Steven Neng. They played for the Mt Hagen Eagles and took the team to the grand final in 2008 when they were still Mt Hagen Secondary School students. As such, I am not surprised to see them playing in the bemobile Cup this season. They are young, strong, fast and smart players. – Anis Tiki, Hides

 

 

Congrats, Warriors
THE LBC Warriors showed their determination by winning both the minor and major prizes of the Madang Rugby League Easter Cup challenge. Both their Under 19 and A grade team made it to the grand final. While the Under 19 side lost to Diwai, it was the A grade boys who outclassed Diwai in the Easter Cup challenge grand final. Led by fullback Kembol Kaikipae and hooker Buka Philip, the Warriors outplayed their opponents. I take this opportunity to congratulate the LBC Warriors and the management. – Diehard Warriors supporter, Madang

 

 

Time for change
IT is disheartening to read about corruption and bribery, the rich getting richer and the poor poorer. It is time for a wind of change. It is obvious that many of our so-called Members of Parliament do not have the people’s best interests at heart. If they put their money where their mouth is, PNG would have been better off now. Criminals are breaking out of prison; taxpayers literally being flushed down the toilet; rise in robberies, rape, murder; and the list goes on. If the top is rotten, the bottom will be too. It is vital these leaders are not returned to office in 2012. Maybe we will then see some real change. – Sookie, via email

 

 

Poor judgment
While it is the duty of the provincial head when it comes to management of assets, the recent sale of the copra shed in Lorengau, Manus province, is poor judgment. Many local farmers are now thrown into a quandary as to the future of the copra industry. The sale is a direct opposition to the DAL’s efforts to develop the local farmers. It is definitely not in the best interest of the local people. I find it sickening to see the ordinary people of Manus suffering as a result of the sale. I call on the provincial government to give us a proper explanation. – Manus islander, Lorengau

 

 

Monopoly not the answer
WE refer to a transport company’s advertisement in The National recently. We oppose one company taking full control of transport services in the whole LNG project area. It is of our view that landowners should be given the opportunity to participate in this multi-billion project so that benefit can be distributed equally among the resources owners. We can source our own capital to fund and provide qualified human resources to manage our own business dealings. – Dissatisfied resource owners of Angore PDL 8 (four signatures), Angore

 

 

Upgrade Sua-Kiari road, Menai
ON behalf of more than 20,000 people of Salt Nomane, from Wara Sua to Kiari, I call on MP Posi Menai to upgrade and maintain the Fabian Highway as the “green gold” season is approaching. It is the life line of the people. Despite the rugged terrain, the people cultivate and grow the best organic coffee in the world. But the road is deteriorating and it is not helping the people. Mr Menai, you have been in Parliament for almost eight years and it is time to start serving the people of Salt Nomane now. Funding is not a problem because the Somare Government has allocated each MP K10 million for district services improvement programme. – Bani Nol Honwa, via email

 

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Sickened by rise in rape cases
AS a Christian, it is sickening to read about the rise in the number of rape cases in our daily newspapers. I am gutted to read about the rise in incest and paedophile cases. If that is not enough, opportunists in our major cities and towns are assaulting and raping our mothers and girls for no reason. How can Christians do such unethical things? What is wrong with our so-called Christian community? Are the sermons effective? Are the people listening to what is being preached in churches throughout the country? Our so-called moral is showing signs of decay and what the rapists are doing is against God’s will. I call on churches to uphold the law of God (Ten Commandments). – Robert Wal, Port Moresby

 

 

A rushed job?
I REFER to the letter “Don’t abuse sports funds” (The National, March 23). I agree with the writer that all sports funds should be used to renovate and upgrade sporting facilities around Papua New Guinea. We should be preparing for the 2015 South Pacific Games and not wait until the last minute. I went to the Taurama Leisure Centre recently and was impressed with the renovations. The gymnasium has new equipment. Although work was done on the 50m swimming pool, I discovered that paint at the bottom and on the sides of the pool walls was peeling off. Was this a rushed job to get easy money? Renovations must be carried out properly. – Mad, Port Moresby

 

 

What insurance cover?
I REFER to your recent reports that Inspac will provide insurance cover for our school children taking part in body contact sports. While this initiative is commendable, let us not mislead parents and children who will be taking part in body contact sports. How much cover will be provided for death or where a child suffers permanent injury? Private hospital fees are very high for even the middle class worker, let alone providing care for the period of recuperation following an injury. These details must be made public so that parents, children and their schools can make an informed decision whether to take part or not. – Concerned parent, via email

 

 

Good job, Poponawa
AS a proud Tambulian, I take this opportunity to commend Tambul-Nebilyer MP Benjamin Poponawa for bringing some progress to the electorate. Last year, a mobile phone tower was erected at Upper Tambul. He said he would put up another at Lower Tambul. As such, I call on everyone to unite and support our MP so that he delivers what he promised. Let us talk about politics when the time comes, but for now, let’s talk about development. – 104 Gomo, Madang

 

 

Register tribe
AS a concerned person from Rigo, I call on all villagers near the Kwikila station to advise the principal owner to register the tribe as Vabulava tribe (Imuagoro village). During a recent land mediation, it was revealed there were so many sides claiming to be landowners. The people of Imuagoro got the first payment in the mid-1990s. I call on villagers to come together as one under Imuagoro village or Vabulava tribe so that we can get our share. If we are not united, we will not get anything. – Law student, via email

 

 

Slow process
I AM unhappy with the way Guinn PKF is processing the final payout. In its media release last September, it said there were about 7,000 contributors still waiting for their refunds. I want to know when I can get my money. – Gabriel Muwe, Madang

 

 

Congrats, Don
I BELIEVED the Mt Hagen Eagles board has made a fair selection for this year’s bemobile Cup. In the past, players from a particular region were selected but it was not the case this year. There are many young players from the four corners of Western Highlands. The team is a real provincial team and every Western Highlander must support the team. On that note, the AFB and Anglimp Rockmen rugby club would like to congratulate Elizah Don for making it into the train-on squad for Mt Hagen Eagles. – Isaac Yalde, via email

 

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OC is people’s champion
Ombudsman in French means “defender of people or people’s champion”. In PNG, it is the only body to monitor our leaders and ensure there is check and balance. So far, our rights to basic standard of living have been deprived. We do not want this to continue with the amendment of section 27 (4) of the Constitution. The commission protects the people’s rights. It is also there to enforce the leadership code, which ensures the people’s money is put to proper use and prevents leaders from misusing the funds. If the Constitution is amended, our leaders will take advantage and make decisions that could result in ordinary people like us suffer. The code is there to safe guard and promotes accountability and transparency. The proposed amendment to curb the powers of the commission is baseless. The change will only serve the leaders. – Slumz, Port Moresby

 

 

Don’t play with fire
LET us see how many “Robert Mugabe-type” leaders who will be daring enough to make amendments to the law governing the Ombudsman Commission in the next sitting of Parliament. Paias Wingti has not been doing very well in national politics after his government manipulated the Constitution so that his resignation and re-election as the PM happened on the same day back in 1990s with the intention that he could stay longer in power. The current lot of MPs are just power hungry and downright corrupt. Hopefully, their interference of the laws regarding the OC’s powers will not hinder their political career like Mr Wingti. An advice to the MPs is “don’t play with fire, it will burn you”. Make laws to strengthen our “weak” democracy instead. – Jek Polo, Port Moresby

 

 

Maladina bill wrong
THE move to curb the powers of the Ombudsman Commission by Esa’ala MP Moses Maladina is not right. I was surprised to see the Opposition voting for it. The next election is around the corner and the people are looking forward to it. The Government cannot take the people for granted. I agree with Sir Julius Chan for saying that people continue to live in haus saksak, no medicine, dilapidated schools, etc. I have pictures of some of those things Sir Julius mentioned and I know our politicians do not like to see them. Papua New Guineans must not waste their votes in the 2012 elections. – Chris Bakam, Lae

 

 

Pay PNGDF ex-servicemen    
WHY can’t the Government pay our ex-servicemen who are waiting for their final entitlements? If the Government finds it easy to persistently increase the MPs’ and top public servants’ salaries, why not pay the ex-soldiers their final pay? It is disgusting to see a devoted soldier who has served the PNGDF with dignity and pride being evicted from the Murray Barracks without his final entitlements. Really, it is sickening to see such headlines. Many of the ex-servicemen have waited in vain and some of them have even died waiting for their final pay package. This is a clear indication that the Government does not care or appreciate the services of these officers. – JM Magena, Wellington

 

 

Serevi departure a great loss
WAISELE Serevi’s departure as coach is a great loss to the PNG Pukpuks sevens. Our loss is a gain for another country. For someone who has coached, played and won the World Cup sevens says a lot. While the reason for his departure was not explained properly, I believe it is the typical misguided pride of Papua New Guineans that led to his departure. As we saw on TV during the Wellington Sevens, as Serevi was giving instructions to players at halftime, another PNG official butt in at the same time. How can we expect Serevi to get the job done? I would like to thank Serevi for his services during his brief stint. – Sevens fan, via email

 

 

Ban on alcohol still on?
THE Southern Highlands provincial government has imposed a ban on alcohol early this year. However, I still see distributors going around supplying beer. Who is to blame? The enforcing agencies or is there any legal proceedings by the distributors? Can someone tell the people of Southern Highlands whether there is ban on alcohol or not? – Robert Muli Agiwa, via mail

 

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OC must conduct probe
THE people of Anglimp-South Waghi have waited patiently for the last seven years for some tangible development. Instead of progress, the people are seeing the continued deterioration of governmental infrastructure, health and education while the law and order problems have gone from bad to worse. On March 2, council president Michael Kapak and his delegation were attacked inside Minj district office. The people of Anglimp-South Waghi are fed up and call on the Ombudsman Commission and police commissioner to investigate how the K10 million DSIP funds were used. – Bush ranger, Mt Hagen

 

 

Thanks, Sir J
I WOULD like to commend New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan for making a stand and fighting for what is rightly ours and encouraging women to play a bigger role on their own land instead of becoming spectators. I would like to thank Sir Julius for providing free education in New Ireland from elementary to Grade 8, subsidising 75% of school fees for Grades 11 and 12 and 25% for the tertiary students. Our poor parents are grateful as the burden on their shoulders has been lightened considerably. The provincial government must also be commended for helping the disable people and senior citizens. – Triz, Madang

 

 

Way to go, Bullets
Underdogs, Rakamanda Bullets, have secured a spot in the Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup finals. The youths from the war-torn zones in Enga showed that courage and determination can take them far as they seek to create a peaceful Engan society through sports. Sport is all about participation and it brings individuals and communities together, bridging cultural and tribal divides. It provides a forum to learn skills such as discipline, confidence and leadership and it teaches tolerance, cooperation and respect. Sport also teaches the value of effort and how to manage victory as well as defeat. I salute the Rakamanda Bullets. – Meck Minnala, Porgera

 

 

Publish MPs’ names
I CALL on the media to publish the names of the MPs who supported the bill tabled by Esa’ala MP Moses to curb the powers of the Ombudsman Commission. Papua New Guineans have the right to know who these MPs are. This piece of information is vital when we cast our votes in the 2012 elections. – Enlightened, Townsville

 

 

Deploy AFP in Goroka
I AM a 50-year-old man from Goroka living in constant fear of settlers and criminals. The once peaceful town in the Highlands region is no longer safe for locals, professionals, tourists, school children, business community and the aged. The town needs at least 300 more police personnel to keep it safe and crime-free. I call on the Government to negotiate with Australia for the deployment of the Australian federal police as a pilot project for at least three years. Proper evaluation can then be done and tabled in Parliament. – Save our soul, Goroka

 

 

Reject recycled leaders
I COME from Pangia district. I call on my fellow Hela brothers and sisters to carefully choose a governor when we become a province in 2012. We need a leader who is educated, vibrant and does not have any skeletons in the cupboard. We must reject recycled leaders outright as they are good at making promises but poor in delivering services and bringing development and progress. – Jim Lopis, Wiru Youwa

 

 

Stay united
I CALL on all East Pangians to stay calm and united. Please let us not divide ourselves into political groups. We were in a dire need of Government services and have been left out for so many years. Let us do away with petty political games and embrace unity. – Joseph Vincent, Pangia

 

 

Choose carefully
I REFER to the recent boycott of classes at the University of Goroka. The new council members must appoint new administrators with experience and qualifications. They must also appoint people with leadership qualities. Forget the previous administrators. – Knox Maraba, Daulo Peak

 

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Good call by Kunda
I REFER to the call by Simbu administrator Joe Kunda to set up a public office to deal with complaints of corrupt public servants as reported in The National (March 23). I fully support Mr Kunda. It is vital to have such an office to handle complaints, refer those implicated to the police, etc. If it is possible, I would like to see this office being run like a mini OC in Simbu where the resident judge, magistrates and PPC work together. I am fed up with the corruption that is going. But I have two questions which must be answered. Setting up an office is good but will it serve its intended purpose? Will this very office be free of corruption itself? – Kunanaku Yalstainde, Perth WA

 

 

Where is Mendi MP?
RECENTLY, 12 young men were killed and hundreds injured, and thousands of kina worth of properties destroyed in a bloody tribal warfare between the tribesman of Mendi MP and another tribe in Bush Karinj LLG, Mendi. Although the tribal war started six months ago, the Mendi MP did not bother to intervene. He has remained silent and the silence is deafening. The Pingrip sub-health centre and Pingrip primary school have been closed since the fight erupted. These public facilities serve more than 20,000 people and the MP cannot fly in and fly out as if nothing has happened. I call on the good pastor to put the people’s interest of his.  – Another Bush Karinj, Mendi

 

 

Upgrade Highlands Highway
I REFER to The National’s online poll “Should the Government go ahead and build the new K1.4 billion Jackson International Airport?” After voting “no”, I found out that 60% had voted “yes”. Personally, I see no reason why the Government should spend such a massive amount of money on this project. If it were to cost millions of kina, then it would not have been so bad. But K1.4 billion? What about upgrading the Highlands Highway from Lae to the Highlands and to Madang? As the highway contributed almost 70% to the country’s economy, it deserves to be upgraded. – Koima Siwi, Madang

 

 

Dr Kwa will be missed
I WOULD like to express my sorrow over the death of Dr Enaha Kwa. Her death is a huge loss for PNG. I first met her in 2005 while attending UPNG. She was not only a great friend but treated her students like her own children. She stood by us during the good as well as bad times. I convey my condolences to Dr Kwa’s family. – Isaac Yalde, Brisbane, Australia

 

 

Engans must change attitude
AS a regular reader of PNG’s number one daily newspaper, I am just as outraged as many other readers are with the constant brutal murders and killings in Enga province. As an Engan, I would like to ask my fellow brothers why they are continuing to kill and fight. There are many good and caring Engans but the minorities are damaging the reputation and integrity of many God-fearing Engans and people of this country. – Engan icon, via email

 

 

Looking for lost friends
MY name is Keith Knight Epawe and I am trying to contact two friends – Stephanie Dick and Eileen Moia. They are from Kairuku and Solomon Islands and could be residing in Port Moresby. I lost contact with them about two years ago. Anyone who knows them can pass my contact details – phone 7173 5984, email [email protected] or Department of Mechanical Engineering, Unitech, Private Mail Bag, Lae, Morobe province. – Keith Knight, Lae

 

 

Give us basic services, Abal
ON behalf of the people of Maramuni, I would like to convey our gratitude to Wabag MP Sam Abal for installing a satellite telephone communication system in his remote Maramuni sub-district (The National, March 22). Although providing communication service is important, what we need urgently are basic services such as health, education, roads and airstrip. Roads and airstrip will give us the access as these are essential services we urgently need. – Justice Mara, Port Moresby

 

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ANZ fees too high
I AM a customer of ANZ Bank in PNG. I would like to express my concern that the rates charged by the bank are very high. I have some money in my account but I did not make any transactions in January and February. According to my statement, the fee which the bank charged for January was K5 and the Res tax is K0.3. I only made K2.01 as interest rate. For February, I was charged another K5 and Res tax was K0.33. The interest was only K2.22. The total amount the bank deducted from my account was K10.63 and I only received the total interest of K4.23 for two months. After some calculations, I realised that the bank has made more than 50% of my money compared to the interest (K10.63 – K4.23 = K6.40). I call on the ANZ Bank management to review the bank fees. – Gaknga Mikiltakil, via email

 

 

Change attitude
AS a Southern Highlander, I am proud to read that the Ipatas Cup has been revived in Mendi after a 14-year absence. The rugby mad town had produced some of the best PNG Kumuls and intercity players for years. However, all that came to a stop in the past 14 years when two warring tribes fought in a fierce tribal war which saw the Tente rugby league oval turned into a tribal war zone. Now, that is over, rugby league and other sports are now making a comeback in the town. Because of the wasted years, I call on the communities living in and around Mendi or even from other districts to change their attitudes and not to bring their tribal conflicts into the town again and jeopardise the progress of any sport activities and disturb everybody’s peace and harmony. – Mirux Naisii, Kagua

 

 

What a shame
I REFER to the front page picture in this paper showing Eda Ranu workers repairing a leaking pipe at 9-Mile last week (March 22). I commend the workmen who worked hard to get water back for city residents. However, there is a serious non-compliance on safety as evident from the picture. How can Eda Ranu management allow their workers to carry out the repair job without basic safety gears like hard hat, steel cap boots and proper clothing? There is no excuse for the management not to provide that. Where is your duty of care for the hardworking employees? The National is published online. Such negligence is unacceptable. I call on all the authorities to ensure that basic safety requirements are met. – Kunanaku Yalstainde, Perth, WA

 

 

Don’t elect criminals
ANYONE with a convicted criminal record should never be allowed to hold public office. It is not only against our Constitution but will give us a bad image as an independent nation. We do not want the integrity of Parliament to be tarnished or compromised anymore than it all ready is. With the way the Government is handling own issues, I will not be surprised if convicted rapist James Yali gets a pardon and possible election into office in future. – Concerned citizen, via email

 

 

NIP move dangerous
SIR Julius Chan’s bid for autonomy, and possibly nationhood, citing endemic and systematic corruption as the main motive is a serious concern. The Government should take note of this and react to clean up the system. It must come up with a workable long-term strategy. Otherwise, more provinces will follow New Ireland’s move. Corruption, in whatever form, is a threat to PNG’s nationalism, denting our slogan of “unity in diversity”. – Bernard Yegiora, Changchun, China

 

 

NIP tourist operators sleeping
THE New Ireland province is hosting some cultural events starting in July with the Malagan Show. It is sad to see potential tourists, who may be planning to make a trip to New Ireland, are not getting the necessary help from tourist operators in the province. Email queries are not answered at all. One wonders whether tourist operators in New Ireland are actually interested in promoting the province at all. I suggest the New Ireland Tourism Bureau website be updated every few months, with the contact details of tourist operators and events in the province readily accessible to international travellers. – Patrick Kaiku, Hawaii

 

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PNG Power powerless
I AM frustrated with the daily blackouts in Lae. On Monday evening, the power cut last four hours and even when electricity, came back, it lasted for two minutes and then went off again. It happened six times for that day and, in the process, my mobile phone was blown. These blackouts have spoiled many electric appliances. Can PNG Power buy stand-by generators as back-ups? The company is earning millions from its poor customers whose electrical appliances are blown by the blackouts. It’s a shame that such a big industrial city face daily blackouts. Please do something about this. – East Taraka spider, Lae

 

 

Radio live streaming
OUR local daily papers are doing a great job in putting the news online so that those who are abroad can access and keep up-to-date with what is happening back home. Now with the LNG project taking place, a lot is happening and newspapers are not able to report everything online. What we need is FM radio live streaming over the internet so that we can get live updated news everyday. If Vanuatu FM and Fiji FM can do live streaming 24/7, I wonder when PNG FM will be able to do the same. Live streaming can also help in promoting our local music overseas. – Yumi FM fan, via email

 

 

What a shame, PNGRFU
I AM disappointed with the performance of the Pukpuks at the recent Adelaide sevens. I don’t know what criteria were used to select the players. From what I saw on TV, many of the players were too heavy compared to players from Kenya and Fiji. Their players were slim and they can run. I think it is better for the code if the PNGRFU appoints a new panel of selectors. We cannot blame the players and coaching staff. The blame should be on the selectors because they are the ones who were responsible for the fiasco in Adelaide. – Angra, Mt Hagen

 

 

Develop Sevens rugby
I refer to a letter from “Mangi Lae” (March 24) about the performance of the Pukpuks in Australia. The players were rookies thrown into a lion’s den. So what do you expect? They do not need criticism but encouragement. It is time PNGRFU starts developing potential Sevens players. Our players need to play Sevens rugby all year round like the Fijians, Samoans, Kiwis, etc. Sevens and 15s are two different ball games. PNGRFU must develop the current batch for the future. – Rugby follower, via email

 

 

Stop constant changes
I AM concerned with the constant changes with the sevens team. How can we succeed if there are no core players? We can only progress if the players are familiar with each others’ styles and positions. That is only formed over a long period of playing together. – Kaku, via email

 

 

Reject Maladina amendment
I support the call by PNG Media Council president Joe Kanekane to all Papua New Guineans to reject the Maladina amendment. Why are NGOs, PNG Council of Churches, trade unions and the public so quite on this sensitive issue? We all should be making some noise and it is shameful we are not. It is as though the amendment is OK. If the so-called “Maladina amendment” is passed and becomes law, we are in trouble as it will pave the way for corruption to flourish. The 83 MPs who voted for the amendment are greedy, selfish, ignorant and corrupt. If the powers and functions of the OC are weakened, which MP will bother with accountability and transparency? Please leave OC alone, it is the voice of the silent suffering majority. I call on my MP Thompson Harokaqve to reject the amendment. – Kotiufa sniper, Awore

 

 

Peipul was a great leader
THE sudden death of former Imbonggu MP Peter Peipul has shocked the people of the electorate. He served as a diplomat and secretary to several government departments before being elected. He was a disciplined and focused leader with great visions while in public office. One of the impact projects was the establishment of the Imbonggu district administrative centre at Walume, Ialibu turn off, which he built when he entered office in 1997. Today, the people of Imbonggu have easy access to basic services. It will long be remembered and treasured by the people of Imbonggu. May his soul rest in peace. – JM Magean, Wellington

 

 

Farewell, Williando
William Williando will be missed by his media colleagues as a professional photographer and friend. I came to know him as I often called him to attend press conferences or media get together, always in his red and black The National shirt. He always had something funny to say and he would try to start a conversation with few Motu words he mastered while in the big city. Williando’s work lived up to the saying “a picture tells a thousand words” for the masses. I bid farewell to a colleague and friend. Bamahuta, Williando! – Geua Frank, via email

 

 

Govt must take heed
UNDP is critical on the Government’s failure to meet the Millennium goals. The Government can ignore the call and carry on regardless or take heed of this warning as a reality check, buckle down and do the right thing. Ultimately, all Members of Parliament are answerable to the people and the call for accountability will come sooner than later. Regardless of the endless Government propaganda, all is not roses out here. – Ernest Mararunga, via email

 

 

PNGRFU at fault
PNGRFU must take responsibility of the fiasco at the Adelaide Sevens. The players are not at fault as they gave their best under the circumstances. If rugby fans look closely at the PNGRFU, they will see many recycled failed individuals who have never improved our Pukpuks team as coach, player or officials. As long as these officials are around, we will never improve. Willie Rikis must be sacked as coach and be replaced by either Robin Tarere or Paul Joseph or both of them. PNGRFU must also explain Waisale Serevi’s position. – Concerned Pukpuk, Lae

 

 

Pukpuks a disgrace
THE recent performance of the PNG Pukpuks at the Adelaide Sevens was a real disgrace. Their participation is not the issue, but it was the composition of the players, their fitness level and skills level that were shocking. The players showed they were no better than elementary school boys. The Pukpuks had no idea what to do with the ball. This was disgraceful and shameful. It is time the PNGRFU officials must realise that a new beginning has dawned and they have a lot to learn and catch up with the rest of the world. – Gomla Yal, Port Moresby

 

 

A divine move
I REFER to the report “Lutheran bishop excommunicated” (The National, March 24). It is truly a divine intervention by God. David Piso Komon was elected bishop in 1982. He was the longest serving bishop of the Gutnius Lutheran church in PNG. I am delighted he has been removed as he was no better than “a dictator”. – Concerned Christian, Port Moresby

 

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The one and only WW
William Williando will be missed. I was sad to learn of his passing. I got to know him during my tenure as a trainee journalist with the Post-Courier and, most recently, worked a few months with him at The National before he joined NCDC. Occasionally, I would meet him at the roadside market and he would always greet me with a smile and a firm handshake. The last I met him was about a month ago. For years, he had educated and informed Papua New Guineans through his photographs that graced the pages of the newspapers he worked with. During my short time with him, I admired how religious he took his work. I salute him. May he rest in peace. – bopondros, Port Moresby

 

 

Williando, the face of Erave
I AM sad to learn of the death of William Williando whom I regard as one of the unsung heroes who put Erave on the map of PNG among the media fraternity and whoever else he came into contact with. He was easy-going and was one of the most enlightened people to hail from Erave. I convey my condolences to his immediate family and relatives. I am proud to know William. Good bye, brother, rest in peace. – Koni Pombo, Port Moresby

 

 

Goi on right track
I would like to commend Jimi MP Wake Goi for yet another delivery of vital services to his people. The recent allocation of funds, specifically K500,000 for the new St Felix Anglican High School in Koinambe to enrol Grades 7 to 10 students next year; K500,000 for Jimi High School in Kol for the intake of Grades 11 and 12 students; and K400,000 worth of services for Tabibuga station. This has set the platform for Jimi, one of PNG’s most remote parts, to have easy and better access to education like the rest of the nation. The first-time MP not only proved his critics wrong but is also setting the pace for developing Jiwaka when it becomes a province in 2012. – Peter Siwi, New Zealand

 

 

Go Goi, go Parkop
JIMI MP Wake Goi and NCD Governor Powes Parkop are the only two politicians I look forward to read in the papers. They always have something good and positive every time their names are mentioned. I just find it hard to find any fault in these two politicians. They are my favourite politicians and I admire them. Just look at all those things these two politicians are doing. I wish they combine to form the next government come 2012. – Gideon Kandelepo, Pensacola, Florida

 

 

Keep it up, Parkop
WHEN you are in a position of power and trust, you cannot please people all the time. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions that go against the norm or what people expect from you. As long as you know in your heart that you have made the right choice with the people’s welfare in mind, then there should be no regrets for your actions. Men will judge you as what they see but only God can judge your heart. I support you, Powes Parkop. Keep up the good work. – Powes fan, Port Moresby

 

 

PMVs are a nuisance
THE time has come for the NCDC Transport Board and other relevant authorities to act against unscrupulous PMV drivers and their crew. Just this week along at Gerehu, I witnessed a PMV crew preventing young school children from getting onboard and saying “Em laik blong mipela, sapos yu no laik kisim taxi” to the innocent commuters. Is this the kind of attitude PMV owners and their so-called PMV Association are encouraging? The bus stops are always full and, sometimes, passengers have to line up for more than 100m and beyond. I would like to ask NCD Governor Powes Parkop where are the buses he promised us? – Les Pinis, Rome beach

 

 

Monday night footy, EMTV
AS a rugby league fan, I would like to see the Monday night match. I wonder if EMTV could telecast it like what it did in the past. Rugby league is PNG’s No.1 sport. With the  recent dismal performance of the PNG sevens team, less union matches should be aired. It is also a great way to start the week. – Eels fanatic, via email

 

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Why remove the OC’s power?
AS a Papua New Guineans, I am very sad to say that our beautiful country is no longer a democratic country as constituted in the National Gazette 1975. I am sad that the people’s freedom of speech and some of their democratic rights have been suppressed by using force to threaten the public and to safeguard our so-called leaders’ evil ways. Not a single MP in the Haus Tambaran bothered to vote against the bill to retain the Ombudsman Commission’s power. The people are wary now that their watchdog has been strangled. It is not dead yet but it needs a massive dose of conscience from the MPs to bring it back to life again. Are they just going to sit down and continue to do nothing? – Buddhamahn PNG, Lae

 

 

Congrats, Hekari
SOCCER has reached another level following the introduction of NSL in Papua New Guinea. I must congratulate Hekari FC for winning the premiership and displaying classy football. All NSL teams must now try to beat Hekari and play good football as them. They have set the bar. Mr and Mrs Kapi Nato’s investment in the team had paid off and proved their critics wrong. Players may be skillful but they must also be able to think when on the field. I have watched most of the NSL games and, to be honest, we need to do more and help players to think when they are playing. That is my point of view. – Chris Bakam, Lae

 

 

Get the right Eagles
THE selection process for the Hagen Eagles has been made. Going through the list, I noticed that all players have the potential to maintain the team sprit and its name. As a Hagener, I believe the selection is based on the Governor’s Cup competition and the players should come from all districts in the province. I call on the selectors to base their final selection not only on performance but also discipline. We want the Eagles to fly high this year without on and off field controversies. – Pissmanh Monda, Madang

 

 

Pukpuks’ disgraceful display
I REFER to the disgraceful display by the PNG rugby sevens players in Adelaide, Australia, last weekend. I would like to know whether the players were selected on merit or otherwise. Their performance was the worse ever, truly, they were a disgrace. It was like PNG sending a schoolboys team to play against a senior team in Australia. The coach must be sacked and the selection panel members be dropped. – Mangi Lae, Lae

 

 

Another Ok Tedi?
SANDAUN is one of the least developed provinces in PNG despite its strategic location. It also has several ministers, thus, it is a shame to see the non-delivery of basic services province-wide. What can we expect when the giant Frieda gold-copper mine come on stream? Will we finally see some progress? So far, we have nothing to show from our forestry and marine resources. Are we going to end up like Ok Tedi? – Tatonox, via email

 

 

Upgrade airstrips, Abal
I WOULD like to thank Wabag MP Sam Abal and Wabag LLG president Roy Kipalan for implementing the five-year strategic plan and installing the solar communication system for the remote people of Maramuni. I appeal to the people of Maramuni to use the communication service wisely. I call on Mr Abal to upgrade the airstrips from Maramuni to Wapenamanda. – Kiiyan, Madang

 

 

Sr Rose deserves award
I WOULD like to congratulate Sister Rose Bernard for being conferred with a Logohu award (March 22). Sr Rose has done so much for the Jiwaka region in terms of education and health. We have seen her tirelessly efforts, commitment and dedication to the people she served as a young sister until now. I am sure many Jiwakan and Western Highlanders will agree with me that she has touched our lives and made a huge difference. As I come from Banz, I have witnessed Sr Rose working day and night to see that “Shalom centre” lives up to its name and purpose. It caters for PLWHA and provides counselling. – Mrs Kolip, Port Moresby

 

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Agiru must be joking
Southern Highlands Governor Anderson Agiru has challenged ExxonMobil to put PNG first in LNG project (The National, March 16). It was a shocking comment from a great man who claims to have architect the PNG LNG project. As a Hela man, I have lost my respect for Mr Agiru. Unless his comment was meant to be sarcastic, I find it an insult to Hela elites. Since the signing of Gas Agreement between the State and the Exxon-led consortium, I wonder whether Mr Agiru and Hela MPs know what they are talking about. As a professional, I am embarrassed by the points raised by Mr Agiru in that report. My question is why didn’t he raise them when negotiating with ExxonMobil? – Hide Angore landowner, via email

 

 

Hela and SHP will miss out
I read with interest the comments by SHP Governor Anderson Agiru to ExxonMobil. The comments were like doing damage control when the whole dam has burst and water flowing everywhere. Where were the SHP leaders when negotiations were underway? Did we do our research properly on benefits associated with the project or were caught up in accessing free cash without thinking? I hope I’m wrong but SHP and Hela look like they will have nothing to show 30 years from now. – Jeff, via email

 

 

Why did Meninga say no?
WHY did Australian NRL star Mal Meninga decided to end his association with the PNG NRL bid team? Does he know something that the PNGNRL, the minister and the rest of us are not aware of? He walks the corridor of the NRL “powers” and he should know. If he thinks the bid team is going the wrong way,  then Sports Minister Philemon Embel should take heed. Otherwise our dreams of playing in the NRL will remain just that – a dream. Any grassroots rugby league lover would go all out to keep Mr Meninga. Many of us are disappointed that did not happen. – Wong Narungnigii, Manus

 

 

Don’t abuse sports funds
Sports are a part of the development process of our country. However, some people are using sports to fill their own pockets. We are now preparing for 2015 Pacific Games which PNG will host. There is already redevelopment work going on at the Taurama Leisure Centre (TLC). I believe there are funds for the redevelopment programme by the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB). I want to know is there any tender process for contractors to bid for these projects? Please use sports money on development projects and not filling up your own pockets. – Sport for development, Port Moresby

 

 

Good move, Embel
I REFER to the report on March 18 about Nipa-Kutubu MP Philemon Embel putting health and education as his priority. This is welcome news and must be applauded. Before he does that, he needs to upgrade classrooms, dormitories, teachers’ houses, aid posts and health centres in the electorate. He also needs to sponsor smart but poor students so they can continue their secondary and tertiary education. There is also a need for good management and accountability to ensure the funds are used as intended. Our people must change their attitudes and take ownership of developments. – John Kel Hulum, Lae

 

 

Cans on roads are dangerous
I support the letter “Arrest brainless bloke” (The National, March 19). I had a frightening experience when a flattened empty can was “kicked up” by the car in front me and hit my windscreen. The impact caused a crack on my windscreen. Can RPNGC Traffic officers educate our people on the dangers of placing empty cans in the middle of our roads? – GW, Port Moresby

 

 

We need more debates
THE UPNG must be commended for taking the initiative to host the proposed Peter Donigi vs Moses Maladina debate. Over the years, we have seen some very important policies and legislations being passed although they are not really the wish of the people. We need more debates, public opinions, public forums, etc, on issues that affect us. I would like to thank Mr Maladina and Mr Donigi for finding time to debate. – Franco Wawen, via email

 

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Dismantle bid team
I refer to claim by Philemon Embel and Powes Parkop on the issue of NRL bid. The NRL has clearly stated that there is no plan for extension beyond 2013. Don’t they understand the word “beyond”? It is a shame for them to accuse the media of derailing the NRL bid process. This is the Australian NRL, and when it says there is no plan for extension, it means just that. If it is the PNGNRL, everyone knows that you can say “no” now but it will be “yes” tomorrow. It is best for the Prime Minister to dismantle the bid team. It is clear there is no chance when NRL star Mal Maninga called it quits. – Rugby league fan, Port Moresby

 

 

Absence a shame
IF the reports we read in our dailies about the absence of Western Highlands leaders at the funeral of policewoman Selly Mol, then these so-called leaders should bury their heads in shame. As far as our custom is concerned, it is paramount for our leaders to attend the funeral to show some remorse and take responsibility for the loss of a human life. Their absence speaks a lot and I believe many people have lost confidence in the leaders. As a Western Highlander, I am ashamed. – David Ulg Ketepa, Detroit, Michigan

 

 

Missing vessel
Can the office of the Member for Huon Gulf and Health Minister Sasa Zibe, including the Huon district office tell the people in the district, especially those living along the coastal villages, the whereabouts of the vessel that was purchased and launched last year for the use of the coastal people of Huon Gulf. Transportation is a major problem for the costal people of Huon Gulf, particularly those living in the south coast. The people are fed up of politicking, Mr Zibe. Please provide services to the people of Huon Gulf. – A concerned voter, via email

 

 

PM’s outburst shocking
I AM shocked with the outburst from Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare. His verbal attack on the Ombudsman Commission is uncalled for. The commission fingered him because it believes the PM is involved in the clandestine escape of Julian Moti. The PM should humble himself and face the music. The PM did not say he is innocent but chose to discredit the Ombudsman, whom the ordinary people of PNG believe is doing an excellent job. The PM definitely has some very serious questions to answer. – John Himbiri, Hela

 

 

Lahanis in trouble
LAHANIS’ season appears to be in trouble even before the 2010 bemobile Cup season starts. It has lost many key players and that will prove detrimental. It does not have a good blend of experienced players and young talents. However, I believe the management has a strategy and I hope it will be effective to restore the fans’ confidence. – Gipe Ihenimo Moss, Port Moresby

 

 

Subam’s empty promises
I WOULD like to know when South Fly MP Sali Subam is planning to fulfil his election promises. When will the Trans Fly highway be built? When will the Daru General Hospital be upgraded and medicines stocked? When will the rural health centres be upgraded and maintained? When will the toilet system in Daru town be restored? When will we get a proper market in Daru? The list goes on and on. The fact is the people of South Fly have not seen any sign of services. Are we going to see services just before the 2012 election? – Buru Owera, Daru

 

 

Stay off politics, pastors
I REFER to the recent crusade in Tabibuga in Jiwaka which was reported by our dailies. It was supposed to be a religious crusade. Instead, Evangelist Kingal and his guest speakers staged a political crusade discrediting the local MP Wake Goi with baseless accusations and fear mongering. It was not fitting for a church to discredit the work of the MP. The people of Jimi are finally seeing basic services under the leadership of a first-time MP. Mr Goi has put the previous MPs to shame. Please stop such disgusting and unwarranted attacks on Mr Goi. – Peter Siwi, New Zealand

 

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Right move by Parkop
AS a bush kanaka political observer, I support NCD Governor Powes Parkop’s move to leave the Opposition. It was a well calculated move to save his butt, literally. He has no choice as the Opposition does not have the numbers to stop whatever agenda the Government has. If it was indeed true that there was a notice on the position of the NCD governor in Parliament, it would be  political suicide for Mr Parkop to remain with the Opposition. I would not go so far as to say this is the art of war but playing politics. For those who have been saying the governor has made a mistake, welcome to the real world of politics. Sometimes it is a strategy to move one step back in order to move three steps ahead of your opponents. – Bush kanaka, Port Moresby

 

 

Wrong turn by Parkop
I AM a supporter and admirer of NCD Governor Powes Parkop. He has done much in such a short period in his first term. We all salute him for a job well done. He has supporters outside NCD too. He is like a beacon this nation is looking for. Mr Parkop has the potential to be the next PM to take PNG forward. Unfortunately, his decision to leave the Opposition was ill-advised. All the potential MPs in the current Government are tainted in one way or another. We all make mistakes one time or another, if his move was a mistake; he has plenty of time to move out. The nation is with him. The launching of his new party was to fight corruption, not to support it. – Hikira, Port Moresby

 

 

A job well done
I WOULD like to thank the people of Mekeo and Kerema and Kairuku Hiri MP Paru Aihi for setting aside time and taking the extra step and initiative to bring peace to the people of Kerema following the loss of one of our Kerema PMV drivers, the late Max Miai Sarea, who was shot at Eboa in Mekeo area. It is during time like this when the people must unite and work hand in hand to bring peace. Thank you all for a job well done. The highway is now safe for the travelling public. – Geraldine, Port Moresby

 

 

Way to go, judge
I REFER to the report “Judge cleans filthy police cells” (The National, March 15). As an observer, I find it amazing that a very highly respected person like Justice Graham Ellis has made it his mission to clean the foul-smelling cells blocks in Wabag police station. This is a wake-up call to our politicians not to walk with their nose in the air. – Daniel Yasim, Porgera

 

 

Serve the sick with dignity
I REFER to the desperate parent who was unable to get treatment for his child at POMGH and described the poor attitude of hospital staff. The person in charge of the dispensary should have been sacked. These professionals must show dedication and commitment because they are working in an institution that saves lives. How many times have we heard of health workers complaining of poor facilities and lack of equipment? These are excuses because they are not performing as expected. If only the health workers put themselves into the shoes of the poor, sick and desperate people. I appeal to all health professionals that the job you are doing is noble, so put your heart in what you are doing. – Anona Iyampon, Madang

 

 

Patients come first
I REFER to the letter “POMGH is a very sick patient” (March 17). As a doctor myself, I feel so ashamed to have the title “Dr” in front of my name. My heart goes out to this parent. I don’t know what the hospital management and medical fraternity think, but I consider it serious and very demeaning to the medical profession. I totally agree that mobile phones should not be used at all while on duty. I fear that the profession is now more money than quality and patient care oriented. My fellow colleagues, we are trained doctors, so our patients come first. – Doctor Doctor, via email

 

 

Wrong priority
I REFER to the letter “Ban unroadworthy PMVs” (The National, March 10) by “Observer”. The problem here is the traffic officers who set up road blocks. They are the ones who are failing in their duties because their main objective is to “make money”. Thus, the purpose of the road block is lost. – Another observer, Port Moresby

 

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We’ll miss you, Mrs Anian
I AM shocked and sad to hear about the death of Goroka International School teacher Hilda Anian. Mrs Anian, as she was known to many students who attended GIS, was a blessing and a gift from God. She was a great teacher. It is a time to mourn but also a time to reflect upon her life and blessings she gave to us. Words cannot describe her passion, loyalty and dedication. I convey my condolences to her family from Lafanamas. May her soul rest in peace. – Maivo Lafanama, Madang

 

 

Airport still not ready
When will the airport in Wapenamanda open? The Works and Transport minister has been going around cutting ribbons in other provinces except his own. Don’t tell me local MP Miki Kaeok is planning for a 2012 opening. The construction has taken more than three years and yet it is not ready. I call on Mr Kaeok to question the Works and Transport minister over the delay. – Yakuman, Wabag

 

 

Hageners need to change
AS a Western Highlander, I am very embarrassed to see and read about law and order problems in Mt Hagen. I call on all community leaders and young men, especially in Hagen central, to clean up our act. We cannot go on robbing and threatening people forever. We must take ownership of our behaviour. – Daniel Kofo, Lae

 

 

They are not lazy
I REFER to the letter “Lazy men of Hela” (The National, March 16) by “Hela son”. I feel sorry for my people who are waiting for their MoA funds to be released. I am helping my Hela brothers to get what was promised by the Somare Government. They are not lazy but fighting for what is rightfully theirs. The writer should assist them instead of calling them lazy. – Tru Hela igini, via email

 

 

Learn to trust Hela leaders
I AGREE there are too many Hela people floating around in Port Moresby claiming to be landowners. We should be proud our elected leaders (MPs) are doing a tireless job so that the people of Hela will benefit from the LNG project. Unfortunately, we have yet to learn to trust our leaders and because of that, we have many people roaming in the capital city. – Robert Muli Agiwa, via email

 

 

Nothing for future generations
PNG has more than enough natural resources to maintain the economy for a long time. As such, I cannot understand why the Government is allowing the developers to extract LNG from Southern Highlands instead of preserving it for the future generations. Many countries do not have such mineral deposits but yet manage to control their national budgets well. The Somare Government is not thinking about the country’s future. – Jackson Wapu, Lae

 

 

Wrong move, Parkop
AS a political observer, I believe NCD Governor Powes Parkop has made a wrong choice by siding with the corrupt group. As a role model to many people around the country, Mr Parkop has lost all the integrity and reputation he has built the moment he decided to leave the Opposition. He may claim he is not supporting the Government, but the fact is he is not part of the Opposition. That is enough for many to see that he has jumped ship. – Parkop die-hard, Lae

 

 

Shame on all MPs
THIS is in response to the amendment of section 27(4) of the Constitution (The National, March 16). I believe that Parliament has acted selfishly to remove the powers of the Ombudsman Commission. It shows how hungry and selfish our MPs are. Papua New Guineans should realise that this amendment will give politicians immunity against prosecution and they can steal at will on top of what they already have stolen. – Walin Wane, China

 

 

Selfish act
CAN you believe Sam Basil said the Opposition was misled (The National, March 16)? He must be living in a dream world all this while. It was a selfish act by MPs to curb the Ombudsman’s powers. – Ostrich, via email

 

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Good move, Kaeok
Wapenamanda MP and Enga Deputy Governor Miki Kaeok’s initiative to invest in coffee is a bold initiative and the rural people welcomed the move. Upon establishing one of the biggest coffee seedling projects in the country, he wasted no time acquiring K5 million from the Government through the Department of Agriculture and Livestock. This grant will be utilised under the Wapenamanda Coffee Cooperative Society Ltd, a company registered to manage the coffee project. There are some 200,000 coffee seedlings. When they are ready for transplanting, they will be distributed among the local farmers throughout the district at no cost. The company will also fund the maintenance of existing smallholder coffee plantations. This project is the first of its kind in the district and is expected to generate some K8 million in the next 10 years. – Sandem, Lumbus village, Wapenamanda

 

 

Reaction shocking
The way the ruling National Alliance party and its coalition partners responded to the Moti report is shocking. The reaction is a venomous and an attack on our Constitution. Our elected leaders have seriously undermined the Constitution, judging from the way they refused to accept the report. This is shocking and scary. It seems everything done by our elected leaders is done with motives and not necessarily the right thing. They do not consider the future and welfare of the constituents they represent or how their actions will affect the country. It seems MPs are convinced they must debate and vote on party lines, regardless of the contents or issues on hand. This is ridiculous and plain stupid. Some MPs even try to justify their action (or lack of it) through the media. What a lame bunch of MPs we have. – Uncle Zurro, via email

 

 

Madang, new pothole town
LAE is known as the pothole city. Unfortunately, its Morobean neighbour, Madang, is now seriously vying for that title. There are huge potholes in the town and a small sedan could easily be engulfed by the crater-like potholes. No street is free of potholes. The authorities are pretending everything is fine by dumping limestone or clay. But they do not last. Can I conclude that Madang does not have the funds to do a proper job? I call on Madang Governor Sir Arnold Amet and local MP Buka Malai to do a reality check. The people have had enough of petty politics; they want services. – Tidak Mog, Madang

 

 

Urgent response vital
I condemn the constant harassments on students by locals living around the vicinity of Dauli Teacher’s College. The people must understand that this is a national institution and serves students from all over the country. Over the years, Dauli has produced some hard working teachers with good moral values and professional ethics. If the Government is serious about the universal basic education goal, it must address this issue immediately. Electricity is another problem and I call on the Government to purchase a generator so that trainee teachers can learn and study in peace. – Johnny Yapo Paraeels, Manila

 

 

Engans must see the light
TRIBAL fights in Enga will only stop when the people truly commit themselves to God. The initiative, “Lusim gun holim sapol”, initiated by Wabag MP and Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Abal, while commendable, is unlikely to work. I call on church leaders to spread the gospel of Jesus far and wide in Enga. Once these people see the light, fighting will stop. – Trupla Engan, Lae

 

 

Bleak days ahead
PLEASE tell me where on Earth you will find a leader, who is implicated, still remaining in office. Senior politicians in the US, Australia and other countries would have stepped down and allow investigations to be carried out. Only in PNG will you find such leaders. How can the Prime Minister call the Ombudsman Commission, which he set up, stupid? Are we seeing a dictator in our midst? Once the Ombudsman Commission loses its power, we will be in trouble. Even the LNG project will not change one thing. The future looks bleak. Enough is enough. – Bush lawyer, Port Moresby

 

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Parkop is PNG’s only hope
OF the 109 Members of Parliament we have, NCD Governor Powes Parkop is the only MP, in my opinion, who has all the right ingredients to become the next Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. Back in 2007, I had doubts of his leadership capabilities. In fact, he was not even my first preference choice. When he launched his United Democratic Party at the National Parliament two weeks ago, I could feel the earth move as it sent shockwaves among the corrupt and power-hungry people. Mr Parkop is transparent, accountable, visionary, decisive, dynamic, vibrant and uncompromising. We need more Powes Parkops to bring PNG forward. – J. Monguai, Port Moresby

 

 

Poor call by Parkop
NCD Governor Powes Parkop needs to reconsider his decision to join the middlebench. He and Bulolo MP Sam Basil are seen as champions of the underprivileged but that tide may change. The Somare government’s performance with regards to corruption, nepotism, power and respect for the Constitution and the laws of this land is appalling. Just look at the Moti affair and past inquiries being swept under the carpet. This country is really going to the dogs. The decision by Mr Parkop to quit the Opposition camp was a poor call. I urge him to reconsider his decision. – Daulo pass, Aiyura

 

 

NCD governor’s post like yoyo
IT looks like the NCD governor’s position is like a yoyo as the ruling “mob” in the government can remove or maintain according to their whims and fancies. No wonder other countries see PNG as a corrupt nation. The Somare government is close to removing the Ombudsman Commission as it is standing in its way to “self-help governance”. I call on the people of PNG be ready to remove these “self-help” politicians in the next election. They have abused the people’s trust to help themselves instead of serving the people. – Sokol Katin, Port Moresby

 

 

Balob going paperless
Balob Teachers’ College, one of the biggest primary teachers’ college, has taken an unprecedented undertaking to purchase 40 laptop computers for its staff from Abel Computers (The National, March 11). It is a very big undertaking by the principal, his two deputies and the administration must be commended. Deputy principal, academic, Peter Seth said it was a calculated risk. As the education division was slow to act, Balob Teachers’ College decided to take a risk to purchase the laptops. The lecturers are paying 70% of the cost while the college meets the remainder. – Grateful teacher, Balob

 

 

Lazy men of Hela
IT seems to me men from Hela has nothing to do back home but hang around in Port Moresby under the pretext of chasing MoA funds, royalties, BSA, etc. And when they do get the money, they blow them on pokies, liquor, prostitutes, etc, instead of sending the funds home. I appeal to the SHP provincial government and Hela’s educated elites to educate the men who are roaming the streets of Port Moresby to go home. As an educated guy from Hela, I am ashamed by the action of my fellow brothers. – Hela son, Port Moresby

 

 

Thanks, Sir Arnold
I WOULD like to commend and thank Madang Governor Sir Arnold Amet and the provincial government for paying our school fees this year. This is a first for Madang students. On behalf of all Madang students in the country, I take this opportunity to say thank you. – Unitech student, Lae

 

 

Thanks, ADB
I AM very happy to read about the K30 million funding to upgrade the Kundiawa-Gembogl road in Simbu province. On behalf of the villagers, I would like to thank the Asian Development Bank and MP Joe Mek Teine. This road is the lifeline of the people. As such, I call on the people to take ownership and respect the contractors. They must stop the bad habit of claiming compensation because it will affect the progress of not only the road, but the people of the electorate. It is time we change our attitude. – John Kua, Lae

 

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A loss for PNG
THE death of Bernard Narokobi is very sad. He was a household name among the Sepiks and Papua New Guineans and his history in politics speak for themselves. While many eminent PNG nationals are in their twilight years or have passed on, the young and educated Papua New Guineans must learn to uphold the standards set and achieved by these elders. Apart from Mr Narokobi’s history in education, politics and governance, I would remember him for his novel published by Divine Word University called Two Seasons. I think it was the best novel ever written by a national. It was a memoir of a traditional village life, set along the west coast of Wewak. I convey my condolences to the immediate families of the late Mr Narokobi. – Elias Nanau, via email

 

 

PNG lost a true leader
ON behalf of PNG students studying in Canberra, I would like to convey our condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the late Bernard Narokobi. His death is a loss to PNG. He was a down-to-earth, a philosopher and a true patriot who believed in resolving things the Melanesian way even if it did not go well with others. His services to the country, especially the Constitution, are noteworthy. He helped set up the pillar of what PNG is today. May his soul rest in peace. – Samuel Yuguru, PNGCSA executive, via email 

 

 

Jail cops
I FEEL insulted and angry with the treatment of the mystery woman lawyer by our so-called policemen who are supposed to uphold the law. Last Monday, women from all walks of life celebrated International Women’s Day to acknowledge women’s contribution as mothers, sisters, and daughters. While women’s achievement and contribution were noted, we have these so-called officers of the law who think they are above the law and rape a woman while in detention. I wonder how many women had been sexually abused and assaulted while in custody. The officers should be jailed and the keys thrown away if they are found guilty. –  Concerned educationists, via email

 

 

Officers tarnished police force
I AM shocked to read about policemen raping suspect Helen Mark Kuipa, the mystery woman lawyer behind the escape of William Kapris from Bomana prison. These officers have tarnished the good name of our hard working police force. – R. Knox, Daulo Peak

 

 

Seal road, Harokaqveh
THE condition of Bihute Prison Road is getting from bad to worse. The potholes are now becoming craters. Is Goroka town competing with Lae city to see who has the worst roads? What is Goroka MP Thompson Harokaqveh doing? His campaign house in along the road so there is no way he does not know what is going on unless he has lost his way at the Waigani swamps. I call on the good MP to seal the road. – Jeremiah Goi, Goroka

 

 

Reward leaders who perform
PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare must reshuffle his cabinet. He must reward leaders who perform. Recently, I went to a night club and saw a minister playing pokies and surrounded by women. I find his behaviour unacceptable. – Janneth James, Mt Hagen

 

 

 

Are we ruled by a dictator?
AS a concerned citizen of PNG, I read with alarm about the Moti report. It is clear our PM has breached national and international laws. For the PM to denounce the report is truly insane. The report was prepared by a legitimate State body, the Ombudsman Commission. Only a dictator will ridicule and question the Ombudsman Commission. Please, PM, let justice take its course. – Concerned citizen, Sydney

 

 

A bad call
FOR Parliament to vote 83-0 to curb the powers of the Ombudsman Commission is a victory for corruption. And for the Opposition to go along with the government is all the more sickening. PNG is heading for disaster. Corrupt leaders can start looking for opportunities to build their empires and divert public funds to enrich themselves. It is vital to reinstate the OC to its original responsibility. – Michael Kossie, Port Moresby

 

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Can we believe Kapris?
I REFER to the report “Politicians funded escape” (March 2). In the past few weeks, our daily newspapers have been reporting about the involvement of prominent politicians and businessmen in the planning and subsequent escape of William Kapris. One question we should ask is did the journalist actually speak to Kapris. From my observation and opinion, I believe Kapris has been “coached” to say what he said. I dare say the truth will only be revealed when Kapris is allowed to speak freely without the presence of policemen. For all we know Kapris may not be as notorious or dangerous as he has been made out to be by the police and media. But one thing is for sure, he has to be smart in order to walk out of a maximum security jail. – Smart copper, Port Moresby

 

 

Name the politicians
After reading your articles on Tuesday and Wednesday about William Kapris’ revelation and your editorial, I say it is time for the public to know who the culprits are. They have brought shame to the country and their names should be published so the people know who these shameful people are. Many of us are struggling to make ends meet while those who are well-off, chose to rob the country. What a shame! – Interested, Port Moresby

 

 

Justice must prevail
NO one is above the law or God. Justice must prevail whether it is a simple man or a big shot. Politicians, civilians and law abiding people must face the law of the country. There is nothing to hide – all must admit and surrender. Due to their own greed and selfishness, they must be made to face the law. Justice must prevail at all levels, enough is enough! – Concerned citizen, Port Moresby

 

 

Kapris in no-win scenario
FROM the news reports, I will not be surprised if William Kapris is let out of jail on technicalities when his case is heard in court. But he will remain incarcerated for breaking out of prison and possession of weapon. – Bushman, Port Moresby

 

 

Don’t be a cry baby
I REFER to the letter by “Infuriated” (March 2). DWU is expensive because it is a privately-operated institution and does not receive any funding from the Government. The only form of funding is the K2,700 Hecas package and AES. DWU provides the best education compared to other institutions and it is now expanding its reliance on IT. There is no excuse for people to complain about high school fees when the Government is doing nothing to improve and upgrade other tertiary institutions. I suggest the writer not to sit down and wait for handouts but learn to be independent like many of us who come from poor families. – Independents, Madang

 

 

Dion is right
I Refer to your article about Kerevat National High School renovation (March 3). The ENB government and its people pride themselves on an history of high ethical standards and integrity, hence, any allegations to the contrary must be fully investigated. Governor Leo Dion is right to insist on an investigation before any reconciliation can take place. – Himson Walagat, Lae

 

 

It’s not Stingerz
I REFER to the sports report “Bears sent packing” (March 3). It stated “After taking out the minor premiership for the 2009-10 season (Stingerz)… For your information, the United Sisters Women’s softball club were the minor premiers for 2009-10 season. – True spirit of softball, via email

 

 

Traffic pollution
I CALL on the responsible authorities to ensure that vehicles emitting thick black fumes from their exhaust pipes are taken off the road and their owners or drivers fined heavily. These vehicles should be banned from using our roads. It is becoming common these days to see such vehicles on our roads. I cannot understand how these vehicles can be certified fit and get their safety stickers. Pollution is going from bad to worse and we do not need these vehicles to increase the level of pollution. – Motorist, Port Moresby

 

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Poor salary for teachers
CORRECT me if I am wrong but it is time to change way we hire teachers. I have a friend who is an elementary teacher. She started her training in 2005. She underwent the six-week course without pay or allowance. After that, she was paid K60 a fortnight. After two years of teaching, she was paid K120. Last year, she got another pay rise to K180. But after some other deductions, her salary is K120. As a concerned parent, how can she survive on that salary in a city like Port Moresby? I have seen too many teachers having to borrow money to survive. I call on the government and Education Department to look into this problem and carry a proper review of our teachers’ salary. – Steven Vaga, via email

 

 

Keep Popondetta clean
Early this year, the residents of Popondetta got together and cleaned up the town. It was the first time everyone rolled up their sleeves and did something instead of harping about it. The town and its surrounding areas were given a thorough clean-up. That was really cool. When I saw what was happening, I thought everyone probably did it as a New Year’s resolution to keep the town free from rubbish. However, I was shocked when I heard some people lining up to ask for payment. Keeping our town clean is our responsibility, not demanding for money to keep it clean. – Joe Simbiken, Popondetta

 

 

Where are Lae cops?
Holdups along the Highlands Highway between 2-Mile and 5-Mile are sickening for people living outside Lae. We are forced to go to town to do our shopping and banking every week. It was particularly bad last month with holdups almost a daily occurrence. I wonder if our police officers are working or sleeping. Sometimes, these raskols will change their locations between 6-Mile and 9-Mile. Can the Lae police patrol along this stretch until 9-Mile regularly? I believe the presence of the police will deter these raskols. – Insecure, Lae

 

 

Fix the roads, Honale
I AM surprised and angry to read about Peter Honale going to the press over the poor state of Lae roads and blaming the government for it. As far as I know, he is the general secretary of Morobe Governor Luther Wenge’s Pipol First Party. As such, he should treat this issue as an in-house matter and talk this over with his leader to find ways and means to fix Lae roads and associated problems in the city and Morobe province. – Ngairaco Gundu, Port Moresby

 

 

Arrest politicians
I REFER to the report about William Kapris claiming politicians are involved in the robbery and funding the prisoners escape. It is sad that PNG has come to this stage. How can we trust our politicians now when they are no better than criminals? Corruption starts from the top and it is now entrenched in our culture. The police must arrest these so-called leaders now especially when they have the names of the politicians who are involved and put an end to corruption. – PNG man, via email

 

 

Reveal the names
NOW that William Kapris has named names, can the public know who these people are? It is a shame taxpayers’ money have been used to fund criminal activities. Who should we go to for help because the people mandated to lead and protect us are now using their positions against us. The people have also been prevented from voicing their cries and, as usual, the Prime Minister will not take any actions as we have seen so many times. – Tax payer, Port Moresby

 

 

Publish names and pictures
WILLIAM Kapris and his band of criminals have been stealing the headlines for the past two months. Stories and pictures of how they were captured were published for the whole nation to see and, I guess, the world too, via internet. On Tuesday, we read about Kapris naming the politicians and those involved. I say it is now time to publish their names and pictures for PNG and the whole world to see who the real crooks are. These so-called leaders must also get the same treatment as the prisoners. – Point of view, Lae

 

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Invite for touch footy
THE Touch Federation PNG has received its first invitation for school age players to take part in this year’s Southern Skies touch football tournament in Brisbane, Australia. An elated TFPNG president Joe Yore said the Southern Skies marketing and event manageress Carly Johnson had extended the invitation to PNG for junior players to be part of the event from July 5-9. “We would like to invite Touch football PNG to join us at the 2010 Southern Skies tournament which offers touch players diverse and exciting competition interspersed with a range of cultural and social experiences,” Yore said.  The divisions on offer are Boys: U18 and U16, Girls: U18 and U16 and the Mixed Under 18.

 

 

Schloeffel wins triathlon event
TWO-time winner of last year’s sprint triathlon event, Andrew Schloeffel, showed his class by winning the first short course event for this year in a time of 22 minutes at Ela Beach course in Port Moresby last Saturday. The first course was a success with 34 participants competing – more than half of them new entries in the event. The event comprised of a 500m swim and a 3km run along Ela Beach. Schloeffel of Cardno Acil won the event with a time of 22 minutes with Adam Ampao coming in second on 22:48 and James Carroll of Digicel in third with a time of 23:15.

 

 

Association to hold meet
THE Port Moresby Darts Association will hold its annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday at Club 22 at Gordon, National Capital District. All teams are required to send two delegates to attend the important meeting to elect new office bearers. Soon after the AGM, the team knockouts start. All teams and players have been urged to attend the competition because it would make up the calendar for the year. Nominations are now open for new intending teams to register. The team registration fee is K30 for the knockouts this weekend.Those wishing to get more information can contact Francesca Kupe on 76883548 or 72488485 or call Jacinta So-on on 76212897.

 

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A letdown by Graham
Anglimp-South Waghi MP Jamie Maxtone-Graham has been the MP for seven years. But the sad thing is there is nothing to show for it. He has performed so many ground breaking projects and they have remained just that. No follow-ups, zilch. How many times have we seen him back home? He spends all his time in Port Moresby and elsewhere but home. First time MPs like Sam Basil (Bulolo) and Wake Goi (Jimi) spend 98% of their time in their electorates. They eat, sleep, breathe and walk with their people on a daily basis. If only Mr Maxtone-Graham set aside a fraction of that, then he will know the problems we are facing back home. – Konjambi Kusipil, via email

 

 

Agiru is still SHP governor
Southern Highlands province Governor Anderson Agiru is not resigning. This is a total lie fanned by Mr Agiru’s opponents. The governor is spending more time out of the province and country to enable him to raise funds from abroad to finance the commitments under the BSA and LBBSA. With Mr Agiru away, Pr Joseph Isaac is the acting governor and he will be assisted by Francis Potabe. Mr Agiru is a small man with big heart for his people and country. He is committed to deliver and fulfil the developments entailed in the BSA and LBBSA. – Henry Kumabugo, Hela

 

 

Congrats, Beli
ON behalf of my family, relatives and friends in Enga, SHP and ESP, I would like to congratulate Senior Insp Albert Beli who has been promoted to chief inspector. He has done us all proud by achieving this. Keep up your good work as you continue to serve the people of Enga and PNG as a whole. – Nena Amesi, SHP

 

 

Leaders useless
THE education of more than 1,000 girls at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Mul-Baiyer, WHP, has been thrown into chaos with the closure of the school. What I cannot understand is why Governor Tom Olga and MP Sani Rambi are not doing anything to intervene and resolve the issue affecting the school. I believe we have made a huge mistake in opting for a young, inexperienced and immature leadership when they cannot even address and resolve a simple issue like the one affecting Notre Dame Secondary School. – Fed up, Mt Hagen

 

 

Notre Dame students still out
THIS is the fifth week of the new academic year but the students of Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Mul-Baiyer, WHP, are wondering when they can go back to school. I appeal to the provincial education board and the Catholic church to resolve whatever issues they have quickly with the landowners. The longer it takes, the more lessons the children will miss out. – CPX 104, Madang

 

 

Rugby fanatic
ENGA Governor Peter Ipatas is the only politician who loves his rugby league more than politics. He is an avid follower of his favourite Mioks and the Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup competition. We should simply dub him as PNG No.1 rugby league fan. Mr Ipatas spends more money and time on promoting rugby league in his province and the entire region than any other sporting code. It would be great if he can transfer that same passion to developing his province. – Frank Goi, Madang

 

 

Chare’s death a great loss
THE death of the Enga PPC Supt Michael Chare is a great loss to the province. Under his command, he had done so much to change the image of the province. The province was known for its never-ending warfare but since Supt Chare became the PPC, fighting finally stopped. I convey my condolences to the family of Supt Chare. May his soul rest in peace. – Timailipin Campbell Taipu, Madang

 

 

A loss for RPNGC
THE sudden death of Enga PPC Supt Michael Chare is a shock and a huge loss for the Royal PNG onstabulary and the country. He had contributed and done so much to clean up the province. I convey my condolences to his family and friends. – JJ, via email

 

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Soccer referee’s course on
THE PNG Football Association (PNGFA) will conduct to regional referee courses in the coming week for the Highlands and New Guinea Island regions. PNGFA chief executive officer Dimirit Mileng said the first regional course for the Highlands would be held at the National Sports Institute in Goroka from March 4-12 while the NGI will be held in Buka from March 16-20. The course will be conducted by FIFA appointed OFC referee instructor Neil Poloso from Solomon Islands. Mileng said potential female match officials were encouraged to attend. Those wishing to take part in this five -day course should forward their names to development officer Taku Niebo on fax number 3232591. Names of nominees must be endorsed by the member association president. The referees are responsible for their own travel arrangement while PNGFA will look after meals, accommodation and other internal expenses.

 

 

Corporate basketball flops
PORT Moresby Corporate Basketball games coordinator Larwarance Lahari is appealing to business houses to put their teams into the corporate games challenge which started last Saturday at the Hohola basketball courts. Lahari said the competition got off to a snail’s pace with the only teams that turned up for the games being NTIL, Telikom and Post-Courier, with the matches played in searing conditions. Lahari is appealing to teams, who have indicated their interest, to show up at the Hohola Basketball grounds and participate in the games. The other teams who have registered are Petromin, bemobile, OGIMMO, Concept, Monier and InterOil.

 

 

Cairns match for Mozzies
AFLPNG has selected 30 players to make the emerging Mosquitoes side for the AFL Cairns pre-season tournament set from March 12-20 in Cairns, Australia. The players were picked from the BSP Super Series held over the series of weekends last December and early this year.  The squad has an excellent mix of experience and youth and has been selected to give more experience to the pool of players needed for the Oceania Cup later this year and next year’s the International Cup. The squad will be trimmed to a 25-man touring team. Meanwhile, AFLPNG staff in all four regions are well into their yearly planning as the school year starts around the country. School clinics and community clinics will soon start in all four regions.

 

 

Cricket top four into semis
THE final round results for the POM Cricket Association saw several close matches with all top four teams showing good form heading into the finals. SNS United, CS Raukele, BNG Poreporena and Badili Hardware STC all made it through to the semis-finals this weekend. At the Amini Park on Saturday, Badili Hardware STC (8/154) scored a two wicket win over SNS United (10/153).  On Sunday, Raukele, who hit 10/166 from 31.4 overs, thrashed Kempa (10/89) by 77 runs while BNG Poreporena maintained their momentum with 101 run win over PMMI Taora.

 

 

Bears sent packing
THE former Port Moresby women’s softball premiers, Airways Bears, made an early exit without so much as a growl by a spirited Stringerz side 1-0 last weekend. It was sweet revenge forStringerz after the loss in the 2008-09 season final. They now proceed into the next phase of finals series and await the outcome of United Sisters and Wantoks game.
While the winners of United Sisters and Wantoks head straight into the grand final, the losers will meet a red hot Stingerz side. After taking out the minor premiership for the 2009-10 season, they would like to put an icing on the cake by taking out the premiership for the first time, just in its second season in Port Moresby women’s softball.

 

 

Canoe club holds races
THE Konedobu Kanu Klab (3K) held a single outrigger  series last month over a 475m in the Moresby Harbour. In the men’s division Brendan Coombs in 2:05 recorded the fastest time ahead of Neil Papenfus (2:14) and Neil Thorogood (2:23). For the women Lydia Sagati paddled strongly to finish in 2:39 while Kate Innes was not far behind in 2:44. 3K club president Papenfus was impressed with the efforts from its paddlers and said the format was sure to attract more members for the next single outrigger event. The next race will be held on March 28 at the Royal Papua Yacht club with coompetition open to only 3K members.

 

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POM PMVs unreliable
I WOULD like to air my opinion on the public transport system in Port Moresby. In a nutshell, it is unreliable. Many PMVs do not complete their scheduled routes and sometimes do not even stop for people at designated bus stops. The people at the bus stops do not bother to line up but push and jostle to get on board. What a shame. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen people getting on board by climbing through the windows or jumping out. I am looking forward to the new buses which Governor Powes Parkop has brought in. – PMV commuter, Port Moresby

 

 

Shameful act
I refer to the report in The National (Feb 23) about the sex scandals involving a senior staff of the PNG High Commission to the Solomons. This staff must be recalled, suspended and charged with negligence of duty. Instead of serving the country, he has brought shame.  We do not need such filth. I call on Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Abal to recall the entire PNG staff in Honiara. This is not the first incident and we have to act. – Critic, via email

 

 

PNG National Party still alive?
I AM a financial member of the PNG National Party. I would like to renew my membership but there are no provincial executives in Eastern Highlands province to help me. I also want to know what is happening to the party. It is is one of the oldest parties which used to have honest and wise leaders such as the late Sir Thomas Kavali and Sir Iambaki Okuk among others. I call on the current executives to tell us its plans. – James Yangoma, Goroka

 

 

Thanks, Orimiyo
I would like to commend Henganofi MP Ferao Orimiyo for partly assisting students’ school fees. Many of our parents are poor and the assistance by Mr Orimiyo has been a blessing. I call on the people of Henganofi to put aside their political difference and work together with the MP and ensure his plans are carried out. – Silent observer, Goroka

 

 

Grab opportunity, Yamo
I AM pleased to see Australian professional boxing promoters such as Peter Maniatis and Angela Di Carlo promoting talented young boxer Rickson Yamo. It is rare for Papua New Guineans to be given such opportunities. Yamo’s achievement is good news for other up and coming boxers and PNG as a whole. His participation in the lead-up fights in Melbourne next month is a golden opportunity. – Malcolm Barney Paijako, Port Moresby

 

 

School fee worry
STUDYING in an expensive institution like Divine Word University (DWU) is like walking on a heated iron bar for a poor kid like me. My biggest worry now is whether I can complete paying the Hecas fee of K4,890. To make things worse, other MPs are helping students from their electorates with subsidies. I wonder whether the Kompiam-Ambun MP will do that. – Infuriated, Madang

 

 

Unfair distribution of funds
I cannot see the reason why a huge sum of money belonging to the PNG Gaming Board is being spent on a particular district and not on other districts in PNG. Is this because the CEO comes from that particular district? This is unfair and unjust as the money is not his discretionary funds. – Togoba mile, via email

 

 

Well done, Genia
I read with pride about Will Genia being given the captaincy of the Queensland Reds. This is not luck but through determination, commitment and sheer hard work. Unfortunately, these attributes are missing in our homegrown players. Congratulations, Genia. – The critic, via email

 

 

Morata, a mini Lae
I wonder which MP is responsible for the roads in Morata suburb. It is like a mini Lae. To me, the good MP is just another Luther Wenge, all hot air and no substance. – Kegum Tuu, Port Moresby

 

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Good  move, Kapi Nato
I AM a Hekari United supporter and have been following the club’s progress closely. I saw the
O-League qualifying match between Hekari and the Solomon Islands team, which Hekari won and I went home proud because regardless of where the players come from, Hekari is a PNG team. I missed the game against Vanuatu recently because of prior commitment. The owner, John Kapi Nato, has raised the bar another level by pumping in a lot of money and bringing good players to beef up the team. He is also assisting the grassroots in other centres. To the critics who have been criticising him, the answer is simple: when you have spent so much money, you expect positive results. It is now a challenge to PNG players currently with Hekari to step up and give 110%. – Silent supporter, Port Moresby

 

 

No help from woman officer
When it comes to customer service and professionalism, many officers in Papua New Guinea are arrogant, ignorant, aggressive and unprofessional in dealing with their clients. The public service is the worst performer in this regard. One such case is the UPNG open campus in Madang, where a female officer’s eyeballs seemed to be stuck on the computer. She does not even bother attend to students’ queries.  I have been a student here for the last two years and face difficulties in trying to get my queries answered. On the other hand, the male officer conducts himself professionally and I thank him very much. Education in PNG needs institutions and officers to be vigilant and supportive, not the other way around. – Tidak Mog, Madang

 

 

Educate our children
THE government should put more emphasis on our children’s education. More funds should be budgeted for this purpose. Right now, we see many of our children roaming the streets and getting into illegal activities. Although Education Department, donor agencies, politicians and teachers are trying their best to ensure our children get an education, the government is not playing its part. Our children are our future and they must be educated. – Ronny Knox Angu, via email

 


 
Students want clarification
CAN the Enga provincial government (EPG) tell Engan students in universities and colleges whether it is subsidising 30% of our total school fees this year? The EPG has said it will be subsidising 30% of all students in schools. Can the governor or the EPG clarify this once and for all? – BJ, via email

 

 

Oro leaders gone quiet
WESTERN province Governor Dr Bob Danaya has been very vocal in the media recently about the conditions of roads and bridges in Oro province. As an Oro man, I appreciate the governor’s concern for the Oro people. Instead of refuting the claims, the governor and the two elected Members of Oro have gone silent. What a shame. Oro needs its leaders to wake up and not play dumb. – Kaiwa Meni,
Tabubil

 

 

Don’t spoil PNG’s name
FOR the past few months, I have been living in hell and divorce is now imminent. This is because my husband is having affairs with two women from an airline company. These women, who are also married and have their own children, have no qualms about having affairs with married men who have children. I am now afraid of my life and health as HIV/AIDS and STDs are very high in PNG. These women are giving PNG women a bad name. – Disgusted, via email

 

 

Sex scandal a disgrace
I REFER to the sex scandal in the Solomon Islands involving our diplomatic staff. I am ashamed by the disgraceful behaviours of our people. I call on Minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Abal to recall everyone immediately. Who knows, it might be just the tip of an iceberg. How can an envoy make sexual advances to a staffer? This is the most shameful act, let alone the promise of thousand of kina to pay for sexual favours. – Concerned Papua New Guinean, via email

 

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Australian PM a true leader
Recently, I came across an article by AAP,  “PM accepts responsibility for insulation” (Feb 23). It was about the allegedly environmental friendly insulation that turned deadly when it led to the death of four people and the burning of 93 houses. While the content is purely Australian, what struck me was the way their leaders responded. Instead of pointing fingers or denying the issue, both the minister and prime minister accepted responsibility. As a Papua New Guinean, I wonder when our politicians and PM will act likewise. When will they claim responsibility? Our proud politicians need to be humble and say sorry and accept responsibility. Such gestures can be the catalyst for change. – Yal Bal, Sydney

 

 

Right move by Agiru
I REFER to the K10 million allocation by Southern Highlands province Governor Anderson Agiru for the Boram Hospital rehabilitation in Angoram, East Sepik. The money is from tax credit scheme, not from equity or royalty for landowners. As such, landowners have no ownership and control over tax credit schemes. As a governor, Mr Agiru has the political power to make such decision for the benefit of the people. We must also understand a Hela’s character. He or she will always help others in need. Therefore, Mr Agiru practised what is morally right. We must also remember that the people of Hela are not only confined to the SHP but all over PNG. – W.A, Tari

 

 

Good decision, Polye
I WOULD like to take this opportunity to thank Kandep MP and Minister for Transport, Works and Civil Aviation Don Polye for his timely move on free education for young Kandepens from elementary to tertiary level. His announcement has lifted a huge burden from many parents’ shoulders. With the rising cost of living, it is hard for many parents to meet their children’s school fees. I call on all school-age children in Kandep to grab this opportunity. – Makep Ikining, Port Moresby

 

 

Steer clear from the greedy
SO much has been said about Pomio MP and National Planning Minister Paul Tiensten. He has leadership qualities and has done some good things. However, it only takes one silly mistake to tarnish a good reputation. If he succumbs to external forces, then he is finished. I call on Mr Tiensten to disassociate from those who are only interested in their own personal gains. – Kevin Luana, Port Moresby

 

 

Give us a chance
I REFER to the letter “No big projects” (The National, Feb 15) by “No gat wok” of Popondetta. I agree with the writer. It is not right for major companies (named) to have their advertising done elsewhere. There is law to protect the local industry but why is it not being enforced? Papua New Guineans can also do a good job but we are not given a chance to show our talents. – Peter Wera, Kundiawa

 

 

Attempt to pervert justice
AS I found out to my cost, PNG does not recognise the customary or traditional marriage of expatriates to PNG nationals. Expatriates paying expensive bride price and holding traditional ceremonies count for nothing unless the wedding has been registered or sanctioned by the church. As such, claims by the women arrested in a vice raid at a logging camp are an attempt to pervert the course of justice. – Arthur Williams, Cardiff, Wales

 

 

Tap hydro power
WHEN it comes to clean and green energy, it is a crime not to not capitalise on  hydro power in PNG. We should be producing cheap power and attracting foreign investors to set up factories. This means jobs for our unemployed people. We are blessed with high rainfall and are never short of water. There is also no need to spend billions before we can harness the energy like coal and gas. – Chris Rehder, Brisbane

 

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Well done, Ghodake and Kola
I WOULD like to congratulate NARI director-general Dr Raghunath Ghodake for being appointed a member of CGIAR fund council. I would also like to acknowledge the brain behind NARI, the chairman of NARI council Dr John Kola. People have seen NARI growing from strength to strength and leading in agricultural research in the country. NARI is a well-managed institution in PNG. Dr Ghodake is a man with wide experience and knowledge in agricultural research and has contributed a lot to NARI. Dr Kola, a former director CCRI, DAL secretary and managing director NAQIA, has vast management experience. NARI is fortunate to have two leading experts to lead it. – Apana James, Goroka

 

 

Ramu River not a dump
THE Ramu River has been a source of life for generations. It is not a dumping ground. Unfortunately, many people have seen fit to use it as such and it is now polluted with waste from construction activities, sludge, chemicals from heavy and light machineries, rusty metals, plastic bags, sewerage waste and the list goes on. One of the worst polluters is from the Ramu nickel mine site at Kurumbukari. I call on the MCC not to use the river as a dumping ground. The company can even conduct a study on the river. If Basamuk Bay in Rai Coast district has been studied, then do one for Ramu River too. – James Kias, Middle Ramu

 

 

Moresby full of litterbugs
I WOULD like to express my dissatisfaction to the driver of an Izusu vehicle (registration number and company named) of a local company. The driver collected rubbish from Gateway Hotel and sped all to way to the dump without realising that he was dropping piles of rubbish along the road in the process. The NCD governor has spent millions of kina trying to beautify the city and we do not need irresponsible people like the driver. I have also observed we have many irresponsible people throwing rubbish out from their cars or buses. Please let us all change our attitude and keep the city clean. – Public eye, Port Moresby

 

 

Oro needs help now
I JUST got back from my wife’s village in Oro province. It was like travelling back in time when I was there. Where is Governor Suckling Tamanabae? The good pastor seemed to have disappeared. Where is the Restoration Authority? The people of Oro are still struggling to recover from Cyclone Guba, which hit three years ago, and the recent floods have destroyed roads, bridges, and livelihood. Roads and bridges need to be rebuilt. Schools and health facilities need to be restored. Where are the provincial leaders? Oro has so much potential but the provincial government is not doing anything at all. What a shame. – John Lomew, Lae

 

 

Get rid of illegal tenants
I REFER to the report “Hostel tenants cry foul over water woes” (Feb 23). Just by taking a look at the picture, I could feel pity for them, lining up to collect water from a broken pipe. Of the nine people in the picture, seven are illegal tenants. Is it any wonder why the hostel has continuous water and power cuts over long periods of time? That’s the issue and a real problem the hostel is facing. – NHC legal tenant, Port Moresby

 

 

Time to end strike
THE strike at UOG has gone on long enough. We have lost almost four weeks of studies. Many of our parents’ worked hard to raise the money so we can get an education which they did not get during their youths. Do we want to see their efforts go to waste? It’s time for a compromise. – Fed up, Goroka

 

 

Quick action needed
IT has been almost four weeks since the UOG students’ call to dissolve the interim council and set up full council. Students are not attending classes and four weeks of the semester has flown by. Can the authorities act quickly before the prolonged strike cost this semester? – Israel Mahgao, via email

 

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Highway needs major overhaul
THE landslips along the Highlands Highway are a nightmare and pose a threat to the lifeline of the five Highlands provinces and the multi-billion LNG project. If prompt measures are not taken immediately, then we can expect our economy to be affected because the highway is the backbone of the country. The landslips would not have happened if there had been proactive planning and rehabilitation programmes to replace the aging culverts which are some 40-50 years old. As a result of negligence by the Works Department, we are now seeing natural disasters along the Highlands Highway. The band aid response is not the answer as it is making the situation worse. What we need is a major rehabilitation work of the entire highway. –  Kulga Pings Kange, Hides, SHP

 

 

Shutout unwarranted
I would like to express my dissatisfaction over the manner in which National Planning Minister and Pomio MP Paul Tiensten was treated at the recent Cabinet meeting in Kimbe. It appears that the NA power struggle in the New Guinea Islands has reached a crisis point. The West New Britain governor has no right to do what he did. I call on Peter Humphreys to  tell the people of Pomio and PNG the reasons behind his decision. Shutting someone out is not a good sign of democracy and good governance. Proper procedures should always be adhered to. It is now high time for reconciliation among the New Guinea Islands leaders for the sake of good governance and service delivery in the region. – KL Malupo, Maso village, East Melkoi

 

 

Progress in Kainantu finally
THE people of Kainantu, especially town residents, have reason to smile because they are finally going to enjoy a proper water supply and sewerage system. The people had been suffering silently for the past 30 years. Development was thwarted due to non-existence of water supply and sewerage system. The Eastern Highlands provincial government and the European Union must be commended. Kainantu is the gateway to the Highlands region and it is important to give visitors a positive impression. The Kainantu MP must focus on bringing development to the township. He can start that by employing local contractors to maintain the roads. – Anona Iyampon, Madang

 

 

Unitech in chaos
AFTER being forced to stay with his cousin sister for several days at the 4-Mile settlement, my son was eventually given a room to share with another student at Okari campus, which is a fair distance from the Unitech main campus. What is going to happen now is I will be forced to pay another K500 for accommodation on top of K690 fees. Had the Unitech administration arranged for proper and sufficient accommodations like the AES, students from other provinces would not have to hunt high and low for cheap accommodation. – J. Wai, via email

 

 

Expose ‘dirty’ ministers
IT is frustrating to read about ministers allegedly collaborating with PNG’s most wanted criminal William Kapris. Their action is very suspicious. These ministers are no better than Kapris and deserve to be behind bars too. It is about time police and media expose these criminals publicly. We have had enough corruption tarnishing good image. The very people we trust and empower to build and protect this nation are doing the opposite. – The nationalist, via email

 

 

What’s happening, PEASF?
I support the letter by Kangom Naweh (The National, Feb 8) regarding our savings in the Public Employee’s Association Super Fund. Can liquidator Paul Harrison tell us through the media what is happening? Why is there a delay in the payout? Can Mr Harrison also tell us that our money is safe? The last account statement I received was in 2005 and there was a deduction of K331.50. I want to know what the deduction was for. That was a hefty deduction. I agree with the writer that the Government should step in and rectify this issue. – Matsap, Lae

 

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LBC gets on the bandwagon
LAE Biscuit Company is one of the minor sponsors of the Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup challenge. The company is prepared to assist all referees throughout the tournament. The deal for the K5,000 sponsorship was signed by the Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup and Lae Biscuit national sales and marketing manager Justus Rapulla last week. During the presentation, Rapulla said Lae Biscuit was a grassroots company and went with the grassroots game. “It is a grassroots biscuit and we are happy to support the grassroots game of rugby league where raw talents are identified,” he said. The funds will subsidise what Coca-Cola has allocated to support all the referees during the championships.

 

 

Female league official dies 
THE 3 Suns Rigo Rugby league competition in Central province has lost the only female rugby league administrator in the district this week. Jenny Bata, from Kwalimurubu village, who was in her mid-30s, died of cancer in the early hours of yesterday morning at the Port Moresby General Hospital. She was also the coach and manager of the KBK Tigers or Mother Tiger as referred to by the rugby league fraternity in the Rigo district. Rigo Rugby League president, Gwaibo Mairi, was shocked and sadden to hear the passing of the only woman administrator in the district and Central province. Bata, who was married to a man from West New Britain province, leaves behind her two young children.

 

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Dorum picked under BEDP
THE head teacher at Dorum Primary School, Joseph Warika will be pleased to know that his school is one of five in the Rigo district, Central province, which will receive building materials in the next few weeks under the basic education development programme (BEDP). Materials will be delivered to groups of schools which are close together to ensure the most efficient use of funds and resources. Australia has partnered with the Department of Education to provide K8.2 million to support infrastructure development at 226 schools around PNG. Another 75 schools will be allocated additional infrastructure assistance through BEDP this year. – Stephanie Copus-Campbell, head of AusAID PNG

 

 

What about Baki’s family?
IF the police force see fit to interrogate (as alleged by the mystery woman’s family) people and lock them up until they give information, I see no reason why Police Commissioner Gari Baki and his relatives should not be interrogated over his nephew’s whereabouts. Or is there another law for senior policemen and their relatives? We already know there are two sets of law for the different socio-economic classes in Papua New Guinea. – Jax, Goroka

 

 

Attendance a telling factor
Corrupt politicians and bureaucrats are walking freely on the streets due to the fact they make the laws and supervise their compliance. If the attendance at Kimbe NEC is any indicator, maybe some honest and decent national politicians are fed up with associating with tainted colleagues. – John Kup, via email

 

 

Tribute to Delana’s great son
ON behalf of all the Kairuku community, especially Delena villagers, I wish to pay tribute to one of our great sons, the late Henry Rausi Kila. Only a fortunate few can achieve such milestone in life and he was a great ambassador of our community and our country. We will sadly miss his enormous contributions. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage all aspiring and upcoming young Kairukus to pursue your professional careers and continue to carry the banner left behind by Rausi Kila. – Delena Nahunas, Port Moresby

 

 

Unfair treatment
AS a parent, I am very embarrassed by the behaviour of one senior officer (named) at the Education Department. He refuses point blank to meet parents of poor students seeking to transfer their children at NCD schools. However, when a rich parent walks in to make a request, he comes rushing out of his office to entertain the parent. Is this what you call fair treatment and justice? Just because we cannot grease his palm, he refuses to hear us out. – Helpless parent, Port Moresby

 

 

Hekari move unwise
I REFER to the letter “Well done, Hekari” (Feb 17). The writer must be out of his mind to congratulate the team management for bringing foreigners to play for Hekari at the expense of our PNG boys. We have talented players in the team but they had to make way for the foreigners. A good example is the concept of putting a team of U-20 in the NSL to gain exposure regardless of the results. It is sad the Hekari management did not see it this way. If such trend continues, then PNG can forget about being serious contenders in the SP Games. – Real PNG soccer fan, Port Moresby

 

 

Well done, Lai and Bal
I WOULD like to congratulate Chris Lai and Steven Bal for making the Highlanders side for the Super 5s tournament. The bulk of the players were not informed about selection process and there are too many players from Madang. It is clear the Goroka Rugby Union management does not have the confidence in their players, particularly their young players who have stood out last season. I believe the local players will burst their guts to make the team. Goroka is known for producing the best rugby (league and union) talents. As such, the selectors should check their backyard first before looking elsewhere. – Goive Gapo, via email

 

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Club set for two major bouts
THE Defence Boxing Club is preparing for two major bouts they will be hosting at the Ben Moide Club next month. Club president Smith Yonnie said yesterday that the club was preparing well for the bouts which will be the selection trials for the Southern region tournament in Alotau later this year. He said the turnout at his club had been outstanding and that they were capable of sparring their way into the Southern region side.  But, he added that his club had yet to pick their best fighters for the selection trials because they had a lot of outstanding fighters, including 30 new intakes. Yonnie, who also is the team manager for Team National Capital District at the PNG Games last November, added that the list of fighters for the national championships in Vanimo, Sandaun province, from April 1-5, had been completed. However, it is yet to be released. He said the list would be released this week to allow for preparations before April.

 

 

Raukele claim B grade title 
THE Chilli Sounds Raukele strolled home on Saturday defeating the Coasters by an easy 51 runs in a very quick and entertaining B grade grand final, claiming the 2009-2010 championship title. Raukele’s opener Rahe Moses, 49 not out, was outstanding since the first delivery and maintained his onslaught at the crease until the final partnership. Also contributing immensely to the runs were Jeffrey Gima (21) and captain Gia Kapa (16), who both tried to the constant runs rolling. However, it was Killian Amini who was brilliantly outstanding for Coasters taking four crucial wickets for 26 runs which led to Raukele’s dismissal at 149 in just 29.5 overs. But all didn’t go so well for the Coasters in the second innings as they face a more brutal onslaught at the pitch by bowlers Jeffrey Gima and Mea Boga of Raukele. Both bowlers constantly bombarded the Coasters batsmen with Gima taking 4/22 and Boga 3/18. Coasters captain Jimmy Maha belted a good 34 runs, however, pressure on the field and off it from the Raukele supporters evidently shook and stirred the Coasters batsmen who could only pull off 98 runs until the final batsman, Junior Vagi, was caught at cover.

 

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Ties strengthened with UAE
GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Paulias Matane wants PNG to immediately establish diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by setting up honorary consuls for the two countries. Last week, UAE minister for foreign affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nehayan made a two-day visit to PNG to promote relations between the two countries. Sir Paulias told the visiting delegation that PNG had much to offer in terms of its natural resources and invited the UAE foreign affairs team to explore the potential for investment in the country. Mr Nehayan assured Sir Paulias that he would take the matter up with his government and its European head of mission for a formal exchange of diplomatic notes between the two countries. He also requested the Government to have an open sky policy and allow the Arab Emirates to operate in PNG and explore the possibility of setting up connecting flights from PNG.

 

 

UN fortifies bond with PNG
GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Paulias Matane says United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) administrator and chair to the UN development group Helen Clark’s visit has fortified UNDP’s work in PNG. “It’s also an assurance of UNDP’s continuous partnership with the Government to address development issues in the country,” he said. In applauding Ms Clark’s recent visit, Sir Paulias said: “The visit is important at this time when PNG is working towards achieving the UN millennium development goals (MDG), particularly in areas of health, education and gender equality.” In response, Ms Clark said PNG was in a stage of exciting changes, especially in regards to the abundant natural resources available. “The liquefied natural gas project will bring enormous wealth to the country. UNDP will continue to support the National Government in this area and recommended that these issues be incorporated into the education curriculum for all schools nationwide.”

 

 

‘NA has firm base in Lufa’
THE ruling National Alliance (NA) party has a firm base in Lufa district, Eastern Highlands province, party supporters said. Spokesmen Hoga Kaskas and Hendrick Yaloki say prior to the 2002 national election, the party was already formed in Lufa.“We formed NA in Lufa and selected current MP Yawa Silupa.We brought him to Goroka and found that the NA party branch had no MPs, the house was really dark inside,” Mr Kaskas said. He said the people of Lufa moblised and voted Mr Silupa as the NA Lufa MP in 2002 and maintained the same level of support to return him in the 2007 general election.

 

 

Sape not keen on Morobe
PRESIDENT of PNG Women in Business Janet Sape has brushed aside claims of instigating a political campaign in Morobe through the PNG Women in Business exposition. Mrs Sape has described statements by  vocal Morobean woman, Loujaya Toni, against her as narrow-minded. She said her focus was on the upcoming PNG Women in Business expo and the reason why it was held in Lae was because it was a central location. “I am not interested in Morobe politics,” Mrs Sape said.  

 

 

Call for road improvement
FORMER Wapenamanda Open MP Sir Pato Kakaraya has called on the Government to engage the Works and Services Department to maintain and look after all roads in the country. The department could do better road works that the private companies, he said. He attributed the many road accidents to bad road conditions and potholes. He said the Government was awarding contracts to many local contractors and maintenance was not being done properly.

 

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Clinic a better choice
I WOULD like to thank NCD Governor Powes Parkop and Motu-Koita Assembly chairman Miria Ikupu for their foresight to elevate the sufferings of the people of NCD. Mr Parkop’s decision to consult with the MKA and negotiate with the United church of PNG to secure land to build sports facilities is welcomed (The National, Feb 10).  However, I do not understand why the UCPNG agreed to a couple of sports facilities that will not serve the majority of the population when a clinic would have been a better choice. I understand that NCDC had parked K100,000 for a clinic to be built on Poreporena grounds, but so far, this has been all words and no action. What is happening? I call on MR Ikupu to give the Poreporena people land to build a clinic. We badly need this service. – Concerned citizen, Port Moresby

 

 

Job for the boys?
I READ with interest the decision by IBBM and Esso to set up an enterprise centre in PNG (The National, Feb 17). I wonder why this is necessary when we already have the Investment Promotion Authority whose main aim, as stated on its website, is “the promotion of investment in Papua New Guinea” and whose business information and facilitation division is responsible for conducting research into trade and investment opportunities in PNG. It also collects, processes and disseminates business information to both private and government institutions. Is this another job for the boys? – Arthur Williams, Cardiff, Wales

 

 

Bulolo students struggling
I AM a Bulolo student studying at one of the universities in PNG. I am very happy that my MP has shown maturity in his leadership and has effectively delivered services. Sam Basil has done well and he must now look into developing the human resources of Bulolo. Many students from Bulolo have difficulties in settling our outstanding school fees. Maybe Mr Basil could step in help us. – Kevin, Madang

 

 

Still waiting for payment
THE liquidator of Workers Mutual Insurance cannot continue to mislead us. He keeps on talking about lengthy court battles and selling of assets to raise funds. There is enough money to pay policy holders. Last year, in a paid advert, he said payment would be made in December. Recently, it has been revised to December this year. Can the Government and the court put a stop to this charade? – Waiting forever, Port Moresby

 

 

NHC manager appalling
IT is appalling to know that the National Housing Commission, as landlord, does not seem to care about what is going on in its properties. A particular manager of one prominent property seems to be spending his time keeping tabs on his fleets of public motor vehicles and personal properties than doing what he is paid to do. Kange, stop cheating your tenants out of their honest rental money every fortnight. You are the manager, so please manage the property under your charge properly. – Hard lo understand, Port Moresby

 

 

Buck up, OHE
THE Office of Higher Education is very slow in issuing tickets and travelling documents for the tertiary students nationwide this year! What is the problem? I call on the OHE to update and improve its services. – Student victim, Wewak

 

 

Thanks, Parkop
I WOULD like to thank NCD Governor Powes Parkop and the NCDC for the resurfacing of the potholes around the roundabout at the Unagi Park. Instead of the usual practice of patching potholes using gravel and sand, I noticed the old bitumen has been removed and all the potholes dug up, refilled and resurfaced.  I hope this will eliminate potholes from occurring around the roundabout again. I have not been to the morning market at the Pacific Adventist University for the past two months and I hope all the potholes along the road have been patched up too. – POM driver, Port Moresby

 

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Imposter claims to be leader
GENUINE landowners in East Pangia are seeking legal interpretations on what they see as “media propaganda” by a man who claims to be their leader. He and his Australian associates are forging ahead with  carbon trade related issues. Tiyembo and Associates chairman Timothy Tepi had, in recent media reports, claimed that Nupan Trading Corporation Ltd had signed an agreement with more than 300 chairmen of incorporated land groups (ILGs) and leaders. Mr Tepi claimed he represented more than 100 clans which made up about 20 tribes in a population of 50,000 and told other locals and Parliamentarians not to disturb the agreement. Leaders from Maiya, Mele, Alia, Molo, Undeyapu, Tengal and Ialibu said the recent distribution of cash by Mr Tepi and Nupan officials in public without any consultation with the locals is very suspicious. The leaders said police from Mt Hagen and two helicopters were hired to conduct cash distribution in a public market in Pangia which also saw young men, who were not chairmen or leaders, sign the agreement.

 

 

Local company shunned
THE principal landowners of PPL 257, a gas and petroleum exploration area between Oro and Morobe provinces, are against the US-based investor Eaglewood Energy Ltd. Bidae (Binadere, Davari, and Evage) Association Land Group Inc submitted its financial submissions after years of preparation and were rejected. Bidae has the legal backing and recognition from both Oro and Morobe provincial governments and are furious at having been shunned by the company. It was alleged the company exploration coordinator met with the landowners and Oro provincial government to make known its interest. However, the meeting did not materialise as only a middleman turned up for the meeting, Bidae chairman James Enonga said. Huon district administrator Tony Ase said they were not against development but were concerned about the communities interest and participation has to be considered for everyone to benefit.

 

 

Police escorts for select VIPs
POLICE personnel are still providing unsanctioned escorts to businessmen and politicians. Highland commander ACP Simon Kauba has warned those involved to refrain from doing so immediately. Reiterating Police Commissioner Gari Baki’s warning a year ago on  unsanctioned escorts, Mr Kauba told The National he had received reports of police allegedly providing personal escorts to Members of Parliament, ministers and businessmen. He said the only high profile personalities who needed protection by law were the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice and his deputy, the Opposition Leader and the Governor-General. Mr Kauba said no one else was to be given special protection regardless of their status. Everyone should be treated equally, irrespective of who they are, he said.

 

 

Deadly drought in Manus  
IT has not rained for four weeks in Koronat, Dilou and Hawaii Islands in the Lele Madih Bupi Chepue LLG in Manus province and the people are finding it difficult to get water for drinking, cooking and washing. They have resorted to using water from dug holes which  has resulted in widespread sickness. A concerned citizen from Koronat Island who is a former senior public servant, Vincent Pohei, told The National of the great for need water in the area. He urged the provincial disaster office in Lorengau to visit the islands for inspection and see what they can do to help them. “People are having stomach aches because they have been using the water from the dug holes for the last four weeks,” he said. Attempts to reach the provincial disaster office were unsuccessful.

 

 

‘Proper driver training needed’
A PENTECOSTAL church pastor in Western Highlands says if drivers went to proper driving schools, many road accidents would be avoided.  Pastor Kumo Bravo, manager of the National Prayer Centre in Baiyer, blamed the police traffic department for not training drivers. Pr Bravo made this statement following the many road accidents that occurred recently around the country including the major one at Umi in Morobe province which claimed more than 40 lives. He said many of drivers did not know the speed limits and where to overtake. Pr Bravo said most of the drivers received their license through bribery without attending proper driving schools before being allowed to drive on the roads.

 

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Where are you, Herepe?
I REFER to your report “University students stranded” (Feb 15). As a first year student, I was concerned about boarding space and travelled to Lae on Feb 8. The Unitech council notified us on Feb 9 about water problems and the school year would be deferred by a week. However, there was water the next day. During that time, many students had checked into the university hoping the University council would reverse its decision. I was angry to read in The National that Justin Herepe, the Student Representative Council president, was quoted in the report although there was no sign of him in the varsity last week. I have lost confidence in him. – Concerned student, Lae

 

 

Seal potholes, Eda Ranu
I WOULD like to add to the comments made by “POM driver” (Feb 15). It is true the number of potholes is increasing in the city. NCD Governor Powes Parkop is addressing that which is good. However, I think most of the potholes in the city are caused by Eda Ranu. They go around fixing pipes and removing the bitumen surface of the road. It is sad to see newly constructed roads being torn apart. Sometimes, it is left uncovered for months before NCDC comes in and fix the problem. If Eda Ranu is responsible for its acts, then it should help by resealing potholes in the city. NCDC must look into this issue. – Titus Kemi, Port Moresby

 

 

Rule of dictatorship?
THE people of PNG are keen to know who are the politicians linked to William Kapris. We want to know why Justice Minister Dr Allan Marat spent four hours at the Bomana prison. Police Commissioner Gari Baki must hunt down all the escapees and, at the same time, the CS must ensure it does its job. The CS officers must ensure protocol is followed. The main talk today is criminals are controlled by our politicians. If this is true and no effort is made to bring in the politicians involved to face justice, then we can kiss goodbye to democracy in PNG. A new era has begun, the rule of dictatorship. – JM Magena, Wellington

 

 

Why release Yali?
I REFER to James Yali’s parole as reported (The National, Feb 16). He was imprisoned in 2006 for raping a 17-year-old girl. The fact that he is serving time tells us that he is no better than a criminal, someone who has no respect for the rule of law. He is not worthy of holding any public office, let alone contest in elections. The country does not need such a person. The timing of the parole is also questionable. – Yalmapir Bari Gawame, via email

 

 

Well done, Warriors board
I WOULD like to commend the Simbu Warriors interim board headed by Jerry Kapka for the good job done it has done thus far in negotiating the return of Warriors in the bemobile Cup competition this year. A final decision is yet to be made by the PNGRFL board but I believe we have a good chance. I cannot wait to see the young guns from Simbu taking the field in the country’s biggest league competition this year. A positive decision from PNGRFL will go down well with everyone in the province, especially the sponsors. – Warriors supporter, Mt Isa

 

 

UOG admin biased
IT is sad to read about nepotism the recent staff recruitment and student selections at the University of Goroka. It seems the administration has fallen asleep and using taxpayers’ money for personal gains. This is not right. What the SRC is currently doing is expressing the rights of the students. Every student must support the SRC office. – Knox Maraba, via email

 

 

Barbaric killing
I REFER to your report “19-year-old a axed to death” (Feb 16). How can some people be so barbaric and uncivilised? Only cowards act in such a way. The action of Yakuman’s tribe must be condemned. The policeman involved must be brought to justice. As a policeman, he should have known better. May the young man’s soul rest in peace. – Wabakit, Port Moresby

 

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‘Enforce laws more vigilantly’
BULOLO MP Sam Basil has commended Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Abal for the decision to deport 14 Fijians who were reported to be illegally brought into the country to work on the Simberi mines in New Ireland province. Mr Basil said it was only when the Government turns a blind eye to such illegal practices that companies would continue to break  laws. He said these sort of activities would undermine the integrity of the Government and State and would lose the confidence of genuine investors and citizens of this country. Mr Basil also called on regulators, Mineral Resources Authority, Foreign Affairs, Immigration and the Labour Department to have external audits to assess their performance. He said the respective ministers of these regulatory bodies must also publish their plans on how they can improve these struggling departments.

 

 

Unexpected funds for teachers
TOGOBA High School teachers in the Western Highlands province received a morale boosting K10,000 donation from Komo-Margarima MP Francis Potape to begin their 2010 academic year. Mr Potape, together with his district administration and electoral staff from the Southern Highlands province, were invited to attend a family gathering in the area when he decided to donate the money to the teachers. Mr Potape told the teachers and family members who had gathered for the occasion that although he is not a Western Highlands MP, by visiting the school and the teachers he felt the need to help them. He said normally after the Christmas holiday period was over, teachers need extra money to help them settle in and start the new school year. Therefore, he said, he decided to make the impromptu decision during the visit.

 

 

Support for former MP Zibe
A COMMUNITY leader from the Wampar local level government area in the Huon-Gulf district in Morobe has come out in support for Health Minister and local MP Sasa Zibe. Councillor Unchie Chero made the call following criticisms in the press against Mr Zibe. Mr Chero said the removal of Mr Zibe from the Government could signal the end of  the National Alliance in Morobe province as Mr Zibe is the only party MP in the province. Mr Chero said people who have been criticising Mr Zibe should check whether what they have been saying was right. He said over the years, and during his term in Parliament, Mr Zibe had delivered a lot of much-needed goods and services for the people.

 

 

‘LLGs should focus on service’
RABAUL district administrator Wilson Matava says local level government (LLG) managers should not only focus on sustaining the administration in terms of revenue collection. “They must also gear up to implement the roll out of services as outlined in the 2010 budget for LLGs,” he said at the 2010 district LLG budget implementation workshop for Rabaul district officers. He said district officers must assist as much as possible to enable LLG officers to implement projects successfully at the ward levels. He also commended the East New Britain (ENB) provincial administration’s efforts to improve the level of delivery of services to the people.

 

 

Call to end fraudulent licences
ENGA province public motor vehicle (PMV) drivers are urged to adhere to proper procedures when obtaining driving licences. First constable Aken Yagari said obtaining driving licences through fraudulent means by inexperienced drivers had resulted in many accidents in the province. Drivers need to take written and oral exams as well as pass a supervised driving test before a licence was issued, he said. 

 

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It’s Kapis, not Kapris
I WOULD like to air my dissatisfaction over the misspelled surname of PNG’s most wanted man, William Nanua Kapis. He is William Nanua Kapis and not Kapris as all media organisations are calling him. We went to school together in Kimbe, West New Britain province. Kapis is a Yangoru name and Kapris is a Maprik name. What my brother is doing is he is only trying to employ some tactics to confuse the courts over his surname and, when it is time for him to appear in court, he will deny that Kapris is his name. As a schoolmate and person who grew up with William, I know him personally and am sadden that a high profile Sepik politician’s name has been tarnished by William. My appeal to William is to tell everyone his real surname which is Kapis and not Kapris. – Former school mate, via email

Editor’s note: The court has ruled that the suspect be known as William Nanua Kapris.

 

 

Double standards
I WOULD like to compare William Kapris with the legendary English outlaw Robin Hood. Just like Robin Hood, Kapris has exposed two different sets of justice system in PNG. Kapris has been thrown into a maximum security unit even though he has not been found guilty by the court. He did not steal or divert millions of kina from the State coffer. He was alleged to have robbed banks and has been captured. Meanwhile, our politicians and senior bureaucrats, who have stole and are still stealing and diverting millions, if not billions of kina, are still walking freely on the street. Is this what you call justice? – Avisat philosopher, via email

 

 

Market filthy and smelly
THE Gordon market does not look or smell like a market. It is filthy and smelly. Vendors are turning the car park into a buai avenue. The car park is meant for customers to park their vehicles while they do their marketing. I call on the city authority to do something about it. Some people are even selling store goods instead of fresh produce. The place is also getting overcrowded. I sometimes find it hard to get inside the market in the afternoon because the entrance is packed. I urge the NCDC to relocate the buai sellers. – Usa Papua, Port Moresby

 

 

Well done, Mald
I would like to thank the Member for Moresby Northeast Andrew Mald for a job well done at St Peter’s Channel Primary School at Erima. The administration block and classrooms were renovated and painted during the Christmas break. The MP
funded the project under the district improvement services programme. A local construction company did a magnificent job. The academic staff, parents and students are impressed. The students can now study in an environment which is conducive. The staff can also prepare their lesions well in comfort. Keep up the good work Mr Mald. – Private Steve, Post Moresby

 

 

Safe-sex message not effective
IT is interesting to read so many opinions regarding the use of condoms and the associated risk in contracting HIV. I think we all missed the point; the message of safe-sex is not getting through to the population. We can debate about condoms till the cows come home if the grassroots fail to understand the safe-sex message. I have spoken to many people, both youths and adults, and am surprised by their ignorance. The NAC and NGOs must review the awareness programme(s). – Concerned citizen, via email

 

 

Teams must decide
I CALL on the following Rigo teams to conduct an urgent meeting. They are Gabone, Ginigolo, Gunugahu, Highway, Gomore, Gobuia, K. Rubu, Babaga, Kemaia, Soroa, Giroea, Geresi, Girabu, Kwikila Station, Imuty, Saroa Keina, Bore, Biga, Niuty Ruka, K. Gouna and others. You must decide whether to change the administration or not. Although the administration has done a good job, it is a one-man show. If we put our house in order, we can get business houses to sponsor us. – Steven Vaga, via email

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Help Dr Lopa
PNG has many great people who have contributed to the development of this country. Among them include Sir Paulias Matane, who inspired others through his books and Sir Michael Somare, who won independence for PNG peacefully. When it comes to religion, the Seventh-Day Adventist has a great man in Dr Aaron Lopa. He is a mentor and role model for thousands of Christians in PNG and the Pacific. After many years of service, he called it a day from teaching at the Pacific Adventist University due to health problem. On Sunday, I heard that he needed oxygen to help his breathe. What I am disappointed is none of the SDA leaders have come forward to help Dr Lopa in his hour of need. I clearly recall during Dr Lopa retirement ceremony, many church leaders and pastors attended and all of them said almost the same thing: “… if it wasn’t for Dr Lopa, I would not be here”. So why is there a deafening silence now? – Jromeoleo, Port Moresby

 

 

Unfair treatment
I REFER to recent reports about several Fijians allegedly working illegally at the Simberi gold mine who were forced to return home. They had business visas but not work permits. As a Fijian living in PNG for more than10 years, I wonder what the purpose of forming a Melanesian group is if it is not to help look after the interest and welfare of Melanesians should they encounter problems in another country within the group. The relationship between Fiji and PNG goes back a long way. As such, I cannot understand why these Fijians were targeted. Were they a threat? Was there a hidden political agenda? How come the PNG authorities are not rounding up thousands of illegal immigrants to deport them? – Meri Fiji, Port Moresby

 

 

Missing funds
WHERE are the money allocated for district improvement in Lagaip-Porgera? The funds were allocated to all five districts in Enga by Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare during NEC meeting in Wabag last year. The people are suffering because of ongoing political rivalry between the Enga governor and local MPs. There are hardly any basic services and the Laiagam health centre is near collapse. Medical staff are using candles and torches to treat patients. – Sleep in dark, Laiagam

 

 

Time to rest, PM
I WOULD like to thank Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare who played an instrumental role in the independence of PNG without shedding a drop of blood. The other great leaders included Sir Tei Abal, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, Sir Julius Chan, Fr John Momis, Sir John Kaputin, Paul Torato and the list goes on. With due respect, I must say PNG now needs young leaders with new mindsets and visions to take this nation into the next 35 years. With the advance of globalisation, economics and trade, we need young and innovative leaders. It is time for Sir Michael to transfer power to the younger generation. – Joe Wasia, Wapenamanda

 

 

Well done, Hekari
I WOULD like to congratulate Hekari United for defeating Tafea FC of Vanuatu last Saturday. Two
players who stood out were Henry Fa’arodo and left back Gideon Omokirio. They were calm under pressure and played brilliantly. The management of HUFC must be commended for bringing in talented players to raise the standard in PNG. It was great to see a good turnout among soccer fans. It was a delight to watch this match even though it was a bit scrappy at times. I believe we are heading in the right direction. It is time for the PNGFA to consider building an international standard stadium. – Football fan, Port Moresby 

 


 
Poor move by Hekari
THE acquisition of four Solomon Islands players by Hekari United is a slap in the face. We have many good players but they are not getting the break. How can we raise our standard if we keep on relying on foreigners? Sure, there is a lot of money involved but we also need to groom our own players. They need to be given the exposure now. Otherwise, the dream of winning a gold at the next SP Games will remain just a dream. – The critic, via email

 

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Bears fall prey to Samurai
SAMURAI staked their claim for the final five with a stunning 5-4 victory over Bears in the main game of the Port Moresby men’s A grade softball at Bisini Diamond on Sunday. Coming back from a 3-0 deficit at the top of the third inning, Samurai scored four runs for a shaky one point lead.  Bears hit back at the top of the fourth to square it 4-4 but Samurai’s Ben Henry snuck home to take the game 5-4.  In other matches, Gazelle defeated Kopex 8-6 while Brothers blasted Defence 14-4, Brown Eagles upset competition leaders, PNG Power 1-0 and Mantarays beat Dolphins 3-1. The four top teams for the finals series are PNG Power, Brothers, Gazelle and Mantarays. The competition ladder after Sunday’s matches is: PNG Power 27, Brothers 24, Gazelle 23, Mantarays 19, Dolphins 14, Samurai 14, Bears 13, Brown Eagles 11, Kopex 8 and Defence 7.

 

 

Doa leave Hunters scoreless
MT Hagen Doa thrashed Dei Hunters 30-0 in the main game of the Western Highlands Governor’s Cup at Reibiamul oval on Sunday. Doa lead 20-0 at halftime with four tries and two conversions. Doa then scored shortly after the second stanza through winger Robert Corolus who then got his second later in the match for a comprehensive six-try victory. The Hagen Rugby League president Samuel Buka commended the teams for the performance saying the statdard displayed was high. In other matches, Kondo East and Gomis drew with 12 points each, Kudjip Banning (20) defeated Nodugl (12), Kindeng Settlers (10) defeated Jimi Country (4), TN Wagmul West and Mul Norths drew six alland the match between Sonowagi Banze forfeited Minj when Minj turned up late.

 

 

Bros and Panthers victorious
THE Gerehu Touch competition completed another weekend of matches with Komeri Brothers finally putting Seagulls away two tries to none for a 10-0 win in the main feature. Brothers, threatened throughout the first half by their Tete-based opponents, had to withstand continuous incisions by Nelson Aisi and Apolos Apolos, shutting out points scoring opportunities. An ignited performance in the second half however, saw Brothers’ Larsen Vinna run in for an unconverted try, before halfback Harriken Francis worked up a piece of brilliance to put Alex Janini in for the match winner. Janini further pushed the winning margin through his conversion for the final score.In Saturdays’ main game Panthers clung onto their 4-0 lead through the entire match to win over Karuka Saints. Panthers’ playmakers, Bryan Andwer and Charlie John combined well for Morris Ekas try 15 minutes into play, and that turned out to be the only points of the match at the end.

 

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Where is justice?
THE recapture of William Kapris and his accomplices is a testimony of the courageous and tireless efforts of the RPNGC. Kapris and his accomplices are ordinary Papua New Guineans trying to survive by involving themselves in criminal activities. I congratulate the police for a job well done in catching the escapees as they are a threat to our national security, business community and the lives of ordinary citizens. Our so-called leaders are making laws that suits them and to protect themselves from facing justice. While the ordinary people are arrested for stealing crumbs, our leaders walk free even though they have stolen millions of kina. When will we hear a leader being put behind bars? Where is justice? This is certainly injustice and a double standard in our justice system. Our leaders are making a mockery of our system. – David Ulg Ketepa, Detroit, Michigan

 

 

So unoriginal
I WOULD like to express my disgust at a particular PNG singer/artiste who is so unoriginal. Last Thursday night, I watched the first show by CHM on EMTV called Rait Music. One of the videos was a new singer, the breakaway from BJ Nagura called Brixxie who was singing All right. The first time I heard this song was last year on Rait FM and I knew where he got it from. He took it from Solomon Islands’ Onetox song called Girl of my dreams. I was in Honiara last December and met a band member from Onetox band and asked him what thought of Brixxie using their beat and he said they were shocked and unhappy. To make matters worse, Brixxie’s video clip is so similar to Onetox. You can see the settings and night shots. It was too close for comfort. I think it is poor and so unoriginal. – Original lelebet, Port Moresby

 

 

Watch your words, Parkop
I have been a supporter of NCD Governor Powes Parkop until he generalised the common vagrants of Port Moresby into two categories, the Sepiks and Highlanders (The National, Feb 11). He said: “I’ve seen Sepiks and Highlanders dominating our markets and chasing away Central people.” The statement insinuates that we (Sepiks and Highlanders) are responsible. I will not deny that some of us are to blame but he has no right to say what he said. He should always bear in mind that the Sepiks and Highlanders also voted for him. He should have said he would be seeking to make the market environs more harmonious for us all, instead of discriminating and generalising us. – Upset PNG citizen, via email

 

 

Lahanis sacking overdue
THE Goroka Lahanis sacking was overdue. I am a die-hard supporter of the team. But I am sad to say I am fed up with the coach and players. How many times have I seen the coach and players go on a drinking binge? They can easily finish between five and six cartons of beer, especially on Thursdays, Fridays and sometimes Saturdays when they play at home. I dare say the press statement last week was instigated by the sacked players. Goroka has many good players who are capable of bringing the bmobile Cup home. We don’t need this bunch of players. Lahanis fans welcome the actions taken by John Sia and Himony Lapiso as they truly want to see the team win the cup. We support the action taken by the franchise owner and his board. – Lahani-truaveh, via email

 

 

Is Lae traffic office closed? 
I REFER to the recent closure of Lae traffic registry office after a woman confronted the staff because she was not happy with the services provided. She returned to the office the next day with her street mob to back up her and assaulted a senior staff. This is a serious incident and divisional heads must report the matter to the authorities. The office plays vital role in the provision of personnel and motor vehicle licensing and registrations on a daily basis. It must not be closed just because the heads are not capable of handling and maintaining the security and safety of the public servants and Government properties. In fact, the office generates thousands of kina. If MVIL can do its job effectively in other provinces, why not transfer this function over and the registry office can close its doors closed permanently? – Simple resident, Lae

 

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Refs told to affiliate
THE PNG rugby league referees association (PNGRLRA) president Guma Aopi is appealing to referees that have yet to form their association in other centres of the country to set up their groups and affiliate to the PNGRLRA. Port Moresby, Lae, Rabaul and Goroka are the only centres that have referee’s associations. “It will benefit them (referees) when they formalise their own associations and affiliate to PNGRFL. They’ll undergo refresher courses and also promising referees from these other associations will be eligible to officiate in the bemobile Cup. The association affiliation fee is K500 to the PNGRFL, while the individual referee’s affiliation fee is K40. Interested young and aspiring referees are invited to take up match officiating duties with the aim to eventually replace the older referees in the associations.

 

 

Corporate start for CBL
A CORPORATE basketball challenge for Port Moresby teams to showcase their skills and talents is on the cards. Capital Basketball League (CBL) will start this event as its preseason programme with the invitation put out to companies to field teams. Capital Basketball League secretary, Lawrance Lahari, said the aim of the competition was to involve non-basketball players in the challenge in a drive to promote basketball. An open competition, which will cater for three men and two women per team, is set to begin this weekend at the Hohola basketball courts. The competition will run for six weeks before the CBL season proper kicks off in April.

 

 

Runners soldier on in heat
POM Road Runners were tested in hot conditions on Saturday with Noko Negosa (8:03) winning the 1.8km sprint comfortably ahead of Titus Tobia (8:31). In a competitive 4.25km race, Akis Ivia (17:21) prevailed over pre-race favourite Milton Iakosi (17:27) and Swans Pinampio (17:28). Jenny Newton (23:58) was the first female to complete the race in equal 13th position overall. Joe Kaikai paced himself behind the one lap runners and soldiered on in the heat to win the two lap, 8.5km event in a relatively slow time of 38:55. Next Saturday POMRR will meet at 4.45pm under the DC-3, Air Niugini Ascent, opposite the Gateway Hotel, 7-Mile.

 

 

Trio return home
SOLOMON Islands trio Henry Fa’arodo, Gideon Omokirio and Eddie Ngaitin have returned home to Honiara after helping Hekari United to a 4-0 win over O-League Group B rivals Tafea in Port Moresby on Saturday. The victory by the PNG champions put them into O-League final contention with two more matches against Lautoka (March 7) and Marist (March 28). The three were released by Hekari United management after being brought in last week. The three are expected to arrive next Monday to resume training with Hekari for the remaining O-League fixtures. The other two players,  Alick Maemae and Stanley Waita, signed up during the NSL window period and will play in the NSL.

 

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Parkop is right
I REFER to the letter “Why is Parkop so keen on W. Papua?” by “West Kange” (The National, Feb 10). The writer appears not to understand the different traits of a leader at different levels of society and reckons Mr Parkop is only meant to be a leader of Port Moresby and should only concentrate on issues affecting the capital city. Today’s leadership is different. It is about networking, cooperation, unity, peace and harmony and getting to know how other leaders from other countries run their countries. A leader needs to be vocal as he or she defends the people against political injustice and human rights abuses. Mr Parkop is visionary and he is a human rights activist. His heart is for those who have been killed, raped, tortured and segregated from their families and nothing will stop him from raising his voice on such issues. – Terimakasi Papua, Kagua, SHP

 

 

Congrats, Sir Julius
I would like to congratulate the New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan for appointing Florence Stocken as Deputy Governor of the province. One only hopes that this is the beginning of a concerted effort to raise the political influence of women in the formal government system. However, political influence alone is not enough. Immediate policy interventions to address the social and economic status of women should be spelt out to concerned New Irelanders. The issue of domestic violence against women in New Ireland, increased retention of female student enrolment in the formal education system, addressing violence against women and the economic empowerment of women in the province must reinforce New Ireland’s commitment to its matrilineal heritage and traditional values. – Patrick Kaiku, Hawaii

 

 

No big projects
I AM a graphic designer trying to make an honest living. Unfortunately, I cannot get a big job in advertising because there is no big project. Large companies are now sending all their work overseas. I believe this is against the law and the Advertising (protection of local industry) Act 1985. Who is in charge of enforcing this law? Many skilled and creative Papua New Guineans are out of work because of these big companies. – No gat wok, Popondetta

 

 

Papuans want referendum
MANY Papuans welcome the recent move to form a Papuan bloc by Papuan MPs last year. It is a good move. We call on our respective MPs not to support the corrupt Government but use the Papuan bloc to join the Opposition and other like-minded MPs to form a clean, honest government. Papuans want autonomy now and we must follow the Bougainville path. Independence has been a big disappointment for the people. It has not brought freedom. Papuans want a referendum this year for autonomy as we did not get one whether we want to remain under Australia or not in 1975. Papua was part of Australia and we were then Australian citizens. – Geita Kira, Port Moresby

 

 

Thanks, Parkop
AS long-serving sports administrator, particularly netball in the Poreporena village of Hanuabada, I would like to personally thank NCD Governor Powes Parkop for taking the initiative and putting the money where his mouth is. Our request for development has been answered. I would like to also thank church leaders for approving the land for development for sports. The onus is now on us to work with the developers so this development can commence soon. Sports, church and  elected leaders working together is a good sign for any community as it keeps people, especially youths, from illegal activities. – Kori Toua-Navuru, Port Moresby

 

 

More potholes in Moresby
WHAT is happening in the capital city? There are now so many potholes especially around the roundabouts that they are posing a danger to motorists who suddenly slow down to avoid them. While the situation is not as bad as in Lae, still we must not allow our roads to deteriorate to Lae’s level. I hope the NCDC will seal up these potholes properly and not just dump dirt like in the past. – POM driver, Port Moresby

 

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Parkop’s right
NCD Governor Powes Parkop is not only a politician but is also a human being like us who has a “conscience”. Just like anyone else, within our own fields and topics of interest, we share and express our thoughts about certain things in life. Mr Parkop did the same thing by airing his thoughts (“Why is Parkop so keen on W. Papua?”, Feb 10). The writer may like to know that Mr Parkop is also part of a long list of politicians from around the world who believe in the basic decency of human rights, freedom and self-determination. While he may be a first-term MP, he has already set precedents and earning praises from all over the country. There’s nothing to stop him from expressing his views about anything in life – be it in PNG, Pacific Islands or even Indonesia. – Patriotic nationalist, Port Moresby

 

 

Well done, PNGPCL
I would like to commend PNGPCL CEO Brian Riches on promoting safe and healthy living in workplace. Many Papua New Guineans are at risk of lifestyle diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes due to lack of exercise, alcohol consumption, smoking, consumption of too much fat, salts, sugary diet. Mr Riches has done well to show concern of his employees. Remember; prevention is better than cure. Get regular checks and know your health status now before it is too late. – Medix, Tabubil

 

 

NA is National Alliance
IT is indeed true that there has never been a family dynasty in PNG and it will remain that way. The writer “Interesting developments” (Feb 9) does not fully understands politics in PNG and the NA constitution. Paul Teinsten has been removed by the people while Patrick Pruaitch by the system. – Wabakit, Port Moresby

 

 

Reward paid out?
Now that William Kapris has been recaptured and put behind bars, can we know whether the Police Department paid the K10,000 reward to the person who supplied the information? Also the Bank South Pacific made a promise to give or pay whoever provides information leading to the recapture of Kapris. Please come out and let the nation know that payment has been done. – Usa Papua, Port Moresby

 

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We need new 7s team
SO much has been written about the current sevens team before last week’s Wellington 7s and how well prepared they were. I was very  disappointed to watch the team being thrashed. I think the coach has done a lot but the players let him down. Everyone was playing for himself. Sevens is all about team work and that means all seven players must be involved in attack and defence. The players seemed to be playing more like rugby league where no one wanted to release the ball. Only one player stood out and that was Kojo Ware. The others must be dropped after such a poor display. – Disappointed supporter, via email

 

Weed out corrupt practices
THE call to investigate poor work practices in the Education Department is overdue. Many staff are aware that some of their counterparts are accepting bribes to fast track and resolve teachers’ queries. This has been going for years. In the last two years, the education capacity building project tried to instil
proper work ethics. However, it appears the behaviour of some officers remain unchanged. The department should also investigate why so many stationery company representatives are hanging around PSA House. – Educationist, via email

 

Hitting below the belt
The drum article on Feb 8 in The Post-Courier entitled “Prize name” and many more articles of  childish nature depict the low standard of the person in charge. Having to write about an animal named after a minister or any one of high esteem demonstrates gross disrespect. Stop this nonsense and get on with establishing rapport in your column. No wonder The National is the No. 1 daily. – Clay, via email

 

Unhappy with Graham
WE, the people of Anglimp-South Waghi, are questioning the leadership of our MP Jamie Maxtone-Graham. We have not seen any tangible development in the electorate. Can the MP come home and explain how he has committed and used the K10 million grant and the other funds since 2004? We have heard of too many stories about him and want him to explain. – Manda dam, Goroka

 

Step aside, Baki
FOLLOWING the recapture of William Kapris, Police Commissioner Gari Baki has called on his nephew, another fugitive, to surrender. Mr Baki’s nephew is also a wanted man and the police should also go all out to capture him. I call on Mr Baki to step aside while the police hunt for his nephew until he has been captured. This way, there will be no conflict of interest. – Concerned citizen, via email

 

Pay reward now
THE K10,000 reward must be paid now that the wanted fugitive has been recaptured. It is not right for Police Commissioner Gari Baki to say that the money will be paid after William Kapris is convicted because no one will want to assist the police on similar cases in future. – Santos, Port Moresby

 

Tari needs basic services
THERE has been too much publicity in the media recently over the multi-billion kina LNG project so much so that no one noticed a dearth of basic good and services in Tari. All the talk about transforming Hela once the LNG project starts is nothing but hot air. What change are we talking about when there are no basic fundamental services like administrative offices, electricity, post office, banks, sewage system, health care centres, etc? Tari needs a new airport too. When there are no basic services and activities for Hela youths, there will be no peace and harmony. – Concerned, via email

 

Well done, Kipalan
I WOULD like to congratulate Roy Kipalan for taking the first initiative to promote and assist elementary and primary schools in terms funds and awards since he move into office in 2007. This is the first of its kind by a local level government president in Enga province. Mr Kipalan has been visiting school graduations and giving inspirational speeches. – Jerry J. Yamarak, via email

 

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Who will get the reward?
SINCE the escape of William Kapris from Bomana jail, many people, including myself, have been following the story. Now that he has been captured, I would like to know what is happening to the K10,000 pledge by the police for information leading to his arrest. From your newspaper report, I gathered that the information police got that led to the arrest of Kapris was from a co-accused that police apprehended at Gordon. Hence, strictly speaking, he was the one who gave police the information that led to Kapris’ arrest. Will the Police Commissioner honour his words and hand over the reward to that person? Some food for thought for our top police officers. – Kembo’nga Kawat, Gold Coast, Australia

 

 

Team work important
LAHANIS performed well in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 seasons. However, the commitment, attitude and performances of the senior players were below par when it came to the finals. Lahanis looked like
newcomers to rugby league. I am satisfied that they have been given their marching orders by their board because they were an embarrassment to fans, losing to inexperienced teams like Eagles and Mioks. How dare they go to the newspapers and boast that they are the best and their sackings should be reconsidered. – Supporter, Goroka

 

 

Complete projects, Polye
All the projects initiated by Don Polye in the electorate must be completed before the next general election. The people of Kandep have shown their trust and confidence in Mr Polye in the recent
by-election and he must reciprocate by ensuring all the projects are completed before we vote in 2012. We want to use those new classrooms for education, travel on a good road across the Pomb Wasa Bridge and visit the new hospitals by then. – Ip Kambdu paradise, Port Moresby

 

 

What progress, Agiru?
SHP Governor Anderson Agiru has taken us for a good ride. His spin doctors certainly pulled the wool over our eyes. He has already forgotten us, the voters, since he signed away our gas two months ago. What new chapter is he talking about? Why is he not staying with us back home but overseas? Where are the progress and development projects he promised us? We believed in his fantasies and we are now paying for it. We cannot wait for 2012 to come so we can tell him how we feel. –  Hela Igini, via email

 

 

Senat shows courage
I read with sadness the negative opinions by Walthur Nipuks (Feb 3) and your recent editorial (Jan 29). I believe it takes courage and guts for someone like Nicholas Senat to come out and
openly tell his story and beg public forgiveness. We have many cases of people hiding their HIV/AIDS status. And sadly, their status are made known to family, friends and loved ones only after their deaths. Let me remind you that HIV/AIDS is just another disease like TB, malaria, cholera, dysentery, etc. The only exception is that scientists have yet to find a cure. It is wrong for us to judge and condemn someone. We are all human beings and we all make mistakes. What would you do? – Nigel Apul, Lae

 

 

Leave Jiwaka to Mul
The granting of Jiwaka province is one of the few good things the NA has done especially for the Jiwaka people. As such, we thank Sir Michael Somare, the Parliament, past leaders and the people behind the scene for pushing this forward. But it must be remembered that many important decisions were made when Benjamin Mul became the Member for North Waghi. Therefore, we must not leave Mr Mul out of decisions making for the province. Rightfully, the chairmanship of the steering committee should go to the current MPs but since other MPs are not always absent, the chairmanship should be given to Mr Mul. – Nondol bomol, via email

 

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Briefs, Letters

Judiciary must not be tainted
Justice Nicholas Kirriwom, who spoke at the opening of the legal year in Lae, has highlighted some good points. As ordinary citizens, we see the judiciary as the last hope of democracy. Corruption is rampant in PNG. We hear of people paying heaps of money to magistrates to have cases dropped. We hear politics is involved in the appointment of the chief magistrate. If they are true, then God help PNG. The independent judiciary and an independent legal profession and its credibility must not be compromised at all cost. The independence of the judiciary should not be touched or corrupted in any shape or form. Upholding the integrity of the legal profession and the independence of the judiciary starts and finishes with those who have chosen to make law as their profession. When you fail in your roles, no one is safe. – Pii Poro Ko, Mt Hagen

 

 

OHE stinks
Kerowagi Secondary School in Simbu is reported to have topped all secondary schools in PNG in the 2009 ratings. However, selections of students by universities advertised in our daily papers have contradicted that ranking. There were not many students from the school selected. What is happening? I believe there is a high level of corruption at institutions and Office of Higher Education (OHE) where parents and wantoks pre-paid for places at universities and colleges, thus causing the good ones like those of Kerowagi Secondary to be left out. This practice must stop because Simbus do not have money to bribe people. They use their God given brains to gain entry by merit. There is a need to investigate and curb this practice for good. – Corruption fighter, Lae

 

 

Oppn MPs must stay clear
I CALL on MPs from the Opposition not to join the Government or accept any ministerial positions if there is indeed a major Cabinet reshuffle. I do not want to see Opposition MPs covered by the mud thrown at this Government. Many Government MPs are tainted but yet those implicated go unpunished. I think many Opposition MPs such as Powes Parkop, Sam Basil, Wake Goi, Francis Awesa, Jamie Maxtone-Graham and others are performing better than Government MPs or ministers. Why should the Opposition MPs give the Government the credibility it lacks? – JKM, Port Moresby

 

 

Carbon trade deal suspicious
I WOULD like to call on the people of Apenda village in Pangia to be careful with carbon trade deals. The cash handout is becoming very suspicious. There are too many middlemen and conmen who are doing deals for their own benefit. Do not sign your life away for sweet talks from someone with a hidden motive. – Jayambi Waka, Tabubil

 

 

NA stands for no alliance?
HOW is it that Paul Teinsten has been removed as NA leader for the NGI region but Patrick Pruaitch, who is facing legal problems, take over? Is this some kind of ruse masterminded by the Somares? There is no royal family or dynasty in PNG and it must remain that way. – Interesting developments, Port Moresby

 

 

Publish new schedule, PX
I HAVE been checking the Air Niugini international flight schedule online to plan for my travel to Port Moresby from Manila. It is disappointing that the schedule for April onwards is not yet finalised. The current schedule is effective until March 27. As such, I am unable to do any advance booking or planning. Can Air Niugini publish the new schedule as soon as possible? – J. Yapo Para Ipundunaisi, Manila, Philippines

 

 

Educate guards at Jackson
THE security guards manning the scanning machine at the Jackson International Airport behave as if they are the law. Is it against the law to bring out a few bottles of the Highlands Honey in an effort to promote the organic honey produced in Papua New Guinea? It is illegal to carry any liquid above 100ml in our hand luugage. As such, the bottles of honey were properly packed. Yet the guards wanted to confiscate them! – Get real, via email

 

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Steyn rips through India batting
NAGPUR, India: Dale Steyn bowled with fierce pace and control to return a career best seven for 51 and take South Africa close to victory over India on the third day of the first test on. Steyn took five wickets for just three runs in a dramatic spell after tea on the third day to bowl India out for 233 in their first innings, despite a fighting century by Virender Sehwag. He then took his eighth wicket of the match when he dismissed Sehwag for 16 after India had followed on to leave the home side stuggling at 66 for two at the close. India are still 259 runs behind South Africa’s imposing first innings 558 for six declared with Murali Vijay (27 not out) and Sachin Tendulkar (15 not out) at the crease.

 

 

Chelsea stay ahead
LONDON: Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 on Sunday to stay ahead of Manchester United in the race for the Premier League title. Didier Drogba scored twice in the first 23 minutes to establish a dominance that Arsenal were unable to overturn despite an improved second-half performance. Victory lifted the Blues to 58 points, two more than defending champions United and nine more than third-placed Arsenal. After losing 3-1 to United last weekend, the Gunners were desperate for victory at Stamford Bridge but now face a tough challenge to close on the leading pair with just 13 games remaining.

 

 

Saints claim Super Bowl
MIAMI: Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints became Super Bowl champions after rallying to beat Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 on Sunday in one of the NFL’s most thrilling title games. Brees tied a Super Bowl record with 32 completions, the last a two-yard slant to Jeremy Shockey for the winning points with 5:42 remaining. The Pro Bowl quarterback was chosen the Super Bowl’s most valuable player. The victory sparked a citywide party in New Orleans, still in the process of recovering from the devastating 2005 Hurricane Katrina.  

 

 
Three teams secure spots
THREE teams have consolidated their position on the Port Moresby Men Softball competition with impressive and thrilling wins over their opponents last Sunday at Bisini Softball Diamonds. Competition leaders PNG Power disconnected Defence 6-4 to stay five points clear from nearest rival Brothers with 27 points. Second-placed United Brothers thrashed Samurai 7-1 to maintain their spot with 22 while Gazelle confirmed their third spot with a thrilling win over Brown Eagles 6-5 last Sunday. Mantarays edged out Bears 5-4 for the fourth spot while Dolphins defeated Kopex 7-4 in the breakfast game to sneak into the final five.

 

 

Sallun heads triathlon body
THE new PNG Triathlon Association executive wasted no time to announce the first event of the 2010 calendar The executive headed by no-nonsense Stephen Sallun, who was elevated from vice president to take charge of the tri-event sporting event for the next two seasons. The other members of the executive include; vice president  Scott Bishop, treasurer Mark Anders and secretary  Annette Coppola. The Feb 27 event is only a short course event comprising of the swim and run only. The registration fee for the event is K30 and the payment can be made on the day at 6.30  and at the starting time 7am. Sallun said the registration would only be K30 if you bring a friend along to compete.

 

 

Driver with bigh heart
A simple bus and taxi driver has big heart for the development of rugby league in notorious part of Port Moresby’s Kaugere and to keep youths away from illegal activities. Tumba Ningiel, from Ialibu, in Southern Highlands province has gone out of his way to fork out K200 from his weekly earnings to pay the players every match on the weekends. His club Imbo Warriors, a team competing in the Port Moresby South Rugby League competition is paid K200 every match for a win every weekend.

 

 

Discipline a must for players
BINTANGOR Lahanis team manager Joe Isaro has stressed that what matters most in the business was discipline and performance. Isaro said  in order to achieve the stakeholders’ expectations, the team needed highly-trained, disciplined and motivated players with a high performance output. He stated “The board believes the time is right to make changes for the betterment of the club going forward and has taken the risk by releasing senior players to local clubs.

 

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Excess baggage charges
I SHARE Steve Clark’s concern (The National, Feb 4) on the outrageous excess baggage fees that Air Niugini charges and I feel sorry for PNG as a diving destination for our overseas tourists. To make matters worse, Air Niugini will never display its measuring scale in the open to allow its customers to also check on the weight of their baggage. Customers have the right to see the information relating to their baggage otherwise they may feel that the airline staff are cheating them. – Domestic flyer, Port Moresby

 

 

Two pieces of luggage missing
MY sister-in-law was on PX103 from Lae to Port Moresby on Jan 28 with eight pieces of luggage, paying K450 in excess. On arrival, she found that two pieces of luggage were missing and contacted me in Lae to confirm whether all her luggage have been checked through at Nadzab and I checked and confirmed all cargoes had left with her. However, the response she got at Jackson Airport was, “mipela no save”.  I call on Air Niugini management to clean up its cargo handling department. – Steven Kafang, Lae

 

 

Thieves at Air Niugini
I support R. Kizana about thieving at the baggage section of Air Niugini (The National, Feb 4). My brother travelled to Madang for studies last month and his bag containing his clothes and some documents went missing. He reported the matter to Air Niugini, and checked again several times but it appears that his bag has disappeared into thin air. It is so sad to hear that thieving is going on in the national flag carrier. How embarrassing. – Victim’s kin, via email

 

 

We want our money
WHEN will liquidator Paul Harrison tell us what is happening to our savings with Public Employee’s Association Superannuation Funds ever since its liquidation in 2006? Does Bank of PNG, the regulator, policy-maker and appointer of this liquidator know what is happening? If the bank cannot do something, then the Government should intervene so that public servants with savings could access their funds. We need this money to do other things before we die. – Kangom Naweh, via email

 

 

Subsidy cheques released
IT is good to hear that the education subsidy budget has been released. The challenge now is for the Education Department to process the subsidy cheques and deliver them to the schools on time. There is no reason why schools should not receive their subsidy cheques before the end of the first quarter. By the way, the department should clarify if the total subsidy budget will be distributed to the schools because that is what it is for. It must state that no children will be turned away from the school now that the subsidies are in place. – School subsidy turana, Port Moresby

 

 

Country Party campaigning
I AM wondering what PNG Country Party secretary Paul is doing in Port Moresby, persuading people to become financial members and looking for potential candidates for the next general elections. He is going around, telling people that if they want to be Country Party candidate and/or financial member the fee is K500. There is also talk about the party accessing K1 million for the 2012 elections. Can the party leader and president release an official statement to set the record straight? – Mangel Oscar, Port Moresby

 

 

Polye know his job well
PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare has confidence in Don Polye to give him back his Works, Transport and Civil Aviation ministry after his Kandep
by-election at the end of last year. I disagree with NA Sapota (The National, Jan 22) that under Mr Polye, our roads have deteriorated further. Many factors contribute to this and we should not blame our leaders all the time. He has K30 million for fix the Highlands Highway but, as he truthfully said, he needed at least K300 million to do a proper job of the highway. – Patrick S. Michael, via email

 

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Mine cash machine ‘open’
To us simple citizens talk of billions of kina can overwhelm us. But if you care to sit down and consider the revenue generated by Ok Tedi during the past 26 years then they come down to cash amounts that we can easily grasp. In this instance, the K13 billion becomes a more recognisable K2,166 per PNG citizen over the 26 years. Alternatively, that works out at just K83 a year per person, or even more relevant, to a tiny 23t a per day for the past 26 years. That is not even a roll of tobacco or a bread bun.
PS: The figures you printed do not add up: (millions of kina) 214+301+5165+580+2000+3400+160 = 11,820 (K11,820 million not accounted for), or if you add the PNG purchases of K3,000 million then the total would be K14,820 million, or nearly K15 billion. – Grassroots numbers, Cardiff, UK

 

 

Governor must resign
THE people of Sandaun province must ask for the resignation of their Governor Simon Solo because the recent adultery case in which he was named as a defendant has brought shame to the province but, importantly, also demeaned the good office of the governor. The governor and MP’s seat is a position of trust, honesty and integrity. Mr Solo’s conscience should tell him that what he did was an immoral act and must not pretend that he had done nothing wrong. The National Alliance Party should sack him to save the party’s integrity. – C. J. Waling, Port Moresby

 

 

Report on Yanga unfair
I WAS offended by your misreporting of the death of a Kabwum man after he was led away by youths from Yanga (The National, Feb1). Your story paints a bad image of people like me who live at Yanga, or Yamahi compound. Had your reporter gone there and spoke to the people, he would have got the full details, and a better story. Your reporters must talk to as many people as possible to get a balanced report of what really happened. – David Ahlong, Yanga village

 

 

Unchecked Kivori killings
I AM asking why Bereina police have not investigated two recent killings at Kivori village. The first killing happened early last year while the second was in December. Both were reported to Bereina police who treated them as minor offences, no investigations were carried out and the alleged killers have walked away free men. I call on the Kairuruku-Hiri MP to urge the police to prevent crime, not promote it. – Frustrated, Kivori village

 

 

Unreasonable bank fees
IT is unreasonable for BSP to charge bank fees on customers who are doing SMS banking. The whole idea of introducing SMS banking, as we all know, is to reduce the bank queue because even though it boasts about its profits the bank cannot open more branches and employ more people because it wants to save that money for the well-to-do. Now it is like BSP is charging customers for not queuing up. How rhetorical can that be? – Customer, Mt Hagen

 

 

Unfair bemobile ad
THE recent advertisement by mobile phone company bemobile on EMTV comparing their rates with rival Digicel is an embarrassment! It portrays disrespect for Digicel, it definitely showed incompetency within the bemobile advertising crew. To advertise is to promote your products, not to compare and degrade your rivals. – Ad Guru, Port Moresby

 

 

NZ scholarships fiasco
IT is really a shame on the agency, or the body, that was responsible for providing the acquittals to the NZAID sponsors. What a pity that those innocent Papua New Guinean women have to miss out on a great opportunity. This is the kind of attitude and practice that sells our country to the dogs. – Gideon Maim, Yandera

 

 

Enough of repeats!
I REGULARLY watch Kundu 2, the national television service, and I am wondering if the owners have plans for improvement. The programmes are being repeated and I am getting a bit tired of watching repeats. Can the TV network tell me when the new programmes will be televised? – Livewire, via email

 

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Scholarship funds allocated
THE Morobe provincial government has released the money to fund its current Gerson-Solulu scholarship and meet outstanding tuition fees, Governor Luther Wenge said this week. Mr Wenge said two cheques totalling more than K380,000 were paid yesterday for outstanding school fees and compulsory fees for the medical students of UPNG and the University of Goroka.“The money has been paid and students at the medical faculty should register and attend classes as soon as possible.” Mr Wenge said the province initially approved a budget of K3.5 million for this year’s scholarships however, this increases it to K4.7 million. “We realised that the budget of K3.5 million was not sufficient as we had other unexpected expenses, so we had to increase it,” he said. Mr Wenge related these unexpected expenses to the increase in the number of scholarships. He assured students, parents and institutions that “the provincial government would pay up all its students’ outstanding school fees and subsidies for this year”.

 

 

‘Fast-track new wage’
LAE lord mayor James Khay has called for faster implementation of the new minimum wage for the benefit of the workforce of the industrial capital. Mr Khay said in a statement yesterday that the purpose of the Minimum Wages Board decision was to alleviate poverty. “The K2.29 an hour for 88 hours should be fast-tracked,” he said. Previously, the minimum wage was set at K1.72 an hour. Mr Khay, a vocal advocate of fair pay, said the Minimum Wages Board had failed to publicise the new minimum wage and tell those affected when it would come into effect, and what would happen if the employer did not comply. He said Lae was the industrial hub of PNG with more than 10,000 workers, including women and youth in general labour, with most “suffering silently with low income”.

 

 

‘Fix leaking transformer’
A LEAKING transformer located in the heart of Lae city is of grave concern to neighbouring residents. The base of the transformer at Top Town’s 6th Street, has on several occasions burst into flames, after oil leaked from the top of the transformer down to the ground. Concerned resident Kamapi Wiya, said on two occasions he witnessed fire engulf the transformer after unsuspecting smokers threw their cigarette butts into the puddle of oil, which attracted the attention of PPL staff who arrived with fire extinguishers and put out the fire.  Another female resident also claimed that on two occasions, the steel fence of a second hand shop near the transformer was electrically charged, however no one was killed.Mr Wiya warned that passers-by were in danger of being electrocuted or suffer burns and again appealed to PPL to fix the faulty transformer.

 

 

Miner funds fish projects
MINE impacted communities in the Bulolo area of Morobe province will form a sustainable fish farming programme initiated by the Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV). Under an agreement signed between MMJV and the Morobe Fisheries Management Authority last December, the miner will provide K50,000 to approved projects. The funding would also cover fish farming training, fish pond and hatchery development and fingerling distribution. Morobe Fisheries chairman Frank Pologo said the fish farming programme would cover Watut, the Markham River and the Huon Gulf coast communities.

 

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Morobe schools still charging
MANY schools in Morobe province are charging school fees for elementary school pupils despite the free education policy announced by Education Minister James Marape on Monday. However, school officals claim they have not received offical notification regarding the new policy. Provincial programme adviser for education, Murika Bihoro, said parents still had to pay for project fees which are determined by individual schools. He said the Government was only responsible for costs associated with curriculum materials, providing teachers and other educational materials that are needed.

 

 

New water  supply for Bulolo
MOROBE Mining Joint Venture (MMJV) will provide water for mining impacted communities in the Bulolo district. The company has engaged the Lutheran Development Service, the socio-economic service providing arm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG, to construct water supply systems for the Watut River, highway and road communities. The two parties signed a memorandum of agreement last December. Projects that will follow include sanitation, fish farming, agriculture extension and social development programmes. Under the agreement, the company will provide funding of K500,000 each year for approved projects.

 

 

Mining workers under threat
MORE than 200 Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV) workers in Hidden Valley gold mine are feeling threatened by settlers. A strong contingent of miners  presented a petition to Wau police station commander Adam Busil, Morobe law and order committee chairman Benson Suwang and MP Sam Basil on Tuesday. They said that during breaks they were being targeted as settlers felt that they had been deprived of work opportunities at the mine. They urged the police to increase their manpower to provide adequate security.

 

 

Banana boat for an ambulance
A BANANA boat will serve as an ambulance for  the  1,000 people staying in Madang’s remote Poroko community. Poroko, which shares the land boundary of the Upper Jimi area in the Western Highlands province and Middle Ramu district in the Madang province, is only accessible by sea or air. The road link has long deteriorated and is not usable so people travel by boat to either Usino or Bogia where they can board PMVs for a two-hour trip to Madang town. Jimi MP Wake Goi provided the K16,000 boat because of his close ties to the people of Poroko and Upper Jimi. The boat is to be used to transport the sick down the Ramu River to the nearest heath centre in Usino.

 

 

Educational shows for B’ville
A SOUTH Korean company has won a contract to provide facilities for educational TV broadcasts in Bougainville. Bougainville MP Fidelis Semoso said the K5 million project would be funded by the National Government through the four Bougainville MPs. E Education is the first electronic programme to be introduced in Bougainville and is similar to the JICA Project on EMTV. Mr Semoso said Bougainville was fortunate to be able to work with the South Koreans on the project.“An educated society is needed for Bougainville to move forward. Therefore more emphasis should be given to the education sector.”

 

 

‘Govt to blame for clash’
MOTU-KOITA Assembly chairman Miria Ikupu says the Government is to blame for tribal fights between Boera and Porebada villagers over land ownership disputes. “The government and developers have failed to effectively address land issues with regard to the LNG gas pipeline of the Portion 152 area.  All they have done is rush the whole thing through without considering the repercussions. Now there is violence and loss of lives,” he said. Community leaders and law enforcement agencies must now ensure there is no more violence and for peace to be restored through reconciliation, he said.

 

 

‘Police not above the law’
DEPUTY Chief Justice Gibbs Salika has told the police that they are only the face of the law, not above the law. “You are the forefront of the law where the buck begins and ends, ” he said. “You are the face of the rule of law in our society, but the general perception is  that the police are above the law. This is causing fear among the people,” he said. Senior Pastor for Christian Life Centre Pr Peter Faith urged the officers to seek wisdom from God when making judgments.

 

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Raiders aim for another win
THERE will be more entertaining football at Gordons when an inform Bala Raiders face last weekend’s winners Masalai Warriors . Warriors after coming from behind to beat Wards Bulldogs, 12-10, are geared up and looking to cause another upset on the high-flying Raiders who are looking for their fifth straight victory. Warriors coach Joe Rova will be fielding the same line-up that gave them the points. But, Raiders, with old hands in Martin Mabua , Joe Ove and Misina Dai,  will  be leading from the front and they will be ably assisted by Kopi Kere Jr, Gabriel Hearo,Joe Solomon and  Joe Winstone. In the other matches, Roosters meet Texas Knights, Erima Magpies take on Eagles, Lapwing Tigers lock horns with wards Bulldogs and Kona Bar Eels go up against Jabiru storms on Saturday.

 

 

Seagulls,  Warriors face off
HAMOA Seagulls face tough opposition from a determined Mix Warriors in the round 12 of the Moresby South off-season rugby league competition at Kaugere oval this weekend. Warriors, comprising of a mixture of players from the Highlands region will field a strong pack. They have the speed in the backline to gun down the competition front runners. Officials say it might be a preview of the grand final with the Eagles banking on the influential, Amos Pirika,at pivot to call the shots. But, the Warriors should not be taken lightly and with a powerful pack to provide the go-forward it will come down to how well the Eagles contain them. For the Eagles to maintain their top spot they will be  relying on their smaller but more mobile forwards.

 

 

CBL pre-season comp starts
THE Capital Basketball League (CBL) have announced the start of their pre-season competition for this year with a similar format to the previous  two seasons. This season, corporate companies are invited to enter a team in the competition rounds which run for six weeks in an open divison with equal gender participation. The pre-season ‘corporate challenge’ will start on Feb 20-21and will run for six weeks. Interested companies should call CBL secretary, Lawrence Lahari, on  mobile: 7699 0285 to register. The registration fees are K500 per team where teams can have as many players. But  each team should have three male and two female players playing at any one time.CBL A-grade players are also allowed to play but can only play for any team with only one player on the court at any one time.

 

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Senat’s senseless act
HOW can you say Senat is a brave man? I find this man to be a totally irresponsible person with a no-care attitude (The National, Feb 1). In some countries, the intentional, or reckless, infection of a person with the HIV is considered to be illegal. People who do so can be charged with criminal transmission of HIV, murder, manslaughter, attempted murder or assault. Some states have enacted laws expressly to criminalise HIV transmission. I agree with Bob Jecin’s “An Unforgivable Act”. Laws should be changed to deal with such people who knowingly infect others with HIV/AIDS. – Act Right, NCD

 

 

Loss of a good man
I HAVE just heard the very sad news of Sir  Kapi Natto’s passing. He was like a father to me and my husband when we lived in Waro. Emma Gilberthorpe and Jason Pierson wish to pass on their greatest condolences to the Kapi family and Fasu community for the loss of Sir Kapi. We loved Kapi and are both very saddened to hear of his passing. He took care of us when we lived in Waro in 1999 and 2000. Our thoughts are with Mamma and the rest of the family. – Emma Gilberthorpe, via email

 

 

Elementary is not free
I AM a parent whose child attends Waigani Elementary School. I was told that I have to pay for K100 for elementary one and elementary two. The only elementary class which is free is prep. Is this a Government policy, or is it the school that is coming up with this fee? Can someone in the Education Department clear the air for many confused parents like me? Anyway, I happy that the Government is helping parents with school subsidy to ease the annual school fees burden. – Confused Parent, NCD

 

 

Selective management
I ENJOYED reading the news article about how Xstrada threw out Barrick because it (Porgera) puts mining waste into the Strickland River system (The National, Feb 2) Does it follow that Xstrada will throw Highlands Pacific out of Freida River because it (Ramu Nickel) continues to pollute the Ramu River? – Raphael Maimos, Madang

 

 

Promising lawyer Poro
I WAS saddened to hear about the passing of private lawyer John Michael Poro. He was a friend and a mentor when we were studying at UPNG in 1992-93. He was loving, caring brother and a promising lawyers from the Jiwaka area who has now left many dreams, visions and inspirations unfulfilled. The fond memories of our university days will always linger. May he rest in peace. – Tsenglap Peter Bosip, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

 

Farewelling a pioneer
I WOULD like to pay tribute to a man who was one of the pioneers responsible for shaping what is now the Mt Hagen City. The province as a whole owes it to its early public and civil servants who were drivers, cleaners, doctor boys and shop-keepers to the colonial cops. Among the many unsung heroes were people like Bangi Liko, Sgt Tanda, Doctor Boy Kaki, Bagme, Kuglang and David Korae. And I farewell Bangi Liko, of Finschhaen, a true Western Highlander, who passed on recently. I say sorry, to his family. – P. Nukunts, Port Moresby

 

 

MP in hibernation
THE Yangoru-Saussia MP has gone into hibernation. It is not only the Kubalia area that is in an appalling state but right across the electorate. All infrastructures are in bad state and all the MPs to date have not done much to improve the electorate. A bit of road grading and donation to schools, health centres, church†and youth groups†are common occurrences 12 months an before an election year, to garner support and shore up votes. This “ston brukim ston” attitude must stop. – Yanukobu, West Yangoru

 

 

Lahanis can rebuild
THE Goroka Lahanis board chairman John Sia and his board should assess individuals on their merit and opt for en mass sacking of players and the coach. The team requires the service of few experiences players to lead the younger ones. Player base should be a priority at this stage for success. We will always be proud to throw our support behind the team. Let’s make 2010 our year, when we defy all odds to bring home the trophy. – R.H. Gorosahu, Goroka

 

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PSC clears Asukusa
SUSPENDED National Housing Corporation (NHC) managing director, Paul Asukusa, has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Public Services Commission (PSC). The PSC, in a letter dated Jan 28 sent to the NHC board chairman, recommended that the board immediately activate an administrative process to reinstate Mr Asukusa. The letter, signed by PSC chairman Rigo Lua and commissioner Philip Kereme, stated that the PSC found no proper and cogent, plausible and credible evidence to substantiate the allegations against Mr Asukusa. However, the PSC declined to recommend the revocation of Mr Asukusa’s appointment as the substantive managing director of the corporation. “It is, of course, ultimately the prerogative of the National Executive Council (NEC) to decide whether or not to revoke Mr Asukusa’s appointment, or to reinstate Mr Asukusa, for that matter,” the PSC stated.

 

 

No boarding for vandals
SOME boarding students returning to the National Polytechnic Institute of Papua New Guinea (NTIPNG) in Lae have been refused boarding privileges after causing K30,000 in damage last year. Many of the offenders were Technical Trade Certificate (TTC) students returning for their second year. They were found by the institute’s governing council to have destroyed State property and consumed, possessed and trafficked alcohol on campus. After final exams last year, drunk students destroyed louver blades, fly-wire and other goods in six dormitories. Deputy director of academic Graham Bidang said that drunk students’ attitudes were getting worse. Registration for the institute is set to begin this week with more than 1,000 students expected on campus. Those returning who have been denied their boarding privileges will still be allowed to enroll.

 

 

‘Obey minimum wage laws’
THOSE who violate the minimum wage legislation, be it Government departments or private organisations, must be severely penalised, former Yangoru-Saussia Open MP John Jaminan has said.“All must abide by the law. Business licences must be revoked from those who breach the legislation,” he said. Mr Jaminan said the Government, Labour Department and the Minimum Wage Board must ensure that the labour force received backdated payments to Jan 21, the date on which the new minimum wage rate came into effect.“I support this minimum wage legislation because it’s about time people such as labourers, tea boys, cleaners and every other low wage earners get their share for the tireless effort they put in. The high inflation rate, education fees and health fees are affecting people at all levels,” he said.

 

 

Car collision kills one
ONE man was killed and nine others were injured in a head-on collision between a Toyota utility and a Mitsubishi utility on Malaguna Road in Rabaul on Saturday. Provincial police commander Supt Anthon Billy said the Mitsubishi was on the way to Rabaul town when it collided with the Toyota which was loaded with 11 passengers. The impact overturned the Toyota and a 55-year-old man was killed when his head got caught in the canopy. Supt Billy said police questioned both drivers and that it was likely one of the drivers would be charged with dangerous driving causing death.

 

 

Police fuel supply replenished
FUEL supplies for police in East New Britain have been restocked by the police headquarters on Friday. Since October, police in the province had been lucky to receive fuel rations funded by the provincial government during special operations. However, when the special operations finished, police had to ask suppliers to get fuel on credit. “We did not receive our monthly allocations for fuel for the past three months. We were told that the funds were still being processed,” Supt Anthon Billy said.

 

 

LLG managers need training
THERE is a need to train local level government managers to write attractive project proposals in order to secure funds for development projects in East Pomio, LLG president Herman Yareng said. Currently many LLG managers are not well versed in writing project proposals or the procedures involved in submitting papers for donor funding, he said. LLG managers rely on the normal government budgetary allocations to bid for funds, but there are other ways, he said.

 

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Squatters influx in Elk
DURING the past several months, we have witnessed an influx of illegal migrants from Southern Highlands, Enga, Simbu and Eastern Highlands provinces in Elk, Gulf province, where the current LNG project is situated. This is a nightmare for my people who have watched these “foreigners” taking our land, erecting shanty huts, putting up tradestores, making gardens and claiming our land. They are even marrying our women and getting involved in incorporated land groups (ILG) with local people. They are squatters and their presence in Purari is not wanted so can Governor Havila Kavo do something? – Purari Elk, via email

 

 

No superfund contributions
I HOPE the St John management and the Health Department have taken note of some serious shortcomings at St John Hospital, Gerehu. I believe these have been brought to the attention of the Health Secretary. It will soon be a full year since the hospital’s inauguration however, all the workers are not contributing to any superannuation funds and that is a serious negligence and oversight on the part of the administration. The Chief Commissioner must rectify this and backpay all their contributions to each individual’s commencement dates. – Another Gerehu resident, NCD

 

 

Refund my money
WHY does it take so long to credit an account that is wrongfully debited? Recently, I ceased my standing order with the ANZ bank, knowing well that I won’t be paid during the Christmas period. Because my pay did not go into my account, K50 was debited for non-compliance of standing order. What was surprising was that the cessation standing order was effected two days in advance, before the pay period. No one at the bank has been able to tell me if I will get a refund. How much longer will I be waiting? – Frustrated Customer, Acc. No. 13323314

 

 

Attitudes must change
PEOPLE living near major roads and highways are putting up unnecessary roadblocks and holding motorists and the Government to ransom. From the public, they demand money to let their vehicles pass and in the case of natural disasters, they demanded compensation from the Government before the road could be fixed. One can be a landowner but there is only one road-owner – the state. We can blame the Government for many of our failings but we also need to do away with our bad attitudes. – Fr Raphael Mel, Italy

 

 

Lahanis sackings timely
I BELIEVE many Eastern Highlanders are behind the Goroka Lahanis board for sacking several players and coach Peter Danga. Go ahead and implement your strategies to bring back Lahanis to its glory days of the 1990s. If rookies in the Eagles and Mioks teams can beat experienced Lahanis players to make the finals, the Goroka Rugby League can be assured that many inexperienced but talented youngsters are around, waiting for the opportunity to showcase their talents. – Uzzefa Fuzza Hinafa, Via email

 

 

Country comes first
THE people of Kandep shouldn’t think that Don Polye is the man for their electorate and Enga province. Mr Polye is the man that the country needs, he is more useful serving PNG because of his education, qualification and experience in governments. We should leave him alone to fulfill his dream for Kandep and the nation as a whole. – Tuksi Topa, Goroka, EHP

 

 

The damage is done
I WAS full of emotion after reading the story of the AIDS victim Nicolas Senat passing the virus to all those young working class women (The National, Jan 29-31). What message is he trying to get across to the public when the damage has been done? The women should not accept any apology from him through your newspaper. Mr Senat will be lucky if he gets anywhere near the gates of heaven. – Wallthur Nipuks, via email

 

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Let’s start on time: Danaya
 EDUCATION is one area that the Western provincial government give priority to. Governor Dr Bob Danaya challenged the provincial division to ensure that schools in the province commenced as per the 2010 academic calendar. Dr Danaya said it’s always hard to start an academic year on time in Western province due to geography and landmass that affects the movement of teachers and students. He said with commitment and dedication of all stakeholders, including parents and guardians, this year could be different. He also called on the National Government to ensure teachers’ wellbeing was taken care of as teachers are the back bone of the country’s development. Meanwhile, Dr Danaya said the current policies and curriculums taught in classrooms must be revised and amended to develop a workable policy that must serve teaches’ and students’ interests.

 

DWU prepared for 2010
THE Divine Word University in Madang is well prepared for the 2010 academic year after renovating its facilities and campuses for students. Unversity academic vice-president Br Andrew Simpson said in an interview with The National that many students had started arriving while others are believed to be stranded after their tickets sent to their respective travel centres were delayed. Br Andrew said the university had taken the holiday break to do all the upgrading and maintenance work on student dormitories and classrooms. University registrar Cecilia N’drower said: “We expect to have at least 1,300 students registering in the main campus. Old students would be required to register on line via computers provided by the university.” Mrs N’drower said school leavers and re-admitted students would have to follow the old procedure to register themselves.

 

 

Senat commended
THE Morobe Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS has commended Nicholas Senat in taking the bold stand to come out openly about his AIDS status. Network chairman and vice-chairperson of Morobe provincial AIDS committee (PAC), Rodney Mukinere, said last week’s news report about the Siassi islander was commendable. “We are very happy that he spoke out about his status as there are many out there that are going through the very same thing but because of stigma and discrimination are afraid to come out,” he said. He urged those in hiding to “come out openly as the more they keep it too themselves, the higher the chance of them spreading the virus.” Mr Senat is not a member of the Morobe Network of People Living with HIV but Mr Mukinere said he would be welcome. Currently, the network has 27 members working with the PAC. The association was formed in September, 2005.

 

Man guilty of murder
IN a sorcery-related crime, a 35-year-old Kabwum man was charged with murder in Port Moresby’s Waigani Committal Court last Friday. Tommy David Henzi was accused of unlawfully and willfully killing Dagi Ila Bako between Talai settlement in Badili and the Eight-Mile settlement bushes in Port Moresby last Nov 25. The charge was read out by Magistrate Fred Tomo. Henzi, a long-time resident of Talai settlement, was charged by police on Jan 29. The statement of facts stated that he allegedly committed the offence in the company of 14 other Kabwums who were questioning and torturing Bako who was suspected of practising sorcery.  The police accused Henzi and his accomplices of taking Bako in a vehicle to somewhere between the two locations, tied him up with barbed wire and nylon ropes and hacked him to death. They buried him in the Eight-Mile bushes where his remains were found three days later. The matter was adjourned for mention on Feb 23 and Henzi was denied bail.

 

‘Security’ alert at banks
FINANCIAL institutions were warned last Friday of four bogus security men in uniforms spotted driving around town in a stolen car. The warning was circulated in the morning after guards from a security company contacted one of the institutions. The guards had spotted four suspected criminals in the uniform of another security firm in a silver Toyota Corolla Sedan fitted with registration number BCM 487 near a branch of the institution. A check with the other security firm confirmed that it did not have such a vehicle and that it was a stolen car. The institute’s alert was for its staff to keep a lookout for the vehicle and not to approach it. The institute confirmed with The National that it had circulated the email titled “Beware bogus security guards” upon the advice of guards from its contracted security company.

 

 

Death, injuries in ENB crash
A MAN was killed and nine others were injured in a head-on collision between a Toyota utility and a Mitsubishi utility on Malaguna Road in Rabaul on Saturday. Provincial police commander Supt Anthon Billy said the Mitsubishi was on the way to Rabaul town when it collided with the Toyota which was loaded with 11 passengers. The impact sent the Toyota overturning and a 55-year-old man was killed when his head got caught in the canopy. Supt Billy said police questioned both drivers and that it was likely one of the drivers would be charged with dangerous driving causing death. Meanwhile, fuel supply for police in East New Britain has been re-stocked by the police headquarters last Friday. Since October, police in the province had been lucky to receive fuel rations funded by the provincial government, especially during the special Christmas police operations. However, when the special operations ended, police had to ask suppliers to get fuel on credit. Supt Billy said: “We did not receive our monthly allocations for fuel for the past three months. We were told that the funds were still being processed.”
 

 

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U20 train-on squad named
THE PNG U20 training squad was finalised after two trial matches held on Saturday at the Bava Park. The squad: Shane Koal (Port Moresby), Jeremaia Buengan (Lae), Fairi Fairi (Port Moresby), Joel Sawong (Lae), Loani Henao (Lae), Cameron Wai (Lae), Chris Namani (Lae), Joshua Posu (Port Moresby), Nigel Genia (Brisbane), Jonah Kautu Jr (Port Moresby), Raphael Saia (Port Moresby), Jackson Pato (Lae), Joel Tara (Lae), Robert Wail (Lae), Jackie Marcus (Rabaul), Karaut Aimo (Port Moresby), Samson Paul (Lae), Clifford Vali (Lae), James Lumaris (Rabaul), Albert Augwi Jr (Lae), Mathew Elara Jr (Lae), Benjamin Ruimb (Port Moresby), Allan Weller (Brisbane), Joel Wimbi (Lae), Shaun Kamburi (Port Moresby), Gabriel Biyama (Port Moresby), Peter Moide (Lae), Henry Mobiha (Lae), Allan Kasalau (Port Moresby), and Joe Tabutabu Jr (Kavieng). The team will be coached by Robin Tarere, with John Pangkatana as assistant, and Sydney Wesley as team manager.

 

 

Pom rugby meeting tonight
PORT Moresby Rugby Union will hold their first meeting for the year at 7pm at the Amet Lawyers office at Armani Club. The meeting was initially schedule for Saturday at the Bava Park. High on the agenda will be the start of the competition and dates, affiliation issues and the announcement of the annual general meeting (AGM) dates. Competition organising committee member, Lawrence Tamilong called on all clubs to have their representatives present. He said it would be an opportunity for them to air their views, before final decisions are made on pre-season kick off and this year’s competition draw.  Club representatives have also been asked to confirm their attendance with the office.

 

 

Sports used to spread message
A NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisation branch in the Western Highlands province has involved youths in a sports competition in its bid to raise awareness on HiV/AIDS, drugs and alcohol related issues. In its awareness drive, the Melanesian Solidarity Foundation, allocated K1,500 in cash for prizes and engaged over 500 youths from different villages to take part in the men’s touch rugby competition while the women sweated it out on the volleyball courts. The games were held at Kerowagi, which is about an hour’s drive outside of Mt Hagen city.

 

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An unforgiveable act
“I INFECTED many with HIV”. Nicholas Senat is a criminal who has admitted crime in public; he has knowingly infected many with the deadly virus. You are irresponsible for publicising his crime. After reading this story about his HIV status, his partners will be totally distressed and traumatised. You should apologise to these women. Senat knowingly, with criminal intent, slept around with innocent women so that they can “feel the pain as well”. “I infected many with HIV” How many? He alone knows who they are and many. The chain effects among populace over time are unthinkable. His apology is not acceptable and I do not forgive him. Amend the Criminal Code to make it a crime punishable by death for those who knowingly infect others with HIV/AIDS. –Bob Jecin, Port Moresby

 

 

Arthur Somare still learning
ARTHUR Somare is not qualified to be the next prime minister as some have expressed. Clearly, he is not a homegrown politician. He spent most of his life in school overseas and has little experience in national politics. He has never come up the ranks and has never sweated and felt the pains with other Papua New Guineans. For example he was never a local businessman who had created employment for other Papua New Guineans. Neither has he ever carried a spear to war with his tribesmen. He is a quite politician who is still learning. Anyone who has shared the blame, shame, sweat and politics of PNG deserves to be PM. Arthur Somare and those like him do not deserve the PM role unless and until they have proven so through time. Observer, via email

 

Sackings timely, overdue
THE Goroka Bintangor Lahanis sackings are overdue. I congratulate John Sia and Himony Lapiso for the actions they had taken.†Fans like me want the coveted bemobile Cup to come to Goroka. I support any action taken by franchise†owner of the Lahanis team and the board.
Good luck to the new and old Lahanis players for 2010 Lahanis team. They should proud they have been recognized as the cream of Goroka rugby league and please bring home the bemobile Cup. – Lahani- Truaveh, via email

 

Corruption a way of life
I APPEAL to Papua New Guineans to stand up and challenge corruption. If you are against corruption, let’s remove corrupt officials from public office. They eat, sleep and breathe in corruption. Also, corruption can never be totally eradicated but minimised to less grosser level. How much longer will we sit back and watch corruption filter through every fabric of our society? We have been tamed to accept corruption and are too we scared to act becaue we did not shed blood to gain independence. – GD, Port Moresby

 

 

Class action suit overdue
IT was with great pity that I read about the recent PMV buses tragedy in the Markham Valley and my heart goes to those who have lost family members. I believe it is time for the victims’ relatives and many other concerned individuals and groups to take a class action suit against†the national and provincial governments who have neglected this national asset for decades. Potholes should be outlawed. – Geof Bofenuc, Morobe province

 

 

Senat a brave man
IT takes a brave man like Nicholas Senat to go public and admit that he has HIV/AIDS. Many people with such sickness do not go public. Asking for forgiveness from the young working women he had slept with is a big step forward for spiritual healing. Senat’s victims should go public also and make their HIV status known and seek the appropriate treatment. –Supporter, via email

 


Bava Park no toilets
I AM a concerned resident who has been playing in the Port Moresby rugby union competition for some time. I wish to ask the management of the rugby union competition in Port Moresby to think seriously about building toilets at its premier facilities at Bava Park, Boroko. Bava Park is an international venue without toilets! It is only hygienic and healthy that these public amenities are built. Years have gone by and there are still no signs of toilets! What a pity. – CeeAye, Port Moresby

 

Where is our MP,
ALL of a sudden MP Thompson Haroqkave has disappeared from the Goroka electorate radar screen? While the people admire his style of mingling with the grassroots, we notice that he has failed to deliver so far. Maybe, he is still waiting for funds from Waigani to honour commitments he made from Namasu to Kamus, Kefamo bridge to Rothmans and Ufeto to Lapegu road, among other places. – Kotiufa Sniper, Goroka, EHP

 

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Fault lies with MRA
THE engagement of mercenaries is not the correct way to address the issue of unregulated mining in PNG, including Simberi. With due respect to Sir Julius Chan, Simberi mine is another victim of MRA. I have said it on many occasions in the past four years that MRA is unconstitutional and is operating illegally. It means MRA has not legal standing and competence to regulate all mines in PNG. Simberi is only waking up to reality. This time, the truth about MRA is getting to the miners. Taking on MRA head on is the only way PNG will win, not by courting and working with MRA. Rest assured of more MRA-induced troubles ahead so long as PNG leaders continue to be deaf and blind. – James Wanjik, Port Moresby

 

 

Reconsider Lahanis sackings
The sacking of several Goroka Lahanis players and their couch Peter Danga as reported in the media is a
shocking news to many Lahanis supporters back home. The reason provided for the sacking is shallow
and the individuals behind this move must tell us their plans for this year. Bemobile Cup (or SP Cup as
it was known earlier) is unlike ten years ago where the game was not competitive. The game has progressed so much requires the service of skilled and experience players. Please, reconsider the sacking decision. – Bomailyn Sekaveh, Four-Mile

 

 

Yala Yatu our man
THE administrative problems looming at PNG Institute of Public Administration are serious and need
Government attention, particularly the Personnel Management Department and the Minister
concerned. It is the prerogative of the current acting director to solve the internal crisis. However, this has
not happened and if the acting director is unable to solve it then he should immediately vacate this office
and a capable director should be appointed to administer the premier learning institution. For the records,
Mr Yala Yatu was probably the capable director. – Francis Malwal, Port Moresby

 

 

Bus-load of good news
NCD Governor Parkop has appeared to solve another problem of the unreliable PMV bus services.
It is welcome news that he is bringing in ten 40- seater buses to serve the commuting public. Many of
the buses operating in Port Moresby are rundown and therefore should not be on the road. Climate
change is causing so much havoc on humanity and very few people in PNG are really concerned about
the pollution that old vehicles are causing. Thanks again, governor. – L. Parek, NCD

 

 

Foreign intervention claim
SOME foreigners with members of a specific regional group are visiting Laloki training site to take over
the contract by UDS, a nationally owned PNG company. They are using the contractors and landowners to divide and rule. UDS staff at Laloki urges landowners to take up the landowners issue with the Health Department which must not deviate from the real landowner issue and run around in circles. – Robert Kaia, contractor UDS

 

 

Polye has a role
IT is not the right mindset of a senior minister to use his power and influence to increase funding for the
Department of Works alone. Resources should be allocated equally for the needy and the development
of PNG. Works and Transport Minister Don Polye knows this well. We are convinced that as minister
responsible, Mr Polye can do something but not everything for the betterment of PNG and its people.
The people of Kandep have collectively spoken twice, clearly that Mr Polye is their man. – Patrick S. Michael, via email

 

 

Checking on killing
I READ recently that two people, John Pipi and his brother Gibson, were being questioned by Enga police
in relation to the death of a head teacher Kimbun Norm. What is the progress of this investigation? Has
the police questioned Tony Tambi, of the Waiyo subclan, who may know who the killers are? We want to
know when the killer (or killers) will be arrested and charged. – Makole Wane, via email

 

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Final U20 trials for rugby
THE old rivalry in rugby union between Port Moresby and Lae will be re-ignited tomorrow at Bava Park when two U20 sides come together for the final selection trial for the Junior Pukpuks to Moscow, Russia. Lae will arrive this evening with Pukpuk jerseys in mind, under Junior Pukpuk head coach Robin Tarere.  The visitors have been together for a while after coming through the junior ranks, with added touch upfront in scrummaging, line-outs and contact areas, working with former Australian schoolboys lock Angus King in the past week. In the front, vying for final spots, will be backrowers Peter Moide, Joel Sawong, Cameron Wai, front rowers Jeremaiah Buengen and Nelson Kavanamur, winger Robert Wail and inside backs Jackson Pato and Joel Wimbi. Port Moresby have put their side together after last week’s grueling trial match under coach John Pangkatana. Showing promise from that trial are tight-head prop Shane Koal and his brother Taina, along with experienced campaigners Joshua Posu, Jonah Kautu Jr and Fairi Fairi. Mendi’s Ronnie Tenza, East New Britain’s Henry Vineval and James Lumaris, Bougainville’s Jimmy Pahia and Brisbane-based pair Nigel Genia and Allan Weller have been given opportunities in the Port Moresby side to stake a claim for spots in the team to Moscow.

 

 

Clinic set for April 19-23
THE scheduled Junior Basketball Development Clinic that was supposed to be held from Feb 1 has now been deferred to April 19-23 during the school holidays. The Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) apologised to the parents and children who showed interest in attending the clinic. It was revealed by the BFPNG that the forced rescheduling was due to the late arrival of  essential junior basketball equipment from Australia. Basketball PNG hopes that this will also give parents and children ample time to get themselves prepared and organised for the beginning of the 2010 school year and then move into the sports development programme. The development programme officer of the Basketball Federation of PNG Ronnie Mea has sincerely apologised to parents and children for any inconvenience caused by the rescheduling. For further information parents may contact Ronnie Mea or Moses Tolingling on 3251991.

 

 

Garamuts have a lot to learn
THE Garamuts’ behaviour, attitude and enthusiasm has made many take note and they have been commended on the way they have represented PNG.  PNG’s greatest challenge for these young men was not so much on their playing ability, but it was really evident that “game sense, tactics, understanding and reading the game” are major weaknesses to be worked on for the future as was “our inability to play well against quality spin bowling”. The team has been well led by skipper Jason Kila and local coach John Ovia under the guidance of national coaching director Andy Bichel.  There had been magnificent support on tour from physio Michael Wilson, manager Lakani Oala, New Zealand Cricket liaison manager Andrew Cavill and Cricket PNG high performance manager Rarua Dikana. The team will return to Port Moresby via Brisbane at 7pm tomorrow.

 

 

No AGM for PNGRFL
THE chairman of PNGRFL,  Albert Veratau, wishes to inform all leagues affiliated to the national body  that the annual general meeting (AGM) that was adjourned from Nov 29 to Jan31 will not be convened as scheduled because the dispute over the purported election of Garry Juffa group on Nov 29 and Dec 29 last year respectively is yet to be determined by the National Court in OS No. 748 of 2009. The National Court case is scheduled for hearing on Feb 5 at 9.30 am.“We will give notice of next AGM to all stakeholders subject to the outcome of that hearing,” he said.

 

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Kokoda airstrip upkeep
WHEN my father was working at Kokoda District Office and when I was attending Mary Kekedo Primary more than 20 years, the airstrip, like the government station area, was always clean, well maintained and the grass always cut. Mr Warren Bartlett is right (The National, Jan 26), if the Oro government allocates money in its budget every year, the airstrip will be maintained by the youths of the area who will ensure that Kokoka remains a peaceful place for tourists to enjoy as they walk the track. Owen Awaita must explain where our share of the K10,000 allocated for the seven provincial airstrips is.– Kokoda villager, Oro province

 

 

Withdraw from PNGTA
TEACHERS should withdraw from the sleeping giant PNGTA. This week is the beginning of the 2010 academic year and the same problems arise. Teachers in Morobe province are still fighting for annual leave entitlements, trying to go home. The question is: Do we have someone to fight for our cause, our rights? Teachers are still sorting out their K7 accommodation allowances, leave fares, yearly salary increments and adjustments and non-recognition of teacher qualifications, among others. The PNGTA has never taken any initiative on these issues. – J.M. Wellington

 

 

Jimi road blocked
LAST week there was a small land slip at Averup, near Banz, and the road, vital to the Jimi people, was damaged. The road cannot be fixed because the landowners are demanding compensation before they will let it reopen. This has again caused more suffering to the Jimi people. The local MP, the district administrator and the assistant administrator have not been sighted for some time but all we ask for now is a coordinated effort from them to reopen this road.– Concerned Jimi, WHP

 

 

Big work, small pay
MANY people in remote Karimui, Simbu province, I believe, are not happy with their MP Posi Menai about the payments received for clearing airstrips, roads and bridges in the district. Some are wondering why Mr Menai are paying people K5, K10 and K31 while others are not paid at all. A total of K260,000 had been allocated for these projects, so why are the workers paid a pittance. Recently, the district office was almost destroyed but instead, the Karimui airstrip, was closed until the outstanding issues are resolved. – Unhappy, Simbu

 

 

Projects in question
THE North Waghi MP is constantly travelling with the ministers of government and wants to become the chairman of the Jiwaka province transitional authority. I suggest that he stops this idea all together and concentrate on his immediate plans of how to spend that K10million to provide service for his North Waghi people. During the Christmas-New Year period, I heard a lot of stories about the expenditure of the K10 million in the electorate and they did not sound good at all.– Peter Nomun, Mt Hagen

 

 

Counter-cropping most advisable
THE NCDC must tell the hillside gardeners to do counter-cropping, or tell them to stop gardening altogether. As it is, the NCD is wasting money clearing the blocked waterways and drains every time after a rain storm. To make it worse, gardeners are cutting trees on the hills for firewood and building settlements. These must be stopped. One suggestion is to clear up all the drains at Gerehu Stage 1 because development on the hillside adjacent Rainbow Estate is causing massive soil erosion.– Hare Igini, Gerehu

 

 

Water-less Murray Barracks
IT has been a week since some areas of the PNG Defence Force Murray Barracks headquarters had gone without water. Residents, like me, are wondering whether this matter is being addressed at all by the Defence Secretary and the finance section of the department at Murray Barracks. If there are outstanding water bills, they should have been settled at the beginning of this year. – Still waiting, NCD

 

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New executive for Gerehu
GEREHU Sports Association established their new executive committee during their annual general meeting (AGM) last Sunday. Lions frontman and former vice-president, Leonard Haro, was voted in as president, Borda Rats’ Leonard Bryan his deputy and Pactech Warriors Lape Aiyope as secretary. Cowboys president Petero Kilori was elected treasurer. Meanwhile, Saturday’s main game between Kaputs Maleo and Gadebs and Sunday’s Bullets and Lions provided exciting touch action. Gadebs snatched a come-from-behind 6-5 victory while Lions defence proved ‘bullet-proof’ defeating the slugs 3-0 after staving off a strong finishing opponent.

 

 

Players abuse Governor
ABUSIVE words were used against Simbu Governor Fr John Garia after he witnessed the formation of a Catholic Nun group in Gembogl district last Sunday. Angry village rugby league players, supporters and officials abused the governor demandinghe present the prize money he promised for last year’s Governor’s Cup competition in Goglme Catholic Mission. Players from the losing teams questioned Fr Garia and his provincial administrator Joe Kunda when he was planning to deliver on his promise. He told them that their prizemoney had been budgeted for and they would receive it as soon as the provincial government operating account was opened.

 

 

NSL matches to go ahead
THE National Soccer League competition will proceed as usual despite public anticipation that it would be cancelled following the passing of Hekari Souths Utd founder Sir Kapi Natto earlier this week. It was the late Sir Kapi Natto’s dream for his club, Hekari United FC, to one day take part in the World Club championship. To show respect, the NSL competition manager, Edward Tauloi, who oversees the running of competition decided to defer the match between Hekari and Niupetro Fox to a later date while other matches in Lae and Port Moresby go ahead.

 

 

Nines to start PRL season
A TWO-day rugby league nines tournament is scheduled to open the regular Port Moresby competition this season at the Lloyd Robson Oval. The nines challenge will be played from Feb 5-6 involving 14 clubs in the competition. The clubs must pay their K250 nomination fee before the start of the  challenge. Meanwhile, the regular 2010 season will start on Feb 13. The club affiliation fee for this year is K800 and a K30 player registration fee.

 

 

Smooth ride for Cup
THE bemobile Cup is set to flow smoothly this season despite the current legal battle at the PNG Rugby Football League. PNG National Rugby League chairman (PNGNRL) Don Fox gave an undertaking that it would not affect PNG’s elite competition. Fox assured franchise owners and rugby league fans in PNG. The bemobile Cup is expected to kick off in April a week after Easter as discussed at the PNGNRL board meeting in Port Moresby earlier this month.

 

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Vanimo verdict due soon
I AM the principal plaintiff, representing the Warapu people, who instigated a land court review (judicial review) of the customary landownership title over the Vanimo urban land. This matter C/File No 200/2007 is being reviewed by the National Court of Justice at Waigani. And this matter is proceeding smoothly, without the presence of other villages like Lido, Waromo and Ningra. The likely outcome of this decision is going to be in favour of the Warapu people, as the landmarks (evidences) confirmed their history as original customary landowners. And according to the National Court judge’s per instruction, the decision will be handed down this year. In meantime, I would like to appeal to the villages to remain calm and let people live in peace or move in and out freely in Vanimo. – Landowner representative, Vanimo

 

 

Church blind to errant leaders
WHY is the Lutheran church not taking action against politicians who marry more than one wife? Yet it is always quick to reprimand and banish ordinary people from the church when they fall into such temptation. Is it because of the food they buy for the church meetings and financial support they give to the Lutheran church pastors? Leaders who marry more than one wife are corrupt in the eyes of the church because they do not have the discipline to separate right from wrong. Lets give to God our lives and serve the people for better governance and prosperity in PNG. – Backbencher, Lae, Morobe province

 

 

Board-less Christian school
THERE is a Christian academy in NCD that I will not send my children to anymore because it does not have a school board and is run by an old person and a overseas-based missionary who only visits at the beginning of the year when school fees are due. The last principal left due to differences with the administrator and I am not sure whether a replacement has been found but I am withdrawing my children from this academy because I am told that some teachers may be unqualified. The once proud school has lost its focus and vision for instilling Christian teachings in our children. – Concerned parent, via email

 

 

Shocking loss for sports
I was shocked by news of untimely death of Kapi Natto Senior.He is a true father figure of sports.I have seen him put his time and money into all forms of sports in our beloved country.He was a true Son of Souths.He didn’t support southern highlands teams only but rest of PNG sporting teams.Father Kapi i will miss your presence now in the soccer fields.
To my brother John Kapi Natto, mi sorry true olsem papa lusim yumi. Love and prayers to you, vonnie and the children. – Amesi Roger Mirupasi, Suva, Fiji Islands

 

 

Criticisms good for MPs
PEOPLE elect leaders so they have a right to express their concerns to their leaders, either directly or via the media. If we shut up, then who is going to keep our leaders on their toes? I agree with points raised in a recent letter about projects in the Komo-Margarima electorate of Southern Highlands province. It is good also that the MP Mr Francis Potape replied to set the record straight on what he is doing for his electorate. Now that he has unveiled his plan, when will it be executed? Actions speak louder than the plans. – Hela mangi, NDC

 

 

Where is Yangoru-Saussia MP?
THE people of Yangoru-Saussia electorate, East Sepik province, are still waiting to see improvements in their road systems, health services, schools and new water supply projects. The worst affected is the Kubalia sub-district which is completely run down. Can the MP come up with some plans to re-develop the sub-district? We are not sure yet whether we should blame the MP for all this negligence, or his electoral officers for their incompetency. Only time will tell. – Concerned, Lae, Morobe province

 

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Problems mounting at IPA
THE Institute of Public Administration was rejuvenated in 2006 under the directorship of Mr Yala Yatu who provided much required direction and leadership. Mr Yatu developed a workable corporate plan that guided him and his management team. During that time, there were improvements to the training facilities, rundown students and staff accommodations and the recruitment of qualified staff members through external recruitment and graduate development programme. Mr Yatu should have been considered for reappointment, not a non-citizen because the institute’s law does not allow for this. Can somebody tell us what is really going on? – Concerned Citizen, Port Moresby

 

 

Beware of false prophets
THE work of God in the Revival Centres of PNG has been hijacked by an individual for his personal gains and I write to warn Bible-believing Christians to be cautious about attending that fellowship because if you do not realise it, you will be worshipping an individual instead of One True God. For instance, that individual continuously attests himself to the Scripture in Acts 3: 21-22. If one reads that scripture in its context, (Acts 3: 18–23), one would realise that it is talking about Jesus Christ and not any mere human beings. For that individual to use that scripture to attest to himself is to deny Jesus Christ and make himself become Jesus Chist.  Beware, the Bible warns that the beast shall be in the holy place (pulpit). – Worshipper, Port Moresby

 

 

Do more kicking, PM
THANK-you PM for being serious and suspending the CS Minister and the Commissioner. PNG doesn’t need emergency mode leaders, we need strategic, visonary heads who will lead the departments on a day-to-day basis, 365 days a year, to ensure Government policies, priorities and directions are met. Thumbs up for this bold step and please do the same elsewhere. Those stale departments that are producing very bad national indicators at the national, regional and global level need some of that kicking too. – Trupla, via email

 

 

‘A’ students miss out
IT is sad to read that Kerowagi Secondary School A students have missed out on the university selection list (The National, Jan 14). At the same time, I thank Governor Fr John Garia, Simbu administrator Joe Kunda and Simbu provincial education advisor Assy Walkaima for trying to work out alternatives with the Office of Higher Education. I urge the Simbu administration to take up the matter in the National Court so that our top students are given university places. I know from experience, that the selection list published in the newspapers are final, unless challenged in court. – K.F. Sigl, via email

 

 

Ring road money wasted
 
I WOULD like to comment on K4 million being wasted on the ring road project at Uvol initiated by Paul Tiensten in the Pomio electorate of East New Britain province. I feel sorry for the people because it will not benefit the majority. It would have been better to spend this money on schools, health services and an effective coastal shipping service. Planning is lacking in the allocation of funds for many projects in the electorate. People should not be fooled. – Lausa Bluetail, via email

 

 

God’s gift to PNG
PAPUA New Guinea should be proud that God has given us Powes Parkop, he is the answer to all the leadership problems we are currently facing. He is capable of leading us with his strong, honest, prudent and transparent quality. He can maximise the huge returns of the LNG projects to make a difference in everyone’s life, not just few politicians and their cronies. He has shown us what he is capable of doing in the National Capital District so let’s support him to be the next PM. – Admirer, Mt Hagen

 

Briefs

Briefs, Letters

Third intake missing
I READ with much interest the recent passing out of police recruits – the first intake of 2009 – from Bomana police college (The National, Nov 30). What has happened to my group of 100-plus, the third intake of 2008, whose names were published in The National last April. We received our acceptance letters in September, instructing us to confirm our availability to the Police Department and that we were to enrol in November but nothing has happened. The first and second intakes of 2008 have already passed out of Bomana and are in the field, so what about us, the third accepted intake? – Kande Kop, Boroko, NCD

 

 

Highway for 40,000
I AM delighted that at last work is progressing on the Nembi Plateau highway in the Nipa-Kutubu area of Southern Highlands province. The initiative of the Government to allocate K10 million to each MP has helped fund major projects like roads, bridges health and education infrastructures nationwide. Local MP Philemon Embel must stop the cash handout practice and continue to fund this major road and make sure that it is completed and serve its purpose. This is a vital road which will benefit 40,000 people. – Dominic Iso, Mt Hagen, WHP

 

 

Unite and fix roads
MOROBE leaders should put aside their differences and work together to fix Lae city roads. They should contribute K1 million each in counterpart funding to rid the city of its potholes. As leaders of a province whose capital town is the second largest city in PNG, they should contribute meaningfully to change and development. Lae is the beacon and the business nerve centre for the province’s development. – Markee Saronduo, Lae, Morobe province

 

 

Long live Manek!
WHAT happened to the Chief Ombudsman is the manifestation of a strong network of wicked men working tirelessly to fulfil their evil desires. Manek, this same God who saved you will now heal and deliver you. He will expose your enemies, both up front and behind the scenes. Guys, I am making it known to you that your days are numbered. Chief, may you prosper in whatever your hands find to do. – Lloyd William, Port Moresby

 

 

Progress in Kavieng
IT is good to see Kavieng electorate road upgrades and rural electrification programmes underway and the new high school in New Hanover taking shape but the provincial government should create jobs for New Irelanders who had dropped out of higher learning institutions and are wasting their time in the village. The Lihir and Simberi gold mines and the Nautilus Solwara Wan project should be tapped for these young New Irelanders. – Gee Bee, Kavieng

 

 

Double celebration at last
AT last, the children attending Warip Primary School in Southern Highlands province have decent classrooms to learn from. The people of Waralai, where the school is located, are proud that they are now the owners of these double classrooms courtesy of Governor Anderson Agiru. Sinc