The National – Tuesday, February 8, 2011
IT saddens me to read about human brutality and cruelty coerced upon fellow human beings through ethnic clashes.
The ethnic clashes over the last two weeks has certainly tarnished PNG’s image both domestically and internationally.
If such actions continue to escalate, we are certainly heading for trouble.
Our tourism industry is growing but will be hit hard.
PNGTPA has used a lot of resources to promote PNG as a tourist destination.
Tourists want to explore our environment and see the beauty PNG has to offer.
Given such barbaric actions of a few minorities, the hard work and efforts put in by TPA will go down the drain.
And the sad reality is PNG will suffer from such animalistic acts.
A lot of foreign capital are flowing in, some perhaps in anticipation of the LNG spinoff while others see the stable political environment as a huge potential for investments, given the exponential returns the current market is offering at the moment.
Whilst I applaud the NA-led collation government for setting the stage for such developments, there is a lot at stake domestically.
The police force is being outnumbered by unplanned mass urban migration from rural centres.
Resources to curb law and order are minimal and the ones at the disposal are in such debilitating conditions.
While the government happily increases MPs’ pay, the rest of the people are suffering, struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table.
In reality, the adjustment does not reflect the current inflation rate.
It does not justify MPs’ 50% increase while the inflation rate is 7%.
Life is tough and is getting tougher due to greedy people at the top, who are short-sighted and do not see the realities facing the common people.
As a result of greed, we have come to a point where clashes occur over trivial issues, murder, pickpocket, stealing, rape in broad daylight, etc.
People will look for any means, be it legal or illegal, to make a living or in the words of Charles Darwin, “survival of the fittest”.
Society is changing because of the economic and financial hardships faced by Papua New Guineans.
We are being forced to live in such situations, not by choice, but due to bad leadership and greed.
Billions of kina are being generated through our natural resources but there is no tangible effect on the people.
The government has failed miserably to deliver.
For cities to see less of lawlessness, rural development must take precedence.
Rural roads must be fixed with electrification projects following thereafter and then other infrastructure projects following up.
Unless such initiates are being taken, we will still see more ethnic violence and moral decay.
Enough of pointless ground-breaking ceremonies and start working or it will be too late.