High murder rate a real concern

Letters, Normal

The National, Monday, June 6th 2011

THE high murder rate in the country is a real concern.
Someone is killed almost everyday, even in broad daylight.
Some are killed in front of their children at home,  some at the markets and others at places where you least expect in this beautiful country.
The general impression we have is that murderers are getting away and they are now treating it like a game.
There is no intervention by the government to put a complete stop to this and make the murderers face the full force of the law.
I am pretty sure that if a Papua New Guinean is killed in Fiji or Australia, the government would do everything to repatriate the families, call for an investigation and bring the dead body home.
But if someone is killed in front of parliament very little or no action is
ta­ken and the murderer(s) stroll away.
Where is the logic in these two scenarios?
The fact is that a life was taken away ruthlessly.
We need an intervention by our big brother, Australia, or other countries.
We need them to step in and help with funding and manpower to effectively address lawlessness in our country before it goes to the dogs.
On May 14, one Nixon Naregre, 23, from Mul-Baiyer, Western Highlands, was gunned down at Waigani by two men in the presence of others in front of his own family home .
In that same week, we read of a jealous hubby killing four members of his family in Port Moresby.
On May 31, we read about the murder of a student and three others near Mt Diamond Secondary School.
It seems Papua New Guineans no longer have respect for other people.
Phrases like “I will blow your head off”,” If I come back with reinforcement, you better not be around”, “you don’t know my name, you better watch out”, are commonly heard today, even by the highly educated people.
I am afraid our children are raised in such a bad environment.
That’s why those who can afford it, are buying properties overseas, getting permanent residency and raising their kids overseas.
A country like the US, with a population of more than 300 million people, is concerned even when one person is killed and ensures murderers face the full force of the law.
We have only 6.5 million people and yet we do very little to safeguard and protect our own people.
It is time the government takes this matter seriously by enforcing the laws, including capital punishment.
Why are we allowing those who kill our brothers and sisters to live among us? 
I call on the acting prime minister and his cabinet to treat this matter seriously and address the accelerating rate of killings.
We must enforce the law to ensure the murderers face full force of the law.

Andrew Dupaim
Port Moresby