Learn from Bougainville crisis

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The National- Wednesday, January 19, 2011

 RECENTLY Sir Julius Chan has been making a lot of noise about the memorandum of agreement between the state, Lihir Gold Mine and the New Ireland provincial government.

I pose a few questions for him:

. Why did Bougainville crisis come about? Wasn’t it over MOA and environmental damages?

. Why is he talking about seceding from PNG? Didn’t he bring in Sandline to get rid of Bougainville rebels and keep PNG united?

Sir Julius can see what Bougainvilleans fought for. 

He can see why they wanted to and still want to secede.

He can see how they love their land and died for it no matter what. 

He can see that multinational companies are here to rip off our resources and in return won’t give much back to us. 

He can see clearly now that there are no mining or major projects without any effects on the environment.

I believe others like Morobe, Madang and Western can also see clearly now what Bougainvilleans fought for. 

 Now that he is in the opposition, Sir Julius should see more clearly what these multinational companies are capable of doing. 

But I believe he can see clearly now as the rain has gone. 

More specifically, he can see clearly now because he is in the opposition as when he was the Prime Minister; maybe Lihir Mine was not around for him to shout here and there.



Kieta Kong

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