Most old dogs are more liabilities than assets

Letters, Normal

The National, Thursday July 18th, 2013

 THANKS to Norman Icy from Mendi for his fair opinion regarding new graduates and aging public servants (The National, July 8) in response to my letter (May 29). 

Yes, it is true that new graduates lack wisdom and experience in formal employment in the private or government sector, but this may not be true in some cases. 

Some successful people in private businesses did not have the kind of wisdom and experience needed but made use of the knowledge they gained while studying. 

In the private sector especially, not all who become managers have experience or wisdom, but they get to where they are now within a short period through hard work, commitment and knowledge, rather than building on experience which takes time. 

The writer stated that it is lawful for people under 75 to be employed as long as they are of sound minds.

That is fair enough, but it is time we make way for new generations to take over. 

For instance, the current prime minister and his government have proven to be more successful than the old dogs who have been around since independence. 

The writer’s view that old public servants are more transparent and disciplined is not true as corruption these days is rampant and at its worst. It involves experienced old dogs who have been around and know their way in and out which is why not many get suspended or terminated. 

The writer should also note that most of these experienced leaders and public servants only use their positions to serve personal interests; a new trend where everyone wants to be their own boss.

PNG is not moving forward because of such mentality. 

Tell a new graduate what to do and he will be willing to do it. 

Tell an old dog what to do and you get a strong, negative reaction. 

So, in my view, they are obstacles and not assets. 

Moreover, I strongly reject the writer saying that PNG’s unemployment issue is a global issue. We cannot compare PNG with any other countries since we are not the same. 

Finally, for the writer’s information, I have a steady, well-paid job and am well cared for by my employer. 

As a responsible citizen, I feel for unemployed graduates from tertiary institutions and thus, provided my opinion as part of my contribution in building this young nation. 

My challenge to the writer is to provide constructive opinions which can help develop our country, rather than showing off with selfish opinions without feeling for those on the streets looking for employment.  


Douglas Gilichibi

Port Moresby