The National, Tuesday, May 17, 2011
JOE Mek Teine was a great man, a man of wisdom and knowledge that could have turned Kundiawa-Gembogl into one of the leading districts in the country.
He did well as an MP and leaves behind a legacy.
Early this year, I went to his office to seek school fee assistance to continue my studies in university.
Although I am not from his electorate as I am from Gumine, he assisted not only me but my younger brother as well.
When I returned to UPNG, I wrote to the registrar explaining Teine would be sponsoring me and the UPNG accounts department confirmed the MP’s sponsorship was the first to arrive, ensuring us a room and allowing us to settle down quickly.
Alas, I will not be able to personally thank Teine as I had planned to do so during this semester break.
He was a leader who cut across all barriers and helped those in need regardless of where they come from.
He was a rare breed and it will be hard to replace him.
On behalf of all the students who have received Teine’s scholarship, we would like to thank him.
May he rest in peace.
Blacklock I. Sine