Then National, Tuesday 11th September, 2012
By ABIGAIL APINA
GRAND Chief Sir Paulias Matane has received his recently published new book and plans to launch it in the next few months.
His book Understanding Papua New Guinea is the 47th book he has written since his first book Kum Tuman of Minj was published.
He received eight copies of the new book yesterday when he returned to East New Britain from Port Moresby.
He said the book was a joint endeavour by himself and his co-author, ML Ahuja, and was an exposition of developments in the country.
Sir Paulias said the book would greatly help the people, particularly students to understand “this land of varied hues, its diversity of tribes, customs, rituals and the cultures”.
He said the book would also be equally useful to nationals, expatriates, foreign missions in the country, PNG missions outside the country, tourists and those dealing with PNG.
“I am sure this book will act as a catalyst in projecting the name of PNG as the land which has been the legacy of Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels known for compassionate attitude and magnanimity of heart,” he said.
The book touches on the country’s parliamentary democracy, constitution and legal system, economy, education for integral human development, the ninth parliament, party positions and party standings, Vision 2050 and the cabinet named last month.
Sir Matane congratulated a young man, Benedict Warwakai, from Ramale village, Gazelle district, who is related to Blessed Peter ToRot for his great efforts in writing a book that was published recently.
It is understood, Warwakai recently graduated from Divine Word University.
Sir Paulias is urging people from all walks of life to work extra hard to achieve their goals.
“Many people think that they are just not good enough.
“We are just good as anybody else, just think positively,” he said.
He said three more of his books would be be published soon.
They are Role of Books in the Development of a Society; Waliling Community United Church: Then and Now and From the Jungle House to Government House.