The National, Wednesday 15th Febuary 2012
I REFER to the front page of The National “Move to reclaim small business” (Feb 13).
National Development Bank managing director Richard Maru must be commended for reintroducing the Stret Pasin Stoa scheme.
A big thanks must go to the government for allocating K130 million for the scheme.
With due respect to the genuine and law-abiding Asian business community, the time has come for those who did things illegally, especially those from mainland China, to go.
Many of them have spread out from running trade stores and kai bars to servicing vehicles and tyres, and into other businesses reserved for Papua New Guineans.
It is a shame successive governments chose to close an eye on what is happening.
If foreigners want to do business, they must have a local partner who also is the majority shareholder.
I call on government agencies to strictly enforce the law and start weeding out the illegal immigrants.