I DISAGREE with a letter from Concerned Citizen published on June 4 under the headline, ‘Law against having children’.
As a young and energetic citizen, I am disappointed with the call for a three-child policy law to limit the number of children couples can have, as a way of controlling population growth.
The letter’s second paragraph reads, “Increase in the population growth will have an impact on land distribution, food security and effective service.”
This is misleading.
According to the Bible, Genesis 1:28: “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
Concerned Citizen’s thought is totally against God’s word.
Subjected to the biblical fact, PNG’s huge land mass is not yet fully occupied by our eight million people.
As far as the food security is concerned, PNG has the highest food security level.
In an article by R. Michael Bourke titled An Overview of food Security in PNG in 2000, the food security situation is considerably better in PNG now than it was before the Pacific war. This is because high-yielding staple crops have been adopted and people have access to cash income that can be used to buy food.
This shows that controlling population growth through a three-child policy as Concerned Citizen suggested has nothing to do with our ability to feed ourselves.
People in this country have survived even though they may live in remote areas where government services are scarce. This will improve as the Government plans to improve things like roads, airports and healthcare systems.
Why stop couples or any other ordinary citizen from having children?
This country is richly blessed with national resources, so let people have as many children as they wish.