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06 December 2012


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Great read, Sil. I would deal with and view leaders anywhere with a "grain of salt," particularly leaders in this country.

Integrity is determined by our actions, all of them, cumulatively and consistently.

Not in the one off opportunities, but in the day-to-day grind of life.

Our actions behind the scenes where only a few may witness, decisions at those difficult times when one cannot possibly profit.

And the conviction to carry through to the end, when it is either legally appropriate or just and right, to pursue a course of action.

Is Belden Namah a leader with integrity?

Interesting piece indeed. I never knew Belden Namah was part of the PNG Defence Force. Thanks.

For more information on Belden Namah's colourful PNGDF career, read these articles from earlier PNG Attitude editions....


Joshua - Compare Namah to Mandela, really? I thought I was naive.

Rashmii - Namah, charismatic? Like a charging bull(y).

Excellent read, Sil! I've long found Belden Namah intriguing and felt he has a certain attention-commanding charisma.

Namah, I salute him for all his good work. He knows very well his people's needs and struggles. Nelson Mandela was once a prisoner and became the world's great leader.

Yes we human beings make mistakes and learn from them to become stronger and those.

Let Namah be PM one day....

Yalkiyo, thank for that great story.

From comments here and a few I have gathered in my bag over the past five or six years, Belden Namah really has to come good on many issues to convince PNGians that he is the man - the real deal.

That plus his erratic and often "uncultured" methods he has employed in his short time in public office stand him "ino redi long" CEO of PNG.

I throw in this other name for readers of PNG Attitude to be aware of; Gary Juffa. I see this Oro man as a definite candidate for the post of PM of our beautiful country.

Just met a young PNG Highlands student studying in Australia called Alan. He is extremely talented and has a wide perspective on PNG-Australian relationships, and the political future of PNG.

I mentioned Belden Namah to him. His response?

"It's time these old guys retired to make way for the younger talent that PNG has.

"The future of PNG is with a new generation, and I don't think they will make the same mistakes as the lapuns. They have learned some lessons from the past."

I hope he's right, and I'll put my money on the likes of Alan.

Great read. Thank you Kela. You too Peter. :)

Forgot - his flight in the Falcon jet from Indonesia, and his alleged involvement with fugitive Indonesian fugitive Djoko Tjandra.

Don't put lipstick on a rokrok.

There's also his behaviour last year at the Sydney Casino. And his alleged posts on Facebook seeking and enticing women.

And his money.

These have yet to be accounted for.

I agree with David.

Here in Australia Namah came across as an irrational loose cannon. This is probably because we got all our information from the Australian media.

Clearly there is a lot more to him than meets the eye.

However, I'm still puzzled about how he could find the K37million that he talked about during the election.

Was this just rhetoric or does he have that sort of money and, if so, where does it come from? The impression that we all have is that he made it doing shonky logging deals.

If anyone can clarify that question we'd all be a lot more comfortable about him.

He clearly needs a team of spin doctors on his side and a couple of minders who can keep his more energetic impulses under control.

Someone like Jackson PR maybe?

Namah does come across as a sincere and patriotic individual. But I hope he has learnt a valuable lesson over the last twelve months that governments are not run on emotions.

If he can learn to exercise restraint and show some maturiy in his decisions, then he might make a good PM.

Namah has studied the political landscape here in PNG. He knows who is corrupt and who is not. Interesting article, hope he becomes the PM one day.

Thanks for the great article, Sil. All I heard about Namah before reading this brief history was that he was one of the PNG military leaders who stopped the Sandline deal. I know now.

It's really interesting to read about this man. Namah and the other other five figures played a crucial role in stopping the mercenaries from going to Bougainville to kill and murder the BRA fighters.

Everything happens in time. Who knows, he may climb up the steps to realise the prison dream.

Good story. Yep, dreams never die.

Thanks Sil, for this very interesting story of Belden Namah and the events surrounding the Sandline Affair.

As time passes one starts to see the main threads of history.

I guess I was too busy with my own teaching life in Sydney to keep up with all the events in PNG over the past 29 years, since I left off teaching in PNG.

So much has happened in those years that I did not fully understand. Thanks to you, and other writers in PNG Attitude, I am starting to understand recent PNG history.

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