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30 March 2013

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I have always maintained that the “PNG Standard” that is written (typed with ink from mauswara) by the 109 folks in Waigani, of which people of Pokajam's ilk are becoming the most enthusiastic cheerleaders, are written on toilet paper which can easily be flushed down the tube to Waigani swamp - it is for this reason that it is written on toilet paper; so that it is flushable!

OK, now that’s out of the way, Michael Dom is correct, you do not sign the contract without reviewing any proposal from the vendor backed up by drawings/designs/proposal etc.

The Madang land owner deal should be like this – for every ton of tuna exported they get ½ to be paid into the provincial treasury to be used for developing education – not pokies - of every little child of Madang – period.

Then walk away until you have that in the contract.

Otherwise the Madang people will be lucky to walk away with K150 every pay day.

Chinese are good, hardworking people, not like yumi ol Madang les lo work na kamapim samting lo graun blo yumi yet. That's why we becoming vulnerable on our home land.

Highlanders and Asians are taking over Madang, we have aimless leaders who have no good plan for Madang. The true colour of Madang was shown by our Governor, Jim Kas, when he was invited by Madang Students Association from Divine Word Univesity last time.

The governor went to Madang Nite at DWU SVDMA and can you imagine how drunks behave? He put us down in the eyes of professionals from all parts of PNG and the world.

I wonder why Madang people vote such leaders like Jim Kas who had a bad reputation?

Compare Sir Arnold Amet with others. Will Sir Arnold do this? Will he buy beer for students?

Here in Madang, people don't like good leaders like Amet coz he never buy beer or gives them money.

What a shame for Madang, my beautiful Province

Can someone explain why this has happened and is happening?

I don't like the prospect of China controlling our country because we also have the right to do whatever we want to do.

This will be an effective pain for the people of Madang and PNG as a whole.

I strongly believe that we must work together and fight against these people.

I believe that it is necessary for the government to create such an opportunity, especially for the Madang people.

My people of Madang are not happy about the project because it may contribute towards pollution of beautiful coral and lead to resettling of the people.

I heard from some of the villagers near the site that they don't want resettlement because they don't want to lose their beautiful place and their resources.

God has made such a place so beautiful and it does matter to God if people destroy his creation.

Yeah! As as ples madang and Papua New Guinaean, I would like the project to go ahead. We want development and changes and that is throught investment and trade.

We cannot just sit down and beg the government for handouts, there must be an ivestment in economical activities to greate job opportunity for the growing and young elites of PNG.

In short, I would say "We need changes so let it be a change

High turnover of ministers, a very interesting statement.


I refer to a previous article on this subject. The issue here is who has overall management of the whole of PNG's Fisheries and what resources have they to allow them to holistically manage?

Mr Pokajam is on public record as saying he won't let anything happen until he is in possession of all the relevant information.

So exactly what has Mr Pokajam based his decisions on?

Where is the public consultation and how will he monitor PNG's fisheries and those who are about to descend on the seas around PNG and possibly denude it of resources like tuna, an invaluable resource that other Pacific nations have already voiced their alarm at the overfishing of this species.

It's happened elsewhere and that why foreign fisheries are attracted to PNG. Exactly how will Mr Pokajam ensure this won't happen to PNG?

Aiting atung bai ipinis nauya!

I'm surprised at Mr Pokajam's insensitivity. "The local people despite they complain about their land and environment but I think they will get a big economic benefit," he said.

In particular I note the conflicting rhetoric of "to build a facility that was to the highest standard possible" and "we want to make sure that this engineering firm that we have now signed to contract last week to ensure that whatever design they'll put in place has got to conform to PNG standards".

I'd be very interested in precisely what these 'standards' are (there's a vast difference, trust me I used to read standards).

What do the documents stipulate, where are the examples of best practice in PNG, who is the regulating authority in PNG, under what laws can prosecution take place with success (I don't know is anyone's ever won an environmental ruling in PNG - may be Hon Powes Parkop)?

Dumb-ass questions or dumb-ass answers? Let me know please.

You'd reckon if the rewards for developing the fisheries resources arising from the PMIZ were of great substance and of long term benefit for PNG that the administrators of the OTML funds in trust would consider investing.

I speak only to provoke questions of the wisdom of exploiting the Marine resources in a way likely to minimise benefits to PNG while the lion's share ends up in foreign investor pockets.

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