GARRY JUFFA HAS A HELICOPTER VIEW of what is happening and what has happened in Papua New Guinea.
This is evident in the articles he has written which have been featured in PNG Attitude and the calibre of comments they have attracted.
I do not know Garry Juffa well enough to deeply understand why he wrote about the issue of political stability and why he shone a light on the current trend that we are observing.
But I will share with you my thoughts after reading his article, Stability for whom – On thieves & pilferers.
It is common knowledge that Garry Juffa is an active user of social media sites where, as distinct from other members of parliament except perhaps Sam Basil, he has written quite a lot about issues in PNG.
His ability to write and speak openly about what is happening in PNG has shaped the kind of perception people have of Garry Juffa and his party.
From my general observation, many people are now talking about his leadership and are seeking to be a part of his party come the next national elections in 2017.
As PNG transforms, it needs such young and vibrant leaders who can speak and write openly about what is happening in the country.
Leaders like Garry Juffa and Sam Basil need to write more with the aim of sharing the ideas they have so as to educate the ordinary people of this nation who are starved of transparent information.
The fact is that a majority of people in PNG are not educated to a level where they understand their role as citizens in a sovereign state and the issues highlighted in Garry Juffa’s article.
We have this understanding that “em wari bilong ol, larim ol kaikai na stap” (it is none of my business; let them benefit from what they have done).
We are more concerned about how we will survive daily rather than the impact of the massive rate of corruption in the country.
In other words, a majority of citizens have no knowledge of the Finance Inquiry and other similar scandals and really do not care whether those who are involved in siphoning millions from the nation’s coffers are prosecuted for their involvement.
This lack of a unified public understanding and interest makes sure that such issues die a natural death. Eventually, people say “larim, ol kaikai pinis ya” (it is OK they have already got the money and have used it) and move on. Thus much is swept under the carpet.
This lack of understanding also causes a lot of the people to be gullible. We tend to believe theb half-baked lies offered to us by the guilty ones. Lies and truth tend to be disseminated in a fairly undifferentiated way to the masses through the mainstream and social media.
Thus, with our lack of understanding of stability and its effects, we are easily influenced to believe shallow arguments with no strong evidence that a stable government will have time to fully implement their plans leading to economic development.
The National Alliance-led government enjoyed a historical period of political stability but with nothing tangible to show. They gave us Vision 2050. But, with the amount of corruption like a leech sucking blood from its human host, I am pessimistic my generation will see the type of society idealised by Professor David Kavanamur the chief architect of Vision 2050.
I concur with the sentiments expressed by Garry Juffa. Unless and until someone buys a new plug and keeps the water in the sink, stability is just an abstract concept that will not manufacture any degree of practical change in the economic climate of this nation.
Furthermore, the concept of justice is meaningless in PNG. A young adult from a particular ethnic group is severely bashed up by security officers from the Guard Dog security service for stealing a small can of tuna which was tucked neatly under his pants.
At the same time, an elite - who corruptly siphoned millions from the tax that you and I pay to purchase properties in Brisbane and Cairns - is untouchable.
Where is fairness? Where is justice? Should we continue to trust people in government who have skeletons in their closet? How can we blindly buy the argument that stability is a catalyst for development?
We do not need to write each and every time with the intention of suggesting a way forward.
I just want to continue talking about the issue that Garry Juffa touched with the aim of getting the message to more Papua New Guineans because I am a taxpayer who feels that the hard earned money I pay to the government is not ascending into anything tangibly good.