WE GET NEGATIVE MEDIA ATTENTION from around the world about the mayhem in Papua New Guinea. It’s a never ending list of political havoc, social insecurity, domestic pandemonium and also a constant reminder of our shabby system and its loopholes.
Is it fair to say we’re a susceptible state, rich with minerals and human resources, that comes under the radar of others who forcefully perceive themselves to be loftier in all respects?
Why is it that Papua New Guinea is the centre of such attention? Is it the exciting political outcomes that create a knee jerk reaction in our neighbouring fringe of the global community? Whatever, we have it under control.
A recap of the year 2013 as it nears its end reads as quite disturbing for other countries, but PNG did not make the top 10 list of world crises this year, and hopefully never.
Regardless of the load of negative proceedings our government had to deal with, we kept our home intact.
I’ve taken time to reflect on what other states dealt with this year compared to what we find alarmingly disconcerting in our country such as the drug-related violence in Mexico, the simmering tensions in the East China Sea or the possibility of conflict on the Korean peninsula after a rocket launch by Pyongyang.
As if this mix wasn't combustible enough, there are new leaders in China, in Japan and on both sides of Korea's demilitarized zone that may well feel pressured to burnish their nationalist credentials with aggressive action.
Nor do I forget the forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe, the ongoing trauma in Somalia or the talk of war in response to Iran's nuclear program. A mouthful of ghastly disorder on its own.
So why do we lure attention as we do? The word that could best describe Papua New Guineans would be non-conformists. I would think the majority of our people prefer to remain unchanged. This must be the “Melanesian Impression” we give to outsiders.
Why conform to the norms of other countries when we’re happy to remain ingrained in our own culture, our Melanesian Way?
It baffles the international community that closely watches us. It puzzles the investors, the aid givers, the traders and the tourists as they shake their heads in disapproval of our actions and question our political decisions.
We are not conformists! We are not afraid to live ourlives, we are not afraid to make mistakes, take risks and, in due time, learn from them. We do what others can only contemplate. Our doing has brought us thus far, 38 years since Independence and this country still to see its grandeur.
But we can sleep without fear of nuclear weapons being discharged or horrific massacres, discharge of dangerous chemicals or deadly wars arising. Papua New Guinea we are blessed!
The year is culminating and startling developments have transpired: the Pacific Games, the 2013 budget allocating a record K13 billion pronounced as a responsible budget that cares for the livelihood of all Papua New Guineans, the provision of free education and the improvement of infrastructure.
The country is working towards nurturing the development of our children and our economy – towards better education, better health, better infrastructure, and better law and order.
A grand Treasury statement which will remain only an imprint of words if there is a perpetuation of the cycle of venality; otherwise, there are better days to come PNG! Glorious days!
Lest we be dragged into polluted circles of shame degrading our self-esteem, instead stand united in what we believe, doing what it right and just without compromising our true self!