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25 January 2014

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As an accountant friend of mine, who spent most of his working life tracking white collar criminals, once commented: 'There is a fine line between astute business practices and criminality. Those who tread this fine line are often referred to as Smart Businessmen'.

In this case it would seem that the gentleman concerned could quite easily discount the allegations of corruption against him by outlining details of how he as a politician on a modest wage managed to accumulate so much wealth in such a short period of time.

Whilst such rebuttals remain unanswered there will always remain an element of doubt as to his creditability as a soldier of honesty fighting battles against corruption.

Whilst such an unpleasant aroma remains the gentleman’s motivations of honesty will be seen by many as being no more than payback rather that altruism

The man doth protest too much, methinks.

Brian Lightowler, in his book “Corruption:Who Cares?” compares today’s struggle against the power and influence of corruption with the titanic fight to abolish the slave trade and slavery itself in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Bristish MP William Wilberforce, who struggled for 22 years before finally achieving the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire, found inspiration in the last letter ever written by John Wesley. “Unless the Divine Power has raised you up,” Wesley wrote to Wilberforce, “I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that execrable villainy which is the scandal of religion, of England, and of human nature. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils; but if God be for you, who can be against you? Go on, in the name of God and in the power of His might, till even American slavery, the vilest that ever saw the sun, shall vanish away before it.”

Corruption and bribery is not new – see Isaiah 33:15 – “He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who rejects gain from extortion and keeps his hand from accepting bribes, …..shall dwell on high.”

At the moment Sam Koim and Task Force Sweep are doing their best, and an ICAC should be able to expose corruption more easily. But the whole population of PNG must address the scourge of corruption on the level of personal human motivation and behaviour, where people freely choose integrity.

In reply to David Ephraim’s article, I would like to remind him in his battle against corruption in PNG, he needs to look for people with integrity, people who know right from wrong at all times. It appears that in this regard Belden Namah has let us down.

I think there are people in PNG who have integrity and if they are given leadership roles and their voice is heard by the public then PNG will have a chance to break out of the hold that corruption seems to have on the country at the present moment.

I think I would join organisations like Transparency International and attend their meetings and hopefully you will hear a man or woman of integrity, someone the Divine Power has raised up to fight corruption in PNG.

Peter-without even reading that link we know what the blog is all about. Nothing but defamatory posts and comments on PNG leaders.

People have short memories.

How about the Sydney Casino incident where the "corruption fighter" allegedly boasted he had $300,000 to gamble so he should be allowed to continue even though drunk and disorderly, than allegedly sexually harassed an attendant.

And what happened to the CCTV tapes?

And read this -

http://www.pngecho.com/2014/01/21/the-devastating-import-of-namahs-court-case/

I wonder if the Investigative Task Force Sweep plays a neutral role in this Parakagate saga;

1) PM Peter O'Neill was set free at the preliminary stage saying that they did have enough evidences on the alleged letter, however, it should be the courts to decide on the letter.

2) Forensic tests on the alleged signature was never done.

3) Tapping his mobile phone was never done etc.

Any of these would provide enough evidence to convict him if all of them were properly done.

Task Force Sweep failed when it dismissed the allegations against the PM with the enquiry still at the preliminary stage. It has no power to convict or exonerate. His case didn't go through any court process.

Michael, you had better ask Corney. I'll start looking.

I guess the answer lies in you all praying for a strong leader to be raised up who is able to withstand the temptations that go with the job!

Oh, for an honest man (or women!).

Keith, I thought I would read something different but this is regurgitated propaganda.

Barbara, what does the Bible say about choosing one corrupt leader over another?

Thank you David for this information about Belden Namah. I can see that he is one of the few people who have been willing to stand up to the Prime Minister and his party and the accusations of corruption.

But I agree with Tim that Belden is not transparent. I have heard that the timber exploitation in the West Sepik has destroyed the environment and caused great hardship for many village people.

I think it is obvious that there is a lot of bribery going on in PNG of public servants and members of parliament, especially the ruling party of the Prime Minister.
This is being done especially by companies involved in developing PNG e.g. SABLs and mining companies who have no respect for the local villagers and the natural environment, and a pharmaceutical company that is just out to make a huge profit and has no ethics when it comes to saving human lives.

A friend told me that there was a passage in the Bible that warns against coming between an evil man and his desires.

I fear this is what PNG has done.

They should read Psalm 141 ....Keep me from the snares that they have laid for me, from the traps set by evildoers. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety."

There is a saying in law, "He who comes to equity must come with clean hands".

As much as I admire Belden Namah for his actions, along with Jerry Singarok, and much as I would like to see a move into power and crush the corruption that blights PNG, there will always be a question mark over him until the source of his massive (is there another word?) wealth is disclosed.

Let's not forget political interference in university and press organisations, further embellished by baseless prosecution and or unlawful deportations of expat academics and journalists.

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