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04 February 2014


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Spot on Barbara.

I went to Kundiawa during the festive season and was shocked to hear my young cousins in the village talk about how they drank home-brew with spinoffs from dirty money played by the district officers.

If district officers can boast about how they misuse or get their cut from public money to such young kids, imagine the influence they have on them.

These young kids are below the legal drinking age.

Bernard, you are right. The corruption that politicians and public servants get away with only encourages the ordinary PNGean to work out other ways to get rich quick. And compensation for land use is often the way chosen.

It is just a shame that when they do this they actually make life worse for themselves e.g. closed Passam High School due to land compensation, while the Sepiks now call out for better levels of Education in the Sepik.

The sooner the educated minority can stop all avenues of corruption and we start to see the politicians and public servants retiring back to their home village, like Sir Paulias Matane, the better for all.

I hear Sir Paulias is running a hire car business back in his village to add to the food supply from the garden.

My husband and I are retired back here on a small income. We are not ashamed of that. The State helps us in various ways.

Politicians and public servants probably worry about maintaining their "lifestyle" so they try to get a good house for when they retire and some form of income.

There are so many things to think about with a developing country. You can't blame it on Capitalism.

If capitalism is run fairly with plenty of government controls you end up with a semi-planned economy. Plenty of private enterprise and good government controls, without corruption, is the way forward.

Michael,it is quite simple. Apply the following principles. The Factors of Production are Land, Labour, Capital and Enterprise. The rewards for them are Rent, Wages and salaries, Interest and Profit.

The owners of the Factors of production deserve their just reward.

If the people of PNG believe that their land can NEVER be sold they will always have to be paid Rent.

But if they take this attitude they will never get loans from the bank and they will never get their start-up capital. In other words they will never become wealthy business-men.

Wartoto became a wealthy business-man by misusing government money as his start-up capital for his airline.

I believe that this problem over Land and Rent must be looked at again and again until you get it right.

The village farmers must be protected. They must own their land and not be allowed to give it away to SABLs.

But other forms of land tenure must be allowed to develop. Groups of people who allow schools and hospitals to be built on their land should not be calling for Rent. They are getting their Rent in Kind - in the form of education for their kids. The school should not be a profit making concern. All surplus funds must go into the improvement of the school.

These land owners are being greedy and they will kill the goose that laid the golden egg! Education is golden and is their Rent!

Hmm, a poser there Barbara; How are capitalism and greed similar and how they dissimilar?

This is the current status quo as I see it:

(1) To claim compensation everyone will agree that the land belongs to the clan.

Then when the money is paid it can be divided among them so that everybody can have some notes and coins to go to town with.

(2) To begin a business venture, joint, cooperative, association or what have you on a certain piece of land, everyone will disagree and place individual claims on the piece of land.

If the venture somehow does get off the ground then the politics of greed takes over and eventually splits up the business. And they each can claim compensation from the break-up of the business.

That I believe is part of the "compensation industry".

Should we blame capitalism for this mess?

Landowners are starting to discover their potential. In the years to come PNG will see more compo demands.

Everyone wants a piece of the pie, public money pie. Why should corrupt public servants and parliamentarians enjoy themselves while we sit and watch like hungry dogs.

I rarely comment on Comments, but this insight of Bernard's of corruption's 'halo' effect into the wider community strikes me as being of great importance - KJ

Roadblock mars students’ first day

Source: The National, Tuesday February 4th, 2014


HUNDREDS of students attending education institutions at Fatima in North Waghi, Jiwaka, have been forced to return home after landowners blocked the road.

The Habapang tribesmen dug a metre-deep drain across the road leading to Fatima yesterday morning preventing students and vehicles from reaching their schools.

Fatima, a Catholic-run station, has various education institutions including a secondary school, seminary, primary school, Technical Vocation Education Training centre and elementary school. It has a health centre and church.

The landowners from the neighbouring villages demanded to paid compensation for the land where the station was located.

A source in Fatima said students and parents arriving for registration were turned back at the road junction leading to the schools.

He said registration was supposed to be held this week with normal classes starting next week.

He said teachers were waiting for the students in the schools.

He said Fatima Secondary School enrolled 1,060 students last year. This figure is expected to exceed 1,100 this year.

“The landowners will have a meeting with the provincial authority this morning in Banz,” he said.

No comments could be obtained from the education authorities in Jiwaka yesterday.

Thanks Archbishop Douglas Young for exposing this.
Our support is with you and others like yourself who are sacrificially serving this nation – thanks to the grace of God that has redeemed your souls.

The “prefrontal cortex” of some of these landowners need a good look at the Kudjib hospital.

What happened to our ideals of “thinking long-term and communal interest”?

It’s sad that we’re degenerating to a modicum of immediate greed and are fast responding to a faulty signal from our neurotransmitters.

The grey matter on the top is very good. It was intelligently designed. Let’s make proper use of that.

The same goes for those who deliberately place road blocks on our national highways, feeder roads and streets nationwide.

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