I CAN TELL YOU THE REASON for the story of declining services, declining prosperity and declining well-being in Papua New Guinea (Service delivery? It’s all mauswara, Post Courier, 7 May).
It’s very simple. As coined by a group of Papua New Guinean intellectuals in the 1980s, the problem is “The Melanesian Way”.
There. It’s been said. The big, silent, grey elephant which has loomed in the background, nameless but recognised by many, is out in the open.
Tackle this elephant, or at least recognise it, everyone. Recognise it for the handicap that it has become in the struggle for modernity and fair distribution of the nation’s wealth.