I understand that Mathias is contemplating standing for parliament in next year’s national election. Along with Governor Gary Juffa (and his ‘Take Back PNG’ campaign), Planning Minister Charles Abel, Jeffrey Febi, Justin Parker, Sam Basil, Kerenga Kua, Dr Allan Marat, Timothy Masiu, Ken Fairweather and other likely candidates yet to be revealed to me, Mathias represents a new breed of Papua New Guinean politician determined to change the country for the better – KJ
I HAVE never heard of a born again politician in Papua New Guinea’s parliament. All the seemingly good guys join the crowd of no goods, except for a very few like Governor Garry Juffa.
In the highlands we have a phenomenon that comes around every election time. In the south Simbu tokples Its called Nere Tere which means "I eat, then I vote for you".
It's a misapplication of the traditional highlands bigman ways of handling power.