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01 August 2015


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Michael Somare thought he was right but didn't think big at that moment. He didn't consider the factors that would affect his decision as a whole, which we are facing today.

Somare should have followed Abel's desision to get independence 10 to 20 years after our newborn country sees the sunlight. But Somare did what was like feeding a newborn baby with raw food.

Brother Daniel you are very correct in all respects to remind young upcoming leaders like me to think as real PNG patriotic citizens.

The late Sir Tei Abal was a visionary leader who was innovative, smart and vibrant enough to oppose getting independence at the early stage when PNG was still a baby feeding on her mother (Australia).

Having said that, I would like to offer you a credit and it is fitting to say that we the future leaders of this beautiful nation should promote national unity in all aspects of life.

Thanks for the short history of Tei Abal. It really did help with my history assignment...
well done Daniel Kubon

Thanks for all your comments. Mr Dutton, yes you know better what happened in those days of PNG politics . I based my story on interviews with family members and others who were close to Sir Tei like late Malipu Balakau. Thanks for the clarification.

And Mathias, write about Kondom Agaundo. These men had foresight. They identified themselves with the people and spoke for them.

Daniel, thanks for the brief history of Sir Tei Abal's life. I agreed with Sir Tei that it was too early to gain Independence, as the majority population of this country didn't understand independence and was not properly educated to understand it.

I have been to many provinces in this country and the standard of living hasn't improved and this is the consequence of getting early independence.

It is like feeding a baby with strong food and as he grows the side effects start killing him slowly and not long collapse.

Daniel, this is a moving story of the late Sir Tei Abel and you wrote it very well.

His brother, Simbu man Kondom Agaundo, was another great highlands leader who opposed early independence.

Kondom was the first and only central highlands leader elected to the second Legislative Council in 1961. Among his early PNG compatriots were Pita Lus from the Sepik, Mathias Toliman from Rabaul, John Guise from Milne Bay and others.

Kondom Agaundo visited Australia in 1963 and addressed a crowd in Canberra. Who would forget these famous words;

“....In my village I am a chief among my people but today I stand in front of you like a child and when I try to speak in your language you laugh at my words. But tomorrow my son will come to you and he will talk to you in your language, and this time you will not laugh at him....”

Kondom Agaundo lost in the first Haus of Assembly elections in 1964 and tragically died in a car accident at Daulo Pass in Eastern Highlands in August 1966.

Like his brother Sir Tei Abel, Kondom Agaundo today remains an iconic figure for the highlands.

I may do a piece on Kondom Agaundo for our friends here also.

Daniel, may I congratulate you on a moving account of Sir Tei Abal's life.

I served in House of Assembly and later the National Parliament with him from 1968 until 1982. I too consider him one of the greatest of PNG's earliest Parliamentarians and Party Leaders.

I have only to say that it was not Sir John Guise but rather Sir Julius Chan to whom he offered the honour of being Papua New Guinea's first Chief Minister.

To my great personal disappointment, and I believe to the detriment of PNG's political development, Sir Julius was similarly unnecessarily too modest about his own capabilities, and so he declined the honour that Sir Tei was offering him.

When planning for the 1972 National Elections the PPP had intended to form a government with the United Party.

Unfortunately events during those elections caused the PPP, and the New National Party to decide to change their support to the Pangu Party and to make Sir Michael Somare Chief Minister. Our subsequent history could have been so different,

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