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Students carry a protester shot by policePAUL WAUGLA WII

THE turbulent events of recent months in Papua New Guinea have greatly affected our daily lives.

For the first time ever, I am beginning to think seriously about our country and what the future holds for us as a nation.

We are going to celebrate our country’s independence next month. It is an occasion when we come together as family and friends to celebrate the journey of triumphs and travails we have taken together.

So many people in PNG today are disillusioned by the accumulated injustices they see all around them.

They believe the future is really not promising. 

Their disillusionment stems from the fact that there is so much injustice in this country. As we are gearing up to celebrate independence next month, let us pause for a moment to ask a critical question: Who is going to right the wrongs in our society?

I believe the onus rests with each and every one of us.

We have an obligation to contribute in our own small way toward the betterment of our country.

The little things that we do rightly and honestly each day do count.

If you know that diverting public funds into private bank accounts is not right, don’t do it,

If you know that emptying a mouthful of buai spittle onto the pavement is a nuisance to public health, don’t do it.

Paul Waugla WiiThe total of our collective goodness can work wonders for our country. The greatness of a nation is built on the attitude of its citizenry.

Papua New Guineans are great orators and masters of rhetoric but they tend to stoop low when it comes to ‘walking the talk.’

So many people in this country are not doing what they preach and that, I believe, is the greatest setback to our progress as a nation.


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Bernard Corden

Well said Paul,
Cultural change is often demotic, it must come from the people.
"What you do has far greater impact than what you say" - Stephen Covey

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