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18 May 2018


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Re Gamato. What's the outcome of this malicious court case?

I commented once before when this first arose that he should have been pleased because tomatoes are also known as "love apples".

As a kiap I was called many names by both black and white residents of PNG. And, like Arthur, whilst batting in the Port Moresby cricket competition I was called a "white bastard" by the opposition wicketkeeper who was of the opposite colour. I told him to "f... off" and at the end of the game we all shook hands and had a good laugh.

Gamato should be very red faced with embarrassment over:

The shambles of an election he should have controlled.

The non-payment of many 2017 invoices to valid suppliers of services to election teams.

Possibly some unpaid from 2012 still outstanding too.

The on-off-on local government elections of 2018.

The failure to update common rolls in time for elections.

Printing ballot papers outside PNG.

Of course in USA slang a 'Tomayto' was a good looking woman - or so says Urban Dictionary. In PNG we have 'sik tomato' as slang for leprosy.

As a Provincial Assembly memba i was once called in an official meeting 'white bastard' by a PANGU stalwart and provincial forest minister.

I could of course have shown him my parents' marriage certificate and just ignored the childish name calling. After all, in The Welsh Guards, our training Sergeant often said I was 'an educated bastard'.

I feel sorry for myself as a writer and commentator.

I wish Mr Gamato was living here in Enga province. He woold become so used to hearing people describe each other by the most rudest of terms either as jokes or to upset somebody.

He would hear bik ball, nogat het, yu pik, yu dok, kaikai k. or such other names every day. A deranged wife or ex-girlfriend will even call you names such as k..face(just saw one on facebook now). Most people don't mind,others walk away, still others retaliate with choice words of their own. Life goes on.

Its a Goliath vs David case, a shepherd boy against a giant. I would urge Mr Gamato to withdraw the case.

I must insist that a tomato is a fruit. We are not USA, we are PNG.

This is a ludicrous case of a thin skinned bureaucrat hopelessly over reacting to a humorous jibe.

I can hardly believe that this case has even got this far. How any judge can sensibly agree that being called a tomato is defamatory is beyond me.

If this occurs it will set the defamation bar so low as to render literally any adverse comment, whether actual or inferred, about anyone, to be defamatory.

During my career as a senior bureaucrat I was at various times seriously defamed as well as being called the full range of Australian vernacular rude names.

If you are in a position of public trust and obliged to make decisions that some people do not like, you are destined to be abused. It goes with the territory.

Just ask a politician or a journalist or a policeman or an ambulance officer or a nurse or a doctor or a teacher, all of whom routinely experience abuse that would presumably have Mr Gamato admitted to hospital with an anxiety attack.

He needs to harden up and take his lumps like anyone else.

Right now, he is using the law to oppress legitimate free speech merely because it offends him. In doing so, he is risking enduring infamy and ridicule which I fervently hope is the result of this case.

Right on Martin!

Schram na Martyn....mipla PNG stap wantaim yu.

That "word vegetable was first recorded in English in the early 15th century…originally applied to all plants”, though lingers in applications where a veget-able enables fruit of choice for those who plant.

Come on, pipl, get back to the issue of dearth of moneys to PNG schools and education.

Hang in their Albert and Martyn.

The whole world is looking at the basket cases that O'Neill and his cohorts have turned themselves into.

Such a shame for the wonderful people of PNG to have to suffer.

Hang in there, Martyn.

What a coincidence. My case is in court as well today: academics and journalists, the usual suspects.

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