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  1. David George
    David George June 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Papua New Guineans like Andrew Mako and myself are a major part of the problem. At this point, the only group that our politicians could possibly become accountable to are honest, caring and determined Papua New Guinean urban activists who take to the streets in percentage numbers at least as high as what has occurred in Egypt, various European countries, including the UK over the past several years. Civil disobedience, always a powerful tool of the public, needs to become the rule, not the exception in PNG because the politicians themselves would be the last ones to pass laws that restrict their current limitless cowboy activities. Only a concerned, possbly dangerous public would scare the pollies enough to step down as necessary, and pass the necessasry reforms under the guidance of learned Papua New Guineans who absolutely refuse to work within the system but put pressure and ideas from outside.

    Sadly, none of this occurs and people like Andrew and myself will continue basking in the illusion that there is gain with no pain, that the tepid Transparency International marches achieve anything but displaying more evidence of public weakness, and that think tanks such as NRI are listened to by anyone other than head nodders.

    Andrew may not pray for it but I pray for a true leader who will be of honest soul and sound ethics, and will be a true muckraker and troublemaker. Nothing less will cause our current corrupt politicians to take pause. But in my praying for such a person I realise that I’m just like all the rest of us middle class or upper middle class urban Papua New Guineans – afraid to do anything activist myself.

    We reap what we sow.

  2. Albert Tobby
    Albert Tobby May 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Just last week I drove up the National Highlands Highway from Madang to Banz in the newly created Jiwaka Province (formerly Western Highlands Province). I visited several feeder roads to the remote villages in parts of Simbu Province and Eastern Highlands Province (EHP). My observation is in agreement with Andrew that the past ten years of high economic growth at the macro level has not trickled down to the micro level. Many rural villages and some urban dwellers in PNG are struggling at the fringes of deteriorating infrastructures. The state of the national Highlands Highway which is the main economic lifeline of two- thirds of the nations populations is deplorable. Some section of the roads are virtually impassable. It makes me wonder: what has happened to all the economic growth trumpeted in ADB, ANZ and BPNG reports? Alas, the 10 million Kina District Support Grant given to each MP each year for five years. Some MPs like the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Jeffery Nape have been MPs for 2 consecutive terms (10 years).

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