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Our country, Papua New Guinea, is being taken away from us

How much of the economy do we own?

All the prime shop spaces in your towns and cities are owned by foreigners. Can you easily get financing for a business? No. If you do get it, are the terms PNG customer friendly? No. Shop space rentals are unaffordable.

Governments past have had no will to reduce costs for PNG entrepreneurs and to create havens for PNG owned business to grow.

There is a lot of rhetoric and it will intensify next year as people prepare for the silly season. Rental costs are among the highest in the region. Cartels are paying off government workers, buying off properties and evicting our own people. Our justice system even favours the cartels and their lawyers.

We refuse to believe that organised crime and their masters have become bolder because our systems and its custodians have allowed themselves to be bought off.

The educated “elites” and “intellects” graduating from a a failed education system seek opportunities to profit from the the system and those less educated. We sing praises to sweet talking leaders and reporters repeat word for word without understanding the corrosive impact of that cheap narrative.

We criticise the media for not taking on the corruption, but when they do, nobody takes custody of the information and uses it for community action. We are led to believe that that unions, protests, and free speech are all illegal and should be discouraged.

Truth is Somare and the independence generation wrote it into our laws. How did we come to forget our rights? Because our education system made us stupider that our grandparents generation. It taught us not to think for ourselves. A dumb generation raises dumb kids and dumb kids grow up to be dumb adults who vote dumb politicians. That’s the truth.

They’re the ones who despise intelligence and free speech. They are offended by the expression of rights. Wake up Papua New Guinea! Wake up! You need to get up and fight for what is yours.

5 comments on “Our country, Papua New Guinea, is being taken away from us

  1. This is so true, how do we expect to take back PNG when we are doing this to our own country.

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  2. Fidelis Toatahi

    Wake up elites and educated citizens of png! Let’s take account and act justly before it’s too late. Our people, our land, our very existence and livelihoods is at stake. I pray for God’s intervention and healings.

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  3. Thank you Scott Waide.

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  4. Peter Namongo Aibung

    Three cities and all provincial towns can only be assessed by Papua New Guineans who have the heart and God given spirit for the majority populace living in rural villages. Look with eyes that assesses and see people behind the scene. I see a Chinese name of a shop, I am reluctant to walk in. Do we PNG citizens do that? If we do walk in, do we ask whether this shop is a Joint Venture shop? If not, I know for sure something is not right. Where in the world do you find foreigners being served by nationals as Masters? Only in PNG. I traverse the nation but loved tranquility of Vanimo Town. Today 99.9 percent owned by foreigners of Asian origin. I lived in this provincial town with a blurred vision of what this town will be like in 2030 or 2050 considering the national “Vision 2050”. This nation needs true nationals who can link rurals to provincial towns and the cities in all sectoral developments.

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  5. To be honest I think we are just lazy, we are not working hard enough. PNG is a land of freedom, we pride ourselves with freedom of speech, freedom of act, etc. We are our own worst enemies in doing business. We don’t have the work ethic, we don’t have the commitment. If you want to buy and sell so be it, commit yourself fully to reach the skies.
    Say for instance if you want to quantify the amount of businesses in POM, apart from foreigners majority of the business owners from catering, to transport, lodges, hotels, rental apartments are owned by people from one particular region of the country.
    Correct me if I’m wrong, the common denominator is pretty obvious, hard work, commitment and perseverance.

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