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Sir Julius declines public speech but leads New Ireland custom wok in honor of Sir Michael

Sir Michael’s closest political ally and friend led the New Ireland delegation as it paid its last respects on Thursday night.

New Irelanders came with the East and West New Britain communities.

Sir Julius Chan was Deputy Prime Minister in the first government.  He is a  Chief of his own people. But  didn’t take center stage on Thursday  night as expected.   His name was not on the list as guests spoke about Sir Michael’s achievements.

His staff expressed  that he is unlikely to make any public statements in the next few days.  

But Sir Julius  was central in the custom wok in the middle of the program. 

New Ireland leaders who performed the rites  explained the significance of the gifts Sir Julius handed over to Sir Michael’s family – the first a ceremonial spear for New Ireland’s  recognition at the end of his journey as Grand Chief…

They also presented Shell money  from 10 local level governments and masks symbolizing the  highest honors in New Ireland society.

Last year, Sir Michael visited New Ireland. It was his last official engagement.  For New Irelanders, it was an honor that could not be forgotten.

For the East New Britain community their claim over the Grand Chief  began at birth.  They honored him on Thursday.  Sir Michael Thomas ToPalangat, Somare. One of their own, born in Rapinik, East New Britain. The highest chief of the land. The pathfinder. The peacemaker.

The richness of the New Guinea Islands  was brought to the fore. From the Western half of New Britain, a procession  singing a funeral song marking the passing of a chief brought gifts for the father of the nation.  Pandanus mats, taro,  pigs  and shell money for Sir Michael’s burial.

Even In death, Sir Michael Somare has brought together clans tribes and families and brought out the richness of  800 nations.  

6 comments on “Sir Julius declines public speech but leads New Ireland custom wok in honor of Sir Michael

  1. David Tenakanai

    Some customary and political obligations could have been done after the 2 weeks mourning period. As a mourner on the night I was disgusted by the lack of reverence for the founding father of the nation.

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  2. Hi. Your article doesn’t name who spoke instead of Sir J.

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  3. lemueldom

    Thank you New Ireland Community in POM. Appreciated

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  4. Titus Gumasik

    Thanks,new island community

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  5. Deputy Governor Hon.Missien Semmie spoke on behalf of Sir J.it was a moment lost of words by Sir J.

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  6. SIRJ, THANKYOU, FOR LEADING A DELEGATION TO PORT MORESBY ON BEHAIF OF YOUR PEOPLE OF NEW IRELAND – THIS IS A SIGN OF HONOUR – GREAT RESPECT FOR A VERY SPECIAL / UNIQUE LEADER – CSMS – WE HAVE LOST A GREAT MAN WITH A GREAT HEART FOR PNG – THANKYOU – NEW IRELAND LET US HUMBLE OURSELVES – BE UNITED IN GOD – AND CONTINUE TO FOLLOW OUR LEADERS IN HUMBLE WAYS TO FAREWELL GREAT LEADERS WITH RESPECT. THANKYOU – TO GOD BE THE GLORY

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