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Date Posted: 15:49:36 03/18/03 Tue
I think the main issue here is the increase in population,the land scarcity (a frightening thought to some),unemployment,social problems such as drug abuse,HIV/AIDS epidemic,tribal or clanship conflict,etc.
We are no different and we are not immune from these problems which are also faced in other parts of PNG, mainly triggered by the economic turmoil our country is going through.But in saying that neighter are we powerless to tackle these issues.
These problems need a combine effort from all Jiwakans,business sectors and the government to solve.We can not leave it for one party to solve.
With the issue of squatter settlement in Jiwaka,we should not jump on conclusion by labelling immigrants as squatters,discriminating and labelling them with anti-social stigma which is totally unacceptable!
The fact is THERE IS NO SQUATTER SETTLEMENT IN JIWAKA!
People from outside possess land with the approval and the reconition of the genuine landowners,eihter the plantation,state or locals.
You will hardly see a local doing manual jobs such as picking coffee or tea in the plantations.While they pretend to be owners and landowners of the platation expecting things from the golden plate,the real hardworking people under your tea and coffe tree making it ever green for your "Big name tasol" are these immigrants which you throw mud and slug on them.
They deserve total respect,praise and recognition from us the Jiwakans.
Bai mi tok more tasol time finish.