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Date Posted: Thu, Dec 07 2006, 09:36:15am
In reply to: Andersen Aipit 's message, "TRANSPARENCY FOR ENGA AND PAPUA NEW GUINEA" on Wed, Dec 06 2006, 05:43:14pm

Good vision for the people of Enga and PNG, however, if you dont mind i would like to make a few remarks on your two vision. Let me re-iterate your visions:

1. To build permanent homes for Engans, which will improve the standard of living.
2. Root out corruption in PNG.

These two tasks seem very simple to put on pen and paper, but how can you do it? Can you highlight your action plans to achieve this? pardon me if i am ignorant, but, i personally like seeing plans to achieve those great visions.

Many have contested the elections with great vision, but once they get in, they dont know where to start implementing their visions, because they happen to have a vision but lack the plan to implement their vision.

Corruption is endemic and systemic, if i may use Sir Mekere Morauta's words in explaining corruption in PNG. Corruption is rooted in the system and one man can not root out corruption, even for that matter party. Multitudes contested the preceding elections under the banner of uprooting corruption in PNG, but once they got in, they become smeared with corruption. It was hard for them to abstain from it because it is endemic in the system. Therefore, your vision as it seems so easy on pen and paper, needs proper planning. You have to have like-minded people if you are serious.

I have seen NGO's and other organisations have been set up to address this issue of corruption in PNG, but, they dont seem to be effective in addressing this issue because once you stand up against it, you are an easy target for corruption itself and one way or another, corruption is like a giant that will swallow you. All i need to see is your plan on how to address this endemic issue that has taken its roots everywhere in society.

If you have the vision, how have you diseminated your vision to others who are with you, and are you 100 percent sure that they are with you? If your vision does not transpire to the people below you, you will fight a lone battle, and you will give up on the way. I am just providing a critical view on this issue, not a criticim. Mind you, this is no easy task. If you have that vision, there has to be people who have that same vision, not wolf in sheep skin just to get into parliament, but people who are willing to sacrifice their own lives and money to root out this evil. When i say own money, if it means sourcing financing to root this evil with your own money, apart from the public purse.

How will control those who are working under you? how will you control your wife, or your children, or your relatives, or your own business associates, school mates, political affiliates, etc. If you are able to convince those closest with you, with you vision, and they are for it 100 percent, physically and financially, then i believe this evil can be rooted out. If not, this can only be a dream. Your story about David against Golliate, he surely depended on Gods mighty power, but he had to have his own weapon to fight Goliath, he had to grab 5 pebble stones, which God used to put down Goliath. All i am asking is, God will only be at you side when you provide him the pebble stones and take a step forward in addressing this issue. Come up with your plans on how to root out this evil and i might be at your side providing my support with my vote and assist any way i can.

As for the modern buildings for Engan people, i have to tell you thats a big ask. If you are looking at general hygien for the people of Enga, then you would engage people to carry-out training sessions in villages on how to prepare healthy food etc. Maybe all they need is water supply, some basic services like health, etc. This will go a long way in supporting your view of living a healthy life. SDA's seem to do well in this area, could use their curriculm etc, to emphasise healthy living in the village, that is achievable than building permanent building for all Engans. Mind you, the first thing an enemy targets is a modern building during a trouble fight.

Few thoughts on your great visions.

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M.Tapson - Poreialin
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Date Posted: Thu, Dec 28 2006, 01:04:26am

Firstly, I this opportunity to congradulate the individual(s) behind the success of this forum, Enga Wai Pii. I salute you for a job well done.

I've lived 37 years of my 43 years away from Enga in a neibouring Highland's Province, where I commenced my education in 1968. After completing year 12 in 1981, I got employed there, started a family of my own and built myself a good size home in the Main Centre of that particular Province.

I've voted in this province all my life, grown to love this place and its people. I was honoured even to the extend of been adopted by a Chiefly family, as their first born son. Something I treasure very much even to this days.

I only visit home on rare and special occations. Normally this visits were very brief and would only last a night or two. Three nights in Enga and it was a night mare for me (even though my kids and wife seem to enjoy every moment of it).

The reason being, there seems to be so much insecurity, very intense and a spirit of fear that always seem to be present everywhere. After dinner, hot on the agenda seems to be Tribal Fights, followed closely by Politics which always seems (to me) associated, one way or another.

The scary part during my nights there which always makes my hairs on the back of my head stand, is when there is a shout (wii) echoing from the hills in the chill of the night sending shivers through my spine. All of a sudden all convesations in the house comes to a stand still as someone says "...EH, KANAU, WII MENDE LALUMU ONGO SAA. PIAPAE SINKIN SAREN".

The nights in Enga are very different to that of the Province, I've lived in for a good part of my life. Tribal warfares are hardly heard off apart from 1 or 2 that has been gone on for a good number of years, that we hear of in the news. Apart from those, tribal warfares are becoming very, very few.

The reason Tribal Warfares are very scares in this province is because of 2 things apart from entering into business ventures.

1. People have returned to the land and are working on the land (something which we Engans can be proud of for showing them how to grow food and build houses). Their produces reaches to big markets in Lae and Port Moresby cities which results in big bucks being brought back to the rural areas.

2. With the money earned they take it back into their villages and develop their rural areas by building very good modern "Homes".

With good houses build in most districts of the province with only one district because of its remotness, the Provincial Government as come good by providing electricty into every districts with their "Rural Electricfication" program.

Now with many new modern homes being built in the rural areas, I've witnessed people becoming very concious of their homes (their investment). To avoid conflicts blowing out of portion into a full scale tribal warfare that would literally destroy their homes, people have now resolved to settle their differences in a more civilized way.

Because of that, I've witnessed firsthand serious problems that would have warranted tribal warfare been brought under control. This is simply because, people have now build/invested their "prides" in their new homes and businesses, that warring tribes and clans on both sides cannot afford to lose.

Mr. Aipit, your vision is achieveable and is very, very possible. Mr Aipit, remember all "Great things has a small beginning". It doesn't require millions of Kinas to make it happen. All it requires is CONCERNED PEOPLE like us to SELL and EDUCATE the vision to all our people back home.

In the Bible, in the Book of Hosea 4:6, God told the Prophet Hosea that His people suffered greatly, basically because of the LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. This is the scenario in Enga. C'mon guys enough talking. If we are really concern about our people back home, why not rally together and go to Enga and Educate our people rather then sitting behind the keyboard. I've heard Mr. Aipit had led the way and done it.

I admire you for having a big heart for the People of Enga and this nation. I see you having no nonsense approach to Corruption and Bribery. A straight shooter, very honest, loyal to your wife and kids and a true Patriot. Fighting Corruption for others will be a hard task. As for you, its nothing, because you don't practice it and its not in your blood. A man of great integrity and principle.

Have faith in what you believe and remember nothing is impossible. You can be the next Governor of Enga.

God bless.

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Date Posted: Thu, Dec 28 2006, 04:44:12am

I cannot believe that you don't want Peter to be the governor again. Shame on you. Anderson. Look how well Peter treated you. He gave you many presents and money. He bought you so much alcohol. And you must remember when you and Peter went to Lae together and you made merry with the widows? I am so hurt by your forgetfulness. Peter trusted you. He gave you some of his money. You got drunk together. Oh how cruel you are, Anderson Aipit!

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