Darkness of Neon Lights

Source: Scott Waide

In 1975, Papua New Guinea’s Constitutional planning committee foresaw the problems of the western form of economic development. The following video contains exact quotes from their deliberations on the year of Independence.


10 thoughts on “Darkness of Neon Lights

  1. Those who said those words of Prophesy about our land,the people their cultural and Spiritual integrity are sport on.
    Don’t you all think that is what is happening to PNG’s all over PNG?If those people are still around can they come out from the wood work and show us their faces and lets us hear them(so they can remind those in the House) to bring some sense to the parliament of the past 30years.Papua New Guineans also can benefit from hearing from them;does wonders to those who are patriotic in mind and heart.

    PNGs passed and present who have represented their electorates have not served their people thus alienating them from the developments that should be/have taking place all over the beautiful country of the PNG.The Highlands,the Islands,the Mainlands and Southerns regions of PNG have a treasure trope of everything which PNG’s can make their living from but unfortunately this has not been the case the past 30years.

    We need divine intervention;help us God to help ourselves least we forget and sell our beloved country every which way.God Help Us we pray.

      1. Love that response Paul.

        Bikpla ino inap long lusim sia King blong em na kam daun long graun long mekim deti wok blong yumi. Em givim yumi pinis save na tingting na inap strong long mekim ol gutpla wok. Yumi mas sanap strong long mekim ol kainkain ol gutpla wok olsem na Bikpla bai strongim yumi tasol long mekim ol displa wok.

  2. PAUL and DAVID,

    If and when I become the next and the first woman PM (dream on Judy!) you two will automatically become my advisers!! How about that guys?! Both of you seem to be very compassionate and maybe patriotic about every issues I have tried to discussed on/in this blog.Keep it going guys.

    Yes,I will have to agree with Paul,God helps those who help themselves but, to a point.We have to do what we can humanly do and what is beyond that then we seek his divine wisdom.This unfortunately has not happened in the last thirty years in PNG.And so we go trod along blindly.

    I lament the straight out thieving,bribery,blatant misuse of public purse,the dire strait of public hospitals,aid post,the state of economy where the majority of PNGs are not participating.I truly see hopelessness in the face of the young men of the village I come from.They would love to earn a wage,we have a sub district but it is standing there idol and the Sub district has become another extension of the village.

    The days when all matters pertaining to issues from that area/sub district were dealt with there.One did not venture into Port Moresby.Letters were sent and arrived via the post office that operated there.Money was put into bank that was operating there.Stores operated by local business were the place to go and to buy the bare necessities of day to day living.Even for a fishing hook and line or tin nails and fresh meat or chicken.

    Guys,I will continue to lament and pray that God in His Time will intervene in the affairs of men as He has done throughout history of humanity.But the wait is enough to sent me to my resting place with hope still lingering.

    1. Hi Judy,

      Thanks for the offer. If the opportunity presents itself, I’d be happy to help if I could. The older I get the more I realise the less I know. One of the many amazing coincidences is that David comes from an area I had a lot to do with a mere 40 years ago.

      David and I previously discussed on another post topic, the expectations of PNG people when the kiaps arrived and after they left. The difficulty as I saw it first hand, was an unrealistic expectation that if you dressed as leader and behaved as a leader, you would actually become a leader. Presumably this would happen by some mystical, osmotic process. Unfortunately as we all know, this is not so but how would anyone actually know without experience and training?

      No one person can lead a country. It takes a trained and efficient team of multi skilled people. Normally this team used to be available in an a political public service. These days regrettably, most public service departments have been politicised and subordinate to whatever political whim is in power. What’s the answer? People power must start at the lowest level i.e. in the villages and community meeting places. This is not an automatic process however and requires some people with organisational skills and some public spirit to initiate a meeting with an agenda. This is where the process can easily get derailed because most people who want to get ahead are often not normally altruistic and want to do so for purely personal reasons.

      This was the beauty about the kiap system prior to Independence. Kiaps were public servants who were able to be disciplined and held responsible and accountable. After Self Government, we worked for the then Chief Minister Michael Somare. Somare had a team of trained and responsible rural managers who worked for him and were responsible for implementing the PNG government’s policies after Independence. Many kiaps I knew would have stayed for many years after Independence if they had been given an expectation of continuing employment. This expectation of ongoing employment was not given and most of us realised we had to return to Australia and start again. That many of us found this very difficult is an indication of how we had devoted our lives to PNG and her people.

      There is no reason why village people should not able to organise their young people into volunteer teams who could be trained by those who have some training themselves. I am currently a volunteer trainer with the local University of the Third Age and conduct weekly training sessions in computer skills. This is the sort of training that could be offered so that those with skills can pass on these skills to their community. It doesn’t have to be IT skills. It could be maths or English or whatever it takes. Why couldn’t this concept work with the young people you mention?

      The message I used to take to the people in the villages was: “Inogat narapla rot long girap. Hat wok tasol em inap.”

    2. Hi Judy,

      Can’t wait for a woman to rise up and lead our country and I will gladly do whatever I can to serve you and our people if you do realise your dreams one day.

      As Paul rightly points out, the strenght of the leadership of an individual is ultimately decided by the team of other willing servants he builds around him/herself. A leader is the chief servant and is only the figurehead. It is the other servants below him, the executors, who deliver on his/her promises and make him/her look good.

      We must rebuild our public service with clear demarcations about their rights and responsibilities from that of the politicians. Politicians must learn to give our public servants enough time, space and motivation to play their roles as executors and not encroah too much into their space.

      Paul and I had a very enlightening discussion on this topic on another thread on this blog.

  3. Paul,

    There is a club called the Business Professional Womens Club.A few days ago I made a mention to a official of the club about conducting day classes for those women who right now work as these; haus- meri,clerks,receptionist,waitresses, shop checkouts,security females and etc etc .The classes are just for these bracket of women;simply another avenue to better themselves,another tool for their particular trade.
    As you are aware many of these female are single mothers,and so giving them that little extra incentive to better themselves would go a long way and in many ways then one.Tru tumas hat wok tasol inap,and these women folks are just that.This is what the Government of the day does not recognise, women in PNG are in every way contributing and have been since PNG came into existence.But we are never thought much of unfortunately all years.

    We need money to pay bills and also for our bread and butter and for a whole lot of other stuff as well.I have always wanted to help put together personnels who can train the lest fortunate of PNGs in POM first.This has to be on a Voluntery base;but I know its a hard ask for any individauls.

    The above club has helped many PNG women go further in their studies at high school to to tertiary and even university.If you like I can give you the phone and other details of the group.

    We can lament about the past but the present has to be dealt with and the future,we will have to wait with anticipation.

  4. Hi Paul,

    This is the contact email,am pretty sure if you would like to contribute ,this email address should be the right way to go.I thank you for your contribution no matter how small;as you know someone trying to forges forward,may not have the mutlicoloured CVs that employers wants/requires. For someone who deserves it all the help should be given to propel them along.The above Club does that sort of helping hand to the PNG women folk.Here is the email; vcarroll@scholarship.org.pg


    Oh yes, I thoroughly agree with your definition of a leader,and all that is needed to have the implementing of the directive handed down from up there.The people or machinery needed for this policy implementation also as you both said needs a guiding hand.To do that politician should leave these people alone to perform and also give them room to participate in a real way.When people participate meaningfully then certain kind of satisfaction comes to play.And thus propels the individual (s)to do better and more.Surely the influence of such public servant(s) can be multiplied.
    Other factors come to play here too.People would put their backside down and get on with the job if their living conditions were improved along with their pay pack.But I can only only express these sediments and hope things will improve for the better for all Papua New Guineans very soon.

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