Timber Mafia Misleads Forest minister

Author: Gangai

Dear all,
Take note that a Hii Eii Sing of Malaysian Nationality  the single share holder in ANG Agro forestry Management has deliberately lied in his letter to Mr. Thimothy Bonga the Minister for Forest in an effort to get the Minister’s backing to allow the pontoon that has been stopped at Oro Bay Port, (PNG) to continue to a logging project in the Collingwood Bay that does not exist.
 
He claims that the Project has the full backing of the Tufi LLG and the Oro Provincial Government including landowners, when in reality the Governor of the Province and the LLG president have disassociated them selves from the project and have voiced the view that they were not consulted and the LLG and Provincial Government have not given approvals of any sort for ANG Agro Forestry Management to operate in the Collingwood Bay. The landowners he claims that are fully backing the project are in fact those whose signatures were collected by an agent from Port Moresby under false pretence. The Directors of the landowner Company he refers to whom he claims are land owners are not  all genuine land owners as some of them are from the Popondetta and Ioma areas which are at the extreme opposite end of the Province, one is from the Highlands. One director of this Land owner company he refers to in his letter is from a different part of the province who is also a landowner representative on the Provincial Forest Management Committee. (A conflict of interest).
 
In fact Mr. Hii Eii Sing sponsored the travel cost for the Tufi LLG President and a local councilor to travel to Port Moresby to give their support for the project but they both refused and publicly stated that they stand by the land owners position that theydo not want the project to go ahead. Mr. Hii Eii Sing on the 3rd of September tried to sponser a lunch meeting at the Fu Gui Restaurant for the Port Moresby residents from Collingwood Bay to talk them into changing their position but they refused. Even the Governor said he was not attending.
 
The Chairman of the Provincial Forest Management Committe  has also in my discussions with him stated that the project had not been given endorsement by the PFMC due to some irregularities with the documentation and instead the PFMC resolved that a fact finding visit to the area be made by Provincial Forestry Officials. The Provincial Forestry Officer, Mr. Sebastian Autherking confirms that the field report indicated that majority of landowners did not support the project.
 
The people taking the lead in this campaign to expose this illegal logging project are genuine land owners of the Collingwood Bay and not NGOs as claimed in his letter to the Minister.  If he  is refering to the Center for Environmental Law and Community Right, CELCOR and Environmental Law Centre, ELC and CCADA as the NGOs. For the record bothe CELCOR and ELC are our Lawyers and the Collingwood Bay Conservation and Development Association is the mandated forum of the people of Collingwood established by a Memorandum of Agreement and registered for the purpose of voicing the views of the 326 clans of 9 tribal Cheiftainships. So we, CCADA, who is at the forefront of this campaign to protect the rights of our people are not just an NGO, we are the voice of the Cheifs of Collingwood Bay! We are the landowners who have the authority to decide who we tango with! So what is Mr. Hii Eii Sing up to now ? Cry to the minister to bend the rules for an alien?
 
As far as we are concerned portions 113 and 143 do not exist as per the Court orders obtained on the 10th of May 2002 and effectively cancelled.
 
This is not the first time a logging company official has attempted to corrupt our leaders and we will not allow it to happen.
 
To all of you out there, please take this message on and support the people of Collingwood Bay in exposing these Timber Mafia who have caused the country enough problems. When they  come across a stronger opposition they will go to bed with the government to use his might to bully us! But we will yell this cowardice to the world.
 
We  would like to also ask  Government Officials to view this deliberate act to mislead the Minister as a serious matter of meddling with the laws of our country by an alien and act accordingly to consficate the pontoon and its load of heavy logging equipment and have Mr. Hii Eii Sing deported.
 
I ask our friends and collegues in Malaysia to bring this to the attention of the Malaysian Media.
 
Can the PNG media or someone who knows Minister Bonga, to please forward this email for his attention. The people of Collingwood Bay demand to know the Minister’s position. Even if he gives his backing the project is already deemed illegal given the fact that the Forest Clearance Authority being suspended with the likelyhood of being revoked  on the basis that the land title for which an agriculture project approval was given is now effectively null and void.
 
Please support this call to Expose the likelyhood of one more minister being corrupted by a money hungry alien logger!
 
Take note that some annexures to the attached field report have been removed to reduce the file size and can be forwarded upon request. There are also copies  of correspondences  with various agencies regarding the intended Illegal Logging in the Collingwood Bay and photograpghs of machinery, illegal operations on the ground and even unlicenced firearms which can be obtained on request for publicity purposes by the media and anyone who wishes to post them to internet websites and blogs.
 
We thank you all for your continued support.
 
Regards
Gangai

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8 thoughts on “Timber Mafia Misleads Forest minister

  1. Could this mob be a relative of RH? For how much longer can we sit around and allow these aliens to walk around shamelessly and reaping the hearts out of our communities?

    I appeal to all right thinking Papua New Guineans living in Moresby to vote against this evil force by refusing to enter the so called Vision City. You are better off spending your hard earned groceries bills at other socially responsible merchants like Stop and Shop knowing full well that a good portion of your money will go back into our communities. No I have no interest whatsoever in S&S. I’m just a Papua New Guinean hurting badly.

    RH are cleverly diversifying out of their blatant rape of our forests and into other businesses to limit their exposure to this industry. They’ve taken enough from us. Not anymore. Stop shopping at their new expensive VC and other outlets as well until someone stands up and executes the findings of the Barnett inquiry.

    Come on Papua New Guineans, let’s vote with our two feet and wallets!

    1. Hed Inaf,

      Mi full support long toktok yu wokim tasol,like some outside said to me one time, you ‘Papua New Guineans are all talk and no action’ when the going gets rough and stressful you all go and hide yourselves.And yes,I did agree to an extend,but I had lame excuses for the reasons why.
      Like you said we have to make sure we vote the right persons into the “Haus”. The one who will not sell our land to some ‘greed yellow pesticide’.The ball is in our court,we have to think and plan before we play the ball in the coming election.Elect with your eyes wide open and put on your thinking caps and dont listen to any election promises pleas…….e,I ask of you all!Where is your human dignity?

      1. Hi Judy,

        Getting the right politicians and public servants who give a damn into those critical positions is obviously the right approach. But we can safely put that in the ‘medium to long term strategy’ basket. It will be a long long while yet before we get enough good people in the public service who form the ‘critical mass’ required to effectively stand up to greedy and corrupt interests.

        In the mean time, the short term and immediate measure is to refuse to entertain and baby-sit people like RH. This is a very real choice which can be enforced individually now. Let’s stand up and make them feel the power of the aggregate of our individual actions and simply drive right past the VC when you next go shopping in Moresby.

  2. I am so sorry, RH is here to stay…not all logging operations in PNG are RH’s.

    We are are a major player in the industry…

    Hed Inaf, sorry TRU!!!

    1. Nangu,

      Those yellow pests do not need you or me or hed Inaf or anyone in PNG;they as you very well know, want your money that comes from your sweat for a few kina an hour;while they hoarde and ship out your money(KINA) to china land or or any other (Sina land) malaysia.
      Nangu,you and yours(ol Lain b’long yu na ol PNG wantok) are/will be slaves(in your country) for them until they earn their millions.The PNGs who work for these “sina lain” earn a slaves wage and the condition they are subjected to are sub human standards.Do you care about them??
      You and the likes of you are selling us so cheap to those money hungry “sina lain”We will die and go and our children will be their next lot of slaves for them to use.Why,because we welcomed them with open arms.They came by the plane loads with little or no english,visa or no visa they came.From the back “doors” of PNG on a boat they came and they are here to stay.Please take into your head,they give no damn about you and I or anybody else in PNG.Don’t forgot PNG is all we have, they will go back to their “sina land”Think before you go inviting them in!!!!!!

  3. I sense that we are approching a time when ‘everything’ associated with such ‘parasites’ will just give-in.

    The Kainantu and Goroka incidents are just tip of the ice berg.

    You see when the ‘head’ is continuously being contra to the ‘body’ that you are sure to get nasty things.

    GOD help PNG.

  4. I agree with Hed Inaf… I do not buy The National newspaper or shop at RH outlets (this is how I show my stand against this company whom I believe are unfair to my countrymen) and as the head of my household I encourage my dependants to do the same. Imagine what would happen if we (all in Port Moresby) did not buy that paper or shop there for 1 day..? how much do you think they would lose in revenue..?

    Not all that this race or nationality (etc.) of people do in our country is bad. There is much good that we can gain from working for them, learning from them and living with them. Perhaps our government should think about aid in the form of scholarships for secondary and tertiary education. Or work placements in asian nations. Even the merchandise we receive from asia can be improved if our current standards are met (are they?) or even raised and soundly monitored. Moreover we would not have to purchase the cheaper asian brands if our government made an effort to ensure our ‘PNG made’ products were competitvely priced. We would have a choice of shopping outlets if more PNGeans were ‘encouraged’ (again a concentrated effort by our government is required here) to open and run retail shops. When donor agencies see our efforts, I am sure they will support us more! And perhaps foreign aid will be more accessible to the ‘grass roots’ people in PNG.

    We have to learn to make informed choices about all that we consume: the newspaper we buy and read at the bus stop, the country of origin of food we buy and eat (we don’t have to buy the asian brands but we often do so because they are cheaper than our homemade brands), which shops we frequent, whom we vote for at election time.

    We can make a difference: one choice, one vote, one day (one person, one family – oops starting to sound like a campaign speech – LOL) at a time…

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