About

Hi and welcome to the Masalai blog. A blog by someone from the country of Papua New Guinea (or PNG for short).

First a little about us. Masalai Communications was started in 2001 by Emmanuel Narokobi, Amaechi Nwokolo and Olerawanju (Brown) Omotosho. Amaechi and Brown have since gone their own ways. Amaechi is based in london as a lawyer now, but Brown is still in PNG running his network cabling and electrical company Nichtosh. Emmanuel and Brown still work jointly on projects from time to time and still keep in touch with each other. A big thanks however must go to Amaechi for introducing Brown to Emmanuel and kick starting Masalai Communications.

Masalai with Brown’s experience and skills started off as a network cabling company, however after Brown’s departure Masalai has become primarily a website development company. This multiskilled exposure from Masalai’s beginning has allowed Masalai as a company to keep an open door to potential opportunities in related IT areas. So although Masalai’s bread and butter is website development, we have dabbled in other services such as network cabling, software development, sms services and our Digital Posters service.

We’re always on the look out for new technologies and business opportunities that will be applicable to PNG and although some never gained traction like our Email to SMS service, we still love to experiment. Lately with the huge growth in social media, we have also been running some experiments with Facebook groups for both Music (RokRok Music) and the Arts (Gallery-PNG).

All in all though this blog gives us the additional benefit of seeing how the PNG market interacts with PNG content on the web in it’s various forms be it sound, text or video. It’s been interesting to see what topics people respond too and how. Best of all its been great just seeing what else is being done on the web by both PNG’eans and South Pacific islanders.

So this blog is basically a place where we can share our ideas, our thoughts and comments on what is going on around us and where we can meet people like yourself to make PNG and the South Pacific a more innovative place.

Thanks for visiting and happy reading!

Find out more about what we’ve been up to at the following links:

61 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey Emmanuel, how’s it going!!! First time on this site actually, anyways just wanted to say well done, looks awesome!!!

  2. Oh…Papua New Guinea, a wonderful place, visited with my family two years ago. I don’t know about the other tourists (didn’t really see many of them) but me and my family enjoyed the trip very much!

  3. Hi Gav, I actually left the link there so people could go to your site and your name is there also. Did you want me to put your blog address as well? I shall do that anyway and thanks for the information.

  4. Hi Emmanuel,
    Pacific Islands Publishing are launching a new publication in November – in-flight magazine – and I’m looking for writers. Paying rates. Contact me via http://www.niuginiblue.com I lost your email somewhere in my move from Pom to Madang.
    Cheers,
    Teresa

    1. Hi Theresa,
      Since a few days I try to send an e-mail to your office at Airniuginiblue.com. Unfortunately every time I want to send a contact form on your website, I get an error. I looks like the contactform does not work (or maybe does not work with my Apple i-Mac). Could you please let me know how I can reach Airniuginiblue, if the contactform on your website is not working?
      Kind regards,
      Margriet
      The Netherlands (Europe)

  5. hey Kakaruk, is someone out to get me???

    yeah having some issues with my domain name today. Not sure what’s going on??? Will hopefully have it resolved by tonight. Hope it’s not sabotage???!!!

  6. Hi Emmanuel,

    I have come across your blog searching for information on ICT policy in PNG etc. – some very interesting thoughts on this site – keep up the good work.

    We are thinking of starting a not for profit community wireless network. I have just spent a couple of hours reading the PNG Telecommunications act and ammendments etc. – sounds very restrictive.

    But in reality everyone is using wifi commercialy in POM even though they do not have a carrier license.

    Your thoughts in the idea of CWN’s in PNG?

    Cheers

    Otto

  7. I got this from an email and have found it quite exciting Papua New Guinea has a new Credit and Payment Service called Kowrie Credit and Payment Service, it has something about e-Commerce and judging by it e-Commerce in this country is already here.

    for more information visit http://www.kowrie.com/

    Kind Regards
    Thomas Treves

  8. PNG listed as one of the worst in the world for human trafficking (sex slavery and forced labour) by US State Department.

    This is shameful! Mi sori tru long PNG.

    Trafficking in Persons Report 2009

    Date: 06/16/2009 Description: Trafficking In Persons Report 2009 cover. © State Dept Image

    “The ninth annual Trafficking in Persons Report sheds light on the faces
    of modern-day slavery and on new facets of this global problem. The human
    trafficking phenomenon affects virtually every country, including the United States. In acknowledging Americas own struggle with modern-day slavery and slavery-related practices, we offer partnership. We call on every government to join us in working to build consensus and leverage resources to eliminate all forms of human trafficking.”
    –Secretary Hilary Clinton, June 16, 2009

    Note – Governments that do not
    fully comply with the minimum standards
    and are not making significant efforts to do so
    are placed on Tier 3.

    Papua New Guinea is placed in Tier 3.

    Source –

    http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2009/index.htm

    PAPUA NEW GUINEA (Tier 3)

    Papua New Guinea is a source, destination, and transit
    country for men, women, and children trafficked for
    the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and
    forced labor. Women and children are trafficked within
    the country for the purposes of commercial sexual
    exploitation and domestic servitude; men are trafficked
    to logging and mining camps for the purpose of forced
    labor. Women and children from Malaysia, Thailand, the
    Peoples Republic of China (PRC), and the Philippines are
    trafficked to Papua New Guinea for forced prostitution
    and PRC men are trafficked to the country for forced
    labor.

    Chinese organized crime groups still may traffic
    some Asian women and girls through Papua New
    Guinea to Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and other
    countries for forced prostitution and forced labor, though
    less frequently than in the past. Unique and enduring
    cultural practices in Papua New Guinea reinforce the
    perception of females and children as commodities –
    families often sell minor girls into marriages to settle
    their debts; tribes trade females for guns and political
    advantage; men compensate the relatives of a girl they
    have raped with a payment of pigs. Young girls sold into
    marriage are often also forced into domestic servitude for
    the husbands extended family. The majority of foreign
    victims voluntarily migrate to Papua New Guinea with
    valid passports and visas, lured by Chinese organized
    crime units, foreign logging companies, and Papuan
    businessmen with false offers to work as engineers,
    secretaries, cooks, and guards. After arrival in Papua
    New Guinea, most of the female victims are coerced
    into prostitution and domestic servitude at logging and
    mining camps. Foreign and Papuan men are more often
    exploited for labor at the camps. They work excessive
    hours in dangerous conditions, frequently with little or
    no safety gear. Many of these men are also compelled to
    continue working for the company indefinitely through
    induced debt bondage. Employers escalate the victims
    indebtedness to the company by cutting workers agreedupon
    wages, taking unjustifiable payroll deductions, and
    artificially inflating prices at the only place in the region
    employees can buy food, the company store.

    Government officials facilitate trafficking by accepting bribes to allow
    illegal migrants to enter the country or to ignore victims
    forced into prostitution or labor, by receiving female
    trafficking victims in return for political favors, and by
    providing female victims in return for votes.

    The Government of Papua New Guinea does not fully
    comply with the minimum standards for the elimination
    of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do
    so. The government acknowledges the existence of forced
    labor in Papua New Guinea, but denies the widespread
    sex trafficking of women and children. Some corrupt
    government and law enforcement officials accept bribes
    to ignore trafficking-related activity. Despite evidence of
    a trafficking problem, to date no suspected trafficking
    offender has been arrested, prosecuted, or convicted of
    a human trafficking offense. The government lacks a
    systematic procedure to identify victims of trafficking
    in vulnerable populations, such as foreign women or
    children in prostitution, and has done little to prevent
    trafficking in Papua New Guinea.

    Recommendations for Papua New Guinea:

    Continue the process of drafting and enacting legislation that
    prohibits and punishes all forms of trafficking; increase
    collaboration with civil society, religious, and tribal
    leaders to raise awareness about trafficking, including the
    need to reduce demand for forced labor and commercial
    sex acts; investigate, prosecute and punish officials who
    facilitate or benefit from trafficking; develop and institute
    a formal procedure to identify victims of trafficking
    among vulnerable groups; ensure victims of trafficking
    are not arrested, deported, or otherwise punished for acts
    committed as a direct result of being trafficked; and train
    law enforcement officers on victim identification and
    protection.

    Prosecution

    The Government of Papua New Guinea reported minimal
    progress in law enforcement efforts against trafficking
    offenders over the last year. The penal code of Papua
    New Guinea does not prohibit all forms of trafficking. Its
    criminal code, which does not prohibit the trafficking of
    adults, prohibits the trafficking of children for commercial
    sexual exploitation, slavery, and abduction. Labor laws
    prohibit fraudulent recruiting and employment practices,
    and prescribe weak penalties for offenders. Prostitution
    is prohibited in Papua New Guinea, but the relevant laws
    are either selectively or rarely enforced even in cases
    involving of children. In August 2008, the Transnational
    Crime Unit rescued a group of about 20 women forced to
    work in prostitution at a Chinese restaurant; no charges
    were filed against their alleged trafficker as none of
    the women would cooperate with police investigators.
    Trafficking-related crimes in rural areas were referred to
    village courts which administered customary law, rather
    than criminal law, and resolved cases through restitution
    paid to the victim, rather than through criminal penalties
    assigned to the trafficking offender. Wealthy business
    people, politicians, and police officials who benefit
    financially from the operation of establishments profiting
    from sex trafficking were not investigated or prosecuted.
    Most government offices and law enforcement agencies
    remained weak as the result of corruption, cronyism, a
    lack of accountability, and a promotion system based on
    patronage. In 2008, the government arranged for expert
    assistance with the drafting of a comprehensive antitrafficking
    law, and began coordinating multi-agency
    preparations and contributions to the process.

    Protection

    The Government of Papua New Guinea demonstrated
    increasing efforts to protect and assist victims of
    trafficking. Due to severe resource constraints, the
    government continued to rely on international
    organizations or NGOs to provide victim services. The
    government contributed funds to a shelter for victims
    of domestic violence in Port Moresby run by an NGO,
    which could provide shelter and some legal aid to
    trafficking victims, although it did not do so during the
    year. Womens shelters in Port Moresby and Lae could
    also house foreign and local victims. The Department
    of Health, with NGO assistance, set up support centers
    in hospitals throughout the country for victims of
    domestic violence which could provide trafficking
    victims with direct counseling and outpatient services,
    although not long-term care. The government did not
    proactively identify trafficking victims among vulnerable
    populations. When potential victims of trafficking
    sought assistance from the government, they were
    often jailed, and some were sexually abused by police
    officers. Immigration inspectors routinely refused entry
    to potential trafficking victims identified at the borders.
    Other government officials, however, would more
    likely refer identified victims to social groups, churches,
    or NGOs for assistance. Rescued victims of internal
    trafficking often received compensation payments of cash
    or pigs from the offender, which is culturally acceptable
    in Papua New Guinea, and were reluctant to then notify
    police and bring additional criminal charges against their
    traffickers.

    Prevention

    The government continued to rely on international
    organizations and NGOs for the bulk of its trafficking
    prevention activities, such as efforts to raise public
    awareness about trafficking combined with education
    campaigns on child prostitution, HIV/AIDS, and domestic
    violence. The government increased cooperation with
    Australian and New Zealand Federal Police, as well
    as other international law enforcement and customs
    agencies, to draft laws, and investigate and prevent
    transnational crimes including human trafficking. The
    government made some effort to reduce the demand for
    commercial sex acts as a way to halt the spread of HIV/
    AIDS. The government acknowledged that prostitution
    and child pornography are problems that need to be
    addressed. Papua New Guinea has not ratified the 2000
    UN TIP Protocol.

  9. Great work on covering news and happenings around PNG. It’s been awhile being away from home and sites like yours bring the out the PNG in me.

    Keep on writing about PNG and keep up the great work of promoting PNG on the Internet.

    Cheers,

    YNO (West Coast)

  10. Hi Emmanuel,

    would you be prepared to run this on your blog?

    Cheers mate,

    Paul
    _____________________________________________________

    PNG Leadership? Does the country need more of the same?

    Compliments to Malum Nalu on a good report on his blog about what Sir Julius Chan

    said in a recent speech in New Ireland. Here are some quotes:

    “Today, I stand before you 34 years after the creation of our country and say to

    you that we have not lived up to the promises we made in 1975,” Sir Julius

    admitted.

    “We have not brought the improvement in the quality of life of our people that

    we hoped to bring. We have not provided the health care, the education, the

    infrastructure that we should have provided. There is no sense in trying to

    avoid this unpleasant conclusion. If we cannot be honest with ourselves,

    then we have no hope of doing better. Those who do not learn from the past

    are doomed to repeat it, and I refuse to think we will repeat our mistakes”.

    Sir Julius said some people, especially the national government, continued to insist

    that PNG had made progress and had become a better place for the people since

    1975.

    “That is not true,” he said.

    Together with the Governor General and many other intelligent PNG people

    today, Sir Julius is enunciating what reality is in PNG today.

    On Keith Jackson’s blog ‘PNG Attitude’, an article highlights:

    ‘Transparency International’s recent report on global corruption ranks

    PNG 151st of 180 countries: its corruption rating continuing to worsen.’

    The answer however is not to keep saying what everyone knows is the problem.

    The real question is why no one appears able to anything about the problem?

    In a quote attributed to Albert Einstein: “The true definition of insanity is to

    keep doing that which doesn’t work”

    Where is Governor Wenge? He who trumpeted how smart he was to effectively

    send the Australian Police support packing a few years ago?

    Where is the Deputy PM? Drinking champagne at the arrival of a luxury
    private jet?

    Where is PM (Empty Promises) Somare when innocent little children in the
    Highlands are being chopped to pieces with axes and women raped and men shot
    at illegal road blocks? Still making yet more promises that all will be better in 2050.

    Will he be around then to be held accountable? I don’t think so. Mind you, given

    the fact that he enjoys health checks in Singapore and Cairns, he has a better

    chance than most of his people in a country where rural health services are mostly

    non existent.

    No one it seems to be able to get their head around reality. It appears that no
    one can apparently grasp that PNG is no longer governed. Those who believe
    they are governing the country are actually living in a fantasy world of
    their own making. Current PNG leaders have failed their country. Where are those

    that can and will tackle to real issues?

    Reality is that PNG has reached that point where the country is unable to be
    governed in many places. Hitherto, anyone saying this would be castigated
    and denounced as being ill-informed and unduly negative. Those claims must
    now be seen for what they are: Another ‘Empty’ excuse from those who are
    responsible to try and divert attention away from the mess they have
    created. Those responsible for PNG woes clearly do not know how to fix the
    problem. Buying political favours at K2m each member will not prevent the
    lawlessness from growing. PNG leaders are leading the way but it clearly
    isn’t in the right direction. Corruption and waste are now so rampant that
    no one seems to know where ethical behaviour ends and corruption begins.

    With the PNG Parliament now not meeting again until March 2010, the country
    has another four months to slide further into the morass without any
    competent leadership. If the messages currently rocketing around PNG about
    burning Asian businesses on New Years Eve actually eventuate, exactly what
    will the PNG government do about this threat to law and order? Ask Australia
    to send another RAMSI force? I don’t think so.

    Wantoks, husat inap long sanap na stretim displa hevi?

  11. Mate,

    I’m thinking Internet TV with 24/7 local content. I’m no IT expert and need some advice on this. What are the pitfalls and is it viable? Send me an email when you have time.

    Thanks
    -S

  12. Concerns raised on the country is governed is a cause for concern for all of us. It is also very informative to me as I spend a lot of my time doing my job.

    We should do something about it and ensure all the wealth cretaed is managed and used to provide essential services for all the citizens of this country great country of ours.

    1. Thank you Martin and very true. The more discussions, the more aware we can become of what is happening around us and who is actually making decisions for us.

      Then to can we make our own daily decisions and especially the big decision in 2012.

  13. Hi guys,
    Congratulations on a really excellent site! I was wondering if we might be able to use one or two of your photographs of Airi Ingram on the Pacific Break website, where we’ve got an interview with Airi. We’ll credit the photographer, of course. Drop me a line!
    bests,
    Jon

  14. Hey Emmanuel,

    was great to see u the other night at the abc party! I bumped into your brother at boroko foodworld on tuesday and i told him that he missed out on a great shout!

    Aways bro just been heaps busy as we are starting to build my store this month so i have my own guys atm breaking down walls and pulling up floors in preparation for the builders.

    Anyways mate when you have some time we should bump heads!

    Regards Trav

    Ps. If you have that Miss South Pacific song could you please email it to me.

    Thanks

  15. Hey there Emmanuel, as an estranged PNGean living abroad, I can’t say how much I appreciate what you’re doing here. Whether it’s the latest in internet connectivity in the country, through to politics or music, you’re more reliable than the family I have back in POM. I echo all the positive sentiments above! Keep up the great work. I stumbled upon this website; you may have too in your rummaging through the world-wide internets. Perhaps it’s worthy of a mention…… take care.

      1. hey, heard 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck PNG… hope you and your family are fine…

  16. I’m writing on behalf of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the international research institute which produces the Global Peace Index (GPI). As you have covered the GPI in the past, we thought you might be interested in knowing that this year it will be launched on May 25th 2011. We’d like to send you further information and the results at that time.

    As you may recall, the GPI is the world’s only ranking of nations according to their peacefulness. Now in its fifth year, the Index not only measures the relative peacefulness of 153 countries but it also seeks to identify the drivers of peace. Comprising both qualitative and quantitative indicators, the GPI is collated and calculated for the Institute by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

    If you’d like to speak to someone from the Institute of Economics and Peace about the GPI or interview them for your blog, do let us know and we would be happy to set this up for you.

    If you’ve got any thoughts or questions about the Index, our methodology, or our organisation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
    GPI results, interactive maps, a video and charts will be available from May 25th at our comprehensive consumer website, http://www.visionofhumanity.org. We look forward to sharing this year’s findings with you soon.

    Best wishes,

    Rima

    Join us on Facebook:
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    Follow us on Twitter:
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  17. Hi Emmanuel, just stumbled across your blog. I love it. It brings back memories. I worked in PNG between 1967 amd 1970 and loved it. We worked all over the country and I met many people.

    I am now writing a story about my time in PNG including picture I took while I was there. Do you know of any website that has pictures of PNG in the 60s, I am especially looking for picture of the old Drive-In Theatre near Ward Strip.

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers,

    Bill

    1. Hi Bill, nice to meet you and great to hear about your impending book.

      I’m a huge fan of 60’s/70’s life etc so its a shame that we don’t have too many records left of what life was like. I guess the excitement of the 70’s leading up to Independence has always been my focal point. In that I ask myself what happened to all that excitement and hope?

      Maybe things are slowly coming around now, but slowly.

      You can see links about the old theatre here, https://masalai.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/port-moresby-to-finally-get-cinemas-again/

  18. Hi Emmanuel, I was wondering what types of GSM frequencies are being used and supported in PNG by Telikom and Digicel? I’ll be coming for a visit in a couple months and would like to use the same phone there if it is compatible with the GSM networks in PNG.

    Thanks

    Mike

  19. i don’t have a comment. i am looking for Keith Noga the son of the late reverend Bedero Noga. I am Milton Pellington from Jamaica and we were friends when he came here with his family in 1993 or 1994. his father Reverend Noga did a lot to shape my world view right now and i am grateful, keith and i were great friends but we lost touch when he went back to papua and new guienna. if anyone has any information or links to him it would be greatly appreciated. My telephone number is (876)396-7845 thank for your help.

  20. Hi Emmanuel – wanting to get in touch with you in regard to a story I am writing. can you contact me on my email and I will call?

  21. Hi there Emmanuel – can you get in touch? I want to talk to you about the piece you did with the photographer on violence against women. Cheers, amelia

  22. I am getting touch with you on behalf of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) to let you know that this year’s Global Peace Index (GPI) will be launched on June 12th. Having covered the GPI previously, we thought you might be interested in receiving this year’s ranking.

    We will be in touch closer to the launch with GPI results, interactive maps, videos and charts; however if you have any question or would like to speak to someone from the IEP about the GPI, feel free to get in touch before then.

  23. Hi there! Could someone please email me directly? There is an old article with our details on it, but all address, phone etc are out of date. I was looking for a contacts section on your website but couldn’t find it so sorry I am posting here instead, but if you can email me I will send you the link to update/delete? Thank you! Jen 🙂

  24. I know PNG loves Rugby League but, why doesn’t PNG focus more on Rugby Union? Rugby Union is such a global game now (much more popular,bigger than league) with its World Cup and Olympic inclusion. If the skilful PNG rugby players chose to represent their countrys Union side then I am sure it would help put PNG be even more recognised on the World stage with the chance of many of her best players being chosen to play in the best teams from Europe,Australia and New Zealand. Rugby skills already thrive in PNG and it shouldn’t be difficult to be able to field a really great Union team if the whole nation were to buy into the idea and realise the potential PNG has in the future of Union.

    1. Thanks James. Rugby has recently scored some big money for their next qualifiers campaign. Will be interesting to see how they go.

      But like many sports in PNG, internal politics holds allot of things back

      1. Hi mate, thanks and appreciate your feedback. Are all Rural area(s) common roll data being posted on this site as well? (for example, the whole of Manus Rural, to start off with?)
        Also, if you have people there in common roll, can you confirm with them the latest data for my LLG area, and have that updated again on this site please, for we may need the updated data for other DBs’ if may need arise.

        kindly appreciate if we have the data updated sooner.

        Thanks much.

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