We Are Not Free In PNG

Originally posted on the Masalai blog:

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Don’t kid yourself Papua New Guinea, you do not live in a free country. I’ve seen the Japanese Prime Minister arrive at our airport but no security like this was ever placed around the airport.

So there we stood in the rain as the Cannon was fired to welcome Jokowi to Port Moresby for the second time this year.

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So where are all the protesters? Where are all the activitists? Why am I myself even scared to shout out ‘Papua Merdeka’ as I stand here in the rain. The simple truth is we are not free, even in our own country which enshrines the freedom of speech in our own Constitution. We have in effect self censored ourselves.

Our only hope now may finally be in our on Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill who in March finally spoke out and laid bare 3 key points:

1. That Indonesia fulfill President, Susilo…

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PNG Police Suffer from Bad Leadership – An Anonymous Member of the Force Speaks Out

Bernard Sinai:

A very interesting artice from an anonymous policeman.

Originally posted on the Masalai blog:

MU2blurredfaceBy An Anonymous Member of the Royal PNG Constabulary

No police service anywhere in the world can meet the high expectations and demands of the people they swore to serve and protect. The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary is no different however, statistics on the claims against the state for damages and atrocities in the past and especially the recent killing of a mother in Lae and the Hanuabada incident allegedly by members of the Constabulary show that the RPNGC has gone wayward in terms of how it is conducting police business. Of all the issues that are contributing to the rise of this trend, none has a more devastating effect than the issue of Leadership within the entire organization.

Most of the commanders, supervisors and leaders in the Police Service are of bad quality. In the front line (Public Safety, Traffic, Response unit, Mobile squad etc.) most of the Section commanders and…

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Steven M’s Work It Out

The single’s album cover.

A colleague of mine, Steven Matainaho (Steven M for short) who studying in China recently forwarded a copy of his latest single to me and I like the tune.

It blends a uniquely catchy mix of Island Reggae, Hip-Hop and PNG Pop which is sure to tag a following once it hits the airways.

The single, Work It Out, is a collaboration with Justin Wellington and Hausboi’s John Faunt. It has been released under the Mangrove label; a move many Papua New Guinean and Pacific artists are taking.

He now joins the list of artists including Hausboi, Ansolm, Justin Wellington and Shazry who have released under the New Caledonian label.

Steven has also informed me that the music video will be coming out soon and we get first dibs on reviewing it.

Oceania Karate Championships – Day 5

The last day of competition ended yesterday. However, due to time limitations I have not been able to post an update. For those who have been waiting, here it is.

The final medal tally for Papua New Guinea (PNG) is 16 medals; 2 silver and 14 bronze. It is unfortunate that we did not take any gold but we have only ourselves to blame.

The competition part of the program ended around 9:00pm before we were ferried to our Sayonara (Farewell) party at Yat Sen Hall which ended around 11:30pm.

Today the athletes and officials took time off to visit Suva city. However, being a Sunday, most of the shops were closed except for the MHCC mall. We also met a wantok from Finchaffen, Morobe who has been here for so long she has forgotten her own language.

It also happens that this wantok is related to our most senior athlete, Sempai Julius Piku. What are the chances!?

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Members of Team PNG with our wantok at MHCC mall in Suva.

Before allowing the athletes to take the sights, a briefing was held and an analysis was done on individual performances. I believe the PNG Karate-do Federation (PNGKF) will release a media statement later in the week. However, we have a lot of work to do if we want to be the best in the Pacific Games in 2015.

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Cathy Wilson sharing bronze with New Caledonia in her event.

Personally, I believe the Oceania championships are a higher standard that the Pacific Games because Australia and New Zealand are allowed to participate. It provides a good gauge in which we can compare our standards with the world.

The team will be traveling back home today. We will travel from Suva to Nadi around 1am on Monday morning where we will be boarding a plane around 5am.

I estimate our arrival at Port Moresby around 11am.

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