I am a fan of Martin Namorong. Not many young PNGians devote time to write how they feel. This fellow is doing it on his Medic Mangi blog.
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The Keys to Power
WE, THE PEOPLE OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA
By authority of our inherent right as ancient, free and independent peoples
WE, THE PEOPLE, do now establish this sovereign nation and declare ourselves, under the guiding hand of God, to be the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.
Constitution of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea
My fellow Papua New Guineans
The challenges that we face as are nation are many. They are either self inflicted, externally imposed or naturally occurring. But they should not define us as a nation in the future as they have done for the past 35 years of existence as an Independent Nation.
The psyche of the nation has been dampened down by the constant bombardment of negativity and this has been very detrimental towards the creation of a society that is confident about determining its own destiny.
While recognizing that we have to seriously address problems we face in terms of social justice, crime, health, environmental damage, resource management and lack of governance, we also need to be proud of our achievements as a nation.
With the exception of the Bougainville Crisis, we have remained a relatively peaceful country without the tensions and crisis experienced by many of our neighbors. And despite warnings that we were becoming a failed state we have continued to experience continuous democratic governments. We are a proud people with a rich cultural and linguistic heritage. We are hardworking and ingenious people who have been able to survive for millennia in some of the most inhospitable terrain.
We need to recognize that we have Papua New Guineans capable of improving the state of our nation. Our doctors work under difficult conditions to work miracles in healthcare. Our teachers teach in remote isolated schools and bring the light of education to the people. Our people interpret laws, fly planes mine minerals and build skyscrapers. We have capable and committed people tirelessly and silently serving their country with very high distinction. That is why despite what others think of us, we continue to exist as a nation. And that is something that we should be proud of as a nation.
We have also enjoyed huge windfalls from the recent resource boom. However this great opportunity for meaningful change to society has been squandered in the past decade. The National Alliance led coalition has despite its achievements in growing the economy; failed to translate economic growth in improvements in society.
While the current government has been successful in negotiating a massive gas project and expanding the National Airline amongst other things, many people continue to remain disenfranchised. Many ordinary Papua New Guineans remain spectators as resources are extracted from their land and sent elsewhere. Many find themselves unable to fit into society and resort to crime to express their frustrations towards authorities. Marginalized and lost, many do not respect the institutions of the state, the agents of the state and state leaders.
There is a growing gulf between the haves and the have nots in society, fuelled by greed and lust for power.
The institutions that are supposed to protect the interests of the people have become compromised and/or have been weakened. People no longer trust the government as it is seen to be self-serving.
The National Alliance Party and its Coalition Partners have had almost a decade to make things right for the grass roots. They have failed and they must go.
There are other Papua New Guineans who are capable of doing a better job in governing the country. They are in politics, business, non-governmental organizations, churches and the public service. And when they raise their hands to make a stand for this country- we need to recognize them and support their efforts.
This isnt about change for change sake; it is about doing the right thing by the future generations of Papua New Guinea. In addition, it is about making up for lost opportunity. We have to be optimistic about the future of our nation and put people into power to deliver on that optimism. It is not good enough to dwell on past failures and be pessimistic about the country.
I see great potential in the younger generation of Papua New Guineans. They are confident, intelligent and articulate young people. We need new leadership to harness their great potential in order to transform our nation. Otherwise, we shall have another set of squandered opportunities.
For it was we the people of Papua New Guinea who determined our destiny as a nation 35 years ago in declaring independence from Australia. Once again, we the people of Papua New Guinea are challenged to make a choice about the destiny of our great nation.
God Bless Papua New Guinea!
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Martin Namorong is an emerging young PNG blogger on development issues
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How are lofty statements like this going to bring any change, though? Frankly, I've heard enough fancy words from our pollies. No results from those words either.
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