Inap Lo Kago Boi, Brukim Bush Tasol

Inap Lo Kago Boi, Brukim Bush Tasol

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August 10th, 2010, 3:40 am #1



For the past 100 years, most of our iconic enterprises have been built on a pyramid scheme of boss man and his kago boi. From the perched plantations of the Niugini Islands to the cattle valleys of the Whagi Plain, it was all about the kago boi doing loads of work while boss yells every conceivable biological description of the female anatomy, to bring a sense of order. No knowledge building, no high end skill transfers, it was all about using our boys and girls as Lorries and trucks. Id say not much has changed. Ok so we wear trendy clothes, have slick phones and work in air conditioned offices but guys, were still doing so much work for little remuneration. Were still kago boiing around. But like anything in PNG, there are those who are making change in the most PNG way possible, Brukim Bush Tasol.

Several years ago I befriended an influential lawyer who has been a dear mentor to me. He stands a mere 4,9 but you knew he was from the bar. With a shot gun of a voice and a veneer of nobility, he commanded great respect amongst his peers when he delivered his arguments in court. A senior partner in one of PNGs respected law firms, he had great insight on the daily fights PNGns endured over the years in the big bad commercial world where the white boys and girls have it all. Quite unsurprisingly hed tell me the web of clienteles that would only exclusively deal with white firms. Hed then tell me how theyd farm work out to the folks across the Coral Sea because the black boys couldnt do ****.

Irrespective of this, they ploughed on and eventually the government, developers and major law firms around the world started working with them. I asked him one evening over a glass of scotch, what was his inspiration and he told me the story about hes first encounter with his first client. He was a typical businessman in the early days of our independence, quite new with business affairs but had **** loads of knowledge on his profession, flying. Curious by my mentor, he kept asking him where does he work. He indicated the law firm which was a white firm. The trailblazing pilot said so you work for these guys. If you start your firm tomorrow youll get all my work. To put into context, this man was making millions just by sitting in his cockpit for an hour. His firm was born and over the years, has given my mentor inspiration to go where no PNG lawyers have gone, the world of natural resources and big commercial field.

Hes weary eyes looked at me and said, our greatest asset is our unpredictability. They think just because we have bad body odor, dont have a dress sense and are woefully untidy, were dumb but pikinini, how wrong are they. That was what summed up PNGs persona in the professional world. Many of our men and women are insanely intelligent in this great nation of ours. From designing industrial technologies in the fields of communications, transport and weapons systems to frontline development in drug discovery for AIDS, TB and malaria, these are our men and women. Some manage major mining and petroleum projects around the world while others are formulating dialogue with rouge States who are on the brink of war with their enemies.

Indeed knowledge and the desire to acquire it has become a major investment tool for our people. Clans, tribes and families are spending everything so that theyre children may reach the high echelons of their professions. Many die before the first pay and yet they continue. Courageous and a sacrifice beyond compression, our people do this every day. From stashing away daily sales of kaukau or fish in the markets to fathers selling bottles, they are the backbone of this nation.

PNGns know theyre roots and this is why we hate been a kago boi. Our families didnt invest all that money so that carry the trash out when they themselves dont know how to build a secure firewall using CISCO applications to deter hackers in our major government and financial institutions, to clean the toilets irrespective of the fact that we are able to infuse compounds derived from our genetic materials so as to eliminate the TB bug, to paint the runways, when we have flown the largest airplane in the world or to sweep the floors when in fact we design major highways.

Education is the tool for our security, prosperity and happiness and it is the only way we become mastas of our future and move away from been the kago boi.
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August 10th, 2010, 12:19 pm #2

Once again a beautiful piece of prose with a hard-hitting message; deadly accurate too. If bosses in the Western World spoke to their staff the way many ex-pats speak to their PNG workers, they'd be prosecuted and pay 10's of thousands in fines and compensation......and their workers are paid very well.

I am married to PNG and my sons are landowners: my greatest fear is that they will be forever the slaves of foreigners; when they should be the boss and the foreigners work for them. After all; it is their land and their resources. The landowners are given the "rough end of a pineapple" on every resource deal that is made on their behalf; they get virtually nothing, while the foreign company and the Govt (or individuals in the Govt) get all the money and reap all the benefits. The poor landowner is lucky if he gets a job out of it; being a cargo boy and paid peanuts.

We need 100 more lawyers like Annie Kajir; professionals with a heart for the people, who are willing to fight to protect the resources of the landowners. Without an education; without money; and without a "champion" to protect them: PNG landowners are "sitting ducks" for greedy and unscrupulous operators. Consistently being manipulated, exploited, and robbed.

What can they do?????



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August 10th, 2010, 6:12 pm #3


For the past 100 years, most of our iconic enterprises have been built on a pyramid scheme of boss man and his kago boi. From the perched plantations of the Niugini Islands to the cattle valleys of the Whagi Plain, it was all about the kago boi doing loads of work while boss yells every conceivable biological description of the female anatomy, to bring a sense of order. No knowledge building, no high end skill transfers, it was all about using our boys and girls as Lorries and trucks. Id say not much has changed. Ok so we wear trendy clothes, have slick phones and work in air conditioned offices but guys, were still doing so much work for little remuneration. Were still kago boiing around. But like anything in PNG, there are those who are making change in the most PNG way possible, Brukim Bush Tasol.

Several years ago I befriended an influential lawyer who has been a dear mentor to me. He stands a mere 4,9 but you knew he was from the bar. With a shot gun of a voice and a veneer of nobility, he commanded great respect amongst his peers when he delivered his arguments in court. A senior partner in one of PNGs respected law firms, he had great insight on the daily fights PNGns endured over the years in the big bad commercial world where the white boys and girls have it all. Quite unsurprisingly hed tell me the web of clienteles that would only exclusively deal with white firms. Hed then tell me how theyd farm work out to the folks across the Coral Sea because the black boys couldnt do ****.

Irrespective of this, they ploughed on and eventually the government, developers and major law firms around the world started working with them. I asked him one evening over a glass of scotch, what was his inspiration and he told me the story about hes first encounter with his first client. He was a typical businessman in the early days of our independence, quite new with business affairs but had **** loads of knowledge on his profession, flying. Curious by my mentor, he kept asking him where does he work. He indicated the law firm which was a white firm. The trailblazing pilot said so you work for these guys. If you start your firm tomorrow youll get all my work. To put into context, this man was making millions just by sitting in his cockpit for an hour. His firm was born and over the years, has given my mentor inspiration to go where no PNG lawyers have gone, the world of natural resources and big commercial field.

Hes weary eyes looked at me and said, our greatest asset is our unpredictability. They think just because we have bad body odor, dont have a dress sense and are woefully untidy, were dumb but pikinini, how wrong are they. That was what summed up PNGs persona in the professional world. Many of our men and women are insanely intelligent in this great nation of ours. From designing industrial technologies in the fields of communications, transport and weapons systems to frontline development in drug discovery for AIDS, TB and malaria, these are our men and women. Some manage major mining and petroleum projects around the world while others are formulating dialogue with rouge States who are on the brink of war with their enemies.

Indeed knowledge and the desire to acquire it has become a major investment tool for our people. Clans, tribes and families are spending everything so that theyre children may reach the high echelons of their professions. Many die before the first pay and yet they continue. Courageous and a sacrifice beyond compression, our people do this every day. From stashing away daily sales of kaukau or fish in the markets to fathers selling bottles, they are the backbone of this nation.

PNGns know theyre roots and this is why we hate been a kago boi. Our families didnt invest all that money so that carry the trash out when they themselves dont know how to build a secure firewall using CISCO applications to deter hackers in our major government and financial institutions, to clean the toilets irrespective of the fact that we are able to infuse compounds derived from our genetic materials so as to eliminate the TB bug, to paint the runways, when we have flown the largest airplane in the world or to sweep the floors when in fact we design major highways.

Education is the tool for our security, prosperity and happiness and it is the only way we become mastas of our future and move away from been the kago boi.
This is the usual kind of meaningless patriotic pulp that I expect from you and your kith, next you'll be telling us that PNG/eans needs to come together to ______________ (FILL BLANK WITH EMPTY JINGOISTIC CAUSE).

Why not post about the tough subjects, e.g The Papua New Guinean state's proclaimed Christianity is a contradiction within our constitution and a hindrance to better dialogue with our only bordering neighbour which happens to be mainly Muslim OR that tourism has never elevated a nation beyond its current status but merely constricts it's own opinions of itself and how the rest of the world views it (i.e. if you continuously advertise yourself as a nation of Christian reformed cannibals with a penchant for rugby and strange animals, that's all you'll ever be) OR EVEN that perhaps Papua New Guinea should become a republic with a presidential electoral system instead of the archaic Westminster system.

These are controversial topics that need to be debated and more importantly discussed, not meaningless drivel wherein the only appropriate response is, "Tru yah, mi no wanpela kago boi bilong ol!"

See my posts for examples of controversially uncommon topics up for frank discussion.
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August 10th, 2010, 11:22 pm #4

Nesian; why don't you post what you want and allow others to post what they want. Your arrogance and bitterness are clearly shown in your post.

Get over it!!!!
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August 14th, 2010, 5:46 pm #5

Whereas your posts 'Mum', (a deceptive name at best), are of light hearted whimsy laced with malicious ignorance.
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Countryside
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August 14th, 2010, 9:39 pm #6

Once again a beautiful piece of prose with a hard-hitting message; deadly accurate too. If bosses in the Western World spoke to their staff the way many ex-pats speak to their PNG workers, they'd be prosecuted and pay 10's of thousands in fines and compensation......and their workers are paid very well.

I am married to PNG and my sons are landowners: my greatest fear is that they will be forever the slaves of foreigners; when they should be the boss and the foreigners work for them. After all; it is their land and their resources. The landowners are given the "rough end of a pineapple" on every resource deal that is made on their behalf; they get virtually nothing, while the foreign company and the Govt (or individuals in the Govt) get all the money and reap all the benefits. The poor landowner is lucky if he gets a job out of it; being a cargo boy and paid peanuts.

We need 100 more lawyers like Annie Kajir; professionals with a heart for the people, who are willing to fight to protect the resources of the landowners. Without an education; without money; and without a "champion" to protect them: PNG landowners are "sitting ducks" for greedy and unscrupulous operators. Consistently being manipulated, exploited, and robbed.

What can they do?????


some great points mum and this is perhaps we have to assess the role in which we plan and use or human resources. By investing in targetted knowledge building programmes, we are able to bring to the public and private sectors experts to actively partake in our development. We hold a unique set of values that influence our decision and advisory making. Its really in this area our people can move away from being kago boi. How do we achieve it? Several ways. Either through government intervention or exploring partnerships in the private sector. It requires creativity and inovation to build a process of getting more of our people into a value chain of building their capacity.
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August 15th, 2010, 7:46 am #7

Nesian; why don't you post what you want and allow others to post what they want. Your arrogance and bitterness are clearly shown in your post.

Get over it!!!!
I think both sides have the right to make whatever points they want to make. Flowery language only works with pollies making promises they can't deliver!!!!
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August 15th, 2010, 11:10 am #8

Whereas your posts 'Mum', (a deceptive name at best), are of light hearted whimsy laced with malicious ignorance.
I'm sorry Nesian; but I don't understand why you are personally attacking me.....is it because I don't agree with what the Somare Govt is doing to PNG?

What exactly do you mean by "a deceptive name at best"???

You are a right royal "self pleasurer". Get a life and get off my case.

"Light hearted whimsy laced with malicious ignorance"????
That is your opinion; and you are entitled to it, even if you are wrong.

Good day to you; and I hope you find something more worthwhile to do with your life and time than stage petty attacks on someone who 'posts' on pngscape.

I have a heart for PNG; and I do wear it, proudly, on my sleeve.

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