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“[Ishmael Palipal’s] article will influence less informed readers or bloggers to develop anti-Chinese sentiments and biased opinions. Such emotions will cloud our judgement and is a barrier in finding a way forward for the people of PNG” – Bernard Singu Yegiora, in a comment to PNG Attitude

I HOPE THAT YOU DO NOT MIND my commenting on Bernard's pro-China position.

The view from the dusty market place is a little different to the clear views obtained from the ivory towers of academia.

The new Chinese at my level are intent on filling every small-time niche in the Papua New Guinea economy. Most of the entry-level businesses are filled with Asians.

As a new citizen of PNG in 1976, I operated a kaukau farm and a fast food outlet in Goroka. I learned business in this way and now I am a substantial employer in good standing with Nasfund and other institutions.

The point is that I do not care what the Chinese are doing at Ramu and other large projects, which would bring me into conflict with our senior leaders.

I do care what they are doing in the entry-level businesses, in which, at independence, I believed I would see a lot of PNG citizens following the track that I followed.

Instead, what I saw was a lot of Asians breaking the then law of the Reserved List [giving preference to Papua New Guineans in entry-level businesses].

I also saw that influential people with good jobs showed not the slightest interest in giving their not-so-lucky brethren a helping hand by protesting these incursions.

The influential ones then had the hide to put down young people such as Ishmael Palipal who were too young to have any effect at that time; and who are now relegated to be a wage earner with little chance at an entry-level business.

At the time, all those years ago, I asked some old Chinese and other influential citizens about taking an interest in lobbying against the lawbreakers, but with no luck.

They did not feel threatened then; now they admit they are.


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Tony Flynn

Bernard - New Chinese are from a very competitive society. Many parts of Southern China are depressed economic areas. We have relatively enormous amounts of land which is undeveloped; we have nothing like the economic forces acting upon the New Chinese.

Dreadful events in their past have no parallel in our history.

The migrants from these areas are not likely to worry about offending the sensibilities of our ordinary citizens when business is involved.

Find an opportunity, become friends with the people who matter, do whatever is necessary to gain a license and only worry about the influential people who need the occasional top up. This refers to white foreigners also.

I am on record at IPA trying to refer Europeans who were operating businesses without certification by IPA, in one case incurring the death of a small schoolboy whilst being without certification to operate a gold mine. Covered up by the Dept of Mines and ignored by IPA executives.

IPA - regulation zero, promotion going well.

The failure of our successive governments to promote small mixed farms on our relatively enormous land since independence is another story. Kenya, for example, has lots of them, from one hectare upwards.

Bernard Singu Yegiora

Robin, I believe this reason influenced Sir Michael Somare to choose his words correctly when he made his statement about the anti-Asian riots in 2009.

Politicians have the difficult task of making decisions that will either affect PNG's relations with China in a negative way or maintain cordial relations.

The unavoidable fact that China is an important development partner influenced greatly the decisions made by and will be made in the future about the threat posed by Chinese entrepreneurs from the mainland.

Robin Lillicrapp

Aah, the scent of our multi-cultural world. I look around at our Aussie shopping malls too and see the profusion of cheap, imported goods on dazzling display.

Methinks the grand procession of social engineering proceeds apace albeit on a global scale, not in isolation afforded by my narrow local perception.

While in PNG, wantokism is a hindrance to the conduct of what we deem "bisnis," the foreign interlopers have no such such reserves curtailing their drive to amass wealth.

Hegel's dialectic is hard at work. Crisis, counter- crisis, solution.

PNG is like other nations too. Systematically they are being pressured to concede history to an emerging "brave, new world."

Bet your boots, if pressure is put to remove New- Chinese from the bisnis-scape, soft loans from the Motherland will magically disappear.

It is a conflict recognised at higher political levels but resisted by the populous at large. Getting some conversation going at Provincial leadership level might augur well for better pressuring National leadership.

It is a matter of winkling out from the informed readership and leadership those with insight and ability to convey this discussion to people at large to perfect their understanding.

Michael Dom

I reiterate here my previous claim about the dysfunctional gonads of government.

Where is the serious support for local small business, agricultural development - but not another NADP 2007 - and coastal shipping infrastucture to get the products moving?

Where is the support for these things? We should be hearing about these agenda daily from our MP's. What's been done, what they're doing and what should be done next?

Instead the impotent fucks are busy planning for their local, regional and international careers and business opportunities?

That collective company of con-artists think the constitution was written for their toilet tissue.

Wanem taim bai mipela ol grassroots manmeri kaikai sampla gris pik long as blong mumu stret? Na ino ol hap pipia na bun nating we ol tilim ikam long mipela. Ol mekim olsem kaikai blong ol yet!

In my line of work a non-productive breeding boar is pork. That's dead meat to you.

Bernard Singu Yegiora

Tony, what I am advocating here in PNG is for citizens to rise up and challenge Chinese entrepreneurs by learning about their culture.

Culture in this context refers to their language, philosophy and way of doing business.

PNG did the same thing during the localization process when we took over from the Australians who are of European decent.

I am a citizen of this country and everyday I am in the market place chewing buai and share the view those in the dusty market place have.

On the other hand I am an academic whose research interest is in this particular phenomena. I teach my students both the positives and the negatives of Chinese influence in PNG.

So at times I am pro-Chinese when I talk about the positives and on other occasions I am anti-Chinese when I talk about the negatives.

Thus, as adults I encourage them to form their own opinion about the Chinese but with a greater degree of understanding.

These students are the next generation of leaders in PNG who have the potential to tighten up our laws and make sure that those who enter the country do so with legitimate permits.

Hence, I made this statement that is quoted.

David Kitchnoge

If the so called Reserved List is entrenched in law, then aren't law breakers supposed to be punished? Chinese or not?

I agree with Tony.

Give Papua New Guineans a fair go in our own country before lecturing us about Chinese and Indians, might I add, judging by the new wave of haus kaikais in town.

But mind you, do not be naive enough to believe the average Papua New Guinean is not informed about what's going on around them.

You'll be surprised at how much they know. Traim askim ol.

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