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I will not go down like a coward, and I hope you won’t either

Gary JuffaGARY JUFFA | PNG Exposed

TODAY we are besieged. The so called elites in power who do the bidding of the pirates who control our resources are fast selling off Papua New Guinea, neither protecting nor promoting our interests.

Just walk into any business and ask yourself how is PNG protected here? A few genuine businesses and investors struggle while many are here as vultures to take what they can while they can.

Just reflect on decisions made regarding resource development and ask yourself, how has PNG been protected or promoted here?

Not a single decision has been made with the people of PNG’s interests at heart. Zero, zilch, none.

Go to the nearest Police and Army barracks. These are our badges of sovereignty; they are a shambles; rotting, dilapidated and sad. They tell the story of national security.

The public service is no longer a machine that delivers goods and services for PNG. Many a good public servant has been shut out, removed and even attacked. The civil service is now an evil service and public servants are fast being replaced by public serpents.

Justice is now affordable only to those who can afford it. Law is for those who take it into their own hands.

This is our reality.

From next year, our efforts to fight for a PNG worth saving must not be confined to social media chats, discussions at buai markets or conversations at coffee and tea sessions; they must actually culminate in physical action.

I am prepared for this and I hope other Papua New Guineans who care about their country and its future will do the same.

I am hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. Time and time again, I have found in PNG that when we need to rise up and fight, courage is lacking and overshadowed by apathy.

By our inaction, we are allowing ourselves as a people to be led to the slaughter. It is a terrible and sad situation we find ourselves in today as we stare into a bleak future where we are marginalised.

We no longer own our land; we are no longer in control of our resources; we are spectators of a future designed for others by others.

This is not the PNG I want for my children. I am sure it is not the PNG you want for your children.

Today, it is a PNG where elected leaders and the public service machinery work against their people. Iinstead of protecting our interests they are busy selling our resources to hostile forces for 30 pieces of silver.

How did we arrive here?

How is it that just about every State organ created and designed to protect and promote PNG interests has turned against the people?

Brutalising our people and selling our land and doing so with careless abandon and arrogant impunity.

How is it that a PNG with so much hope and promise has become a land of lawlessness and lost opportunities?

How is it that our systems of education and health have deteriorated so much that we have come to accept we are a population of weak, unhealthy, unintelligent and pacified zombies allowing ourselves to be herded and moved here and there by ruthless pirates and their puppet MPs?

Today, our resources, our jobs and our opportunities are not guaranteed. Our voices of concern, dissent and protest are brushed aside and we are instead told to be happy.

We are encouraged to sing praises as infrastructure, often of low quality and purchased at inflated prices, is built with money borrowed at outrageous interest rates that we and future generations are expected to repay.

Many of our people have fallen for the lure, mesmerised by the bright lights of false promises, and raised their voices and sung praises without realising the bitter price our future generations will be paying.

We have come to accept even what is wrong, unethical and immoral and tell ourselves “as long as something is being done”.

What is being done is our country and our people being sold lock, stock and barrel to powerful forces that do not care about us and our children and want only our resources and the profits to be made at our expense.

Whenever we raise concerns about the state of PNG, we are labelled doom and gloom prophets. But these are not prophesies; they are realities.

Meanwhile, those in power move to shut down voices of dissent, manipulate the media, churn out propaganda, divert the attention of the masses, rule and divide using the people’s money and weaken systems of good governance, rendering them useless.

It is now or never in 2017. We will rise or we will fail.

Indeed, it is a war that you and I must fight to save PNG. No one else will do it for us. Our so called friends and neighbours are busy with their own problems and, anyway, their vision of what we must be is not what we should accept because it is a mere fraction of what we can be.

I see all the usual political gimmicks in play again. It’s the time for politics. “It’s just a game,” say the usual conmen, middlemen, puppets and muppets.

Yes, a game. A game where people die. Our people.

So scan all those political parties you admire, subscribe to, enthusiastically embrace, promote and sing and drink beer for and talk about proudly to your in-laws and, in a quiet moment, in the still of a PNG night, listen for truth by asking yourself, are these people fighting for PNG? Or for themselves.

I may fight this battle alone. I don’t have the riches and backing of powerful financial pirates that they do. But I believe in a PNG owned by Papua New Guineans. And I have loyal friends and family who love this country too.

Choose your leaders carefully. Ask yourself, since we are at war, are they the people you want alongside fighting with you and for you? Or are they likely to be whisked away by the pirates that control our resources and are sucking the life out of our nation while we sit and watch silently?

So rise up and fight for PNG if you believe that it is a PNG worth saving. Just saying that this is true and liking this article is not enough. Live every moment as if it is your last and remember the faces of your children and ask yourself, where will they be tomorrow if i fail them today?

We must fight!

If we don’t, we have helped place the boot of the oppressor on the neck of our children and we have folded our arms and shut our mouths and blindfolded our eyes and crossed our legs and sold out….

I am preparing for war. I will fight to save my people, their land and their future. I may go on alone and I may be defeated but I will go down knowing I did not give up or watch like a coward. I will know that I fought.

Gary Juffa is Governor of Oro Province and a national Member of Parliament


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Daniel Ipan Kumbon

PNG has seen a few politicians who rose up and spoke for the people. One outspoken politician to emerge from the Highlands region was late Sir Iambaky Okuk, who later succumbed to cancer.
Here is what late Malipu Balakau said in 1987to Engans in a political speech when he saw the need to fill the vacuum left by Okuk.
“The sudden death of Sir Iambaky Okuk leaves a vacuum in highlands politics. The region is without a voice, a leader who was willing to speak up and be a father of highlands politics has died. It needs to be filled.
“What Engans fail to understand is that it takes no ordinary man to stand up and fight for others. Many times I have risked my neck to fight for the people with no reward. There are only a few who can commit themselves as a living sacrifice for the people.
“What Enga people lack is political education. They must be told to understand that their votes will determine the progress or regress of Enga. The province and the country are in the palm of their hands.”

The quote by late Malipu Balakau is taken from my up-coming book “I Can See My Country Clearly Now’ to be published by Pukpuk Publishing and to be available on

Phil Fitzpatrick

It could be useful for PNG Attitude to put out the word that during 2016 it will publish contributions from potential honest candidates who want to make changes to their country after 2017.

We pretty much know who all the crooks are already but it would be handy to have a guide to who might put up their hand for honesty in 2017.

The only proviso would be that if they fail to deliver and succumb to temptation they will be held accountable.

Happy to publish all contributions on PNG politics, society, economics and culture. Acceptability is based on the usual editorial criteria, including their veracity - KJ

Dave Ekins

The "hostile forces" and "ruthless pirates" only operate because of the weakness of governance in PNG. The same groups and organisations are commercially established all over the world but are generally regulated into compliance with the social and economic requirements of the host country by watchful governments.

It would be cowardly indeed if the call to action by Gary was manifested only by Solomons style burning and looting or the rape and murder of individuals who are only in the country by courtesy of entrenched and systemic corruption.

The Sisyphean task confronting the potential heroes and saviours of PNG will be the total replacement of the whole machinery of government and the value system of a high proportion of the population. This will take years to achieve but Gary's call for action is an appropriate start for the process. I wish him well.

Peter (Maca) McLean

You are right, may God always support you.

Paul Oates

A couple of hours ago we sat down at the bus stop at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and waited for our bus to arrive. A Wantok and his young son sat down next to me and of course we got talking in Tok Pisin. He was from Mendi. He had been living here for some time and while we talked, his son looked at me amazed that I could speak in his father's language that he didn't know.

We talked about whether he might someday go back and see his family but he said: "Korapson ikilim asples blo mi."

The common joke he said was that PNG was so broke and in debt that the Chinese Yuan would probably soon replace the Kina as has happened to the currency in Zimbabwe.

We then talked about who could and might save PNG and we both agreed that there were at least two PNG politicians that still could be expected to try and do the right thing. He suggested Sam Basil and I suggested Gary Juffa. We both agreed these two were at least prepared to stand up and speak out.

His bus then came and we said goodbye.

So the only question that now hangs in the air is whether the plans to save PNG are being made now, so that in 2017 they will come to fruition.

Perhaps PNG's future as far as political leadership is concerned, could be summed up by the statement of a North American politician over 200 years ago who was fighting for a better future for his country:

'We all need to hang together or surely we will hang separately'.

Chris Overland

Gary's article should and, hopefully, will be read and understood as a rallying call to like minded citizens of PNG who want things to change for the better.

Whether there is the will and capacity amongst the population to actually heed his call is a moot point.

At least PNG Attitude will still be here for a while longer, thus providing a forum for Gary and others that the PNG media is very unlikely to provide.

As President Obama has discovered, even obviously needed change is subject to huge resistance from those who are beneficiaries of the status quo.

Even people who would be objectively better off seem unable to grasp the opportunity to change things for the better.

Those of us who want PNG to do well can only hope that Gary and his colleagues can win enough hearts and minds to force through what President Obama called "change you can believe in".

August Berita

Trupla toktok. I'm coming back to PNG soon to stand with you and fight for our people in whatever way I can.

Michael Dom

Ol tok bokis:

wanpela welpik
silip long sia king stap
pekpek i pulap
na sting insait long haus kuk
kainkain bagarapment

taim ol sanguma
sindaun insait long hausman
na dua i pas
olgeta gaden kaikai
baimbai tanim pipia

lukim lapun man
sindaun karai long gaden
husait i salim
ol yangpela man igo
painim kina long nambis?

harim masin
pairap long ples kanaka
diwai i pundaun
pikinini, yu stap we?
haus blong kumul bagarap

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