“When people are too dependent on the government for handouts, their mindset is positioned in one direction only. Their minds become stagnant and they will not prosper"
| The National
PORT MORESBY - Poor judgement has resulted in Southern Highlands been riddled with law and order issues and this needs to change, says Mendi-Munihu MP, Raphael Tonpi.
“We need to respect and comfort them and find ways to assist and make Mendi town regain its glory days,” he said.
“Independence means having the right mindset, having self-respect and respect for others, be independent and contribute in nation building.
“When people are too dependent on the government, elected MPs and other public servants for handouts, their mindset is positioned in one direction only, their minds become stagnant and they will not prosper in life,” he said.
“Laziness has resulted in people expecting free handouts all the time, many parents cannot pay their children’s school fees or look into other family needs because they were too lazy.”
Tonpi says he wanted people to return to the land and he was prepared to support agricultural activities.
Tonpi, vice-minister for state enterprises, said one of his priorities is to support agricultural activities.
Coffee is an ideal cash crop and he is ready to revive abandoned coffee plantations by assisting farmers and supplying seedlings and other materials.
“As an MP, I will not tolerate cash handouts, people gave me the mandate to provide basic government services,” he said.
“I do not need convoys of vehicles following me. I am the same person that moves around freely and I will be with the people in the village as promised.”