Oh, cry for PNG, a cherished land & people; some random thoughts!

May 4, 2013 at 6:50 am (Angoram, Commentary, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, PNG Health, Wewak)

“War on Corruption or Crime”


“The rest of the country has joined the bandwagon of the government and the opposition to declare war on crime in Papua New Guinea – in response to the recent surge in violent crimes across the country. Sadly, we have waited too long only to react after so many innocent and precious lives have been taken away prematurely by those who have no regard for human life nor understand their own existence in our human society. Nothing we say or do now will ever replace nor return those lives. Only time will tell if our (as usual) reactive measures by legislating and imposing tougher penalties will deter future offenders or not – the most server being the death penalty.”

“To conclude, to address the root cause of crime in the country, corruption must be equally treated as a worst crime against the State and her people. It has been and is still responsible for most of the social problems in the country which eventually leads to worst crimes. Therefore, whatever penalties applied to murders, rapists, drug edicts, and alcoholics, state criminals or white collar criminals whoever they are must also be treated in the same manner.” See:


In this piece Lucas Kiap writes with a lot of sense. Corruption in PNG is a real problem, and it leads directly to bad government at all levels. For anyone who visits PNG the truth of this is obvious: dirty towns with appalling government services, disparity between the elites and the ordinary people, escalating crime, and in the rural areas an almost total government neglect of villager needs. This, I think, was pointed out in almost the same words by Allan Patience, an internationally recognised scholar, some years ago, and if anything things are worse today!

According to the United Nations Human Development Index, PNG is one of the most poorly governed states in the Third World.
You only have to go to some villages in the Sepik River area to realise how little government attention they get. Hospitals that were major providers of health services, like the Angoram Hospital, in colonial times, are now little better than aid posts. I don’t think a proper census has been conducted in rural areas for years, and perhaps not even in the towns. Most informed people in the country suspect that the population is actually a million more than is officially stated.

For some of my further reflections see:



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