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Smare poem reveals how the elite quickly sell out

A poem, titled Papua New Guinea… My Land, reveals a young man passionate about his country and lamenting its decline at the hands of greedy foreign corporations.
Smare poem
The poem was written by prominent lawyer and corporate acolyte, Anthony Smare, more than 20 years ago.

But what became of this passionate, caring future leader?

Well, like so many others, Anthony Smare was quickly embraced by the beast that has destroyed PNG and he  became just another willing co-conspirator, living a life of privilege funded by the suffering of others.

Just look at how he has sucked up to the corporations and become fat feeding on their profits which have been built on the slums, hovels, denuded forests, and decay he lamented in his poem:

  • Director at Nambawan Super Limited
  • Director at City Pharmacy Limited
  • Director at FM 100
  • Director at Barrick Gold PNG
  • General Manager, Corporate & Legal, at Barrick Gold
  • Director at Kairar Properties
  • Director at Telikom PNG Limited
  • Director at Bemobile Ltd.
  • Director at Papua New Guinea Mineral Resources Authority

Smare, you may not have created the problems, but you have embraced them, very willingly profited from them and ensured the destruction of your land has not only continued but has gotten a whole lot worse.

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  1. Disgusted
    June 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Smare like Somare…. another Nationalist fraud

  2. Jimmy Henry
    June 6, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Yup – don’t trust the so-called student leaders, firebrands, radicals in PNG. They ALWAYS sell out – Togolo, Micah (and look where he’s “living” these days), Parkop – all the same. It’s never been about PNG – all about them.

    • fly on the wall
      June 7, 2013 at 1:32 am

      Anthony Smare was hardly a radical and that was the problem. He was as conservative as they come and he would never have advocated a life of sacrifice in order to achieve greater objectives. To him, “sacrifice” means living in PNG instead of in Australia where had had been working. It would have never mean pro bono legal work to help the downtrodden in PNG. If he had done that, he probably would be talked about today throughout PNG and in a positive way. But in the end, he wanted to become just like a whiteman and now he’s achieved his objective while the majority of our population still lack proper sanitation, access to government services, etc. What has Anthony Smare done in that direction? I see little to nothing.

      Those other ‘radicals’ you mentioned never had deep, core beliefs. They simply told everyone what they thought their fellow students wanted to hear. True radicals who hold unshakable beliefs in sacrificing for the cause would hardly turn out like what you mention. But then again we’ve never had such people have we?

      • Jimmy Henry
        June 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

        Fly on the Wall – you are obviously a person well versed on these people and what’s going on in PNG. I could NOT agree with you more about those I named and about what a real radical is. Let’s hope we get such leaders and folks like you and I do more than write about it. Thanks for your posting. I feel “less alone” now.

        Best,

        Jimmy

    • Richard Cranston
      July 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Nations are made from individuals Jimmy.
      You have it all wrong.

  3. June 7, 2013 at 4:16 am

    That’s truly heartbreaking, isn’t it?
    We (Tony & I) hugged, cried, shed hot tears of pride as young PNGean’s, of nationalism.
    Two years in a row we did just that, when we met at the annual Kumul Scholars International (KSI) meets in QUT, Brisbane.
    (We founded the KSI; since defunct now, I guess).
    Ours was the ‘Kumul Dream’!
    Has the Kumul Dream dwindled, died or in comma.
    No, the Kumul Dream lives on.
    Lest we forget.
    amos.t.wama
    Geneva, Switzerland
    06 June 2013

    • KT
      June 7, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Look at where you are @wama – over in Switzerland. The dream died because of people like you and Smare. Your #1 belief is a comfortable life and money, NOT your country.

      • Jacob T
        June 7, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        Wama and Smare should either stay or go overseas and never come back to PNG. Anyone that lives or works overseas with no genuine intent to come back to PNG are traitors to the cause of PNG self-reliance and nationalism and are simply following the smell of money. People like Smare who came back to PNG only to live the high life here are of little contribution to the country, invite them to run away from PNG and do their thing in some other country.

      • Richard Cranston
        July 14, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        What your saying is that talented and motivated individuals like A. Smare have to live in a shithole and in poverty to be a true PNG patriot…………….
        what a load of stupid bollocks.

    • Malo
      June 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      How many years have you worked in PNG, Mr Nationalist Wama? How much sacrifice have you made on behalf of our country?

    • KSI RIP
      June 10, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Amos, who did the now defunct KSI bring to annual meetings as role models for all to copycat? Let’s see. I remember Michael Somare (already a sellout to his country through his logging biz, disinterest in fighting corruption, etc) and Peter Barter (self promoter extraordinaire and renowned sexual harrasser/intimidator/aggressor of young men. Those were KSI’s chosen role models! Sad. KSI spent more effort trying to hook up members with good jobs, including in Australia than it spent promoting truly sacrificial work on behalf of our country. You reap what you sow and you and Smare are the examples. The core, most motivational beliefs instilled in members through KSI were never to sacrifice to whatever extent is needed to serve the country. Thus, everyone was relieved that they could continue pursuing their core interests which is “me first” and left country to second, third, maybe tenth priority. Finally we can’t overlook Smare’s incredibly poor judge of character in others, welcoming developing scumbags again and again (Nathan Wingti? My God!) into his fold. He always fell for the sweet talk didn’t he? Smare salutes people like NGO lawyer Annie Kajir but you would never see HIM sacrificing for the country by working in a small NGO and helping the people with his legal expertise. Never ever ever. Why KSI resulted insuch pathetic results is all too clear. Obviously Amos, you drank the superficial Smare koolaid like other fools and reckoned that good thoughts displaced hard, often dirty and low paid work. The nation’s current state wouldn’t have changed even had KSI reached everyone. Instead, you would have seen even more legal stealing from village people through high per diems, fancy catered workshops, etc etc. Live with your conscience if you have any, my friend.

    • Strider
      June 11, 2013 at 3:31 am

      Dear Sir, with all your educational qualification, experiences, network in high places, and the pride that you claim exist in your heart, please explain to me in laymen’s terms, what is it really that you so sarcastically ‘blow your trumpet’ about. Please tell me at least two things that you have given back to your own local community and people, in terms of socio-economic development. I have been really struggling to help my people and maybe something that you share can help me help my people in my local community. Yours truly.

      • Honest Ben
        June 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm

        All these PNG runaways like Wama tell us how much they’re helping PNG by being overseas. The fact is if they are as smart as they say they are they would make the greatest contribution of all if they had come home and gotten a teaching position at one of PNG’s colleges or universities and spent every effort they had “living the Kumul dream” and training the next generation of Papua New Guineans. That would have been an outstanding contribution to national development. But you’ll never see these big shots do any of that because it would threaten their comfortable lifestyle.

  4. bronxo
    June 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Smare is just another maggot bred in the rotting carcass known as PNG.
    No amount of money or glory would bring me back to that shoot hole whose deluded inhabitants call a paradise (imagine hell in comparison!.)
    I feel sorry for my people there as God dealt them a truly bad hand. :(

  5. charlie
    June 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    You Mr Wama and Smare are exploiting our country just like the asians. You always run after the good life. I graduated from Unitech and stayed back to start my IT business in the settlements of Kamkumung. I can proudly say I make money and provide economic opportunities for felow PNGeans. I am proud that I am directly enhancing the lifes of down-trodenn Papua New Guineas living around me and my community. I put up with all the bullshit of everyday life here but I thank God I have not forsaken my people for a better life. Why dont you guys come back to PNG and startup something from scratch other wises continue to live in your sand castles in wherever you are.

  6. amos.t.wama
    June 11, 2013 at 6:43 am

    KT, Jacob T and Malo;
    I don’t know you, you don’t know me. Period.
    So you’d N.E.V.E:R. understand what the ‘Kumul Dream’ is/was all about.
    And better still, you’ll never begin to comprehend what I’ve done my country & people, in my capacity as an international civil servant.
    Whinge all you like and cramp till the cows come home…but there’s more ways to skin a cat.
    Meaning, every committed like-minded PNGean, no matter where, how or when, has a role and responsibility towards nation-building.
    Finally, pls stay focused on the subject and issue at hand.
    And it aint bout me!

    amos.t.wama
    Dialing in from the Shores of Lake Leman, Geneva, Switzerland
    10 June 2013

    • observer
      June 17, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      please explain what the ‘kumul dream’ was all about if you think it is being wrongly interpreted. If you dont bother to explain don’t expect people to get things right. I personally would like to know more about this.

  7. amos.t.wama
    June 11, 2013 at 7:02 am

    KSI RIP;
    Sad really.
    You knew something was amis, and you did not raise a finger!
    Typical of persons who use pseudonyms, aliases, noms de plume such as KSI RIP.
    Ppl who hide behind faceless/nameless pseudonyms deserve N.O. response.
    Coz they take no responsibility, ownership and accountability to what they say, write, etc.
    You got one. That’s it.
    amos.t.wama
    Dialling in from the shore of Lac Lema, Geneva, Switzerland
    10 June 2013

    • such bullshit
      June 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Those who don’t hide behind a pseudonym for their own personal safety NEVER do anything that threatens the powers that be. And you’re an example of that Amos Wama! Those who hide usually have reason to hide – they’re doing a hell of a lot more than conservative “I like to work within the system because it keeps me comfortable” people like you. You take no responsibility yourself – you were the one who cried doggy tears that KSI was probably dead. Why didn’t you continue to take responsibility to keep up to date with what was going on with your dearly beloved organisation that quite clearly only produced products such as you and the Smare rat.

    • thomas
      June 14, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Whats so friken hilarious, Amos, is that the reason why this site succeeds is because no one knows who owns it. Anonymity rules when it comes to exposing corruption and other nonsense in our country. Yet you complain! You only have a good reason if, in fact, you’re the hidden owner of pngexposed.

      • June 20, 2013 at 2:50 am

        such bullshit :Those who don’t hide behind a pseudonym for their own personal safety NEVER do anything that threatens the powers that be. And you’re an example of that Amos Wama! Those who hide usually have reason to hide – they’re doing a hell of a lot more than conservative “I like to work within the system because it keeps me comfortable” people like you. You take no responsibility yourself – you were the one who cried doggy tears that KSI was probably dead. Why didn’t you continue to take responsibility to keep up to date with what was going on with your dearly beloved organisation that quite clearly only produced products such as you and the Smare rat.

        thomas :Whats so friken hilarious, Amos, is that the reason why this site succeeds is because no one knows who owns it. Anonymity rules when it comes to exposing corruption and other nonsense in our country. Yet you complain! You only have a good reason if, in fact, you’re the hidden owner of pngexposed.

        Talk about “friken hilarious”; now who can beat these lot! There’s no competition. You win all hands down! Felicitations.

        Amos T. Wama
        Geneva, Switzerland
        20 June 2013

  8. Gov observer
    June 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    What is the worst worst aspect of Anthony Smare is that not only did he sell out to foreign businesses and works for them like a tea boy to make them richer, but of all places he chooses to work for, it is Barrick mining! Barrick mining, the global mining company that has gotten into trouble more than once over its human rights record. What is Smare’s role as lawyer for that company, is it to get the company so it can continue to get away with doing environmental damage and screwing up the local people?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porgera_Gold_Mine

  9. pkay
    June 15, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    There is no harm or sin in being adventurous and successful in life. There should be no shame in becoming well-off and wealthy by the sweat of one’s brows. It’s ok to be rich and wealthy to the brim because, like it or not, the poor need the rich to help them.

    What use is it getting an education if that education cannot be used, utilised and deployed in ways and places that will help the government, public and statutory authorities and bodies as seems to be the case with Smare. Why can’t one craft a poem or prose that downloads his thoughts and dreams for his or her country or for themselves. Countries, and the world at large, is always in a state constant changes, fluxes and upheavals. So are We People! Why should it surprise us if Smare is not exactly living up to his youthful dreams but is swept along and encapsulated by the needs of the country to utilise and harness his brains in whatever way or ways Govts or authorities see fit. May be that’s why he is in so many boards…

    Many of the adverse comments are laced and tinkered with toll poppy syndromes. This is not uncommon in PNG where vying for jobs and positions have become competitive.

    IF Smare and his colleagues have covertly, corruptly and sleazily got themselves into positions to benefit themselves, then let them make their own beds and lay in them.

    It will always trouble my conscience if according to almost all commentators on this subject, I was Smare holding all these places and positions down as a favour or nepotism by the powers that be and everyone in the circle was receiving kick-backs out of this arrangement. But the comments all refer to the wandering and inquisitive and dreaming mind of Smare and the person not living up to expressed future dreams. Adam didn’t exactly live up to his Makers precepts of a celibate life and existence. His adrenalin and itchy loins got the better of him when Eva arrived. Paradise wasn’t Paradise any more. PNG isn’t the place described or depicted in former, younger Smare’s poem. Do we heap all the blame on him that it’s apparently become quite bad in PNG like it did in proverbial Paradise when Adam took a bite of the red apple. I mean, bugger it. Let’s be real. The life where you see no evil, hear no evil, do no evil and commit no evil isn’t a real life, is it?

    I would like to think Bronxo is wrong. If he/she is right, there is no future for this country. That just can’t be true. Human Beings by nature are Good People. There will always be shades and grey areas in between. BUT the majority will always prevail.

    I can’t comment on Wama. He seems to be living an unreal life in the Swiss Alps, a far off alien zone miles away from Melanesia. I think he is telling us to mind our own business and go to buggery.

    I have never met Smare or Wama personally. I only know the former is married (or remarried) in my neck of the woods.

    • former schoolmate
      July 3, 2013 at 12:02 am

      I think the trouble traces to Mr Smare acting like he and his followers puffing themselves up to act like they would be different from the previous generation when actually they have ended up the same. He put himself out as someone different, a real leader who would do things differently than those before. He gave the impression of perfection and people’s minds followed his lead.
      Mr Smare seems to have a personality that triggers intense dislike in some people.
      Tall poppy syndrome is very real but tends to be directed at people who are seen to be hypocrites, or who put down others as they rise to the top, or who act pretentiously like they’re better than anyone around them. Any of these displays can trigger the motivation and emotion to bring that person down.
      This seems to be the curse of Mr Anthony Smare. Yet you can find many people who rise tall who don’t have this problem and no one tries to chop those people down. We can only shake our heads and wonder why such an obviously smart person like Mr Smare has never seemed to figure any of this out.

  10. Susan
    June 16, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Tony Smare is a director of Kairar which I believe is a housing estate located somewhere outside of Lae. I have been told he is actually a co-owner.

  11. Once there
    June 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    You have to have had a chance to be part of these board meetings to truly understand the attitudes that board members slowly end up getting into their brains. They praise each other so much that they all end up believing that they are God’s great gifts to the nation. They never question the extent to which their sitting allowances actually reflect what true value they give to the company. They happily wine and dine without a care that their expenses end up getting passed on to the people in the form of higher priced goods and services. They are nearly always chosen on the basis of a reputation that they will never rock the boat by asking embarrassing questions of other board members or challenge the company directly. Rarely do directors in PNG actually provide the exceptional oversight that is currently needed in our society with its current level of corruption. Instead they mostly content themselves with throwing out ideas left and right, sometimes completely unrealistic because they don’t bother to get down and about in the organisations they direct to find out how they actually function. They look over the bottom line financial figures provided to them which could have been manipulated. But they don’t care so long as they are paid their substantial sitting allowance.

    I do not know Anthony Smare nor how he functions as a director, and he might be ok. However, usually anyone who is that popular to be named to the board of many companies and institutions is very likely to be the perfect “yes man” that those companies want.

    Probably the one person closest to Anthony Smare in terms of serving on many corporate boards, including mining companies, was Margaret Taylor, an Eastern Highlands lawyer originally who now works in the USA for the IMF. She was always vocal in ideas and suggestions but never challenged the basis of how the mining industry destroys PNG’s environment especially the river water that is essential for so many thousands of subsistence peoples. She never challenged the tragic effects of the mining industry in corrupting local societies that I ever heard.

    I don’t believe that Ms Taylor is a bad person at all. However, PNG doesn’t need agreeable head shakers like these corporate directors nearly always are. Instead our country needs people who are truly change agents otherwise corruption will continue to become more entrenched. TI-PNG is a perfect example of a conservative organisation that never tries to do anything outside the box but conforms completely to the system just like these directors do. The result is that corrupt government officials and politicians don’t feel threatened by TI and are happy to let TI do its thing as they continue stealing. TI is no threat to the corrupt and people like Anthony Smare or Margaret Taylor are probably viewed as no threat to the status quo of foreign companies continuing to milk PNG dry of its resources, and organisations like MRA investing outside of PNG instead of inside the country.

    I was once in their position to an extent. I will be the first to admit that neither was I prepared to play the game these organisations expect of their directors nor unfortunately have the guts to be the kind of radical reformer that is now the only hope for our country.

    The best we can do is call out the ineffectiveness of the so called reformers working within the system. They are not the solution and their speed is too slow. The only solution are true revolutionaries that bring down the corrupt system that is so entrenched today in our beloved country.

    • bravo kilo
      June 20, 2013 at 1:19 am

      The “poem” says alot about so many of us today: a naive embracing of the national ideal. Do as I say not as I do

  12. June 20, 2013 at 3:31 am

    pkay : Many of the adverse comments are laced and tinkered with toll poppy syndromes. This is not uncommon in PNG where vying for jobs and positions have become competitive.

    I can’t comment on Wama. He seems to be living an unreal life in the Swiss Alps, a far off alien zone miles away from Melanesia. I think he is telling us to mind our own business and go to buggery.

    Pkay;
    That’s about the ‘most sensible post’ posted thus far on this thread.
    I am sure Anthony Smare is most capable to defend himself––and ‘sue the socks and ass’ of some persons––against leveled against him and his activities.
    I will NOT defend him.

    What I can say, however, is that he could very well be contributing more to PNG than had he chosen to being a ‘bush lawyer’ providing free or below-cost legal services to the bulk of our people he’d reflected in his poem.
    Let’s not forget that through his company(ies), e.g. Kairar Properties, he provide jobs and pays taxes, too.
    And his investments stay in PNG!

    I cringe every time I hear (and read) how our own––PNGeans ––vilify successful PNGeans!
    We should support, relish and sing their successes––in business, paid jobs, self-employment, etc.
    Not vilify, undermine and being jealous––or toll poppy syndrome as you correctly put it.
    This gotcha stop!
    It’s time we support each other, propel successful persons to move to the next level and beyond.

    Such support should not be blind, of course, as you correctly stated “if Smare and colleagues … covertly, corruptly and sleazily got into positions to benefit themselves, then, let them make their own beds and lay in them.”

    Amos T. Wama––20 June 2012
    Geneva, Switzerland

    PS. This is my last post on this thread.

  13. Peter Turner
    June 22, 2013 at 8:33 am

    ‘Bye Amos,

    You wasted your breath, It is right and honourable to put a name against your mouth if you express a ‘public’ view. Don’t get too riled by nonentities cloaked in anonimity. You won’t see Tony responding to this blog. He’s too smart for that. Bloody good poem too. Who would have thought?

    Anthony’s old man is an ex Colleague of mine and I am as pleased as punch to see his kid ‘make good’, just as I am proud that PNG is being represented in some capacity, on the world stage, by an educated and eurodite patriot.

    There is no doubt that the ‘dogs’ will rip the guts out of this country, be they loggers, miners, fishermen or financiers, if they get the chance, and its comforting that ‘we’ have people on the ‘inside’ to try and ‘keep the bastards honest’.

    Progress and prosperity means ‘development’, so lets get on with it,

    There are enough identified and convicted ‘maggots’ out there, without labelling every succesful man a ‘maggot’.

    PK’s is a balanced and rational view, take that one with you Amos.

    A word of advice to the ‘disgruntled’. If you are simply disgusted with the fact that the world doesn’t operate on the basis of love and charity, but rather on greed and avarice, then prove that your proud Nationalist sentiments are not just mauswara and denigration, do something about it, in however small a way; try being brave enough to put your name on your work. That will put a curb on the slander, and promote rational discourse.

    John 23rd, Giovani Roncali, not only the Pope, but a World Leader of acknowledged wisdom and stature around the time US President Kennedy was assasinated (the same as our recent John-Paul ll), goes into the history books, not for the many and distinguished things that concerned the uplifting of humanity, but for the simple guidance, when asked the secret of his long and distinguished life, ” Observe everything, correct a little, and ignore a lot.”

    Ciao, cher enfents,

    Peter Turner BEM LL.M
    Traffic Cop, ‘Moresby.

    • william
      June 25, 2013 at 2:46 am

      Peter, Anthony’s “old man” was a drunk. But Anthony’s turning away from alcohol as a result of his old man was a great decision much to be admired.

      • Brutus Iscariot
        March 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

        A drunk who ensured the best educational opportunities for his kid, that’s my kinda drunk.

        Now excuse me unaccomplished haters, the pub beckons ;-)

  14. bravo kilo
    June 23, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks to those friends, buddies and colleagues who provided details of personal association with Mr. Smare at some stage in their lives. I’m now in a better position to evaluate the man as he is now and the “thoughts” he infused into his “poem”. His poem does not tell how he, as an experienced, committed individual in some many board of directors positions, can help to solve some of the nation’s niggling problems. Reading between the lines of the poem, it seems to me that the author is out there to compete just like the rest of us. We are all out there to fulfill our individual dreams even if it means compromising a few of those ideals and principles we hold as dear. So why not?! It’s a dog eat dog world out there.

  15. pkay
    June 25, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Phew! Some discussion, but how so open; so free; so uninhibited and heathy from opening salvo to bravo kilo’s summation. Yes, it’s dog eat dog world out there! But the most assiduous and ruthless, yet seemingly avuncular canines are the two legged lot that face each other as antipodes in that unholy of abysses called the Haus Tambaran. They are the ones that have most of the carcass that is Papua New Guinea to themselves, offal and all. Everyone’s else, including the Smares just do their part in feeding on the crumbs just like the hyenas clean up the carcass after the lions and lionesses have devoured most of the substance. The rest of the canine population will just keep on barking without getting a bite on the carcass. The remainder of us are tired and fatigued and find ourselves predisposed to a kind of silence of the lambs, a predisposition that lends us to “observe everything, correct a little, and ignore a lot”. J

    • bravo kilo
      June 25, 2013 at 6:02 am

      I’m not really a big fan of reductionism and fatalism

  16. pkay
    June 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

    It takes all sorts to compose, comprise and give meaning to life and humanity from end to end in this world. Not so sure how it is in other asteroids. At least here the libertarians and politicians at different ends of the pole can still breathe easy when it comes to freedom to express one’s views and thoughts when, how and where they want to. The End.

  17. gideon kupul
    September 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

    do you personally know anthony smare..if not,please dont be so over judgemental about your theories describing him as co-conspirator. he has helped many young jobless papua new guinea so stop basing your theories based on false accusations.

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