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Inquiry needed into how Rimbunan Hijau has brought us so low

November 2, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Kanau Sion

An effort is needed to pressure the Prime Minister, his Police Minister and commissioner to have an inquiry into the role of police personnel in the whole Rimbunan Hijau / Pomio logging / SABL saga [see Rimbunan Hijau bringing us so low – below].

Questions like who gave them the orders and were these appropriate in law? Why? And was the role of police personal legal in every sense of their involvement? And if not, what relevant laws were breached?

Those who breach the laws betray our country and our children’s future and should be held accountable for their actions.

There is also a need to fully investigate the alleged breaches of various laws and abuse of human rights of our citizens by Rimbunan Hijau since their involvement in PNG. Investigations should be conducted by reputable and eminent people and although it will be a costly exercise the government and every sane citizen of PNG owe it to the people and the future of our children.

Let’s get as many support as possible and relay the message through Post Courier and radio stations, perhaps run a documentary on this also and get the attention of authority. Media is powerful in drawing attention so let’s do it!

We the Pacific Islanders may be small and appear as powerless in the eyes of corrupt and abusive global conglomerates hell bent on destroying our natural environment and indigenous way of life for profit but are strong in our resolve.

This is not only a fight for us the PNG people but also one for all the Pacific Island states also. It is a regional issue. Destruction of forest through logging etc. is just one aspect of our concerns. There are others which include destruction of our corals, marine life (including over fishing) and cultural heritage which are our identity.

Rimbunan Hijau bringing us so low

By The Critic

What is  most disgusting about the Pomio episode is that Papua New Guineans are  allowing the Tiongs, perched on their high chairs to throw scraps at us and watch with great amusement as we maul each other to shreds.

Police beatings, attempted assassinations, sexual abuse, discrimination, threats of lawsuits – all part of Rimbunan Hijau’s modus operandi – are perpetuated  by Papua New Guineans against their own brothers and sisters.  Even the scribes like Malum Nalu who received  a few extra change are willing to offer their bodies to be crucified for the Tiongs.  How low can we get?

In the Western and Gulf provinces, landowners tell  of how members of the Police Southern Region taskforce (all Papua New Guineans, of course) would put the barrels of M16s near RH opponents and fire off a few shots just so they “got the message”.  In hushed whispers, their neighbors say: “He got what we deserved. He talked too much.”

Any smart landowner who is brave enough to make a statement in the media is isolated and harassed. Even his family is harassed in their own village.  Anyone who stands  up to RH is marked like a lamb for slaughter and those who once stood with him are there no longer.  We turn our backs on our own and under the cloak of impotence we say:  “RH has brought  us “development” so let us  be thankful.”

From out of Pomio,  company  pawns in this chess game  mouth off  Malaysian style propaganda and in the same breath call on the Papua New Guinea Media council to “take action” against ethical breaches by  the Post Courier.  Others stand proudly with placards declaring their undying love for  Rimbunan Hijau as the company uses government instrumentalities to destroy their lives.

How can we allow ourselves to be poked and prodded into an arena where a bunch of Malaysians throw bones on the ground and watch us fight over it?

  1. Rigman
    November 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Kanau you have hit the nail on the head there.. Gone are the days where this form of terrorism will go unexposed and surpressed due to the ignorance of our rural population and geographical remoteness.

    This is the electronic age, rural populations have more powerful tools of communication and it is their duty to report such apalling human right abuses and our responsibilty to translate these cries for help into appropriate legal channels.

    I salute Greanpeace for the the actions they have taken. In such cases I beleive the exposure and publicity the better.. Name and shame them !!

  2. Kanau Sion
    November 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Rigman, that is the way to go and I concur with you. The tight has to change in our favor. I know for sure that huge conglomerates can use the power of money to try and purchase a good image and people power in the face of adversities and accusations for their wrongs. That is commonplace the world over, However, these are not bought. Rather, they are earned so I don’t buy into the kind of garbage Malum Nalu posts on RH’s The National. No sane PNGean should buy into it either. We live in a different time and age were people power can easily gain momentum with the use of modern electronic media. If recent events in Algeria, Egypt and Libya are any cases to go by, we can do the same to corrupt foreign companies but in a non-violent, legal and effective way.

  1. May 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

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