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Nepotism and mismanagement allegations at PNG Institute of Medical Research

January 18, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments


Can any journalist out there and relevant authorities please investigate Professor Peter Siba – Director of Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR)? He is practicing widespread nepotism as well as threatening, intimidating, terminating and demoting staff who want to speak up against him.

He has now appointed his wife (a data entry clerk with no qualifications) as the site administrator for the LNG research control site at Karkar island (her own place). One of his sons who is in their village at Karkar is also on the PNGIMR payroll but nobody knows what he does.

Recently, his son was drunk and broke the wind screen and other parts of a PNGIMR vehicle but his father sent him home on a few weeks suspension on full pay while he terminated 3 very experienced staff with over 20 years of experience for a minor alcohol related matter. This particular son of Peter Siba returned to work after his suspension with a knife and nearly killed a PNGIMR staff in front of everyone in an IMR bus over a minor argument. Nothing was done about it.

He also has another son who has a diploma in science education obtained from the university of Goroka whom he has sent to USA on full scholarship and even on a business class flight to do a masters degree even though there are so many other fully qualified and academically gifted scientists currently working for the PNGIMR.

He has also employed his adopted son, a young man named after him, with a completely awkward background in Agriculture with low grades, to work in one of the highly skilled PNGIMR labs, in a highly skilled area of science (immunology). There are so many other people he has employed without an interview now working at PNGIMR. Almost all of them are his relatives. He is currently using IMR carpenters who are supposed to be working for the institute, to build his mansion at Karkar Island. Of course, PNGIMR pays them.

Lately he terminated the contract of all his senior staff because they wanted to talk to him about a budget deficit that only him knew where the money has gone to. Millions of kina.

Somebody, please investigate him immediately. He is driving PNG’s only world-class medical research institute into the drain and thinks he can get away with it.

Relevant authorities, please help us save PNGIMR.

  1. January 18, 2014 at 10:10 am

    This is complete insane. Send this guy to Laloki. This type of person should be terminated immediately.

  2. Victor Tenaka
    January 19, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Whistle blower….. I highly suggest you get your facts right.

  3. immuno
    January 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Whistle blower…. ARE YOU SERIOUS???
    Firstly, it seems that this is a personal attack on Prof. Siba by some one (whom I believe was an ex-staff member). Probably did some thing stupid and got sacked and is now trying to spoil the name of Prof. Siba and his family.
    So, let me explain some things to you. His wife, is not the site administrator. She is actually a logistics officer at Karkar for the PiH project. His son who is in Karkar has been suspended because of the incident and police reports were made and actioned and he has been suspended without pay by the PNGIMR disciplinary committee and replaced the broken window. The incident with the knife had nothing to do with his suspension as it was an outside matter and had been dealt with.
    The terminated three very experienced staff (as you say) with over 20 years of experience were suspended 2, 3 or 4 years ago for a SERIOUS alcohol related matter. They went to the IMR office in Madang under heavy influence of alcohol and physically and verbally assaulted a very senior long serving IMR staff member who has been in IMR for over 30 years.
    His other son whom you say is in USA actually has a bachelors degree in education from UOG and also a Post Graduate diploma in Science (Molecular Biology) at UPNG (FYI). His father didn’t send him to USA on a scholarship. His son applied for and was successfully awarded a prestigious and globally competetive USA scholarship funded by NIH in USA to do a masters. This son is also a qualified and gifted scientist who has authored and co-authered international scientific papers.
    The adopted son you are talking about is actually not adopted. Prof Siba assisted him in his education since primary school and as a way of honoring this, he uses Prof. Sibas sur name. he has done well and has a Degree (FYI) in agriculture science. He was interviewed and got employed and has proven to be an outstanding employee and is doing very well catching mosquitos and doing lab work.
    I highly doubt that every one at IMR is related to Prof. Siba.
    All employees who work at IMR had to go through a screening interview regardless of who they are.
    I have been to the karkar PiH/LNG site but I couldn’t find a mansion. All I saw was a small green three bedroom high post house where his wife uses the small living room space as a temporary make shift office space for her logistics work. That house was built by a private contractor and his wifes reletives at karkar. The private contractor usually does small contracts around Madang and is some times contracted by IMR madang.
    If you go to IMR today, you would still see all the senior staff no one was terminated. Infact, the senior staff whom you say are terminated are still there, happy as ever and proud of what Prof. Siba has done for the institute. They will be at the front car park at 10am drinking coffee and talking. I don’t know about the so called budget deficit but IMR probably has one of the best transparent administrations in the country who manage the IMR budget.
    Personally, I think and know that you…WHISTLE BLOWER… are an ex-staff member of IMR who have been working for some time especially in Madang and recently, because of your unproductiveness to the institute got sacked and now trying to find some form of way to personally attack Prof. Siba and his family. From what you are writing, it is clear that you don’t know what your talking about, it seems that you know his family but not that well. Your probably angry that you just lost your job and all messed up and personally attacking this great man and his family.
    For those of us who know Prof. Siba both PROFESSIONALLY and personally, we will stand by him. Your just a little kid who doesn’t know anything and talking rubbish. And we see this as a PERSONAL ATTACK of Prof Siba. I think I know who you are, or where or from WHOM your getting your info. (FYI)

    • tambumeri
      January 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Yu tambu meri blo ol yah!

    • Whistleblower
      January 24, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Immuno……. you said “IMR probably has one of the best transparent administrations in the country who manage the IMR budget”???

      This is a joke……. IMR HAS ONE OF THE MOST OPAQUE ACCOUNTING SYSTEM IN THE WORLD!!!! That is why the overseas volunteer who was supposed to help improve the IMR accounting system sent over with the help of the international collaborators and others in the PNGIMR buttressing coalition left the country because that professional didn’t know where to start. He found corruption everywhere and Peter Siba refused to cooperate with him in fear of being exposed. In the end, the guy left the country. Situations like this have now contributed to AUSAID cutting their funding support to IMR.

      Note, this is not to blame Samson or Ulo and the accounting team at PNGIMR, they are very good people and professionals but currently working under a dictator who has lost touch of reality and thinks he is indispensable.

      • Concerned
        January 26, 2014 at 2:01 pm

        Keep talking whistle blower!
        This whole institute needs to be investigated.
        It has killed a lot of aspiring scientists in the past because of the leadership & it’s management.

      • apo
        January 26, 2014 at 9:46 pm

        Whistleblower you got one thing wrong there. Finance manager Ulo is one of the biggest crooks and part of the corruption system. He is not professional and not capable of running the accounts. Around him are few ok people but many others are useless and help the system. Everyone who has to do with IMR accounts knows that their reports are deeply flawed. Study accounts suddenly depleted. Missing paperwork. Near bancruptcy of the IMR. Zero transparency. Any attempts to make it more transparent have been without success because he refuses to cooperate. For obvious reasons. Recently he was demoted but suddenly reinstated again, despite being absolutely incapable of managing the accounts. Why? Think about it! Because he is needed to keep the money flowing into the pockets of the boss. And because he knows all the details, he arranges the deposits to the credit card use around the world.

      • Maureen Gerawa
        September 1, 2014 at 10:57 am

        Can someone give me an idea where these allegations are coming from?

    • Student
      May 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      This is very interesting thanks for the insight

  4. Delaila
    January 19, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    All the information written about the Director of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR), Professor Siba makes on sense to me and million others who knows the Institute very well. The information are written by someone who knows nothing, totally nothing about the Institute. Here are some inside of what that loser wrote.

    Like all government organisations, PNGIMR’s decisions are done on a collective basis and it is not a one man’s decision. There are special group of people appointed by the Institute who collectively make decisions of the betterment of the Institute. So the appointment of Yalum Siba as the site administrator for the LNG research control site at Karkar Island went through that process. She was appointed upon merit and experience. She started working with the Institution in 1986 (I wander where that person who wrote all these were that time, probably still hanging on his father’s testicles) and has a lot of experience on that.

    In any Organisation,there are rules and regulations put in place where employees must abided by. And there are penalties for those who do not follow. The Director’s son was suspended at first for breaking the wind screen of a PNGIMR vehicle and was terminated for good from that second incident which did not involved a knife as mentioned. From that moment up till now there are only three Siba’s employed by IMR, Peter Siba, Yalum Siba and Valentine Siba. Therefore the writer needs to do some more research, if not go to hell.

    Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research through its collaboration with the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio, US offers scholarships providing opportunities to young Papua New Guinean Scientist to further there knowledge in Research overseas. The Director’s other son won that scholarship, and in that package includes the business class flight. that was through his hard work, he do publish papers, even at the Medical Symposium (do you publish papers??). Again it is not through the Director that his son went to study in US. It was through PNGIMR scientific committee and the Case Western scientific committee’s that made the decision. Again it is obvious that the writer knows nothing about how things are done in the Institution.

    One of the good thing about PNGIMR that many people do not know, which includes that very person writing that statement about the PNGIMR’s Director, is the training the Institution gives to is employees. No matter what background you come from or how good you were. At PNGIMR it all depends on you performance, your inner desire to work and achieve your aims in life. Therefore, there is no other Siba working under the Immunology Section in the Institution. The Immunology Section has these man working, Hanson Dina from Simbu, Betual Kotty from Morobe, Matthew Philip from Simbu, Philip Wilson from Hagen and the rest are girls.

    From all these facts just written, it shows clearly that the person writing the things about Professor Peter Siba knows nothing about PNGIMR. He just heard stories and added his own predictions because non of what he wrote make sense.

    Therefore an advice to whoever you are, ” THE WORLD IS SMALL, CHOOSES ARE LIMITED, YU STAP NA STAP GUT”

    • Whistleblower
      January 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Delaila………..all these information don’t make sense to you simply because you are either very blind or benefiting from Siba’s corrupt deeds to the point that you think these are his normal privileges. Wake up!

      • Concerned
        January 26, 2014 at 2:03 pm

        That’s it whistle blower!
        She’s probably on that huge pay and not a scientist herself.

  5. Boombahh
    January 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    And to that PNG Education News Guy, you need to support something you really know, otherwise your blind partner will lead you to a drain where there is no coming back. Tanx

  6. January 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I do not know what the IMR Council members are up to? Could the Chairman of the council Sir Professor Isi Kevau instigate an investigation into this institute? The late Chairman Dr. Adolf Saweri will be tossing and turning in his grave.

    The IMR Council Members must ACT on this issue.

  7. Barbara Simeon-Imbuni
    January 20, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Please get the appropriate authorities to investigate him and put him where he belongs, he thinks he is indispensable.

  8. Fury
    January 20, 2014 at 7:42 am

    This sounds too interesting to be true ! And unfortunately, in PNG such stories are true. Please investigate . PNG has lots of undiscovered health related problems and we can’t afford to allow a single family to suppress our hard working researchers and to see them leaving , not to mention their pain of lost at sea.

  9. toto
    January 20, 2014 at 8:21 am

    get your facts right whistle blower…. lol

  10. ToPam
    January 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Who does he think he is? The office he holds belong to the people of PNG. Can the people in authority do something about this. This mentality is seen to be a common norm in PNG, and that is when you get promoted or appointed to a lucrative position, you get stuck or grow roots and claim that position to be yours for life. No wonder, when people who hold such responsible position of trust are caught for mismanagement and penalized for their wrong doings and sacked, they vehemently fight to keep the position. They go to the length of going to Court, why cant we accept the blame and bow out in a very professional manner and let the process takes its course. Can we not learn from Australia and USA where politicians, bureaucrats and business executives when found guilty of an offense, automatically vacate the office to allow justice to take its course.

    O Papua New Guinea save ikilim yumi stap!!!!!!!!

    But seriously, this is corruption at its worse, and please may I suggest to Dr. Siba. to be a little bit more professional rather than acting like a MONGREL/KANAKA, that has never been to school.

    • Pamela Toliman
      January 20, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      ToPam, do you have a PhD? Who the hell are you to call Professor Siba a mongrel and a kanaka? Perhaps you’re the one in need of an education; an education in manners!

      • Whistleblower
        January 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

        Pamela……ToPam doesn’t need a PhD to enable him to identify corruption! You don’t realise it but ToPam is talking for your rights.

      • Dram
        January 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm

        Having a PhD does not authorize you to perform beyond what is required of you. I have seen non-PhD holders performing well behond expectations unlike some of the PhD holders.

      • Dram
        January 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

        Having a PhD does not make you indispensible.

  11. mosquito
    January 20, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I just have one question…
    Where did the whistleblower get his/her information? I am employed by the PNGIMR and have been working there since 1993 and I can tell you “whistleblower” get your facts right. You don’t know what your talking about. You should seriously talk to your informants or whoever is giving you these info. Professor Siba has done so much for this institute and the institute is here because of people like him and his staff. I have to say that I agree that this looks like a personal attack on Professor Siba and his family…. probably by an ex-staff member who was fired because HE did some stupid things and deserved to be sacked and now he is coming up with childish ways to spoil the name of Professor Siba.

    • Noramiso
      January 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Dear Mosquito,

      Please justify your comments. This guy has done a lot of travel since he took office. He has also employed his relatives to work in the office, regardless of whether they are qualified or not, they should never be employed as everyone else will see it as nepotism and wantok system. As a professional Peter Siba should know that.They are other organisation they can apply to work with if they are qualified enough. IMR is not the only office in Goroka.

      Peter Siba, has not publish any major papers in the medical Journal or issue any major press release of all the work IMR has done in our local papers.

      He dreams, travel, travel allowance, day in day out, week in, week out, month in, month out, year in, year out.

      He is one person IRM does not need or the country for that matter.

      Can he please tell us, the actual paper/thesis he did to obtain his PHD.

      He is a disgrace and embarrassment to the Institution and the country. Like I said earlier, he is sowing and reaping time will come and for the sake of the institute and the country, I hope reaping time will be soon.

      Peter Siba is just another public servant who is corrupt and it is just as simple as that. Without IMR, his profession is nothing. He cannot even get a job out of this Institution, as he knows very well that IMR is his bank account and that’s it.

      For the sake of IMR and the country, do the right thing Peter Siba ………………………………………….

      • Concerned
        January 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm

        To mosquito,
        FYI, there was a presentation in a melbourne recently which Peter Siba & another researcher (not part of IMR) attended.

        Peter Siba’s presentation was more like begging the outside world for funding while the other PNG participant stole the show with excellent medical research presentation.

        You laik save moa, asking Peter Siba yet.

  12. kane kane
    January 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Who ever e whistle blower you are, get you fact right…oh else go to school and come be pngimr’s director and will see and say your better than proff siba and you have done it for the institution. Proff siba has done it for the institution and brought the institution to the level it is today. I suggest you seriously need to take a bath dude, with klina soap and blench.

  13. Eddie
    January 20, 2014 at 11:26 am

    According to PNGIMR insiders, the Director is the most traveled (local and International) Director the Institute has ever had in its entire existence. Sir Isi Kevau, PNGIMR Council Chairman, are you awake?

  14. mosquito
    January 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    @ Eddie… that is because PNGIMR is now ranked as the top research institute in the region and is a highly world renowned research institute that has made a name for itself and PNG in the Global Scientific Community through the research its doing. Other institutions around the world want to collaborate with PNGIMR. That is why the Director and many other scientific staff travel locally and globally to present in scientific seminars and attend important meetings.

    • Konnie
      January 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Mosquito………….you are obviously not a scientist. Peter Siba doesn’t present any papers at all in all his endless travels. He has no data or paper to present. He is traveling endlessly on the hard work of his staff and collaborators. A senior collaborator from USA said they invited him to an important scientific meeting but to their surprise the guy was sitting in the bar for most of the session.

      But the amazing thing is that, in the recent IMR newsletter he challenged all the IMR scientists to publish their work even though he publishes nothing. Come one, stop being a hypocrite and start publishing before you say things like that.

  15. sad
    January 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Proff Siba, what have you done with the missing 5 scientists? I think you have handled that very badly. You were verrry slow in the initial search and rescue efforts. Do you even care? Those staff working under him, did you guys get the message? He doesnt give a shit whether you die working for PNGIMR or not.

  16. Pamela Toliman
    January 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    PNGexposed, check your source! I’m so glad some of my colleagues have eluded to the fact that this post is riddled with erroneous accusations. This is far from a call for transparency and accountability; this is a personal and vindictive attack against Professor Peter Siba.

  17. January 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    As far as I know, all the information by whoever the whistle blower is are just pure bullshit. I am the other USA scholarship fellow who came along with the professors son. For your information, I’ve worked with him and I know what credentials he has, or how many paper he has published through his own work. His coming to US was not his fathers doing but his own due to his own merits. And PNGIMR DID NOT pay for our tickets, it was our sponsor who gave us the opportunity to fly in Business Class. Again, our coming to the US was done through selection here in US, PNGIMR nor his father had a say in it.

    I suggest you bloody get your information and facts right before going forward and try defacing someone else’s integrity and merits. You should be ashamed and who ever you are, you need to apologize.

    • January 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      PNGIMR has a training committee, and all are not professors wantoks, it is made up of a whole lot of other background. And they determine the selected personnel for training based on merit. In case you think it is determined by the professor alone.

      • ignas
        January 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        Do you honestly think the training committee will make an independent decision knowing Peter siba’s dictatorial style of leadership? Come on be real, there’s overwhelming conflict of interest everywhere!

      • January 22, 2014 at 9:51 am

        So Ignas, you also meant to say he also influenced or bribe the NIH, the Global Center for Infectious Disease and the Fogarty International to sponsor his other son to US? Mi lap long yu ya, ol wait man ya no save giving two cents on anyone who have low merits. Though PNGIMR Training Committe can decide whatever, it’s their final say who gets the Scholarship. Go mekim gut research blo yu then kam tok tok.

      • Ignas
        January 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

        Liklik meri, yu tok bribe em yu go tumas. NIH ino save long ol applicants olsem na ol bai kisim husait training committee bilong PNGIMR i recommendim. Na mi askim, yu ting training committee bai wokim fair decision without conflict of interest taim ol save olsem Peter bai sekim name bilong husait ol recommendim? Ansa em NOGAT. Dispela em ol wait man save kolim overwhelming conflict of interest!

      • January 23, 2014 at 6:41 am

        No, that’s where you are wrong. Gutpla man, go long Dickson Kuvi na m bai explainim long yu. I myself had to be admitted by three deciding system which Proff Siba isn’t part of, so as his other son, nor them any clear idea about IMR and it’s recommendation. Grades and merits played a big role here. I, liklik meri, refuse to explain to an ignorant blubberer who does not know what his talking about. Have a good day.

    • Ignas
      January 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      I’m sorry but you are still going out of topic. The agenda here is ‘conflict of interest.’ But that’s fine, you have the right to your own opinion even when its wrong so keep believing. Bye for now Monalisa.

      • Mangibloples
        January 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm

        You guys forget that the people who make the decisions at Case Western and the NIH are the same bunch who need to keep Peter Siba happy, since they are external PIs on large PNG based projects., now and in the future. So they make pragmatic decisions…

        One of these pragmatic decisions is to even take a knobhead like Valentine Siba on board to do a masters. They do it despite the fact that they know he is useless… they do it to keep big Peter Siba in line. So they pull some strings in the US (yes at the NIH, Fogarty and Case Western…these are the people who can easily do this because they sit on the panels themselves). I’m sorry to say this, but this is the bitter reality. Nothing personal.

    • Whistleblower
      January 24, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Monalisa, you just joined the IMR yesterday and there are many things you don’t know so just concentrate on you studies please. This fight against corruption is not against you, so please don’t take it too personal.

      As exposed by Mangiloples and Ignas, science is not what you think. Science is power mixed with ambition, self-interest and novelty na ol wait man save gut long displa bikos em pilai bilong ol. Na taim ol pilaim gut, ol projects blong ol bai ran gut long PNG. Your merits and grades are just one subject. Welcome to the politics of science. Nothing personal.

  18. Ignas
    January 20, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Mosquito is everywhere trying to protect Peter Siba. Obviously he must be one of those related to him now employed by PNGIMR.

  19. lindmaseh
    January 20, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    OMG…. sounds like a sacked staff member trying anything to get back at the Director. OK… lets see.

  20. Whistleblower
    January 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Mosquito, stop flying everywhere trying to protect Peter Siba. Obviously you must be one of his relatives working at PNGIMR.

    You want facts to Eddie’s comments? Peter Siba is flying around the world on the hard work of the former directors (Michael Alpers and John Reeder). He himself has no first or senior author scientific publications. Just lots of middle author papers that everyone puts him on in fear of upsetting their collaborative relationships with him.

  21. mosquito
    January 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Whistleblower … each of the directors of PNGIMR from Michael Alpers, John Reeder and Peter Siba ALL contributed to where PNGIMR is now. Do some more internet search and find out for your self. Nogut mi waistim time blo mi lo explainim ol samting lo yu. I bet your probably an ex- staff of IMR…. Whistleblower go find a new job….. like a blow job or something.

  22. Whistleblower
    January 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Hahaha… mosquito, didn’t you keep asking for facts? Hehehe… you want facts and now I’m giving you the facts and you can’t argue with facts and you are resorting to offensive language. You should just admit that you accept this as a defeat….hahaha. May God bless you.

  23. mosquito
    January 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    mate… good luck to you too.. mdll

  24. Dr Michael DOKUP
    January 20, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Mate.. this is a very very serious allegation. I cant see Prof Siba doing crazy things like this. Pls get others to confirm or deny before you drag me n others into this.

    Dr M Dokup
    Mt Hagen Hospital

    • Noramiso
      January 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Dr Dokup,

      If you are in any position to investigate or know of anyone or organisation that can listen to you, I would strongly recommend that you do so please.

  25. Whistleblower
    January 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Delaila also is trying to protect the hand that feeds her. She can’t argue with facts and resorting to foul language also. Please accept this as a defeat as well and go and read my reply to immuno under his comments. May God bless you too.

  26. Whistleblower_advocate
    January 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    whistleblower, thank you for initiating your argument as a platform for public discourse of which i’m to exacerbate without trepidation. being an observer of one of papua new guinea’s prominent institution for donkey’s years, it is not surprising to read these ‘accusations’ of peter. according to other local, self-effacing snowden’s and assange’s, peter has been exploiting on a lot of traveling allowances. check with the finance manager, either mr. akunae or mr. jasupa for the vindication. demanding an accounts manifest would be a great start. also, look into the 2013 tender and bidding process of imr vehicles especially LAU 011 toyota station wagon, and house-keeping records showing how the automobile was sustained on the road. there’s been chit-chat about this matter both in png and abroad to imr collaborators’ dismay. other concerns include, funding agencies in particular ausaid, exxon mobil, and the government of png ceasing their support or cutting their 2014 budget altogether due to improper acquittals. it is disheartening that consequences are realized as comments accumulate here. without action by law-abiding papua new guineans, imr is in a crestfallen state that most staff both local and international are denying. a lot of the questions of how much research funding peter has acquired for imr to further medical research in png due to his endless travels? and what are the current and relevant research projects that he is overseeing with his scientific expertise and medical background?

  27. yagaumist
    January 21, 2014 at 7:48 am

    As a former employee who resigned on my own accord for greener pastures, i can confirm that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Lau 011 was won by the lowest bidder, half the time the man is in karkar, doing what? No one knows. His frequent flyer points must be the highest in the country. Lets not deny the fact that this ship is going down.

  28. Ignas
    January 21, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Dr Dokup, we welcome you on board. I can confirm that what the whistle blower is presenting is common knowledge.

    We need more people like you and those from the IMR council, the medical society, the media, the health department and the police to dig up this matter. I agree with you that these are very serious ‘allegations’ but I’m sure you will also agree with me that we will not be throwing them at a saint. Please join us in your investigations and you’ll be surprised at the level of corruption and crazy things this great man has got himself into.

  29. Boombahh
    January 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    @yagaumist.. you said you are a former employee of PNGIMR, that includes whistle blower and the whole lot of you who went against Prof Siba no doubt. If only you ask any of the bide committee of PNGIMR, the highest sum of money to placed for your bide will not guarantee you to win the bide of the PNGIMR vehicle. There are many other factors that they consider, for example; loyalty. You ask any staff of PNGIMR, they will tell you that. Maybe you do not know that when you were still with the Institution. Your bad!!! Therefore, do not be like whistle blower making noise about things you do not know and will never know. People who makes a lot of noise knows little or nothing at all. That was from my Grade 1 teacher, which I can still remember that. Anyway, HAVE YOU BEEN TO GRADE ONE????

  30. Whistleblower_advocate
    January 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    don’t be flabbergasted by the reiteration of that rampant misconduct of such despot. upon his discretion and his ever flamboyant display of his reign have aided his household beneficiaries to have traveled to usa, japan, india, and australia for reasons only imr knows. official and collective verification by heads of imr’s travel, finance, human resource and training departments would either disprove the premise or unearth the truth (peter acted bona fide?). we can only be optimistic that the public servants in office will provide tamper-proof ‘travel records and documentation’ (itineraries, funding source, project name, application forms, screening process, names of reviewers, signatories etc etc) should an official investigation of peter and his cohort ensues. one can only imagine how many eligible citizens, aspired researchers and field staff who are instrumental at imr to date; are still in the queue modestly forebearing peter’s approval for training, scholarship or promotion. too many lingering queries. to see tangible change imr staff nationwide must arise and do what’s right! an imr spring might not be the modus operandi or is it?

  31. January 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    The only thing that will unearth any wrongful conduct on the part of the Director, Prof Siba is an investigation probably sanctioned by the IMR Council. Only then the good name of Prof Siba will be cleared.

    Is there a channel in PNGIMR where such “VERY SERIOUS ALLEGATION” can be addressed ASAP? Elite educated professionals are already drawing their own conclusions and discussing this issue!!! Which ever of you, who are close to Prof Siba or any of the executive members of PNGIMR could bring this up at your meetings and probably address this issue. As I can see, donors and research partners will be starting to hold back their funding which will be very detrimental to the future of IMR and the career of its scientists.

    Please the management of IMR must address this allegation ASAP.

  32. Konnie
    January 22, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Dr WerakeYu, we completely agree with you. Please IMR council, sanction an investigation now because this very serious allegations will definitely affect donors confidence in IMR with detrimental effects on its scientists and research programs.

  33. Whistleblower_advocate
    January 23, 2014 at 7:17 am

    the obvious aftermath can’t be overstated. celebration of the 50 years of achievement (and failures?) in medical research (service delivery?) in papua new guinea during the 2014 medical symposium in september in goroka might also be subdued if the imr council, imr staff, and 50th medical symposium organising committee don’t take a decisive step. but then again, peter’s the vice president of the medical society of png. would the medical professionals and active members of the society consider the matter debated as an agenda? we don’t think so. as a matter of fact, there’s about 600 registered voices as of 2013 and which ones are plagued?

  34. Noramiso
    January 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    To all the supporters of Peter Siba…………………….

    For a start, it is common knowledge in IMR and Goroka town that Peter Siba is a frequent flyer attending all scientific conferences right around the world which is only beneficial to him and definitely not IMR or the country. He is capable of going into the Guinness Book of Records as the most travelled individual/departmental head in the country with nothing to show for it.

    I cannot believe someone of his calibre can stoop so low just for travel allowances. That is basically what the travel is all about, because he has not brought any overseas funding or donor assistance from all his travel.

    How can he call himself a professor when he has belittled the office he holds with his management style??????????????

    It is common knowledge that he is there for his own gain and not the institute he is supposed to be leading.

    I cannot believe that IMR staff are silent over this, and yet they are the ones frustrated and complaining about it all the time.

    It would be very interesting to see how he survives when he leaves IMR.

    Peter Siba, you are sowing and you will one day reap and I hope it will be soon.

    IMR in a national institute and it does not belong to you or your wife or your family. Please get your family to get a life out of IMR

    For being called a professor, it’s very low and degrading when you do not respect the office you hold and behave as if it is your private business.

    Trust me, you will not survive in the real world…………….

  35. Mangibloples
    January 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I would like to congratulate Wistleblower on the bravery to post this. It deserves a great deal of respect.

    Within the IMR it is widely known that Peter Siba is misappropriating funds in very serious ways. There is no question of whether he is doing it, it is a fact everyone knows. But make no mistake, it will take much more than this little article to expose and finally do away with him. As you can already see in the replies here, he has got supporters who, without doubt, are beneficiaries of this corrupt system, or who are just too blind to see what is going on.

    The funds provided to the IMR by the PNG government and other sources, such as AusAid are intended to further research into PNG related health issues and to provide hopeful young PNG scientists with the opportunity to build a career in research. Peter Siba is about to bring the institute back to the brink of bankruptcy where it was picked up by Michael Alpers so many years ago. He does not care about the institute going to waste, as by then he will have finished building his mansion on Karkar island with IMR money and retire there, having misappropriated millions of Kina.

    I implore on everyone with common sense to spread this article as far and wide into the press and social media (facebook, twitter) as you can so that these very justified concerns may be heard and finally an investigation can be initiated. Good luck with saving your institute!

  36. Whistleblower_advocate
    January 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    current imr principal investigators or pi’s (mostly expats and a very few papua new guineans with the exception of peter) of research projects should muster the ‘courage and resolve’ to utter with dignity the petition of their staff who cannot speak for themselves, maybe due to inferiority-complex? generally, expat pi’s are horror-stricken to be deported for violation of siba-law while the latter are subjected to png’s bikman-law. it also begs the question of how pi’s were recruited and mandated to lead. were they brainwashed by peter? a highly likely assumption could be, all imr pi’s are under a siba-spell, thus with dazed minds and dumbed tongues albeit with epithets of senior research fellow or unit/section head. aren’t their silence deafening!?

    • Mangibloples
      January 23, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Actually there are not many senior expat researchers left at PNGIMR. Most ‘unit heads’ are rather young and inexperienced postdocs, and their turnover rate is accelerating. And you are right, most are horror-stricken but tied up in 4-5 year contracts after which they leave. The very few that stay are opportunistic to the Siba regime. I would not expect much help from this corner. PIs who are based overseas won’t jeopardize their involvement in the projects…so you don’t need to expect any help from there either.

      As it has been said, it is a case for the law, nothing should be ‘uttered with dignitiy’, from within the IMR you can’t plead with this man! A formal investigation should be initiated to check whether the allegations are true. It is a normal process in research institutes all over the world, that books are audited regularly by independent reviewers. If these reviewers find that everything is in order then Peter Siba deserves an apology. But of course we all know that nothing is in order there and accounting is a huge mess. This huge mess will make it even harder to pinpoint Siba as the main perpetrator but this would be the correct process and hopefully at least some of the misconduct could be traced that way.

      • Whistleblower_advocate
        January 26, 2014 at 11:13 pm

        Good points!

  37. Lamborgini
    January 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Whistleblow, the expat PI’s are aware of it but they can’t do anything in PNG or else like you said their visas taken away. I know they really value the research projects going on in PNG. They spend so much time and effort writing grants for those studies. I’m glad that you have written a blog on this. Ol wantoks lets keeping talking about this nationwide and get more awareness to outside IMR…Off course, investigating is necessary and its about time, he may have to be replaced.

  38. ignass
    January 24, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Mangiibloples hit the bulls eye. Case western were threatened to have their project with imr affected if val siba is not considered, in fear of that, they manipulated the system to have the director’s son in to save their project. Training committee is just a rubber stamp.Transparency & on merit? Monalisa kas would know the answer:-). Transparency & merit should not b used, it makes no sense & is not applicable in this case. Over to you scholars, intellects & right thinking pngeans.

    • witchDokta
      February 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Couldn’t agree more. Yu tu hitim bullseye stret!!!

  39. Richard Tumun
    January 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Need evidences to qualify allegations….IMR under Prof.Siba has done alot for PNG in the past..It is not worth it to defame a senior citizen and professional as such…Please reserve your comments until proven otherwise….;)

    • ignas
      January 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Richard, are you blind? Why are you so irrational? What makes you think Siba needs to be praised for his corrupt deeds?

  40. Pinky
    January 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Oh shit, people please find better things to do!… Just go through the right channel and investigate! I think youguys have said enough already. Otherwise em still the Director of the Institute and I dont think any of your nice explained and structured “ESSAYS” is going to do anything!…. Yupla waistaim time ya!… Blari Back stabbers!…. Whistle blower, WHISTLE BLO YU NO LIKLIK!

    • Whistleblower
      January 25, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Pinky, all your offensive language just goes to show how small you think. By the way, thank you for the compliment about our well structured essays. You have just encouraged us to keep going until something is done about this case of widespread corruption at PNGIMR!

    • Mangibloples
      January 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      If you have nothing to say, you don’t need to participate in the discussion. If you think that it is a waste of time to read the posts then why do you read them? Because in reality you do find it interesting what people have to say. And really, actually there is nothing better to do for people working at IMR than to participate in this discussion since this is the most important problem of the Institute – think, you could maybe even get a pay raise from all that misappropriated money. Is there a reason why IMR salaries are so low while the boss is jetting around the globe without purpose? As for offensive language: You may as well pull that pipette out of your behind and join the cause. If you know what the ‘right channels’ are then please enlighten us. Obviously it is not the IMR Council.

  41. Pamela Toliman
    January 24, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Whistleblower: Even if your intentions are sincere, the anonymity of message boards such as this, only serve as a forum for mud-flinging. Why don’t you state all your concerns in writing and address Professor Sir Isi Kevau and the IMR Council? And don’t forget to include your name.

    • Mangibloples
      January 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Well, the simple answer to that is that if anyone within the IMR would openly state these concerns, and may it be in the most polite way and in writing to the IMR council, that person would be sacked immediately.
      We have seen it happen before, you have seen it happen before. So spare us your ill-meant advice because you know better than that, Pamela. The only reason we are having this discussion anonymously is that it is the only way to talk about these things these days if you are at PNGIMR. The sad thing about it is: This is how far things have come at PNGIMR, employees are afraid to openly voice their justified concerns. Afraid to loose their jobs. BTW, nobody is really doing any mud-flinging here, except for the vehement supporters of the Siba-regime. Its normally what people do when they run out of arguments….they start screaming at the opposite side.

      • Whistleblower
        January 25, 2014 at 12:51 am

        Thank you Mangibloples for responding on our behalf, I couldn’t have said it better.

        With that aside, now Pamela….as a friend of yours I kindly request that you stop and think about all these. We can’t keep pretending that everything is going well at the IMR, and you don’t have to feel that you need to please Peter Siba for him to strongly recommend you for a PhD this year. You are entitled to it because you already have a masters degree, and you have served IMR long and well. These are some of his corrupt practices that we are fighting against……threatening and holding back his support if he feels that you are not on his side. Most people at the IMR like you are working well, except him. He has been abusing his position especially over the last 5 years. So please think about it, it’s a worthy cause… and join us in our quest to expose corruption at PNGIMR.

  42. delanwanii
    January 24, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I just wrote to apologize to the Sibas and the general public that all the imformation enclosed about prof siba was a collection a ideas and imformation which i was part of. The so call whistle blowers are penias brown, former PiH worker and kotu, former HR at madang, yagaum. They should know who i am because i was someone whom they asked for some imformation considering prof siba some weeks back, unfortunately i dd not help them. I know we will be still be caught one day. Anyway, again my apology to prof siba and your family, and those of you your names are mentioned in this. All the imformation are not true indeed, penias and kotu just wanted to manipulate the director’s good name. thank you..

    • Lamborgini
      January 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      hahaha (you apologized) tupla man ya manipulate lo we..mipla olgeta save ya…

    • Mangibloples
      January 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Seriously, please don’t defame anyone here.What if its not the people you mention? Why the witch-hunt? By the way, I would be interested what exactly it was that you apologized for to the Sibas? Was it for being brave enough to try and help to expose the truth? As far as I can see you have done nothing wrong except for trying to sell out some people to save your own skin because you got cold feet. If you mention their names, why not mention yours as well? And think about it, what did these two people do wrong? All they try to do is expose the truth. And you helped them find facts and courage to do so. So be proud of it and don’t apologize!

    • Histidine
      January 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Delanwanii… You sound so confused & scared. Didn’t the facts appeal some logic and sense into your defuddled brain? Blaming innocent people won’t help anything.

      People see. THIS AN EXAMPLE OF PNGIMR STAFFS WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH & FACTS, BUT IS STILL IN DENIAL. Delanwanii is trying to protect his/her job, but the fact of the matter is that, everyone will loose their job if we keep on letting Peter Siba ran around like that.
      We’re speaking out so people in responsible positions will address this issue – so everyone can still have their jobs.

      There are already budget cuts as we speak – from AusAid, ExxonMobil & our PNG Gov’t. The future of the institute is not safe anymore in the hands of Peter Siba.

      This is a movement & it will not stop until we weed out corruption & save PNGIMR.

  43. Histidine
    January 24, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Firstly, I would like to say thankyou to the Whistleblower and others for exposing these ongoing corruption. This is the pain of PNGIMR.

    To our observers, let me confirm that these allegations are TRUE. I can’t believe that some IMR staffs are actually supporting Siba’s actions – and denying it! Shame on you Immuno, Pamela Toliman & others. (O yes, tanks Immuno for authenticating Siba’s nepotism allegations).

    Siba’s globetrotting alone has consumed so much money in the Institute, and also he is never in the office to attend to key issues – no wonder the search of the missing 5 are still pending.

    Peter Siba needs to hand in his resignation – ASAP. Why? Because you have failed PNGIMR and the future of medical research in PNG. You are the leader of a research institution. Where are your research projects? What have you brought in? Nothing.

    Let me ask the IMR Council. On what grounds have you agreed to extend Siba’s contract for another term? If you’re a member of the council, I dare you to explain to the employee’s of PNGIMR and its collaborators and partners and PNG. I blame you for being ignorant and treating PNGIMR unconscientiously.

    It is time the PNGIMR employees rally together to remove this self centred, unproductive, opportunistic person. We need to act now.

  44. Whistleblower_advocate
    January 25, 2014 at 12:37 am

    imr staff wake up! if you know ‘save tambuim sik’ (knowledge prevents disease) then consider ‘save tambium sik korapsen!’ (knowledge prevents the corruption disease). it’s no longer benign but malignant! why be silent of things that matter. if not you then who? if not now then when? why whingeing and whining down the imr corridors or within your clique day-in, day-out? at imr, it’s inevitable to being ostentatious in front of peter and his cohorts but you can’t do that your whole imr career right? let’s make this little pond of discussions ripple via the socialsphere leaving online imprints as well as in papua new guinea’s daily newspapers. any keyboard warriors in our midst?

  45. ignas
    January 25, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Thank you Pacific Family Health blog for picking up this story. We encourage others including the daily newspapers and social media to spread the story far and wide until something is done about it.

  46. Dram
    January 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Mosquito resorting to offensive language goes to show that he has a mosquito brain. Please argue diplomatically and not personally.

  47. Niglbii
    January 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Just out of curiosity, (by the way Iam not taking any sides here simply because I do not have any hard facts) can someone, esp. those within IMR circles, tell us the interested public if Prof Siba normally take (or send) our young scientists along to his numerous overseas trips to present their scientic papers. That will be the ideal avenue to expose our PNG reasearch scientists beacuse they forever hijack the PNG Medical Symposium with dermographical studies and very few real scientific studies such as genetic researches.

    • Mangibloples
      January 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      The answer is that young PNG scientists are rarely sent overseas and most certainly not to accompany Peter. If they would be allowed to accompany Peter to international conferences they would quickly find out that Peter actually does not really attend these conferences. Yes, he goes to the city were the conference is held but he never gives any presentations or, and that is even worse, he never attends any presentations given by others either. He goes to the city where the conference is….disappears for the duration of the conference (nobody knows what he does, maybe sightseeing)…and then travels away again. I know it sounds absolutely crazy but, believe it or not, its true! And many overseas collaborators know this. And bear in mind, the man doesn’t fly Economy 🙂 Welcome to reality.

  48. BULLET
    January 26, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Obviously, delanwanii is a fat liar. your illogical comments have shown that your comments are based on fairy tales. at first you mentioned that you were part of the compilation of all these allegations and towards the end of your “”apology”” you said you refused to help penias and kotu. you are all mixed up and obviously you are someone who just wants to tarnish the reputation of innocent people as a way of payback (how childish). the real whistleblower is still out there (probably laughing at you). you picked the wrong guys..hahahaha..i suggest you work for some more years with the institute to improve you research and writing skills. without no doubt you are one of those who were employed from the streets and is now having a free ride in one of pngs world class institute. SORI TUMAS TRAIM GEN.

  49. Whistleblower
    January 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Ladies and gentleman,

    I think we have now established beyond doubt that there is widespread corruption at PNGIMR so I would like to now lead us through our next phase of discussion. Never mind about the little minded supporters of Peter Siba, they will always be a distraction often with offensive language and poor arguments in poorly written ‘essays.’ So please remain focused on our main task and that is to expose corruption and bring this to the attention of relevant authorities
    Our next most important discussion would be to help the PNGIMR council decide on Peter Siba’s replacement. Before we start this process, I need to highlight to you the importance of this.

    Firstly, Peter Siba’s contract will expire in a few months time. Secondly, we have had reliable information from Goroka that the man will be contesting the 2017 national election for the Sumkar Open seat. Why is this important to our fight? Well, the answer is very simple. It explains why the man has been spending so much time and pumping IMR resources ……projects, car, boat, building his private mansion, and even motorbikes and bikes under the name of the PIH project into Karkar- simply to make his presence felt well ahead of the 2017 elections. That is why we have to replace him ASAP. If the IMR council makes the BIGGEST MISTAKE in the history of the IMR by not replacing him, then IMR will go to waste as the man will increase pumping IMR’s limited resource into Karkar for his own personal motives.

    So having exposed this, let’s get back to our discussion. Who do you think the IMR council should appoint to replace Siba ASAP? Firstly, because the position of the direction has been nationalised, obviously it will have to go to a national. Secondly, from past experiences, the IMR council would prefer to appoint someone from within IMR with a PhD. I think the obvious candidate now would be Dr William Pomat since the others are mostly young hands or older hands but yet to obtain their PhDs.

    It it now open for discussion but please if you want to contribute to this discussions, do so with respect as we are now naming innocent people with integrity. I’m sorry we have to do this but the aim is to get the IMR council to ACT since there is no other way of doing this despite what every support of the Siba-regime says. Over to you.

    • Concerned
      January 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      For next director, if IMR is lucky they will find someone within the organisation, otherwise a lot of good ones have left already.

      BTW, there was a presentation in a melbourne recently which Peter Siba & another researcher (not part of IMR) attended.
      Peter Siba’s presentation was more like begging the outside world for funding while the other PNG participant stole the show with excellent medical research presentation.

      Maybe that person could make a better director, because she has also started sending her team of young scientists on work attachment in Australia.

      Tingting blong Skelim..

      • Konnie
        January 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm

        Concerned……it’s a pity to hear this because IMR currently has some outstanding up and coming young scientists who are not just good presenters but actually publishing numerous papers as leading authors in world-renowned medical journals who could have easily done a better job than the man himself. Unfortunately, the man goes to EVERY meeting even when it’s not in his field and he has no idea what they are talking about. That’s the reason why his presentation was very poor.

    • Histidine
      January 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      The IMR Council must critically assess the credentials of the next director of PNGIMR.

      The next director must be someone who has proven to manage research projects and also have the experience of successfully securing grants & funding. We don’t want a manager but a scientific researcher who can humbly lead by example.

      As I have observed. More money and resources has been spent on Administrative activities and less on the actual business of IMR – which is research.

      Also, it’ll be wiser if the application for the next director is open to potential candidates outside the PNGIMR. Let me assure the Council, that nepotism has become a culture in this institution. The two current deputies are no exception. Therefore, I strongly recommend someone – a national – outside of PNGIMR, either within the country or overseas.

    • Whistleblower_advocate
      January 26, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      fyi, some external imr council members’ contacts (via public available sources & close contacts): (1) prof. tefuarani (ntefuarani@gmail.com or ntefuarani@yahoo.com.au), (2) prof. kevau (isi.kevau@gmail.com, ihkevau@daltron.com.pg or ihkevau@digicelpacific.blackberry.com) (3) prof. vince (johnvince@gmail.com), (4) prof. griffin (frankg@upng.ac.pg or fkgriffin@gmail.com), (5) prof. mel (melm@uog.ac.pg or michael_mel@yahoo.com), (6) dr. onagi (onagig@uog.ac.pg) and (7) papua new guinea health secretary (health.sec@health.gov.pg, or Pascoe_kase@health.gov.pg).

    • witchDokta
      February 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      PNG’s home-grown talent DR. MOSES LAMAN, MD (PHD candidate) is an upcoming potential in the next few years. He has coordinated and performed multiple clinicopathological studies, paediatric patient-care, microbiological investigations, post-mortem investigations, data analysis and significantly contributed to over 20 publications in world-renowned medical journals during a severe childhood illness project at Modilon hospital (2007-2010). Now that’s what we call a TRUE CLINICAL SCIENTIST!!! No play up 🙂

  50. Mangibloples
    January 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Well again, I think if this doesn’t get into the mainstream media like Post Courier or National, absolutely nothing will happen. Another possibility would be to write a petition to Sam Koim and the anti-corruption task force to investigate the allegations. So if anyone has connections, now would be a good time to use them.

  51. Mangibloples
    January 26, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    A link to this blog is now also on the facebook group ‘sharp talk’

  52. Niglbii
    January 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    The 3 million kina Tuberculosis project undertaken by IMR and funded by Exxon mobil has been ceased abruptly this year by Exxon Mobil! Can someone within IMR hierachy explain for that?

  53. Trust Trust
    January 27, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Whistle blower… png is a democratic conutry and prof.siba has all the right in the world to contest the 2017 national election if he wants to. You do not have any right to tok about that. And about his going, coming, doing and staying in karkar island that is also non of you business. Pliss yu go wessss…….

    And Prof. Siba if he wish to contest the general election he will because he is well connected both the opposition and the government. So liklik man, yu inap.

    About the address for the IMR council members, i will not be surprised if all the allegations sent will end up in the recycle bin unread. Prof. Siba have been working with those IMR council members for more than 12 years, and they know Prof. Siba inside out. They are now smiling and laughing about all the non-sense and false allegations which whistle blower has brought about.

    All in all, Prof. Siba will be the director of PNGIMR for the third term, so whistle blower if you wish to replace Prof. Siba, STOP COMPLAINING na skul strong.. hehehe………. As the name says it all (TRUST TRUST), if Prof. Siba is replaced then good on you, PNG will salute you, whistles blower.

    Finally, you can say and do whatever you wish but the man will still be the Director, Third term mi tok…. TRUST TRUST…. TROOOOOOOHHHHHHH……..

    • Wail Oh!
      January 28, 2014 at 8:25 am

      We need the IMR Council Members or some other relevant independent investigation team to confirm or deny these allegations before we continue on with our arguments on both sides, very interesting issue!

    • Konnie
      January 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Trust…..No one is talking about democratic rights here. We know PNG is a democratic country. We are talking about using PNGIMR’s resources to campaign for Siba’s 2017 general elections. THAT’S CORRUPTION!!!!!!! Go and use your own resources if you want to campaign ahead of the 2017 national elections!!!!

    • Lamborgini
      January 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Trust Trust, inap lo benefit lo Siba scheme na fight the corruption.

  54. Trust Trust
    January 28, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Konnie….Have you been to Karkar Island? Do you have prove, evidence, photos of Prof. Siba using PNGIMR`s resources to campaign for the 2017 general election?? or did Prof. Siba tells you in the face that he will contest the 2017 general election???

    Mate stop looking for ways to spoil Prof. Siba`s good name. By the way, Prof. Siba is not from Karkar Island if you do not know, he is a Morobean and if he wish to contest the 2017 general election, he will contest the Bulolo Open site but he son is the current member for Bulolo so I do not think he is contesting either.

    Lamboii…. I do not think this is a true fight for corruption therefore I will never ever join that fight. All these are PURE jealous, you people are unproductive, nothing good to do in life and start interfering and spoiling good names of productive people like Prof. Siba. Lamboii if you wanna fight true corruption, write your full name on a white banner and walk the street of Goroka town, start at the main market, go up to the police startion straight down Bintango, turn right to the new papindo svs way, to the airport up police station again and go down all the way to Kama. I will definitely join you with all my supporters and that will be a true fight for corruption.

    If you cannot do that, mate this is just waste of time. No one on earth will ever listen to you people, therefore nothing will happen. So try to do other things and be more productive like Prof. Siba na maski lo gossip na J-less planti lo em. You people will never be like Prof. Siba and be who he is today.

    By the way, I do not think Prof. Siba will contest the 2017 general election. These are all rumours going on so stupid people like Konnie can draw conclusion na J-less planti. Prof. Siba will still be a PROFESSIONAL SCIENTIST and the EXCLUSIVE DIRECTOR of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical research until he retires.

    …………..so ba umi lusim olsem coz em nogat nadla rot ken lo ksm………..

    • Mangibloples
      January 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Mate….if PNG is a democratic country then official representatives are liable to the public…Not the other way around…That’s what ‘democratic means: Liability to the public. Don’t you get it? No one is jealous of Peter, who is neither productive, professional or in any way ‘exclusive’ 🙂 People are sick and tired of the filthy game that is being played.

      Sadly enough it is true that, as you say, the IMR council is corrupt and would laugh and throw any petitions in the bin. As you say, they know each other ‘inside and out’ and have kissed each others asses for long enough. This is why the IMR council needs to be overridden in this matter. They are not objective.

      Who cares if Peter wants to contest for election? Let him. Right here and now he is misappropriating funds that could be salaries, research money, treatment courses, scholarships- think about it next time you have to bring one of your kids to the hospital and there is no medicine. That is called a crime. Tomorrow he will do it again, right in front of you, shameless and self-righteous he will take money that is no his to spend. That is the only thing that matters. Nobody gossips here. And you may be right, nothing may come from this. But at least these comments will help us to remember what an ignorant, hypocritical, underachieving and internationally embarrassing character this man really is.

    • Whistleblower
      January 28, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      Trust trust you sound like an illogical person that doesn’t know why he’s supporting Peter Siba.

      Konnie, Lamborgini, Mangibloples and friends, don’t believe the con man. In fact Prof Sir Isi Kevau (chairman of the IMR council) didn’t throw our letter requesting an investigation of this allegations into the bin as proudly suggested by the man who completely trusts Peter-Siba-For-Nothing. Professor Kevau has replied with a cc to the Health Secretary, President of the Medical Society and Senior Council members. Hahaha…. Trust Trust go slip… and start accepting this as the beginning of your defeat with more to come. Read below:

      “Dear ……….., I acknowledge receiving your email and its contents. The Council will be meeting very soon: there the concerns raised by you and others will be discussed and a way forward will then be determined. You will know about the Council’s direction in due course.

      Professor Sir Isi Kevau
      Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, UPNG
      A/Chairman, PNGIMR Council”

      • Ignas
        January 29, 2014 at 12:29 am

        Thank you Prof Sir Isi Kevau, health secretary and IMR council members. The staff of IMR have suffered long enough. Enough is enough! We look forward to hear about your investigations.

        Well done whistleblower. You kilim paiya blong trust trust nating stret. Em yet mekim noise nating stap na yu kam isi na kilim paiya blong em.

      • Whistleblower_advocate
        January 29, 2014 at 3:59 am

        kudos whistleblower! and thank you prof. kevau! we can’t wait to buy the book, “siba-from hero to zero!” now what would its sequels be?

      • Mangibloples
        January 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

        Yes!!!!! I can’t believe it! Will justice finally be served?

      • Lamborgini
        January 29, 2014 at 11:30 am

        Thanks Whistleblower

      • witchDokta
        February 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        Whistleblower respect mahn!!! Yumi wetim maus bilong ol nau.

    • Lamborgini
      January 29, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Trust Trust said “Prof. Siba will still be a PROFESSIONAL SCIENTIST” mdll haha …you don’t know the definition of that…If I’m wrong, please, go ahead and list them down, his past/current scientific projects, the number of his studies, grant applications (what % he contributed), how many papers he wrote as a first author (which basically means those are his own projects), what percentage he contributed to writing/editing someone else’s scientific article. Mate, I read word by word. And if you haven’t read the comments mentioned above (by Whistleblower) of several organisations “ceasing their support or cutting their 2014 budget altogether due to improper acquittals”, we would like to know what went wrong there? Investigations and audits have to be done by professionals…………scientist…..

  55. wafankulo
    January 29, 2014 at 4:09 am

    its a great shame for you whistleblower to come up with such a baseless, with no true grounds and evidence to bluff so much..whom do you think you gonna fool into fall into your deception….?? if you think you are intellectual enough and knew more than any other person who have been with IMR for >20 years, get up and follow the protocols to prove that you are right…IMR administration has an unbeatable reputation and will still be..its a shame to do personal attack on person i for one respect and adore together with the institution….whistle blower, get your facts right and prove me wrong…. good luck and i hope you do not collapse whistling hard ….best of luck..

    • Whistleblower_advocate
      January 29, 2014 at 4:38 am

      do we need a ‘reading & comprehension’ class? or face reality & fight corruption now!!! what’s on the fight-list, i mean playlist? elvis’s ‘it’s now or never’ or eminem’s ‘i’m not afraid’?

    • Dram
      January 29, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Wafankulo, you already gave your self up by saying you are adoring him, Prof Siba. Thats why you will be blinded by your adoring culture that you won’t or rather refuse to know whats happening outside your box, better still even if you do know something you will just ignore or defend it . Please take a neutral stand like most of us and allow relevant aurhorities to prove your idol innocent. IMR will still be around when we are all gone!
      Thankyou Prof Sir Isi Kevau, a no non-sense and noble man, for coming in to address this issue of grave concern. The majority of us outside of IMR do not have anything personnel against Prof Siba but take these allegations seriously and want that to be investigated and a verdict be made before we can start commenting like Dr. Michael Dokup from Mt. Hagen Hospital said. At the moment we are praying that IMR council will do something about it as a matter of urgency. Prof Siba deserved to be respected for earning the Director’s post and for the work he has done but the allegations are dead serious also and he needs to face that and prove himself innocent..

      • wafankulo
        January 31, 2014 at 7:43 am

        This is my stand….all I want is for you guys to prove fme wrong..??

  56. ceejaycool
    January 29, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Whistle blower and everyone who claims to be fighting corruption at IMR, you are all COWARDS! you simply do not have the guts to approach those you are accussing and tell them in the face and infront of others what they have done wrong! Nothing stays hidden forever, our deeds will eventually surface.

    • Dram
      January 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Ceejaycool, you may be right but the magnitude of the allegations is such that an independent body is needed here to look into this. Approaching each other to solve this will not work. It is like telling two rugby teams to play without a referee!

    • Whistleblower_advocate
      January 30, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      guess the discussion about puissant peter has piqued one’s curiosity, interest and support. thank you for your sentiments. keeps the local and global audience amused as i’m also enjoying this pain perdu and latte!

      • wafankulo
        January 31, 2014 at 2:19 am

        wow…you putting too much fancy words in your writing which does not make sense at all…shame on you…I asked my friends from Spain and they say, there is a lot of nuisance does not make any meaning…. keep blowing till you collapse… mind you that what you doing is a criminal offense and you will surely pay for it…go read chapter 293 of the organic law of the independent state of papua new guinea…good luck..!!

      • Whistleblower_advocate
        January 31, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        one man’s meat is another man’s poison – posts are either trash or treasure from one’s perception. let’s agree to disagree. quoting mangibloples, “nothing may come from this. but at least these comments will help us to remember what an ignorant, hypocritical, underachieving and internationally embarrassing character this man [peter siba] really is.” “livin’ la vida loca” 🙂 epistat’s got a good point below!

    • Mangibloples
      January 31, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      I know quite a few people at IMR who got sacked without Peter Siba ever approaching them or giving any reasons. The orders just ‘came from above’ Therefore, spare us your waffling, people here have good reasons to speak up. And what are you trying to do? Scare people into not saying the truth? Is criticising Peter Siba something like a sacrilege these days? Are we going to be punished for it at the gates of heaven, when ‘all our deeds eventually surface’? Or what do you mean? Would you like to punish us instead? Burn us at the stake for heresy against the almighty Peter? Come on CJCool! Don’t you see how ridiculous your statement is? Be cool.

    • witchDokta
      February 8, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      CJC it does take guts and courage to speak out against corruption. Yu yet ting olsem wonem???

  57. EpiStat
    January 30, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Has IMR scientists/investigators/statisticians/econometricians, PNG Medical Professionals (esp. Public Health Experts), and even Exxon Mobil’s Health Advisors and Consultants ever wondered WHY “Karkar” (Madang) was chosen as one of the ‘Control’ sites for comparison to the ‘Impact’ site Hiri district (Port Moresby) or Hides (Tari)? It would be very interesting to know “how” and “why” Karkar was chosen. Hopefully it wasn’t ‘selection bias’ (highly likely), which would result in distorted research outcomes. Lead researchers should scientifically justify this. Controls MUST fulfill all the ‘eligibility criteria’ defined for clinical cases apart from those relating to diagnosis of a disease. In case-control studies controls should represent the “POPULATION” from which the cases are drawn right? The PNG public need IMR and EXXON MOBIL to objectively state their rationale as it might have relevance to this topic of discussion. Please refrain from name-calling and personal attacks. Let’s discuss this concern objectively with constructive criticisms. IMR Scientists are well-equipped with critical analysis skills so spill the beans 🙂

    • wafankulo
      January 31, 2014 at 7:26 am

      EpiStat…I quote what you stated “In case-control studies controls should represent the “POPULATION” from which the cases are drawn right?” what a biased study that would be in scientific reasoning…you just violated the simple logic.do you know the Y predictor for that study..??..shame on you… read more on wikipedia before fooling others… here is the link..please take time to read…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case-control_study

      • Mangibloples
        January 31, 2014 at 9:59 pm

        Thank you very much for enlightening us with your Wikipedia based knowledge. It really shows what a great scientist you must be. The question is not whether the Karkar population is suitable (pretty much all PNG populations would be suitable as control populations…highlands, islands whatever as long as the incidence of the target diseases is different from the study site) So yes….Karkar is suitable. But why was it chosen instead of well established other sites that could have served the same purpose without investing a lot of money to establish a new site? Its a bit of a mystery. And therefore EpiStats concerns are justified. Its complete nonsense to establish a Karkar site just for this reason…spending lots of money for something that could have simply been done in an established IMR site.

      • EpiStat
        February 1, 2014 at 10:30 am

        Wafankulo, thank you for your input, however, please address the problem NOT the person! The question still stands – WHY was Karkar chosen as a study site? Karkar’s on an island, however, Hiri and Tari are on mainland PNG and at different altitudes. The local population, culture and socio-economic factors are variables that need to be considered. Did leading investigators ‘subjectively’ chose Karkar out of convenience or SCIENTIFIC reasoning? Scientific research begins with questions, consequently a hypothesis – a question a researcher can test using scientific methods and most importantly the study has to be designed well and is statistically sound and at the end of the day, researchers are confident of the outcomes. These outcomes lead to formulation of public health policies and delivery of essential health services to the population.

      • EpiStat
        February 1, 2014 at 10:56 am

        Mangibloples, thank you for your input.

  58. ceejaycool
    January 31, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    stop hidding behind your computers and throwing spears like scary mice…Mangibloples you sounded like you are scared of Peter Siba and what he may do if he’s been critisized…whistle blowing comes with taking risks and whistle blowers are willing to take the risks, are you?

    • Mangibloples
      February 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Of course I’m scared of Peter. I believe he has got serious mental health issues, the unpredictable mood changes and irrational, erratic behaviour are the symptoms (and that twitch?….know what I’m talking about?). He also drinks a lot and smokes too much, which is embarrassing for the primary representative of a national medical research institute….and the buai….seriously? Therefore, no thanks, I won’t tell you my name.

  59. wafankulo
    February 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Mangibloples…I am sending you this wikipedia link as it is plain simple for you a starter to get you started with…because all you guys are basing your comments and accusations in a wikipedia manner…shame shame shame

    • Mangibloples
      February 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Man…I’m not sending you links to sites with English lessons although you may require training there….but thank you very much for educating me. EpiStat seems to know what he is talking about….so why don’t you try to take his comments and concerns seriously for a change. If you have a good explanation why Karkar needed to be established as a site for this project, then share it with us, instead of insulting us. If you explain it well we may understand.

    • Anti-wafankulo
      February 5, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      wafankulo you can’t even explain the link and its contents… wikipedia manner??? because they know how to reason and discuss their points not…”shame shame shame”. is that all you can say??? 🙂

  60. Lamborgini
    February 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    ceejaycool…”Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people”… 🙂

    • Mangibloples
      February 1, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Wait a minute….aren’t we discussing people? o.O Lambo, Lambo, Lambo….sometimes I wonder who’s side you are on 🙂 Have a great day!

  61. Whistleblower
    February 1, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Mangbloples, Whistleblower_advovate, Lambo and their friends are discussing great ideas and when they talk about people, it is only in response to those questioning them……. But it is obvious to all of us that Ceejaycool and Wafankul are the mosquito brains that Lambo is referring to…hehehe.

    Once again thanks Prof Sir Isi Kevau for stepping in. We look forward to hear the outcome of your meeting!!

    • wafankulo
      February 4, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Haha haha…whistleblower…shame on you and best of luck in your dirty, shallow and never ending journey of spoiling others….sit down and recollect your responses…it is 100% similar to someone with bipolar and mania disorders combined…….laloki is the best place for you and your followers..

      • Mangibloples
        February 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

        At least we have reasonable arguments. The only arguments coming from your side are ‘shame on you’ and random insults. Both don’t seem very valid to me.

      • Anti-wafankulo
        February 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        Poor wafankulo! She’s lost for vocabulary and constructive criticisms and can’t even justify her stupid “shame on you” hahaha wafankulo your mind’s messed up. Mangibloples you have my support 🙂

  62. Whistleblower
    February 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks Epistat also for your great insight!

  63. Tokstret
    February 4, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Bosman pita wokim samting stret na tokaut. Kol pis maski. Bot bilong IMR lo karkar igat nem blo pikinini blo pita siba yet i pas lo em. Dispela 225 hos pawa karabau blo solwara tu i pulap long ol tambuman blo pita yet. Skipa em barata bilong meri blo em na olgeta femali blo meri tu laik lo papa lo disla bot. 3pela o 4pela man nambaut i wok lo bot na olgeta stap lo IMR peirol. Plis oh! em bot blo pita na ol tambu blo em o bot blo IMR? Bot tu save sua long haus dua blo meri blo pita. Meri blo pita igat haus lo karkar na madang tu. Gel tromoi tokpisin em bot bai ron sapos nogat em bai nogat. Mama oh! disla bai IMR painim 6 rot nau. Ol wantok yupla skelim na tokstret. Pilai pilai maski. Plis rausim faul faul wantok sistem blo pita na pita long IMR!

    • Lamborgini
      February 4, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Lukim nau despela..wafankulo na ceejaycool nabaut ya istap lo sistem blo pita so ignorim comments blo ol..Whistleblower, do you know when the meeting of the council will take place? Also, report this observation to them if you can.

      • wafankulo
        February 5, 2014 at 1:09 am

        Lamborgini…..prove me wrong..?? best of luck..!!

      • Anti-wafankulo
        February 5, 2014 at 5:55 pm

        wafankulo prove you wrong??? come on girl are you serious??? 🙂

      • Lamborgini
        February 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

        despela wafankulo ya em bebe …hehe 😀 olsem na em ino gat vocabulary … 😀 😀 😀 stap isi na yumi wetim disisen blo IMR kansel…

  64. DeeKave
    February 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Guilty until proven innocent!

    • DeeCaf
      February 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Innocent until proven guilty!

      • witchDockta
        February 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

        Dude make up your mind and proof-read before you press enter LOLs! This is not FB where you can edit or delete your post after it was posted…MDLL

  65. Apo
    February 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    The content on argument has reduced greatly from helpful/meaningful discussion to accusation, calling names and using of abusive language and that is not formal/professional.

    I know the Council has yet to make a decision as to what action they will take regarding this issue. Have you provided enough discussion for the council to asses in order for an amicable solution can be decided upon? Have you provided a range of options or opinions for the council to see as alternatives to the current appointment which seem to be a problem? Most importantly, through your discussions, did you really identify the real problem in the institute?

    Let me give you a head start.

    If the council is going to order an investigation into allegation of corruption or misappropriation they will find nothing because the director strictly operates by the books, meaning
    – The equipments bought have a purpose and are receipted and are used for work purpose
    – His duty travels are legitimate and are well receipted
    – His decisions have formal documentation of warrant as evidence and are in line with IMR operations
    – He is well aware of the policies and so cannot deviate from the policies of the institution

    The director will be smiling all the way through the investigation.

    The real problem in the institution is that during his time of appointment as the Director, he was no successful in securing major funding or projects. The current existing projects may be the last ones and there are no signs of new projects.

    – Can someone explain why/how?
    – How can the institution attract new funding / Projects?

    Like I said, there is no misappropriation, may be conflict of interest but Peter is doing everything by the books.

    The only problem is that he was not able to secure funding / new projects during his appointment as the director. Let this be the main issue in discussion and the one that the council must look into

    That’s the problem !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mangibloples
      February 7, 2014 at 8:21 am

      I agree, the so-called discussion is not very constructive anymore. We have outlined the problems. The other side has no arguments and resorts to shouting, insults and threats. So lets stop here for now and await what the IMR council will do. I doubt they will be objective enough to initiate a transparent investigation by an external statutory auditor. Imagine such an audit report would fall into the hands of something like AusAid! You could kiss your funding goodbye for a long time.

      No, Peter hasn’t attracted new projects and we have elaborated in previous posts why that is so. It comes down to Peter not being capable on the one hand and Peter abusing the system on the other. But there is no need to repeat it again. Let’s wait and see what the council does and aim to transfer the discussion to a more international stage if we think that the investigations are not conducted thoroughly enough.

    • Whistleblower_advocate
      February 7, 2014 at 11:18 am

      if imr staff in the ‘know’ can ‘show’ proof anonymously for now as deliberated, it’ll help the investigation. stakeholders are reading and waiting for an outcome of the imr council meeting as the fate of an investigation could hinge on the outcome. fyi, imr deputy directors for science and support services had stood & are standing in for peter innumerably at scientific meetings to save face. this is grief cause for concern!

      epistat’s concerns are valid. drs hetzel, pulford and gouda are the only few imr staff with ‘epidemiology & biostatistics’ expertise. fyi, imr’s 2006-2011 scientific report is circulating online. specific pi’s can be reached via accessing the publication list and links for specific studies.

    • Apo2
      February 7, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Apo, bro. You are right, the discussion has been reduced to random name calling. Not helpful. You identify one of the key problems, the lack of funding. But you are wrong in what you say before. Both problems are closely connected. The lack of funding (a real budget crisis, to be precise – insiders know that accounts had to borrow money illegitimately from projects to pay staff) is a consequence of Peter not doing his job for a while now. He does not need to be a great scientist for that. What you list, equipments bought for example, has nothing to do with Peter except for Karkar where a lot is in the dark. His overseas trips are not well received. It is a simple fact that on most trips he does not contribute anything where he goes and he brings nothing back. Numerous senior staff even expats and collaborators had to step in to save his face and save the good name of IMR. This are not allegations or rumors, this are facts and many people I know myself have witnessed it. Peter sticks to the policies whenever it does not concern his wantoks. He is strict and harsh when it is not about his wantoks. But he changes IMR rules to get most benefits (see per-diem policy: more per diems for the director than for others. why?) and he bends them when it concerns his wantoks. He gets double or triple paid on his trips. His wantoks have stepped across many boundaries and he intimidates staff not to reveal this. One of the reasons for lack of funding is that overseas collaborators and long term fiends are now reluctant to collaborate with IMR because of bad experiences in the past. They do not trust Peter! Same for AUSAID.
      There are many posts trying to discredit the posters of these truths by calling random names or intimidating people – they don’t realise how they disqualify themselves with this. Why intimidate someone if the story he tells is wrong anyway? If there is nothing, then no need to worry. If you don’t believe the accusations but don’t really know then just keep quiet. Because there are really plenty of people who could testify – only problem is they are afraid of the consequences. Afraid to say the truth this is the culture that Peter has been promoting at IMR. An external audit of Ulo’s books would reveal alot, too. He is the key in the system. Wonder why he is still there despite being so incredibly incabable? So let us hope there will be a serious investigation and let everybody smile while it is happening. The only fear I am having is that an investigation from the council might not lead far – they would have known all this for a long time but what did they do?

      • witchDokta
        February 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

        Apo2 gutpela contribution na info stret!!!

      • Mangibloples
        February 9, 2014 at 11:43 am

        Well said, Apo2! In my opinion you are absolutely correct! Including your concerns about the IMR council..

    • witchDokta
      February 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Apo tenkyu tru long head start bilong yu! But how sure are you that…”the director operates by the books”??? Unless you have some direct accounting knowledge and experience with the director’s dealings? Olgeta mama bilong CASS give-up pinis long director!!! He’s always complaining about the welfare of his own hauslain at IMR 😦 IMHO I think there will be loopholes in the books. Like all crime scenes, something is bound to be overlooked by a killer so if a proper investigation takes place then it might uncover inconsistencies. Liklik kaikai bilong tingting 🙂 Gutpela nait Apo!

    • Noramiso
      March 5, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Apo, please get your facts right. Whom are you trying to fool here. It is very obvious that the Director is hardly in his office in Goroka. 90% + of the time he is traveling. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out the cost on all his travel. Also look at his relatives working in the institution. There is clear Nepotism. Any way I heard through the great vine that there will be an investigation. Hope the truth will come out and this matter can be put to rest

  66. Johnny
    February 6, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Just making things more clear here, Bangan John has been exposed as the major contributor of these personal attacks against the PNGIMR management. He should stop this nonsense and concentrate on his job as a Laboratory Assistant at CPHL in pom.

    He is not fit to become a researcher at IMR. Also not fit to do a MSc or PhD.

    For those others your names are not yet mentioned, you people are closely monitored, sooner something good will happen to you people, do not be surprise. Thank you!

    • Mangibloples
      February 7, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Really now. I thought they were Penias and Kotu? Or maybe not? Looking for scapegoats? Come on Big Brother you can do better than that! Stop accusing random people. And stop twisting the story, there are no personal attacks here. People here are concerned about the future of the IMR. The administration exists only to serve the institute and its employees. Unfortunately the administration seems to have forgotten what its true responsibilities are. If individuals within the administration abuse their power or are not capable to fulfil the requirements of their positions (or both) then they need to be held responsible.

    • Whistleblower_advocate
      February 7, 2014 at 11:13 am

      so now we have a ‘surveillance & response’ system targeting those speaking up against corruption? it’s obvious your system’s using the ‘trial & error’ also known as ‘guess & check’ methodology? your threat is more fuel for our pursuit to purge peter of his dirty deeds!

      • Mangibloples
        February 7, 2014 at 11:45 am

        I know…its shameful. I mean, normally such audits are required by law. And normally the company/institute has to pay itself to contract the auditor. So its nothing very unusual that we request here. And all you get is this weird hatemail. 🙂
        So why not contract an auditing firm from overseas to do these inspections on a 2 year basis? I bet you the books would be in pretty good shape in no time at all.

        Seriously, we seem to have enough money to hire star architects from Australia for buildings never to be built….look at the new site in Madang…is research being conducted there yet?…these are millions wasted!….not thousands….millions!). And you think that is OK?

      • Whistleblower_advocate
        February 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm

        imr madang is a gold digger, sadly to madang’s dedicated and innocent staff’s dismay but our subject’s delight of which funding agencies are swindled of millions of kina/dollars right under their noses! adding to epistat’s concerns, scientist(s) are still traveling from australia to karkar to rectify research setbacks. there must be a ‘gold mine’ at karkar? the takias and waskias are jovial of the health care but it is unfortunate that the populace might have mistaken imr presence as a ‘service provider’ than as a research institute. insiders suggested such feat would be abused as gimmicks for next election. these are rumours or might be reality sooner or later?

    • bj
      February 7, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Yeah! Blame it all on me. I aint afraid of you Johnny girl.

    • bj
      February 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Major contributor to this blog and person attack against the IMR management…Johnny these are serious allegations. My IT buddy will ID you…and so you should seriously think about these allegations.

      Why highlight my name and not even the whistler blowers huh? Yumi yet yah…so PLEASE deletim or apologize. My qualifications and career has nothing to do with this issue. Noken conclude nating nating…hoi diba laugu gabu

    • bj
      February 7, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      @ Johnny the time difference on the blog you posted in relation to the other blogs puts you a day late, 24 hours behind png time…

      You tell me? Whad Up?

      Signing off Bangan JOHN

    • bj
      February 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      @ Johnny girl….tribemen na hauslain blo mi askim yu lo explaining yu yet lo wai yu kolim name blo mi.

      Mipla stap lo Mosbi, Goroka na Karkar…yu tok Johnny?

      Signing off Bangan JOHN

    • Apo2
      February 7, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Pathetic attempt Johnny. Even if it is him or if it is Penias or Kotu or all of them. People here are revealing the truth. What does it have to do with a MSc or PhD?
      So now you are scaring people to speak out the truth what all staff at IMR see with their own eyes? Why? Are you scared? about what?

      • Lamborgini
        February 9, 2014 at 9:45 pm

        exactly Apo2…Johnny seriously, why do you pinpoint people (small mind). The blog here was set up to alert right authorities to investigate IMR and also to make the “corruption” in the institute be known to whole of PNG…By the way, Bangan John has the potential to continue further studies if he chooses…clean that speck of dust in your eye..

    • witchDokta
      February 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Johnny how dare you use Bangan’s name and know that he’s unfit for Post Graduate studies? I’m guessing you are an MD with a PHD and tonnes of clinical practice??? Maski acting olsem liklik meri …sanap olsem pikinini man and argue your case!!!

  67. observer
    February 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Whistle blower you have a very good imitative in bringing this up, but please when you want to discus, please discus those individual and the PNGIMR site {Karkar} that you are targeting.
    Please refrain from generalizing, {IMR Madang is a Gold Digger} when commenting. I must tell you that it is insulting to those hardworking staff, at the same time painting a very bad picture of them to the collaborators and those that they conduct business with.

    • witchDokta
      February 9, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Observer thank you for your observation. Note that PETER’s actions as the director of PNGIMR had never thought of the bad picture he painted whether in Goroka, Madang, Karkar, Wewak or Alotau. Now you are worried about an adjective??? Get in the game and discuss like the APOs. Wake up mate then just reading like a spectator!!!

    • Whistleblower_advocate
      February 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      observer, so i’ll take your post as ‘correction and compliment’? got nothing with political correctness right? join our coterie of anti-corruption advocates! your voice matters. witchdoctor the GD-word is a ‘noun’ and thanks for the support.

    • Mangibloples
      February 9, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      You shouldn’t be insulted by Whistleblower’s post. But Whistleblower needs to tok stret and not get lost in phrases….I think the ‘gold-digger’ was meant more like a compliment. Look… IMR Madang has long been neglected when it comes to financial support from the headquarters in Goroka. Still, IMR Madang produces more research output in the form of published papers then all other IMR sites taken together. This research output is needed to attract external funding. The success in Madang is mostly due to the dedication of the people working there, who work hard despite the fact that they are being neglected. So please, Observer, don’t be offended….Madang is the most high value site of IMR!!!

    • witchDokta
      February 11, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Observer see the BIG picture! Everyone is fighting for the same cause in the midst of all the foolish posts. FYI PNG’s home-grown talent DR. MOSES LAMAN, MD (PHD candidate) is an upcoming potential in the next few years. He has coordinated and performed multiple clinicopathological studies, paediatric patient-care, microbiological investigations, post-mortem investigations, data analysis and significantly contributed to over 20 publications in world-renowned medical journals during a severe childhood illness project at Modilon hospital (2007-2010). Now that’s what we call a TRUE CLINICAL SCIENTIST!!! No play up and he’s from IMR MADANG.

  68. meri island
    February 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Penias brown has gone into hiding after making up false allegation against the imr management. He was almost killed on karkar after he attempted to rape a married female nurse at gaubin hospital. He also got drunk and smashed imr motoorbike in madang and destroyed imr house and he was suspended for 6 months without pay. When he returned to worked he went to pom on field work and was always drunk and womanising. He resigned after been refused accommodation and he immediately got onto the blog to get back at imr.

    • Lamborgini
      February 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Who cares! We are all talking about Peter Siba…Peter Siba the director….duh duh duh

    • Mangibloples
      February 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Womanising….oh my…. Penias Brown, have you been womanising again you bad, bad man? Anyway….forgive me if I am less concerned about that, than about people misappropriating millions of Kina. So stop making Mr. Brown your scapegoat! How dare you? Maybe you should have stayed on your island so the rest of us wouldn’t have to read your rubbish.

  69. waga mero
    February 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I am sorry to find out that bangan john has degraded himself by getting involved in these non factual allegations about the imr management . Johnny must know that banganhas no friends or families in goroka and karkar. He is from port moresby……

    • Mangibloples
      February 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Seriously….I think Bangan made it very clear that he wasn’t involved. So you should believe him and I would recommend that you leave his name out of here. Certain individuals within the IMR management and first and foremost the director himself are guilty, we all know it, everyone reading this blog knows it….lets hope for a fair and independent investigation.

  70. Lamborgini
    February 10, 2014 at 11:02 am

    na yu tu….the topic of discussion is PETER SIBA!!!!!!

  71. trust trust
    February 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    @lamboii…peter siba peter siba ol man give up pinis na tingim rice fish blo meri pikinini blo ol na yu strong yet, lusim..lus tintin son, yu skin hot tru yah, maski lusim… nogat samtin ba kamap tuuu…..

    • Lamborgini
      February 11, 2014 at 8:17 am

      na painim wanpla gutpla director we ino inap threaten life blo ol wokmanmeri na wokim wok stret….mi giv up lo em pinis…Honest…sik sik of him…

    • Lamborgini
      February 11, 2014 at 8:44 am

      oh by the way, Trust Trust, yu tasol wok lo senisim nem o? taim tu ya luk olsem ol post ya em taim blo america ya..:)

    • Mangibloples
      February 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Boi….say is it cold in Cleveland? Too bad the expensive education is wasted on you. You will always stay a knob-head. Trust me when I say that with your level of intelligence and commitment, you have no chance to ever assume a position of responsibility in any research institute in PNG or elsewhere. We will be watching out for your applications 😉

    • witchDokta
      February 11, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Meri ailan, waga mero, trust trust OOPS!!!

  72. Penias Brown
    February 11, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I do not want to talk and argue about garbage and distorted information posted by island meri o man nambaut. as long as i know i am innocent and free i will still always be happy and will still pursue my carrier and still be my best. and my former pih workmates will agree to this. this post and allegations don’t belong to me so i wont be bothered. oh and island meri, FYI mi stap raunraun lo Goroka town stap doing productive work to benefit from and not like you hiding behind your so called “island meri”” name and posting distorted info. i salute both parties in your very constructive discussions and may the best side be successful.

  73. witchDokta
    February 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

    TOKSAVE & SUGGESTION: Olgeta manmeri tokpisin kilim yumi pinis. Nogut yumi westim enegi long ol mauswara na giaman bilong ol die-hard bilong Peter Siba. In the interim while waiting for the IMR Council, can someone (Whistleblower, Whistleblower_advocate, Mangibloples, or the APOs …etc) write a COMMENTARY of the well-laid out arguments going FOR the topic of discussion so we can submit to ALEXANDER RHEENEY Editor of the Post Courier to publish? To maintain privacy and anonymity of the authors, the authors with their pen names can post the commentary here and I can copy-paste-print-post it to Alexander and see what he says. Any FB friends of Alexander on this blog? Taim bilong toktok inap yumi mas showim kala nau!!!

    • observer
      February 11, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      I would like to join u but we does this go. Is any action taken. Or are going to keep arguing.

    • Lamborgini
      February 12, 2014 at 6:52 am

      A good suggestion witchDokta. To observer, its to make our voices be heard louder this time as not many people read such blogs daily. IMR council is supposedly taking action soon that’s what we know. If this goes out there, other authorities may act. Otherwise, its good that public knows about such corruption at PNGIMR, a world-class institute in PNG.

  74. Mangibloples
    February 14, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Ok since nobody is saying anything….I can write the article for the post courier. No problem. Please send suggestions and stuff to mangibloples@gmx.com. We can make this an alternative platform for discussion because it will be easy to block out ‘trust trust’ and consortia…..Looking forward to hear from you.

    • wafankulo
      February 15, 2014 at 3:12 am

      whistleblower handed over to mangibloples…best of luck..!!

      • Whistleblower
        February 15, 2014 at 10:54 am

        Wafankulo, thanks for wishing us best of luck. We’ll bring you and the hand that feeds you down very soon. We don’t think small like you so we’ll stay focused on this worthy task of fighting corruption at PNGIMR.

        Mangibloples check your email inbox. The email that was sent to IMR council chairman, health secretary and the president of the PNG Medical society and other senior council members has been sent to you. You will also see the chairman’s reply that I have posted above.

  75. Ambo
    February 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Professor Doctor Peter Max Siba, BSc PNGUT 1983, Post Graduate Diploma Science (High Distinction) UPNG 1990, PhD Veterinary Microbiology Murdoch University Western Australia 1996. Dr. Siba joined the IMR in 1984, he is the author and co-author of more than 300 national and international conferences and scientific publications. The Director must sue Penias Brown and his friends for defamation after he has been cleared of all his reputable character. They are many witnesses who are willing to testify and confirm that Penias is the whistle blower. The other former and current IMR staff and others should also be identified and sued. I believe that the will be revealed and the good Director’s reputable character will be restored.

    • Lamborgini
      February 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      hahahaha yu lusim ya, Ambo, yu stap we na nau tasol kam giama lo sait blo publication (yes, he produced a thesis and he is a doctor, but did he produced a scientific article from his thesis? the answer is NO..if you are smart, you’d check this out before you said anything but I’m sorry for your lack of education..with regards to 300 national and international publication, Ignas tok pinis.. 🙂

    • Apo2
      February 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Peter Siba has last first-authored a paper in in 1996. No idea how you got to 300 publications but whatever number, as Ignas said, he has no ownership except for being the director and forcing people to put him on. And yea, Imbo, anyone can go and ask him about the publications, you too. See how much he’ll know or understand haha. Same way, he has brought no project funds to PNG, all the money and projects are driven by others and he randomly says yes or no to overseas collaborators wanting to work in PNG. That’s the sad reality.

    • Masalai
      February 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Degrees without substance lol

    • Masalai
      February 17, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      Dumbo why did Peter Siba call an urgent meeting just recently with the IMR staff to warn them not to read this blog??? If he has nothing to hide then why bother??? This is brainwashing at its best!!!

  76. Ignas
    February 16, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Dear Ambo,

    The 300 scientific and conference publications that you are proudly referring to were written by so many other people and not Peter Siba. He abuses his position by threatening to withdraw his support if study investigators who collaborate with PNGIMR leave him out of these papers. That’s why they all put him in. To prove me wrong, please Ambo, post on this website the papers that Peter Siba is the first author on since he became the director (2006- present). The answer is very simple: THERE’S NONE. Don’t you get the message? To our national and international observers, next time you meet Peter, please just pull out any one of these 300 papers and ask him a few questions about it or what his contribution was. I can assure you the man will have no idea what you are talking about.

    • Masalai
      February 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Haha Ambo 🙂

  77. Apo
    February 16, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    who is Penias Brown?? Please post his photo on the blog…..

    • Masalai
      February 17, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Yu wonem kain Apo? Read the above posts of the genuine Apos. Haha yu faul!!!

  78. Imbo
    February 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Dear Ignas,
    this is just pure jealous, you will never ever be a author or a co-author your whole life. Why ask national and international observers to ask Prof. Siba questions about his publications, why don’t you ask Prof. Siba yourself???? or have you asked him already??? You will definitely melt like wax in his eyes.

    • Ignas
      February 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Dear Imbo,

      This is not jealousy but the simple truth.

      Like I’ve said, please Imbo, go ahead and post on this website your father’s first author publications.

      BTW, leave Penias out of this, he has made it very clear that he’s innocent…..And stop changing your name too much to make it look like you have support…hahaha.

    • Masalai
      February 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Ambo, Imbo, Apo yu lusim ya!!! Ignas yu kilim paia bilong yu pinis hahaha!!!!!

  79. Imbo
    February 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Dear Lamboii,
    jeles liklik lo size, you hot stret ye

    • Lamborgini
      February 17, 2014 at 8:34 am

      shhhh inap lo senisim nem nabaut, yu mas pikinini blo em oh or wanpla die hard fan…mi winim em lo sait blo publication 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 and there’s no point to know who I am because stupidity will make you blind to find out…

    • Masalai
      February 17, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Sshh Dumbo yu late bus!!!

  80. Apo
    February 16, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Who is penias brown? Please post his photo on the blog, thank you

    • Lamborgini
      February 17, 2014 at 8:55 am


    • Ignas
      February 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Apo Imbo, maski senisim name tumas. FYI it’s difficult to find Penias’ photo on the internet but it’s very easy to find your father’s. So yu lusim. Sapos yu strong tumas bai mipela postim photo bilong papa blo yu long displa website with all these corruption allegations. Tingting gut na yu toktok. Yu lusim.

    • DRAM
      February 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Post yours first!

    • Masalai
      February 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Ambo-Limbo visit http://www.pngblogs.com/2014/01/another-crook-in-making-nepotism-and.html and see THE photo!!! A great title too huh? ANOTHER CROOK IN THE MAKING. Yu yet nau 🙂

  81. Trust Trust
    February 27, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Paia die olgeta nau ahh??? heheheheheheheheheheheheheh………..heheheheheheheheheheheheh……….heheheheheheheheheheheh….sori stret, ba yumi sa traim ken next taim araun!!

    • Masalai
      February 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Matty yu saikap tru tru about this discussion or about your Cleveland connection (face-to-face in 2 months time?). Tok stret!!!

  82. Trust Trust
    February 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    hehe….Bring it on!!

  83. Trust Trust
    February 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    There is nothing in the discussion masalai but yu j-less yet! moneyahh maski lusimmmm!! The Cleveland connection is non of your business but yu j-less yet! Sem pasin yehh!! Try do something else!! tanx!!

    • Masalai
      March 1, 2014 at 5:49 am

      Thanks for the confirmation lol. Your research heads don’t need you! Peter Siba’s pushing them to accept you MDLL. Showim sampla publication blo yu olsem scientist. Like father like son. Yu yet nau 🙂

  84. Trust Trust
    March 2, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Tanx for the challenge mate.. Nau chol yeh bara, ba yu lukim…. Tanx for the comfirmation and what will you do??hehe…talk and talk all you what, confirm and confirm what you wanna confirm but you will still be a looser!!

  85. news flash
    March 18, 2014 at 8:58 am

    A senior IMR staff will be taking IMR management to court!!! Just read the email. I hope the case is published in the dailies 🙂

  86. news flash
    April 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Another email is currently circulating. According to IMR’s Deputy Director the institute has no money. It has a debt of about K10 million kina. Bankruptcy!

  87. Junior
    April 9, 2014 at 11:37 am

    In regards to the person who came in defence of Proff. Peter Siba, with his “In Defence of Peter Siba and Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research”, I would just like you to note that things are not looking bright for Proff. Siba and the Institute from where I’m standing. Unlike what you have posted. I suppose you are too “close” to him that you cannot see that the Institute is in a state of SNAFU since Siba came to the helm. So I suggest you take a step outside and look back inside…..,.. You’re gonna eat your own words. Cheers. No hard feelings.

    • spektato
      April 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      From out side I can see that the once raputable institution has gon to bankcrapcy. This is a clear sign of the head having no vision at all for the imstitution.

  88. spektato
    April 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    The institution is in trouble financially.
    Is the national government aware.
    Can the authorities step in and rescue the institution?
    Please elits sudgest ideas to help rescue the institution.

  89. news flash
    April 22, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Due to IMR’s financial crisis, the staff will petition the IMR Council this week according to insiders.

  90. Tokaut
    May 12, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Dear all the supporters of Peter Siba,

    Now that the whole world knows that IMR is in bankruptcy with over K10 million debt for the first time in nearly 50 years in the history of IMR- under Peter Siba’s leadership, with all the major funding bodies cutting their funding support, are your eyes open now? do you have anything else to say?

  91. Mangibloples
    July 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    For all of you who have not received this email :

    My dear collegues,

    I want to let you all know that THE ALLEGATIONS OF NEOPOTISM AND MISMANAGEMENT BY DIRECTOR OF IMR that appeared on the social media and blog was reported to the Ombudsman Commission of Papua New Guinea and I have responded.
    The OC has today notified me that the case has been closed on 16 May 2014 and I have been cleared of all the allegations.

    I thank my God for all this.


    This has been a blow for those genuinely interested in improving the situation at PNGIMR by removing the corrupt administration. It just shows what has been mentioned in this blog before: The corruption is, of course, not limited to PNGIMR. Although it may be tough for some of you to face, but, as said before in this blog, IMR council and Ombudsman Commission are within the influence of Peter Siba. The call for an INDEPENDENT investigation of the accusations has by no means been fulfilled. Siba has played a trick on you and will now aim to sit out the rest of his term. God help he doesn’t go for another term.

  92. IMR Die Hard
    November 20, 2014 at 7:52 am

    In response to the email recently received from the Director of the PNG Institute of Medical Research, Prof Peter Siba (see below):

    What’s ILLEGAL is that PNGIMR staff have not been paid on time, our taxes are in arrears (in the millions), there is a current ban on leave fares and entitlements, the Director authorized the use of 1.5 million Kina from the IMR Madang Infrastructure Fund to pay off liabilities (salaries, superannuation etc) without proper Ministerial approval (this money has not yet been paid back by IMR General Accounts) and we have 7 million plus in existing liabilities. Peter Siba, the staff of PNGIMR are simply fighting for what is rightfully theirs, nothing more and nothing less. The PNGIMR is facing operational shutdown; what are you going to do about it?

    From: Peter Siba [peter.siba@pngimr.org.pg]
    Sent: Friday, 21 November 2014 12:00 AM
    To: staff.goroka@pngimr.org.pg
    Subject: Staff Boycott-ILLEGAL

    Dear Staff,

    It has come to my attention that a boycott from work by IMR staff has been planned over the next few days. I want to make it clear to staff that the boycott is Illegal. The following has not been complied to in order to execute this boycott:

    1. The Management has not been notified officially about the proposed boycott
    2. There was no official referendum held amongst the staff to warrant boycott of work
    3. The issues should have been raised with the management before resorting to illegal avenues such as boycotts

    This proposed illegal boycott is organised by the same group who failed in their last attempt to stir up an industrial dispute. All of you are very intelligent people who tend to reason out things, but it just a few who are using the IMR staff to support their own self-driven agendas.

    Please do not be led by the blind, and stay clear of these so called career destroyers. You all have a career to pursue and a family to look after.

    I plead with you not to dance to music of Pamela Toliman and her group of supporters because they do not know what they are doing, and will embarass all of you. You are masters of your own destiny so do not let others incite or force you blindly follow them.

    The Management will not be deterred by Pamela’s destructive tactics.

    Thank you


  93. Apo2
    July 2, 2015 at 9:03 am

    IMR is a sinking ship. No more Aus money, PNG governmant money cut. No money to pay the salaries, millions of debt. Years of building up this institute and now its ruined by one person. Peter Siba is destroying the hard work of many and nobody is doing something to stop him!!!

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