Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dim Dim and Dim Sum

PNG’s Prime Minister Michael Somare admitted on Monday corruption in PNG's police force, labour and immigration departments was a factor behind a week of widespread violence and looting against Chinese businesses.

Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Abal said corruption, not just in immigration, was "paralysing PNG's systems”.

Peter Aitsi, from Transparency International's PNG branch told AAP PNG's general public have no faith nor confidence in the procedures of police, labour and immigration departments.

“We’re getting to a point we’re if we don’t take a stand this country is lost.

“Who will stand up and take ownership? Who will stand up and take responsibility?" he said.

Below is a link to an interesting background read to this 'Big Trouble in Little PNG'.

James Chin's Contemporary Chinese Community in Papua New Guinea: Old Money versus New Migrants.

Australian National University, Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies, Volume Two, 2008

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