This has been something most of the genuine people of Eastern Highlands have been waiting for. Just after count three (3) or so, the most famed man of all Mr. Malcom Smith Kela is just on the right track with 3230 leading the other bulk of the candidates (www.pngec.gov.pg). Though this is just the beginning of the count in the province, I'm confident that during the past elections the locals have given into the sugars of their colleagues who just came over to fail them of their mark for a potential 5 year difference making duration at Waigani. Now, the votes have been casted but I'm more than confident that the father of Pacific Helicopters Mr. Smith Kela will now take his rightful post that should have been given to him some 10 years ago. It's about time the few conman who have been victors through a lot of lies settle back in their village and let the genuine people take over the chair in running the affairs of the province. For too long the people of EHP have been denied their right to a better Eastern Highlands. The general look of Goroka town is just detestable and with the leadership of Mal Smith Kela I believe, the state of filthiness will atleast decline and the sick can have a comfortable ride on the DPI road down to the General Hospital. That road I think to some extent have claimed the lives of sick people who could have recover and be still alive today. Just because they are very sick and unable to contain the pressures from the humps and bumps, life let go off them. We are really looking forward to the win of Mal and the corresponding clean up of Goroka and the incompetent and incredible high ranking bulks who are more fitting to be in the village in Yanepa Building plus a clean sweep of other related areas for a better and enjoyable Goroka and Eastern Highlands as a whole.
Mal Smith Kela is The Man
July 9 2002, 10:51 AM
I couldn't agree more with Dabz. I come from the coast, settled in Goroka 10 years ago and today, there is no place like home (Goroka). I have made it my home, I love the people and there is no better place I can think of than Goroka. But in the last 10 years, Goroka, sadly, the former prettiest, most peaceful town in the Highlands saw a rapid decline. Today, it's gone to the dogs but that hasn't changed my mind. I am here to stay, like Mal Smith, who has adopted Goroka as his home, and like Mal Smith, I want a better deal, not so much for me, because, like Mal Smith, I want to give something back to the people and the place that have made me what I am and made me truly appreciate life. Like Mal Smith, I am not interested in the money. I just want a better deal for Goroka, in fact, for the rest of the Eastern Highlands and I want the quality of ife to improve. I want to see Goroka restored to its former glory. I want good roads and well kept streets, I want street lighting, I want medicine at the clinics and I want the people of Eastern Highlands to see new investments and job creation. There is no better person than Mal Smith. He is genuine, give him a chance, just like Peter Barter in Madang, EM IGAT INAP and he does not need the money. Everyone else has let us down and I can think of no better person that this person they call "PAPA KELA", papa bilong Goroka who deserves to be given a chance to prove that he can turn Goroka around. Whatever happens, I will still here. I made a decision to settle here and I have everyright to want the best for my adopted home province. Let's go for Kela!
Go Papa Kela
July 9 2002, 10:59 AM
I couldn't agree more with everything that has been said about Goroka needing a change. Mal Smith really is the leader Eastern Highlanders have been waiting for. Forget the fact that he owns Goroka-based Pacific Helicopters. No one has the right to take that away from him. He built it up through his own sweat and tears. He is also a big employer and taxpayer in EHP. I would agree - Papa Kela does not need the money in politics. He genuinely want to serve the people and want to give something back to the place he has adopted as his home and the people his has adopted to be his people. He will do a better job.
July 10 2002, 5:26 PM
Fellow countrymen (EHP), yes its for sure Mal Smith Kela will be our Governor. He will be declared with a very big margin. He is the only famous figure in the province, known to many remote villagers and mind you, these bush people have the numbers. He will maintain his lead from the start to the end and be declared WINNER.
Next is the leaders for each electorate in the province. They have to work together and bring services to develop our province. Mal alone cannot fully develop EHP, therefore every elected leader will play his/her part in the developmental process.
Fellows, whats holding up results on pngec website for EHP. Its funny and annoying while we have updated results from other electorates on every count but NOT the case with EHP, the results for yesterdays counts is still on. Why spent money on installing the site and its not performing its duty. Delay count is enough but not again with results. Plis, traim na wokim wok stret.
Malkom bai givim gep stret na WIN nating tru.
July 9 2002, 9:53 PM
It's is about time the people of eastern highlands realise what is happening to our beautiful town.... GO MAL SMITH!!!
July 10 2002, 12:33 PM
I fully support Mal Smith as the best candidate we have for the regional seat. However, I have a concern about what sort of business advantages Kela may give himself if he won. I am sure he will be good in all other respects, but will he be able to seperate his business and political interests? That is the question.
Reply to Red Corner
July 10 2002, 1:38 PM
Even with the best of intentions we all know that it just does not work that way. Never has and never will be. That is human nature my friends.But this Kela sounds like a pretty interesting fellow. I like him already.
Support Mal Smith
July 10 2002, 1:45 PM
Apo, I can understand your concern about whether Mal Smith will be able to separate his business interests from his political interests. That remains to be seen but I can tell you this much - Peter did it successfully in Madang. He set out to serve his Madang people and during his one and only term, he delivered more than his Madang people expected and more than all past and present Madang MPs have done. Sure Mal Smith is not Peter Barter. But there is a similarity here. We all know Mal is not in it for the money. A small example, even before Pacific Helicopters grew and even before his political aspirations, Mal was helping isolated parts of EHP, helping to build their airstrips and even flying FOC, building materials, trade store goods, building materials, coffee bags and the simple people that past and all present MPs can never reach. You only have to go to unheard-of places like Herowana, Ubaigubi, Haia and Maimafu and the small people here who can hardly read and write, will tell you, they only know Mal Smith. These are the very people who will make sure Mal takes the crown this time. They have been let down for too long. Lastly, I don't know what's in Mal's mind and heart but I know he is genuine and I know he is not stupid enough to let himself be tempted and dragged into the mess that other wanna-bes and overnight millionaires end up in.
Long Live Papa Kela. EHP Regional Seat em Blong yu nating tru!
Reply to Red Corner
Papa Kela nating Tru
July 10 2002, 1:54 PM
Dispela liklik kona blong yu ya, Mal Smith bai stretim rot long en tain em kamap memba. Our own people have let us down for too long. Now is the time for change. So what if someone is white or a businessman - if they are geniune in their hearts to serve their people - let them be and let them do the job.
Pepa kela em gat nem - from Asaro Valley, Basis to Crater Mountain, ol bus vote em blong Kela nating tru. He does not go to the papers to tell the world, but this man has been helping people in the bush for a long time, even agreeing to fly coffee bags, sick people, and the list goes on.
Wet stap, ol bus mangi olsem bai hamamas nau. Papa kela kam nau.
Benefit of the doubt
July 10 2002, 3:16 PM
Bara, I did not say anything about the fact that he is white. Thats beside the point in democratic elections. Who cares where he comes from. I just had an objective concern that I wanted to raise to see what other EHP panai's thought. As I only know little of Smith-Kela, I will be believe everybody here and give him the benefit of the doubt. COME ON KELA! COME ON EHP! COME ON PNG
it is still early to know but.......
July 10 2002, 3:45 PM
I totally agree with all of you regarding Eastern Highlands and Mal Smith as the right choice for Eastern Highlands.I hope only the right candidates will win for all the electorates in PNG so we can see some real tangible improvements to lives of the people by way of policy changes for sound people-centered sustainable development.
It is still ealrly to be positive that Papa Kela will win. I just hope all the rest of the counting goes in favour of him.I also have a feeling the current governor might win and we are counting chickens before they even hatch.
Mi tu Red Corner
Re Red Corner
July 10 2002, 4:06 PM
Apaso, gutpela toktok bilong yu. Whether it is Mal Smith or Lafanama or Soso or whoever, let's all hope for the best. Husat win na mikim gut, yumi oketa bai hamamas. Sapos ol no mikim gut, yumi oketa no hamamas.
Re: Benefit of the doubt
June 19 2006, 9:28 PM
I did not understand you the first time
Papa Kela - EHP Regional sit em blong you nating tru.
July 13 2002, 2:35 PM
Well from the current results we can see that there is a big gap between Papa Kela and the next candidate. About 24,000 plus votes ,so it look like Papa Kela will be our new Governor.Well, Kela Smith good luck and looking forward to have you as our new EHP Governor. You deserve to win this election.Good luck.
Re: EHP REGIONAL ON THE RIGHT TRACK
July 14 2002, 6:05 AM
Papa Kela (Smith),
You thoroughly deserve to win! Yu mekim na mama Monica i sigin i kirap na ol pikinini Nokondi i hamamas nating tru long yu.