Re: We need your help, overseas escapees!May 21 2006 at 2:39 AM
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Response to Re: We need your help, overseas escapees!
Dear Scorched Earth,
Sorry to say I find your thread pretty hilarious because you just don’t seem to get it there is more then one way to serve your country. Keep on being the true patriot you are.
Just some points for you to consider. Though you may put us all under one blanket.
There are differences.
For one did you know that some of us here are pretty young, seizing the opportunity to perfect our skills, gain more experience with the sole purpose of bettering serving our country in the long run???
By coming back and being able to take up positions that are now can only be filled by expatriates? Or better still have the experience and the guts to go up against them in certain matters?? (Swaying/Making decisions in favour of PNG/country man)
Did you also know that in most industries in PNG, though the expatriate have the same skill or less, he/she is being paid higher wages then the Papua New Guinean with the same caliber or better, because he/she (expatriate) has had “international experience”.
Some of us want to be able to say to them when the time comes that, “screw your international experience” I have the same too. We should be paid the same.(Respect and equality)
And did you also know that some of us still bank with BSP and all our monies are paid fortnightly straight into our BSP account, bringing US dollars into the country.
And did you also know that some of us work on a roster basis and travel home every other month and spend all we earn in PNG and spending only ~100 dollar or less in the place we live and work, thus bringing dollars into the country? And contribute to the country also from the Air Niugini fares we pay every month ( believe me it's pretty expensive)
Did it ever cross your mind that Papua New Guineas working out there a putting us on the map. Meaning their colleagues will come to see and realize that in spite of all the negative publicity, Papua new Guineans have the same brains as them (expatriates) or even better and are people to be respected and reckon with.
Before you go judging people and taking about serving the country, some of us do have reasons for being here, and are serving the country in our own way. Money and skills are not every thing.
And believe it or not we are dam proud Papua New Guineas; I bet you we celebrate independence like no other in PNG with the full meaning of celebration. Going out there in full PNG color, singing and dancing with no care in the world to being different, letting everyone know that today is the day my country got its independence.
So you see at scorched and all you others, we do not really care what you think as long as we know that we are still serving our country in our own little was which too many of you are reluctant to see. Being blinded by the big picture.
It would help to think outside the box sometimes.