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February 16 2011 at 1:12 PM
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Yacht Club snubs Sir Dadis life membership bid

THE Royal Papua Yacht Club (RPYC) in Port Moresby has rejected Sir Dadi Tokas life membership attempt last Friday at its annual general meeting.
Sir Dadi broke with tradition by agreeing to be nominated for the honour of life membership because he was asked by some members - only to find out that the votes he expected from the expatriate-dominated club members did not materialise.
Several attempts to speak to the club executives were unsuccessful over the weekend but the Post-Courier was told that some prominent members walked out when the agenda was raised.
Life membership at the RPYC is recommended by the club committee. The only life members are expatriates. Sir Dadis nomination came from outside the committee and it was put to the vote at the AGM.
Sir Dadi, in an interview with the Post-Courier, said he only needed two-thirds majority vote but interestingly, when the life membership agenda came up, a lot of club members, out of the 331 members that attended, walked out of the meeting.
He said the voting figures were not disclosed.
The mood among Papua New Guineans was one of defeat and humiliation. Trying to come to terms with the shock, some Papua New Guinean members pointed to the manner in which Sir Dadis application was handled by the club committee.
One Australian, along-time resident, said, I dont feel like going home tonight. Its a bad day for PNG. The decision is shameful and is a big let-down.
Sir Dadis nomination was presented to the AGM by Highlands lawyer Margaret Parua, the principal of Parua Lawyers. Ms Parua told the AGM that Sir Dadi was instrumental in securing the clubs present site when the plan was to relocate the RPYC to Gabutu or Napanapa.
Ms Parua capped of her bid by saying the Motu-Koitabuan had lived by the sea for 73 years. But her enthusiasm failed to move the club.
Papua New Guinean members at the AGM numbered less than 30 so the majority votes that was needed by Sir Dadi to be granted life membership were in expatriate hands.
Ms Parua said she was a lawyer and she and Sir Dadi were not the only ones snubbed.
She said prominent Highlands businessman Simon Korua also failed in his bid for the position of commodore of RPYC.
It was the first time in the long history of the club for a Papua New Guinean to seek life membership or to contest the position of club commodore.
Opposition Leader Sir Mekere Morauta witnessed these turn of events first hand.
The irony is that Sir Dadi, who comes from Hanuabada village, was recently recognised by the Queen.
He has overriding jurisdiction over organisations that use the prefix royal by permission.
Had Sir Dadi not intervened, the RPYC would have been relegated to a backwater where members would not want to go.
Considering the success the RPYC enjoys today in its present site, the contribution was significant enough for him to be considered for life membership even though he was not a committee member.
The club has misread his inten-tion because of ill-conceived reasoning or blatant disrespect, and had inadvertently thrown the gangplank for him to climb on and challenge the club site, parts of which encroach his land.
It is not a case of a bruised ego. Rather, the fact presented by Ms Parua that Sir Dadi passionately wanted his Hanuabada image to be lifted, was ignored.
The RPYC waged a legal battle some years ago over the land where the Kingfisher Apartments are because the club wanted to buy it for extensions.
Sir Dadi is a director of Kingfisher Apartments.

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Hela Duna

Re: RACISM

February 17 2011, 5:49 AM 

Bo ho ho ho...Look whose crying now....

 
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onetox

Re: RACISM

February 17 2011, 8:08 AM 

This is a disgrace to PNG citizens.........mi sem pinis.


    
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who cares

Re: RACISM

February 17 2011, 9:12 AM 

What is the club doing for the good of PNG or POM as a whole. Its just like another night club

 
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SOUOWK

Re: RACISM

February 17 2011, 3:47 PM 

Of course Dadi Toka's (SNR)controversial past and lack of integrity had nothing to do with the rejection...............


 
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Student

The good thing about a whites there is always a genuine reason..

February 17 2011, 7:08 PM 

I dont believe it to be Racist..I think its our Papua New Guinean "bigman" mentality kicking in again...If he couldnt winh the respect of expatriates then ye he shouldnt be considered.. if only white man where in charge of everything, the country would be better of..and we wont have so many grand chiefs and "'Sirs" with proven corrupt records..Good thing I'd say, that one got rejected his lifetime bid...

 
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PNGean

Re: The good thing about a whites there is always a genuine reason..

February 18 2011, 7:29 AM 

.. if only white man where in charge of everything, the country would be better of..
This statement can only come from some good for nothing, inferior human being like you.
Have some pride in yourself. People like you end up in Sydney trying to 'look white'

 
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Student Is Right

Re: The good thing about a whites there is always a genuine reason..

February 18 2011, 8:24 AM 

We are a joke.. pride or no pride we are still are joke..

 
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Hi

Re: The good thing about a whites there is always a genuine reason..

February 18 2011, 8:48 AM 

Royal Papua Yacht Club (RPYC)...never been there and probably never will. Lived in Pom for the last 27years always seen the expat dominated club as a no go area. I believe they have a very stringent membership rules. Anyway keep trying Sir Dadi.

 
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Student

Re: The good thing about a whites there is always a genuine reason..

February 18 2011, 8:51 AM 

Its not trying to look white, its called emulating the epitome of quintessential standards of living..and you say I dont have any self respect?? pfft!

 
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Onetox

Re: The good thing about a whites there is always a genuine reason..

February 18 2011, 10:25 AM 

I am Appalled by what you are saying Student. You shouldnt even call yourself a Papua New Guinean. This is not about Big Man Status and what not. This clearly shows the Yacht Club is full of Racists and should be removed from this country.

 
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K

Re: The good thing about a whites there is always a genuine reason..

February 18 2011, 7:41 AM 

This club has a proven track record for being racist, only last year they made PNG artists hosting a show at the yacht club stand in the corner, not allowing them any services, hatim bel.....why waste your time if you know what they are like, in fact, get rid of the fakin place!!!

 
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Gummy Bear

Race is Irrelevant

February 18 2011, 11:05 AM 

Tell me why I should vote him in, race being irrelevant.

Has any other expat members not been voted in for the last five years?

I think this article is very "prejudicial".
The reason I say this is because the article writer gives only two reasons why he should be voted in:
1. He was instrumental to the yacht club being where it is.
(Who cares, didn't he get paid for negotiating? If not, than that's his loss. Its just business.)
2. He is PNGen.
(Really? Sounds racist to me. Where did the writer get his degree/master from?)


 
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aspless

KICK EM OUT!!!

February 23 2011, 12:45 PM 

I am white and an automatic citizen, my grandad came here in 1922.

i have no time for the so called superior attitude of the yacht club and its conmen that run it. It should be dozed and something relevent built in its place. the colonial era is over, they cannot respect pngians of any color and i have been called by their patrons a white kanaka! em okay tu maybe I am one but why not pissoff back to aussy and look for a job? you cant get one in your own country so you aspire to stealing one over here. KICK EM OUT!! sIR dADI GIVE EM HELL.

 
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tax

Re: KICK EM OUT!!!

February 23 2011, 10:24 PM 

The story reminds me of the colonial days when Papuans were not allowed to drink beer, male natives not allowed to have sexual relations with white women, and also not allowed to enter certain clubs or places in Port Moresby. It is sad that Somare still allow such practices to continue in PNG. I think we are bunch of cowards that let foreigners push us around. Where are the warriors from Tari and Goilala?

 
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Insider

Tax do it yourself

March 24 2011, 3:42 PM 

"It is sad that Somare still allow such practices to continue in PNG. I think we are bunch of cowards that let foreigners push us around"

Why are you crying to Somare for help. He's done his bit. hE had his share of treatment by being booted and belted by Colonial masters. You wonder why he pushed for Independence? Now look at what's happening at the RPYC and acuse Somare of getting Independence too early. It's their club why we PNgeans want to make ourselves look stupid by sticking our nose in there. Those that think like whiteman can be humiliated because they too discriminate other Papua New Guineans.

 
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WELL PLACED PNGEAN

BULL DOGE THE PLACE

March 29 2011, 4:23 PM 

RPYC will surely be remembered for its racist atmosphere.

This is a community of small white pricks who are doing small jobs and getting paid big money.

I will be talking to relevant authorities to bulldoze that place.

 
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Stret Toka

Re: The good thing about a whites there is always a genuine reason..

February 23 2011, 7:45 PM 

couldnt agree for you more....the yacht club is for elitist expats....get rid of it !!

 
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rypc

Re: The good thing about a whites there is always a genuine reason..

March 25 2011, 8:55 AM 

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ert

Re: The good thing about a whites there is always a genuine reason..

March 25 2011, 8:56 AM 

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