Re: Go overseas and test your skillsSeptember 1 2011 at 8:16 AM
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Response to Re: Go overseas and test your skills
You laid out a very elegant and powerful argument. I appreciate that because so few of us have your analytical abilities.
My first question is whether you do, truly intend to come back to PNG? If so, after how many years? Were your remarks in this area rhetorical or do they really reflect your plans? How are you insuring that your kids actually feel melanesian despite their overseas environment. Do they know any tokples (not tok pisin-tok PLES)? How often do they visit the villages of their grandparents, bubus, etc? How much do they actually know their traditional stories, your customary land boundaries. etc?
Secondly you must understand that while you may have every intention to stay relatively briefly overseas, then come back to contribute to our national development in a much more powerful way (compared to if you had never gone overseas), the majority of your overseas PNGean workers are runaways who treasure the 'good life' and 'comfortable living' over any patriotism to their country. They will hold you up as the role model and exmple that they say also illustrates their own plans when in reality, their own plans are completely the opposite of yours ie they plan to stay forever overseas, badmouth PNG as a primitive place, and take pains to make sure their children, growing up overseas, never learn anything deep about their melanesian culture.
Thus, I can guarantee you will be used and abused as a role model, no matter how fine and genuine your own intentions are. To repeat: Most Papua New Guineans working overseas are nothing more than spineless runaways who could care less about making any contribution to PNG's development.