As a countryman to Wartoto, I beg you pngscapers to leave this guy alone. He is champion who has attempted the impossible by building up an airline company which none of us would ever attempt in our lifetime. Rather than see foreigners take all the major business corporations in the land, Wartoto has come up with something terrific....an alternative to the ever-expensive Air Niugini fares.
On that note, I don't condone his actions in receiving the funds from the government but we should look at ways on how to recoup the money instead of trying to crucify him. There are many others who have siphoned money from the government coffer illegally without being accountable. So give Wartoto a time frame for him to pay back whatever is owed to the PNG government. At the moment, he is serving our people well and mind you, his services are world-class compared to Air Nuigini. Soon he'll be able to reach other PNG centres so long as we make use of Mangi Long Ples.
Wartoto is a corrupt businessmen who is taking us for a flying ride to taxpayer hell
February 5 2012, 8:53 AM
The issue is that there was not a proper economic assessment done, as would normally be required to give a loan.
PNG at this time can barely support one airline, not 3. None of the other 2 airlines makes a profit, and Airlines PNG is on it way out. Mangi Blo Ples will suffer far more than the other 2 by higher overhead costs, and so how can IT make a profit?
It can't. It will be out of business within a few years and a lot of taxpayers money will be wasted.
Sure, we need entrepreneurs and business people who take risks. But they cannot corruptly get around laws meant to properly assess risk before giving loans. Mr Wartoto is clearly not an ethical businessman, but a corrupt one.
We should never smile or praise corrupt businessmen in our country. Look what happened when we praised the corrupt Peter Yama years ago, and now instead of 1 corrupt businessmen, we have dozens, including the corrupt Wartoto.
I agree. But what has Peter Yama and his likes done to benefit most of us? On the other hand Wartoto is at least setting up a commercial airline to provide competition to otherwise a monopolized industry. If you think Mangi Long Ples is going down, just go to the reservation and you will realized you have to book at least two weeks in advance to reserve a seat. I am told this might increase to a month.
I must repeat, there countless others who have obtained money illegally but are not being held accountable. And those monies are only benefiting them and their cohorts. For Wartoto, it is exception. Instead of sending him to cell and thus forcing his businesses to collapse, the government should give him time to make repayments. Or else, PNG government should ask for a stake in Mangi Long Ples equivalent to whatever money Wartoto owes them. In that way, I reckoned we should come to an amicable solution for all.
Misappropriation = STEALING. Dont color it, just label them thiefs.Citizen like us have brains like wartot and can match him but do not have access to that kinda money. We are searching and hoping to have such money in an honest way. Prosecute him and sent him to Bomana. Prisons are full of juveniles - kids who have stole a packet of biscuit. Who is WARTOT?
I am a Christian and I always believe in second chance in life if people are remorseful over their actions and are willing to make amendments. For those Christians who think Wartoto should be punished… just take a deep breath and imagine if you weren’t given chances in life? Most of us claiming to be Christians wouldn’t be around. So in reality, if you think perfect, moral people should run corporations to government, then we are living somewhere else in a dream world. So be watchful for those you claim to have high moral standards in the coming elections. Only their actions would tell.
Finally, for me to make claims on whether Mangi Long Ples would survive or not is premature. Only Wartoto knows what his plans are for the future and how he plans to execute them.
The whole mess we're in right now in PNG is because no topshot ever gets punished, as an example to encourage the rest of us to walk the straight and narrow.
Sure, give him a second chance AFTER he gets out of jail for what he's done this time. He's done wrong, pure and simple. Government treasuries are not to help private people start up their own little dream businesses.
Look at the bright side. By the time Wartoto gets out of jail, he'll look slim and fit, not like he currently does - a corrupt looking fattyfatty.
The reason why Wartoto does not deserve our sympathy is because he is literally hiding in Cairns to keep from being interviewed by the police. He says he will pay for police to interview him in Cairns. That's not the way things work. If you're being interviewed as a possible suspect it is not you who sets the terms and conditions.
Obviously wartoto is a thief! As if his hotel makes windfall in the millions? Nogat stret! So you husait defendim arsehole yer? Anyways buying an aircraft from the netherlands is expensive, that means you'd have to posses nillions of kina to counteract that exchange rate! As if queen emma lodge makes windfall in the millions? Sore lo yupla husait sapport long em! He is a thief! Small time businessman!
Obviously you know everything about the whole thing. You are a fool and a PNG basher. Ever heard of "Innocent until proven guilty"? Maybe Eremas knows he could never get a fair trial or be allowed to operate his many businesses in PNG without the corrupted system chasing him all the time. The Tall Poppy Syndrome is what it is! When the smoke clears and you are getting cheap airfares around the country, you might shut up. Has it occurred to you that Travel Air is taking on the fat sacred cow - ANG? Maybe that's why the government is after him so badly.