My 2009 New Year Message and Greetings to PNG students in China
The time has come for us to say good bye to 2008. Isn’t it sad？But thanks God, we have 2009 approaching.
This is the time many people take stock of themselves on what they have accomplished, the potholes they have encountered, and plan ahead for the next approaching year.
Resolutions are made, but as human beings, we breach them. This is inevitable because when circumstances change, we must also change our habits. Most times, resources are not adequate to accomplish what we may have as New Year Resolutions.
But in this time, I would like you to share with me the moments, not as individuals but as group of Papua New Guineans studying in China to flash back on how our beloved country has gone through.
We have accomplished a lot on the economic level, though we are yet to see real tangible developments where ordinary PNGans can abstract the utility.
Stability has been retained and installed by the current government, though there have been some opposition.
But given all the above, our country is still going through a lot of problems that need to be solved. It is not imperative to state the issues and problems here because in PNG, we are good at talking about problems. Let’s leave those aside.
Now is the time for all of us to move ahead come 2009. At this moment and time of the year, I would like to think of you all not as colleagues but as very special friends. We come from lands, seas, mountains and islands far away to enhance our life through education. We left our loved ones, the comfort of homes, family and friends. We have taken the bold stand to sacrifice many things, whether bad or good, for our prosperity, our country and humanity.
Above all, we are fortunate to live, experience and feel the economic progress of the "middle kingdom".
From snow storm to March earth quake, manned spaced ship to space to the Olympic Games, we all have shared the progress and passion of China, in both happiest and saddest moments.
But we still have to answer the question. “Are we ready to live together with our neighbors? Are we willing to allow them into our country to give us what we do not have? These are the questions we will answer when we leave China, because we know the importance of living with people from other lands and religion, who have much to offer.
And in PNG, we have managed the thousand tribes and we are capable of doing come 2009 With that, I humbly extend my sincere, Warm and Prosperous New Year 2009 to you all, my special friends.