Wanem skelim blong yu long ol Bikpela Stia Tingting i stap insait long Mama Lo blong PNG?
What do Papua New Guinea’s National Goals and Directive Principles mean to you?
Faivpela Bikpela Stia Tingting i stap long Mama Lo blong PNG. Long 1974, wanpela Komiti ol kolim Komstitusenol Plening Komiti i raun insait long olgeta hap kona blong PNG long kisim tingting blong ol manmeri long wanem samting ol laikim long nupela kantri PNG.
The five goals and directive principles are inscribed in the preamble of PNG’s Constitution. In 1974, a Constitutional Planning Committee travelled right throughout PNG in an unprecedented attempt to articulate the people’s hopes and needs for the new country.
Ol i bin askim, ‘wanem kain kantri yumi laik lukim?”
They asked, ‘what kind of society do we want?’
Ol skelim ol tingting blong ol manmeri na kirapim dispel ol Stia Tingting
These goals and directive principles are the result.
However, 37 years since Independence, the universal rights belonging to every Papua New Guinean man, woman and child expressed in the goals are yet to be realised.
Man i bin go pas long raitim Mama Lo, John Momis i tok PNG i stap nau long bikpela hevi. Maski i gat bikpela divelopmen i kamap insait long kantri planti lain i wok long bungim hevi yet – graun i lus taim ol bikpela wok bisnis i kamap na dispel wok long daunim sindaun blong yumi aninit long ol Bikpela Stia Tingting long Mama Lo.
As former Constitutional Planning Committee member John Momis said recently, PNG is at an important crossroads in its history. While it has great opportunities, it also faces extremely grave challenges – customary land is being lost as commercial development increases in PNG, and this threatens our potential to secure the rights expressed in these goals.
Long dispela as nau, mipela askim yu long wanem ting blong yu long ol Faivpela Stia Tinting.
So we are asking you to describe what these goals mean to you.
Yumi stil nidim ol Faivpela Stia Tingting o nogat? Na sapos yumi nidim, yumi inap kirapim ol long stretim future bilong yumi o nogat?
Are the five goals still relevant in PNG today? And if they are, can they be resurrected and used as the basis for a new discussion about ‘which way for PNG’?
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