From a Special Correspondent
It was a shameful display of foreign corporate arrogance and intimidation.
Highlands Pacific’s General Manager, Peter Jolly, glaring down from his 1.80-something-meter frame and demanding that a young Papua New Guinean woman stop taking photographs of Chinese and Australian mining executives outside the national court house in Madang.
In an almost comical scene, Jolly closed in on the young lady photographer – and in a futile attempt to use his otherwise intimidating height – told her she was not allowed to take pictures and she would be in “big trouble” if the photos appeared in the media.
But on that day Jolly wasn’t the intended subject of attention. In fact the photographers and journalists present didn’t even care that Peter Jolly, the Highlands Pacific top shot was in attendance. The camera lenses was in fact seeking out Dr. James Wang, Ramu NiCo’s Chief technical adviser who was cross examined in court that day. It makes one wonder whether Peter Jolly felt he was being left out and needed to draw some attention to himself.
Well, he got the attention he wanted. The photographer didn’t back down. Armed with the camera, she pursued Jolly who fled into a waiting van which took him to the safety of his hotel room.
The next day (Wednesday, February 23), Peter Jolly was at it again. This time with a bit more creativity. In hushed tones and careful not to draw attention, he tried to convince the court sheriff that is was “illegal” for the same young lady photographer to take pictures outside the courtroom. He seemed to have forgotten that Papua New Guinea’s court rules were adopted from the Australian Justice system. Those who were there, made sure Peter Jolly was reminded of that.
Just a word of advice Pete… live up to your name, for goodness sake. Be JOLLY!