Julius Chan’s unrealised dreams

OneCountry on PNG BLOGS

I think it is most most most unfortunate that a person who has single-handedly done a lot for the Mining & Petroleum Industries of this country would be singled out and demonized in the way a lot of your readers have done on the PNG Blogs site. Those who seek to do so demonstrate very clearly that they have very little understanding of the industry, nor responsibility for the future of the industries in PNG. Greg Anderson deserves a medal and it is way way overdue.

Having said that, let me point out that what is driving Byron Chan at present is clearly the unrealized dreams of Sir Julius Chan, mingled with a certain guilt for the past mistakes Sir Julius has made.

Sir Julius’s mistakes in the past in respect of Lihir ( how that deal was structured was done under the Leadership of Sir J as PM- and he fixed the gold price- without being an expert- he fixed the nations interest at a certain gold price -and he fucked all of us up. All the gold in one of the richest Volcanic calderas dug up for the last 15 years and shipped out of here with minimum or no state equity, minimum or no taxes, very little return to the people. That is Sir Julius’ legacy.

Sir J’s other legacy is the planned mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Bougainvilleans a during with the Sandline Mercenaries.

Byron can be excused because he was just a young fellow and away overseas at school at those relevant times. However, he cannot be excused for whats been happening in recent times with Allied Gold.

Sir Julius started 5 years ago working on a plan to takeover the Allied Gold mine on Tabar Island. He used locals to cause instability on the ground and tried to frustrate the Mining company. Sir J used New Irelanders in MRA and Dept of Mines to do his bidding. Fortunately or unfortunately, he had an opposite number in Mike Carruso of Allied who is just as stupid and bloody minded. They both succeeded in creating a very unstable mine on Tabar.

Sir Julius has been looking for a way to redeem himself but he couldn’t succeed with any of the abrasive plans he mounted. The memory of his plan to mass murder is still fresh in our minds…and Bougainvilleans are unlikely to forget him. He is now through his son mounting this rear guard action to what? appease the Bougainvillean Landowners? To give more power to landowners to throw out Mike Carrusso? If you sense a degree of vindictiveness, then you could be on the ball…because what Sir J has lacked in size, he has always made up for it in vindictiveness.

However, what is in it for Byron? Nothing. He has been sitting with his father and idolizing him for too long. He needs to get away from his father so that he does not inherit his father’s legacy. He has 7 days to do this. He needs to make a policy diversion. Byron, let me as a PNGean warn you, the rest of us PNGeans who are also resource owners are not prepared to stupidly throw away the credibility and stability of this industry.

The real direction that this debate should be aimed at is the method and equation of benefit sharing under current policies- not ownership. In relation to ownership I refer readers to my article in response to Peter Donigi published on 28th April 2011. Our real issues relate to how we share benefits and how the public service machinery fails to distribute it. We also have an additional problem with politicians trying to do resources deals like Sir J with Lihir and BCL and Arthur Somare with LNG.

Ownership of resources must always remain in the realm of common ownership, under the care of the State to ensure fairness in distribution of benefits. I encourage young PNGeans not to get too excited or have premature verbal ejaculations over this issue like young Byron. Now that we understand where he is coming from, we know how to treat him.

We need serious reform on the equity distribution equation. we need to hold companies to deliver benefits to our people, not destroy our environment ( like BHP and CRA), build permanent infrastructure, and ensure our people participate meaningfully. This must happen now, not meaningless utopic idealism like ownership/or needless fear mongering without a proper responsible commercial exit plan for the 6.5 million people of this country.

I thankyou all for reading my words. May God bless you all, as he has already done by placing you in this rich and beautiful Paradise. Laikim yupela olgeta na wanbel oltaim.



Filed under Financial returns, Papua New Guinea

21 responses to “Julius Chan’s unrealised dreams

  1. Wesely

    Onecountry has hit the nail right on the head with regard to Sir Julius Chan.
    Indeed, Byron is merely the puppet of his father but we all love our parents and the fruit never falls far from the tree.
    And it is certainly true that the collapse of the PNG economy in the 90’s had a lot to do with the insanely criminal mentality of Sir Julius Chan’s genocidal dealings towards the peoples of Bougainville.
    That conduct was an utter disgrace to humanity.
    Indeed, the legacy of Sir Julius is economic and social carnage in PNG.
    The entirely fabricated nonsense Chan has gone on with in relation to the Simberi Mine is yet another example of his willingness to deceive the public of PNG.
    Yes, indeed Chan did corrupt two officers within the MRA to subversively and corruptly act against the national interest and in breach of their duty to the Laws of PNG in an attempt to undermine the relationship of land owners to the company under the MOA.
    This kind of wicked iniquitous behavior by Chan has destroyed PNG’s social and economic stability over the last 20 years and constitutes a criminal offense.
    Sir Julius Chan, more than anyone else, is to blame for the appalling delay in PNG’s emergence as a healthy young and vibrant democracy.
    And now, here he is again, with yet another legacy he would leave for the peoples of PNG in the form of economic chaos in his latest scheme.
    Chan is indeed a wicked and corrupt little man and should be stopped dead in his tracks because he is not interested in social inclusion and social equity.
    He seeks instability so that he and his ilk can manipulate and influence Land Owners for his own benefit and MAKE NO MISTAKE, that what Byron Chan’s (it’s really Sir Julius’s plan) policy is all about.
    And yes, it was Sir Julius who denied the peoples of PNG an real benefit from the huge gold resources at Lihir when the nation could have taken a 30% stake in the project.
    It’s a bit rich and hypocritical of Sir Julius and Byron to say they want to do something for the people of PNG when the have a proven track record of self-interest and corruption of the National Interest.

  2. Richard Hughes

    At last we are adding some sense to the debate. Equitable redistribution to all the people of PNG not handing over the wealth to so called Landowners and turning them into potential over powerful warlords controling the State.
    I can smell Mugabe in PNG if Byron gets his way!!!

  3. sandy daisley

    wise words, someone who has the peoples interests at heart. I think the people would be best served by tribe’s having a company with a strong voice, with the landowners having shares. it gives strength to groups. It’s quite amazing that with so much wealth in the ground, that the people can’t do most things paying for the advice they need, then we wouldn’t have ownership issues, it would be owned by the people of PNG

  4. Sean Ngansia

    I am a New Irelander working with MRA and I take offence at the inference that I was corrupted by Sir JC to vindicate Allied Gold against the national interest of PNG. We took approrpioate action against illegal actions by the company and it was proven in the Court of Law in PNG that the company had breached visa and migration laws and that they had subverged cutoms requirements by failing to declare equipment that they had imported into PNG, what did you expect, that the State would turn a blind eye to it?

    So unless you have proof of my corrup deals you should refrain from making malicious comments which could land you in deep shit!

    That fact is that, we did our job with other State agencies responsible for jurisdictions under which various breaches had ocured and at no time did we collaborate with Sir JC to subvert and vindicate Allied Gold unecessarily and illegaly.

    Apart from that, I quite agree with the comments that refer to the impacts that are now being experienced due to the legacy that was created back then and that the focus is on the wrong issue (ownership) rather then the distribution and management of benefits which is were the corruption is at its worst!

    • imelda

      well said. i agree. There is heaps of money already in the country. How it is used, distributed and managed to reduce poverty, improve socio economic indicators right around the country ( including non resource owners) is the issue. The government as the regulator and implementors and public service machineries need to be smarter in what they ought to do in seeing tangible results … PNG can be the next or even better than the tiger economies today.


      • Chriss

        People in te administration in PNG have a remarkable capacity to do everything the wrong way, even if doing it the right way is easier.
        Its alsmost perverse.
        You can not expect people to function in PNG.

      • Chriss

        PNG can never be the next “tiger” or better.
        Those are nations with an advanced sense of natonalism and strong institutional practices.
        Take a good look at PNG in comparison.
        Its a dump.

    • Jillian Hunter

      Sean, talk about the guilty running when pursue……..
      How thick are you for putting your hand up and pleading guilty in public……dumb, dumber, dumbest.

      • Chriss

        There is a very substantial body of evidence captured from a hard disk and in Stat Dec form that dose unequivically demonstrate that at least two officers within MRA conspired with Chan between December 2009 until they were stymied .
        It is very clear now that Ngansia was one of them, for some bizarr reason he has publicly confessed to entertaing more than one corrupt “deal” with Chan.
        This highlights the real danger to PNG as a Nation if people like this (of which there are undoubtedly many) are permitted to play with the National Interest.

    • Kevin

      Sean has a point here, but he has not quite grasped the nettle.
      Society in PNG is fundamentally “corrupt” to the outside world.
      Concepts of common sufferage and shared national destiny do not exist in PNG as in other nations.
      The place is still really reverting back to its pre-colonial days when their were eight hundred and fifty little pockets of peoples speaking their own language and that tendancy still runs very strong to tis day.
      Unfortunately it is very common in the PNG public service for this mentality to manifest.
      Public servants very much are affected by one tok ism.

    • Chriss

      So what if some scumbag degenerate PNG public servant did some corrupt act..you would expect this.
      I spent two weeks in PNG (Lae) and I thought then and still think it must be the absolute worst place in the world.
      Why would you think that the public service there is not corrupt, oh yeah, LOL, and stupid.

    • Frank Gardener

      Ity seems that the record shows that you and another did indeed victimize Allied Gold with the deliberate intent of frustrating the National Interest.
      You abused your office, and in conjunction with Sir Julius Chan, concocted false allegations, acted so as to unlawfully interfere with mining operations, and carried on like the typical corrupt PNG public servant NOT ACTING IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST but for a concealed agenda.

    • Tedaus Skoczek

      Ngansia and Michael were working against the national interest and on a frolic of their own when they agreed to interfere within mining operations on Simberi Mine.
      Just a couple numbskull cowboys with no regard to the stake holders within the MOA and therefore is this a case of the guilty running when non pursue?
      We followed the Simberi matter here from Australia.
      To most of the mining industry it was just more of the usual transparent nonsense and imbicilic behavious expected of PNG nationals within MRA.
      Appparently, the Deputy Inspector of Mines, one Lave Michael, went on a POWER MAD trip and started closing down mines in the absence of the Chief Inspector.
      Clearly it was a case of MONKEY SEE/ MONKEY DO.
      Lave Michael was invited to leave the MRA and he is now selling bottled gas for BBQ’s and boats suff like that, moe in his line of competance.
      Anyway, after leaving a brown stain every where he went it became apparent that Lave (numbskull) Michael was in cohoots with Sean (the walking dead) Ngansia AKA “the zombie”.
      Again, a joint case of monkey see/ monkey do.
      The whole event was a disgraceful sham and wasting oxygen and by rights the MRA should have been sued.
      As for Ngangsia he cant get a job anywhere else so he is working witin MRA.

  5. James

    On the topic of the PNG Commissioner of Customs, raised by Ngansia, allegations made by the Commissioner which he (Garry Juffa) promoted in the PNG media (as also in the case of his claims about Allied Gold) have been found by the Supreme Court to be false and undoubtedly perjured.
    In the latest matter Judge Catherine Davani found that Superintendent Sylvester Kalaut had “abused his position as a police prosecutor to file court proceedings” and (apparently under instructions from Commissioner Juffa) was found by the Supreme Court to have committed “a gross abuse of process”.
    Commissioner Juffa’s credibility as a public officer is therefore very much in doubt and on the nose.
    It seems that Commissioner Juffa uses his position corruptly and suggests that his seizure of Allied Gold’s goods may have been in bad faith and an abuse of office, and possibly, may have amounted to an act of extortion under color of office.
    In particular, and in the case at hand, the Court found that Juffa instigated the arrest of an individual “on charges based on facts known to the police prosecutor and whoever lodged the complaint” (Commissioner Garry Juffa) “as being incorrect and false”.
    Whilst I know nothing of the situation with Mr. Ngasia it is clear that Allied Gold has been the subject of a concerted campaign to shut down the Simberi Mine, perhaps contrary to the Law and the best interests of the State.
    That campaign appears to have been promoted by Sir Julius Chan who has also publicly ventilated baseless allegations in relation to Newcrest at Lihir.
    Those efforts by Chan have included the use of colorful statements of support by Simberi Land Owners by Chan which have been publicly rebutted by the Land Owners of Simberi.
    It appears that there has in fact been a dedicated smear campaign against Allied Gold and Newcrest and that has been clearly referable to Sir Julius.
    What is clear is that as far back as December 2009 or January of 2010 Sir Julius Chan has been agitating for the closure of the Simberi Mine and investigation of Newcrest (on claims of allegations by Land Owner) on specious and false grounds.
    One would have thought that if there were any real breaches of the terms of grant by either Allied Gold or Newcrest some formal process would have been initiated under the Mining Act.
    What all of this shows us is that Sir Julius Chan has publicly and actively participated in the making of controversial and often false allegations about the mining industry in his region in the name of land owners which are either baseless or vastly exaggerated (remember the dead whale at Simberi a few months ago, (….there was no dead whale)).
    It is therefore not unreasonable to consider the real possibility that there has been some tacit agreement or joint enterprise between public servants and Chan to initiate false process.

  6. imelda

    What is your suggestion to improve such ? This is your country. It cant be like this forever! there has to be a way out… What are you doing?

  7. Wesely

    I agree with you.
    It is tragic to see our nation falling by the road after years of struggle.
    The first thing we have to realize is that we make mistakes, some of which have profound consequence in the lives of simple people.
    This is normal in life!
    But what is not normal is failing to learn from our mistakes.
    We fail to learn when we lack humility and spend our time in denial.
    PNG needs leaders with humility, and with a genuine concern for the wellbeing of the Nation.
    But we keep electing people who seek power for all the wrong reasons.
    And we keep electing people to power for all the wrong reasons.
    May be we elected them because they gave our family a pig at a wedding or another significant community event.
    May be we elected them because they made a bunch of promises to us they we know they could not fulfill but we were impressed with their ability to speak endlessly for an hour.
    We need to look at the substance of what is happening and not simply the outline and form.
    We as peoples of a nation need to start critically examining what is being said and done and not just hope that things will get better.
    The peoples of PNG themselves 9and not the “elite”, not the politicians, need to take control of the nations future.
    This starts with accountability.
    Politicians need to be made to answer to their own electorates and ONCE AND FOR ALL we need to break the “Waigani Club”.
    We need to start punishing politicians who cheat and law by putting them in jail.
    They do this in other countries.
    Why not here.
    Above all, each citizen of PNG needs to carefully think about governance and we all ahve a duty to have this foremost in our minds at all times, not just around elections.
    We need to stop them from treating us like sheep and being manipulated by grand ideas that we accept on face value.
    But above all, WE NEED CLEAR TRANSPARENT ACCOUNTABILITY FROM OUR LEADERS, in the absence of which no change can come and in this respect we all need humility to accept the fact that as a nation we need help from the outside if these changes are to come about.
    I say we should ask Australia, as a nation, for this help.
    We were given independence by Australia far too early in the development of PNG as a nation.
    Australia is our big brother and friend but we don’t take advantage of the relationship we could build on to advance our own nation with their help.
    I am often disgusted when I read peoples comments about Australia being full of racists and beer drinkers.
    I went to University in Canberra, fully funded by the Australian National Government, and I can tell you that was treated like a brother by everyone.
    Only the people of PNG can bring change, they must demand this assistance from our politicians, admit that things have not gone the way they should, and be ready to accept a hand of friendship rather than living in denial.

  8. j kross

    Wesely. Well expressed.
    “We need to start punishing politicians who cheat and law by putting them in jail.
    They do this in other countries.”

    This is the heart of the problem. PNG has to learn how to deal with corruption and punish the offenders with jail terms and recover the stolen loot. Papua New Guineans are swift and efficient at payback and retribution when offended, but the same is never applied on white collar criminals under law. This strange disconnect is mind-boggling.

  9. Wesely

    If the people of PNG could just grasp the nettle here and bring in “payback” for corrupt piliticians that would be the answer.
    In China the penalty for corruption in public office is death by firing squad.
    Whats happening here is the politicians in PNG are using the Westminister sytem as a shield to avoid transparent accountability under customary law.

  10. Sean

    It is not surprising that some of you that comment cannot specify exactly what the corrupt deal we have with Sir JC. You are not aware of what the facts are one of which is that we have no deal with Sir JC.

    I only admit to doing the right thing by the GoPNG, assisting relevant agencies in taking the company to task for vaious breaches, we dont manage direct benefits such as royalties that flow directly to beneficiaries, this is out of our hands although we are one of the few State instituions raising concern about how these benefits are managed. Yet we often ridiculed in the media for doing exactly that by those who divert attention away from the real issue that PNG must deal with. We have been subject to verbal abuse and dragged through the courts by those that seek to protect the status quo. So don’t make assumptions without knowing what the facts are.

    • Francis

      You and Garry Juffa, the now disgraced……….
      Lets not have any secrets here Ngansia.
      Is there anything you would care to tell us about your personal communications with Chan and or his staff in relation to Simberi?
      Have you had any such communications over the last two year or so?
      Have you ever attempted to give effect to an interferance with the tenure of Allied Gold.
      Have you agitated for te cancellation of the mining agreement without following due process.
      Have you actively engaged in conduct which was outside the scope of your duties at MRA?
      Do you support a proposal or have you ever supported a proposal, concurrent with Chans similar position, that the Mining Lease at Simberi be given to another developer?
      Surpises abound …………

  11. Frank Gardener

    How about Ngansia, he admits to being corrupt but then says that no one can prove it.
    Ho ho ho…………Garry Juffa was found to be a corrupt by the Courts.
    Ngansia is his mate and I checked to decisions of the National Court over the last year and a half and I can find no Court judgements as referred to by Ngansia.
    Ngansia is liar, typical of a crim with something to hide.
    Vlad had the right idea, hoist him high.

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