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MCC’s cursing experience on the Basamuk people


Food crops dying, drinking water contaminated, dead fishing reefs, what else is left to happen?

The people of Basamuk who are living with the Chinese Nickel Mine right in their face everyday since it started operations, are meeting their fate of having a FOREIGN MINER on their land and dumping into their sea.

Some may say the effects are slowly kicking in but for Terry Kunning, a very outspoken Basamuk landowner, the effects are closing in way too fast for the people to adjust or adapt.

“In fact it is impossible for anyone to adjust or adapt in a situation like this,” Terry said.

“It is not double trouble, it is trouble way over our heads because our crops are dying after the continuous gas release from the mine sinks and settles on them, and the sea turned red again after the chemical spill at the beginning of March, so where are we supposed to go to?” said a very worried Kunning.

Basamuk is an island in the Basamuk Bay of Madang Province and the people’s livelihood like any other islanders, depends entirely on the sea for traditional medicine, bathing, transportation, and for fish to eat and to sell for money for school fees, health care and other basic necessities.

According to the villagers, the sea has turned red once again as a result of the recent chemical spill, causing some more reefs to die out, killing some fish and scaring the others away. The people say that they are aware that the fish they catch and eat are most likely to be contaminated, but they eat them anyway because that is their only food.

As well as that, like any other islanders, the Basamuk people collect rainwater for drinking. However as of last year they have witnessed patches of black substances never seen and experienced before on their rooftops after strong winds, which often take place every afternoon and night and on bad weather days.

Now the rain that falls onto their roofs, into the gutters and into their tanks and everything else that they use to collect their drinking water with, has been washing that substance into their drinking water ever since. As it is with the fish, the islanders are still drinking the water they collect, because that is all they have for drinking.

Food plants in their gardens are withering and drying out, and if they do bear food, it is either malnourished or has a lot of sores. They said they are often left with very little of a taro to eat, because that’s all they are left with after cutting out the sores.

Mind you, they have some of the biggest taros grown on the island; one taro can feed two adults or four children in a meal. Like the fish and the drinking water, their garden food is most likely to be contaminated as well, but they still eat it because that what they have for eating.

If their garden foods are dying, their drinking water polluted, their fishing reefs destroyed, then where are they suppose to get their food and water from?

Off course there are stores but where do they get the money to buy food and water because after all, they say they haven’t seen any form of real benefit that can be seen as real development from this Chinese miner.

Even at this time with what they’re going through, the people say the Chinese miner, aka the ‘developer’ hasn’t called in with any supplies of any kind to help the people it claims to be bringing development to.

As the people put it, ‘What is development? The development we’re getting, is this new cursing experience’.


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Lima Mullung & others fetching bones from the dog, MCC

While the Basamuk people are arguing with the Chinese miners at MCC over the ‘tonnes of toxic chemical’ spill at Basamuk Bay in Madang Province, Lima Mullung, the said Basamuk Landowners Association Chairman got on an MCC boat and ran off to town.

Now Lima here is suppose to be the people’s mouthpiece but he’s been the opposite, the Chinese’ mouthpiece to the people ever since he became ‘it’, so the people’s cries this time are again falling on deaf ears. He’s been living in a house and is driving a maroon land cruiser used as bait by the Chinese to keep him on their leash. He’s never at the village and when he’s in Basamuk, he’s at the mine site with the Chinese and not at the village with the people.

Lima Mulung, remember him? The dog on MCC’s leash? Turns out he likes it that way and there are more dogs like him. We’ll get to these other dogs, you may know others too but let’s start with Lima here.

Poor Lima is ‘the’ puppet selected by the Chinese miners’ ultimate ‘Puppet System’ called the ‘Landowner Association. This is so that being the only one, a chairman, his strings can be easily pulled, stretched or twitched anytime and anywhere.

Sadly, what Lima doesn’t know is that the puppet master can easily cut off those strings anytime. Now puppet masters being foreigners are one thing but the puppet master here being the ‘Foreign MINER’? PHEW! For sure they’re not here to help you Lima or any other Papua New Guineans for that matter, they’re here to MINE, as much as they can.

Now in order to get as much as they can with little or no interruptions, they need a lot of dogs, lots and lots of dogs as many as possible to guard them, and that’s where Lima Mulung here comes in, the Community Affairs offices, the police officers, the Department of Environment and Conservation officers, the Mineral Resource Authority officers, the local MPs, the Ministers and many more that you may know of.

Let’s say dogs because dogs beg for the rest of their lives but only end up getting a bone from their masters, despite how painfully they carry out their tasks faithfully. Now that, is exactly what those mentioned above are doing, cleaning up the Chinese miner’s filthy mess on all fours for just a piece of bone.

The sad fact is, that all these people who are currently dogs to the Chinese miner, should be the masters. They should be the ones to hold onto the pigs and tell the miner who is ‘the dog’ to fetch the bone whenever they feel like, but they choose to let their foreign miner friend come into their country, sit on their throne, and while they clean up the filthy mess below the throne and beg on all fours with saliva dripping mouths, ‘it’ gets their pigs and throws them a bone to fetch. Can you picture that? A dog on a throne feeding its masters a bone?

You see the Chinese miners are currently on a tax holiday of 10 years! Wow! They obviously had to get as much as possible from the ground, and I’m not talking about only nickel and cobalt here, I mean anything and everything, even fresh water, as much as possible from the ground before the 10 years end.

By the way just a reminder, taxes pay for the basic services that Papua New Guineans, YOU need like health, education and other infrastructures but, you’re not getting any from these ‘developers’, the Chinese miners.

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Another MCC ‘tonnes of toxic chemical’ spill

Basamuk refinery, site of the latest toxic acid spill

Basamuk refinery, site of the latest toxic acid spill

Yet another toxic chemical spill has taken place at this Chinese-owned Ramu Nickel Mine in Madang Province and yet the Chinese at the mine tell the people ‘IT’S OK’.

The biggest pipe at the acid plant broke, causing the tones of toxic chemical waste to spill into the mine’s drainage system on Tuesday the 3rd of March, which then got washed into the beautiful Basamuk Sea by the heavy rains on Thursday the 5th of March.

Off course as usual none of the Chinese from the mine said anything to the Basamuk villagers to warn them of what happened as a precaution, or perhaps to give them safety instructions since the mine operation is said to be ‘very safe’.

The truth came out when the villagers realized that the sea turned red ‘again’ on Friday the 6th of March after the heavy rains on Thursday the 5th, and demanded explanations from the mine.

The Chinese at the processing plant couldn’t cover up and fool the people as this is the fourth time a toxic chemical spill has happened and the sea turns red every time, so the people knew what had happened as soon as they saw the red sea.

Just as well when the people demanded answers, the Chinese sent their ‘Community Affairs’ officers into the Basamuk community to tell them, “Yes it happened but IT’S OK’.

This Chinese mine also has people working for it with the titles of ‘Health and Safety Officers’, but those officers never showed up at the village to explain how safe and healthy that ‘toxic chemical waste’, poison is.

The people demanded clear explanations with researched evidence and facts but no one, not from the government or the Chinese company came back to the village to provide the ‘IT’S OK-Safe and Healthy’ evidence to them.


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The truth about Mathew Yakai / MCC’s taro blight lies

Arnold Jameson

Taro Blight? Really? So what about the Yams, Bananas, Sugar canes, Cassavas, Sago palm trees and all the other plants that dried up like they were burnt too?

Check out the pictures of plants that are NOT TARO, but are also burnt right after the heaviest fog from the Chinese NiCo mine covered the Basamuk area of Madang Province, on the 17th of February this year (2014).


The MCC (Madang Chinese Clowns) Ramu Nickel Mine had two of THEIR OWN Community Affairs officers appear in both the Post Courier and the National newspapers smiling and holding 2 taro plants saying they look
burnt because of a disease called the taro blight.  The article was a very shallow piece not stating which villages were visited, figures of how many plants including taros were collected and tested for how long, how is it that other plants affected as well are still called taro blight, where are the research results, why are the results not shown to the project impacted people of Basamuk and PNG as a whole etc…etc…etc…etc and etc..

Such clowns with newspaper articles that have no one’s name on it as the journalist who researched before writing such poor/crappy articles, but we all know its none other than Mathew Yakai, the Papua New Guinean traitor’s work of betrayal. Word is there are people related to people who have worked and are working in the mine, looking out for the person (Mathew Yakai) who turns their life’s stories into circus entertainment articles for the Ramu Nickel Chinese Clowns and himself to enjoy.

Let Mathew deal with himself, let’s get back to telling the Madang Chinese Clowns (MCC) the TRUTH about their ‘Taro Blight’ story with Full Colored Pictures’, so listen very carefully.

On the morning of February 17th this year (2014), something terribly strange happened meaning, something that’s never happened and experienced before happened. It affected both adults and children.

It started a little after 12midnight, and went away at around 3 o’clock in the morning. Areas around the Chinese Nickel Mine at the Basamuk Bay were fogged up by a very thick fog that came out of the mine and refused to rise because it was way too heavy. There were experiences of thick fogs coming out of the mine previously, as on the 18th of October 2012 and January 2013, but this one is way heavier and thicker. It caused the series of things that I will tell you about after I tell you about the 2012 and the 2013 ones.

On the 18th of October 2012, there was a leakage and also a fog, the first time a fog was experienced by the Basamuk people. This fog also turned some plants that are nearer to the mine brown, and the Chinese Nickel Mine told the people, it’s the act of fire, a fire no one saw and knew about except the Madang Chinese Clowns (MCC).

Then in January 2013, another fog from the mine sank instead of rising and suffocated the people, both young and old. To ‘help’ with this NASTY situation the Madang Chinese Clowns went around giving…..wait for it…..wait for it…. COCA COLA soft drinks to the people! Imagine the kids! A lousy K2000 was handed out to the Jungag community to distribute (maybe everyone gets K5 each then?) for the people affected, and everyone else seriously affected were given K100 each to help themselves. Having said that, none of these was reported in the mainstream media as usual.

Now, this fog that’s thicker and heavier than these two previous fogs that I’ve just told you about took place on February 17th, 2014. Like the others it sank instead of rising and was all over the sea, covering most of the Basamuk area. The roads were also said to be covered by this fog, confusing the drivers of trucks especially those climbing mountains to and from the Basamuk area.

Thick white smoke from the refinery, moving southwards

Thick white fog from the refinery, moving southwards

Three of the guards on duty on site that night couldn’t take it anymore that they had to RUN to the nearest creek at Ganglau and dip their heads into it. Adults in the area confirmed that they were coughing continuously because the fog was everywhere, and a child of 4 years old died that morning too. It is believed that the boy died because he was very sick, and the fog complicated his breathing which may have caused his death.

Right after the fog cleared that day, without delay the plants, including food plants started to go brown and eventually die. Instead of addressing the problem, the Madang Chinese Clowns (MCC) had their puppet Mathew Yakai LIE to everyone through the Mainstream media that all these exclusives are just the ‘Taro Blight’ disease.

What you and everyone else don’t know is that, the MCC Community Affairs officers who appeared in the papers with Mathew Yakai’s delightful ‘Taro Blight’ story, were actually patrolling these VERY affected areas and handing out K100 each to every garden owner to keep his/her mouth shut.

With that, Gabriel Luluaki the so-called Department of Environment and Conservation Officer, should go down to Basamuk and sip as much ‘safe’ sea water as he could and eat some food from these gardens with the people, instead of letting the Madang Chinese Clowns PISS the words ‘Ramu Nico meets government criteria’ through his mouth. Word is this Gabriel Luluaki person was PAID by Mathew Yakai’s MCC friends. Well, you can just can tell how Gabriel’s T-shirt is struggling to keep his stomach in from the picture taken by none other then Mathew Yakai ‘again’.

All in all, the PNG Mainstream journalists still FAIL to ask the right questions so as to report both sides of this story. EMTV reported Ramu NiCo Meets Government Criteria on DSTP’. Attending conferences to eat and drink and copy word for word and reposting Press Releases is simply LAZY Journalism and Plain STUPIDITY.

Another example is the National Newspaper of Thursday May 22nd 2014 running a story with the headline ‘Company Meeting all Criteria’. What criteria? Shouldn’t the public know in black and white researches and results by independent bodies since this matter is ‘Highly Controversial’ and is ‘Public Information’?

Then again these stories and many others don’t have the name of a journalist to it and again, we all know its Mathew Yakai’s doing. Another joke he created to laugh about with his Chinese Clown buddies. Therefore, if you are in the Basamuk area, Kumbrukari or anywhere else in Madang and your sons, daughters, parents or you yourself fall very ill and are in pain because of Ramu NiCo’s poisons, bear in mind that Mathew Yakai is telling everyone else that YOU ARE ALL LIARS. He is currently telling everyone that you are all in heaven when you and your families are actually going through hell right now. Die if you will, Mathew Yakai has the Chinese Clowns to protect NOT YOU.


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Mining threat to marine, conservation group says

The National aka The Loggers Times

MARINE life in Madang is facing environmental risks created by major development projects in the province, says a non-government organisation.

Mas Kagin Tapani Association project co-ordinator Wenceslaus  Magun said the Ramu nickel cobalt mine deep sea tailings endangered marine life.

The tailings have already polluted the Basamuk Bay just after two years of mining operations, he said.

Magun said waste from various canneries and factories, and the proposed deep sea mining in the Bismark Sea could affect marine resources.

“The threat to marine life posed by major development is a challenge for the organisation, which is focusing on the conservation of marine resources such as the leatherback turtles,” he said.

“There is an urgent need for the community at large to understand this.

“The local, provincial and the Government has to be well informed of the proposed developments and their effects on their environment.”

Mas Kagin is making a positive input through its campaign programme by holding a public forum in Madang.

Magun said the organisation was trying to conserve the leatherback turtle and other marine resources.

He said conservation of the turtle species was vital as it was a cultural resource for the people. Losing the species would result in loss of their culture and identity.”

He said donors that support their fight include WWF Melanesia, Global Green grants, South Pacific Regional Environment Programme plus support in-kind from family members.

He said the programme put emphasis on the turtle population which was declining.

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Mine tailings in Basamuk Bay

The National aka The Loggers Times

Governor Kas speaking at the Forum

Governor Jim Kas wants answers on Ramu tailings pollution

MADANG Governor Jim Kas has asked the Department of Environment and Conservation to investigate findings of a recent study indicating that the two canyons to the east and west beneath the sea in Basamuk Bay have been affected by tailings from the RamuNiCo mine.

According to Kas, there are three canyons beneath the sea in Basamuk Bay where the tailings from the mine are being deposited.

He said the University of Papua New Guinea and a research organisation from France conducted surveys in the area starting 2010.

“In 2010 they found and established some baseline data from that particular area.

“MCC says that from the modelling when DSTP saw one of those canyons, the two canyons to the east and west of that canyon will not be affected,” Kas said in Parliament last Friday.

“But according to the recent study done about two months ago, as witnessed by the Member for Usino-Bundi and myself, the canyons are now affected.

“Will you confirm or deny that these things are happening under the sea at Basamuk?” he asked Environment and Conservation Minister John Pundari.

Kas was concerned that the mining operation was now into its second year and the canyons were being affected.

He asked Pundari if measures could be taken to conduct independent studies to establishing the fact that such was happening at Basamuk.

“I’ll be interested in those assessments whoever they are, whether they are independent parties engaged by the Madang provincial government or the district for that matter, for and on behalf of the people,” Pundari said.

“I will get my department to assess that and if there is a need for an independent study or further studies to be done I will inform the governor accordingly.”


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Ramu mine tailings threaten bay

Toxic tailings on the move – company modeling proving wrong…

The National aka The Loggers Times

JUST two years of operation of the Ramu nickel-cobalt mine has seen tailings smother organisms and sediment in the Basamuk Bay, a research says.

Such has been the impact on the biodiversity that organisms have disappeared, it said.

Marine researcher and biology lecturer from the University of Papua New Guinea Ralf Mana said:

“The tailings of the mine disposed into the bay have overridden the organisms and the sea and the sea floor.

“The shellfish, star-fish, worms, sea cucumbers and other invertebrates that live on the ocean sediments are affected.”

Mana and two French researchers from the National Museum of National History in Paris, carried out a study over 30 days on the research vessel Alis and reported on the impact of the tailings. Mana said they had not seen the organisms that lived on the sediment.

“All the organisms have disappeared,” he claimed.

“In 2010 and 2012, similar researches undertaken collected samples of the organisms and sediment on the sea floor.

“Only two years after the operation of the mining, tailings of the mine have smothered the organisms and the sediment. The organisms that live above the sea floor might move away or die.

“We might lose the different biodiversity in the sea because of the tailings.

“I believe the tailing canyon is tilted at six degrees which is too low. This is causing the tailings to accumulate at both sides of the canyon.

“The tilt had caused the tailings to move east and west. This is contrary to the tailing disposal model.”

The researchers were involved in the Maddeep Kavieng Biodiversity Expedition that started in April and ended at the weekend.

The expedition involved taking pictures of living organism and collecting sediment at ocean depths ranging from 200 metres to  1500m.

This is where the organisms live without the use of sunlight but rely on other energy sources to survive.

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