Former Forest Minister, MP Belden Namah, has spoken out about the Ramu mine waste dumping issue which he says reflects the fact the government is weak and has been captured by foreign investors and is failing to put the interests of the people first.
In the whole world every big multinational is only interested in their balance sheet, how much money are they going to make.Tailings dams are very expensive and because they are going to make less profit the easiest option is dumping all their tailings in the rivers and the sea.This is where leadership comes in. We Papua New Guineans vote weak leaders. Leaders who sit down with and make decisions for the multinationals that allow them to dump in the sea and in the rivers.This must stop because our country is getting buggered up and the environment is being ruined.There is nothing wrong with international investors coming to Papua new Guinea but the problem is with the government. The government must put the interests of the people first. The interests of the people and our children must go ahead of the interests of the multinational corporations.With Ramu nickel there is no problem in allowing mining but why did the government pass a law where we are protecting the company from Papua New Guinean laws that protect the environment?They are not giving options to the people if any damage happens so the people cab take the company to court. This is a big concern.It is good if investors come and generate revenue but the government is closing its eyes to the importance of the environment and people's lives which depend on the environment. We all depend on the environment.The government is closing its eyes to the interests of the people and is putting the interests of foreign companies first.Investors must follow the laws of Papua New Guinea and follow our Constitution (mama law).The Environment law now its doesn't protect the people it protects the investor.