August 5 2013: Radioactive Water From Fukushima Is Systematically Poisoning The Entire Pacific Ocean
September 2013: Destruction of graveyards - More than 50 grave yards have been destroyed by a company called Swamp Corporation. This is one of the oldest cemeteries going back to plantation days. Remains of the dead were dug up and dumped in the sea front. After complaints from locals RD made some coffins (see photos) and filled them carelessly with the remains. Strange thing is the cemetery is adjacent to the slipway. It was fenced in and left for the last 15 years but now destroyed to make way for RD Tuna's wharf extension.
September 2013: Three RD containers of fish have apparently been recently sent back from the EU and then sold to Papuans.
PMIZ provokes more land problems Posted by Tim Last Thursday two groups of people came head to head over who really owns the land area on which the former Milinat plantation was on. Mabonob villagers clashed with some settlers brought on the land by claimant Sali Tagau. The villagers carried placards calling for the arrest of Mr Tagau and blaming the PMIZ for provoking this fight. The Mabonob villagers said, this land ownership title is being disputed in court and several restraining orders have been issued to Mr Tagau but he continues to ignore these orders. He must be arrested, they said. Our children are not attending school now at Alexishafen for fear of being attacked, they said. The people of Mabonob have had a long struggle to hold on to their land however, it is being disputed by other parties. They said, they will continue to fight for this land.
June 11 2013: NZ Reporter Calls PNG Trade Minister Out! Radio New Zealand reporter Johnny Blades wasn't going to let PNG Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru get away with nonsense. The Minister declared PMIZ a go now that the landowners have withdrawn their case. Gee wonder why Mr. Maru. The PMIZ which is being pushed and touted as a full go still has many problems not the least of which who are the rightful landowners. In addition the cost of the project has now increased 10 times and gosh - this well thought out project now finds it is short 10,000 - 20,000 hectares. Wow! underestimated the costs by 90% and underestimated land needed by 10-20,000 hectares. Good planning guys. Mr. Maru - you should be ashamed of this interview.
Houses burn at the PMIZ site
More than a hundred people living within the area identified for the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone in Madang are now homeless after their houses were burnt to the ground yesterday by police and members of a security company.
More than 50 houses were torched with the assistance of members of the Madang based Savolon Security company.
The policemen arrived in three 10-seater Landcruisers and began physically and verbally assaulting the men, women and children.
“My two girls were scared and tried to run away but the police swore at them and forced them to go into the house and pack our things,” one women said.
Another elderly woman fell when police hurried her into the house to remove her possessions.
Several people also said police and security company people initially tried to force them to burn their own houses but they refused.
The eviction party also brought with them a front loader to demolish the houses. The driver had his face covered with a shirt to hide his identity.
Those who had their houses destroyed were brought in by the Filipino owned fish cannery, RD Tuna, several years ago to work on RD owned plantations. They were laid off without any repatriation plans or promise of work. Later, when RD Tuna sold 200 hectares of land to the government for the controversial PMIZ project, the people were ordered to leave the area.
People watch their homes burn Former workers and their families say they’ve been unfairly treated. “RD didn’t make it clear to us that we were not needed anymore,” said one former worker. “We were told to stand by and wait.”
RD Tuna’s record is less than impressive. In 2010, the company refused to pay its workers the minimum wage set by the government. It was only after a strike that the labor department stepped in to order the company to pay the wages. The people are now caught between a former employer that doesn’t want them, landowners who want them gone and a new government project that has no place for them.
Earlier this year, government representatives paid each family between K200 and K1000 and told them to leave the PMIZ area. Many can’t go home because the cost of airfares and ship tickets exceed the amount of money they were given.
People watch their houses burn at Vidar
September 6 2011: "More heads are expected to roll at the Department of Commerce and Industry following the uncovering by auditors of several executives who are alleged to have siphoned millions of kina from three different programs including the K900 million Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) project in Madang."
"I will be dying shortly, water is not like gold, nor copper or another mineral dug out from the belly of the ground. Water is forever, I am mindful of all of you my children here present and others not present, I am mindful also of my grand children, great grand children, and generations yet unborn, all of you and all of them will not have water, if you give it away to those people (company) who are urging you to give it away to them... Never give it away, because if you even think about or consider that offer by them (company), that is the beginning of your death and that of your children and generations after you." Chief Yamei Diwag, 20th August 2011
Should there be need for further information, please do contact the two people below: Samuel Tuwol on 71627123 Lazarus Daimas (Caritas Madang) on 7286223