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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 27) – Three people who waited for years for Papua New Guinea citizenship won’t be on hand when certificates are handed out on Thursday.

The three applicants, waiting since they applied for recognition as long as 10 years ago, have passed away. They include charity worker and fashion designer Stella Prasad, Graham Farrow and Salvador Marilag.

But 61 others, who were approved for citizenship between 1996 and 1997, will be welcomed at the state function room of Parliament House to receive their official certificates.

Among them will be Eastern Highlands Governor Malcolm Roy Smith (who adopted the name Kela-Smith for campaigning purposes at the 2002 national elections). Mr Smith’s new status at this late stage has evoked emotional letters to the editor columns in the recent past.

Many of the new citizens are business people, including senior members of the Indonesian-Chinese family that started the Papindo Trading Co empire.

January 28, 2004

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