CULTURE CLASH SEEN IN PNG KILLINGS OF CHINESE

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By Clifford Faiparik

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Sept. 2) –Four Chinese business operators have been killed in Port Moresby, mostly by their former employees, since 2000, Crimes Director Assistant Commissioner Raphael Huafolo said.

"These killings might be the results of difference in conducting the daily operations," Mr Huafolo said yesterday.

He said there probably was no understanding of each other's cultural methods of solving conflicts that arise daily in a business operation.

"PNG diplomats must also play a part in accurately informing foreigners of the nation's cultural background before allowing them to invest here. Such exercise will help reduce attacks on foreign investors and prevent the exaggeration of the negative image of the country to the international community."

Mr Huafolo said this in Port Moresby yesterday in the wake of the arrest of a suspect involved in the killing of a Chinese businesswoman at her Waigani Drive shop recently.

The suspect is believed to be a former employee.

The victim was the fourth in three separate attacks on Chinese investors in the past three and a half years.

The first incident happened in 2000 where a Chinese couple operating a store at Taurama was killed by a former employee.

The second incident at Six- Mile is of a similar nature.

However Chinese Embassy counsellor Zhao Yambo denied this statement.

"There needs to be a research that involves businesses houses to determine these attacks."

Chinese Association in PNG President Ni Cragnolini also denied that saying both locals and expatriates are victims of criminal attacks due to the nation's struggling economical situations.

"Foreign investors employ locals to contribute to their daily welfare," she said.

Mr Huafolo said their needs to be some understanding between foreign investors to go about managing their local employees.

"Both foreigners and locals have the same interest in helping each other out to contribute to the national economy. The difference is that there is a lack of understanding in how to solve conflicts that arises when conducting their daily operations."

Meanwhile Mrs Cragnolini has call on the Government to create more employment for the locals. "Criminals are victimizing the public because they are unemployed."

September 3, 2004

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