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Taut, hall e kuk taut erkau ra uchei ra kngasch ra kuk tara mode of lecturing el mora beluad el oumerang a bleketakl el tekoi el kulekoi.

You sound like an ignoramus with your language. You could have sensibly constructed a feedback on my argument/comment without calling names, and this and that especially with your "yo momma's so stupid." It takes one to know.

Besides, let me not waste further my precious government time talking to an assinine-minded drop-out like your kind.

If you don't have anything constructive to contribute to the debate, bai motutii a llomes e bom cherellakl.

Bakuchi, yo momma's so stupid she asked if your'e still married to Mz. Masami! LOL! I crack myself up!
It's the stupid ones who need advise, and that would be you! The way to communicate w/ you is go down the gutter where u belong, and that's what I'm doing, just wanted to make u feel at home.
Now go back and read your first post very carefully, isn't there something you wrote that would encourage a retaliation? Some people are so oblivious as to why they are treated like scums!

bakuchi,
lol! so you work for the government huh? it's closed minded people like you that corrupts our government. and for your information, this is not just about melkeok, it's about palau as a whole. i'm sure when your 80,000 chinese come to your mega resort, they will go to koror and go to the rock islands, thus ruining our corals and fish habitats. ke locha di edal a kmung techang ma uchul me koureor ra government.

it's so funny when all the rest of the world are moving toward democracy and capitalism, people like you stand up and say, let's just shut up and let our appointed candidates speak for us...ka locha tar tirkel di domechar retir sel temel a senkio..lol

and if your so insistant that i wouldn't be any good for melkeok...your right! because when i go home, which is really soon, i have my own state to work on. which would benefit from your mega resort without all the negative side effects. but we're not concerned about that, we are concerned about some of our leaders like diaz, who think china has more freedom than the u.s.

and for you to tell me not to come home...a kikong er a belau eng diak bok kiei ra blim ma diak bok kiei ra etemem kau ma kleblillem...ma diak bo kuleng a lease. oh..e ngak a diak ngartiang el milil loldeu ra renguk e kungebuul ra rechad ra blik lek kmal medengei a elbuul er belau. a kuureor el full time e ngara school el full time e diak a di imol sens ra beluu er belau el kuusbech erngii, eal borengii a elsang eak kulngeseu ra rechad ra blik...a omsal meduch e mellomes ebai mosiik a safe el economic movement el sebel kudmeklii a belau a bolak a udoud ra compact. for example, find ways to increase production through local businesses, promote business competitions, encourage palauan etrepreneurs that would create more jobs for palauans..not rechad ra bangladesh ma remanong.. instead of bringing in a huge hotel that would only be good for several months. what the heck! i don't even have to tell you these stuff cause there's nothing you can do...your just another yes man.

Bravo...Bravo,
to kedung, mori and taut, kom kora kmal di dmung aikel boyint el kirel a bakuchi el remenges. believe it or not there are many who think they got the shiznit on all the happs here on the rock. they put all their trust in someone else, so when the ship sinks they always have someone to blame, so typical and shallow. kedung, have you heard all the hub-bub with the KSG and the PRR dealings...should have a lot of similar characteristics to this Melekeok development. sei a tellmellel a illteet e bakuchi, te re ngar ngii a omdasu el kmo te mlechell el mor ngii ma rokui el klaumedengei a di rirebet er tir, ngdiak el ua re bebil el milsuub e mla mes ra mederir e remutch ra chimorir...bakuchi, ngera ra ikang a motaut er kau, nglocha di kau el mo mesang, hopefully sooner rather than later.
no ack la dat...moruul a ungil

I think Bakuchi is either DJ DIAZ himself or his boyfriend :)

....He mentioned he worked in Ngurulumud...right?

Anyways he spoke like he was Diaz...Asking a citizen outside of Palau to pay their tax to Palau or stop the criticism of the leaders because one is living outside of Palau...Whaaat?

This is the kind of Moronic Uneducated Mentality that has now entered the leadership of Palau...

Hellooo...BAKUCHI...Our Palau is a DEMOCRACATIC GOVERNEMENT..Freedom to Critic it and Dissention...is at it's heart and soul..It's what makes it what it is...

Be careful you don't sound to Communistic in your speech...it show's..and the power you may wield today..is not forever...
Wield it with thought and
humility.

Don't sit too high on that seat and think you know it all...only God does...and I know you aint even close to that...

Be careful with what you say....It may come back at you harder then you meant it..

This is not a threat..just advice...

i still don't understand and failed to see why a chinese companyenterpreneur wants to build a mega hotel in palau?? with all the millions of $$$$ spent...what do they get, out of this deal? WHATS IN PALAU, that deserve a monstrous sized hotel?
will china become rich? will palau become rich? or melkeok? or Spkr. Mesebeluu? can sonsorol have a portion of this wealth?
if china wants to help palau, why not build infrastructues like the gov of japan(kbbridgeetc)? or U.S.(compactroadetc)? or taiwan(causewayetc)? where everyone benefits.;.?
if they(simano) wants to help palau's economy, why do they want to be excempt from paying other business fees eventho they had lots of $$$$$$??

China is overcrowded, they want to live here. Take over. Chinese resort for Chinese tourists. Long term visa for rich Chinese. Lots of Chinese means more business to cater to Chinese. Chinese food, Chinese business sinage, Chinese languange, Chinese people everywhere. Soon no more Palauans as they go to US. Chinese have Palau. Ho! Ho!

hey, chinatown is everywhere in this whole wide world....why not palau? that's mighty great. these people don't care about keeping palau beautiful. they slap with their greens and take over everything........been to china town somewhere? i don't know but san francisco's one smells.

who the hell is this bakuchi? is he/she been bought by chinese. you don't have a right to tell a pure palauan abroad that he/she doesn't have a say in anything for palau. do you even know how old was diaz when he arrived palau and manipulated you?!!!! get it righ, and get it tight....a'ight moron!! you can't take the palau blood away from me on the opposite side...

first comes hotel, 2nd comes chinese workers, then comes chinese millionaires, then comes human trafficking to cater for rich chinese looking for cheap and immoral sex, then comes drugs, the list goes on and on. hey! we couldn't handle one Eddie Leu or whatever his name was, how can we handle more chinese bastards? maybe this shimao thing is good but not right now...it's too early for us as a nation to welcome these kinds of projects.

Dor,
You are wondering Why Chinese wants to build this mega project in Palau? I just had a conversation with a chinese doctor, who has a lot of money both here and his country. Ngkmo, Chinese wants something from you Palauans? Why Palau? Isn't there any other islands in the Pacific. He asked me if we have oil? It is their style, he said, once they get into the country enguu a klisiich, they will run the show. Now remember these people have money and we all know that power comes with whoever has it.He used Canada as an example. What about the diseases that they might bring into the island? Are we capable of handling this? This is not only going to affect the people from Melekeok but the rest of Palauas.

mori,

i guite understand what your saying..it still dosnt explain WHY china shimao's want business venture in palau??
an insignificant dot on the map, WHY THE HELL PALAU??! why not yap, ponape,...or, taiwan? all have greater number of people than palau..more rooms are occupied than any given time.

from what i'v gathered so far, from chinese people who do biznezz in palau, they're very good at karaoke bar, farming, selling newchinesemade/used car parts and perhaps few prostitute here and there.....thats about it. now, why the huge hotel near our "white house"? to serve our esteemed beaurocrats at the hill? NO CANT NO! this too obvious for them to be entertained..and be seen.

see? thats why i ask, WHY palau? what have we done or not done to deserve such treatment from a country that is a million times bigger than palau?

OIL you say? in palau? Mori, tell your doctor friend,,..palau has no oil. seven or ten years ago, if palau had oil in its soil, i be driving lexus 410 gauge shotgun!
this fairy tales about oil in palau is really getting into everyones sense of greediness.
im still at a loss...hmmm,..maybe i go check my Sen. Diaz and get some real hard-core education regarding this issue.......

sorry mori,...
just some thoughts echoing yours....

Why Palau? That is the question being asked why Shimao Group is building this mega resort in Palau and not say, FSM, Fiji, or Western Samoa?

Answer is simple: It's the first step in luring the Government of Palau to switch its diplomatic relations from Republic of China in Taiwan to the Peoples' Republic of China - a subtle form of "Dollar Diplomacy" Mainland China style.

I read in the paper that earlier this year, High Leverl Government Officials from Mainland China visited Palau as special guests of Senators Diaz, Reklai, Tmetuchl, Seid, and Koshiba. But wait, two high level diplomats from Palau were involved in the trip preparations.

Taiwan Headlines
Looking for Palauan pots of gold
Published:May 16, 2000

"From Taiwan's point of view, Palau is like a freshly opened oyster, when you
first see the shining pearl." So declares Gennie Yen, the director of the ROC
Office of the Palau Visitors Authority. To be sure, since the establishment of
diplomatic relations between the ROC and Palau last December 29, the island has
received considerable media attention in Taiwan. The number of Taiwan visitors
to Palau in January was double the number of last January. In March, foreign
minister Chen Chien-jen led a delegation to Palau which included government
officials, private sector business people, and representatives of the mass
media. And in April, the Taipei office of the Palau Visitors Authority formally
opened its doors. This "Palau fever" has also infected Taiwan business people,
who are always "susceptible" to new opportunities. Building on the foundation of
formal diplomatic relations, many Taiwanese firms are anxious to try their hand
and to explore Palau's investment environment.

A guidebook describes this beautiful archipelago nation in the South Pacific as
being "at the end of the rainbow." Though this may seem far, far away, in fact,
Palau is geographically the closest to Taiwan of all the countries with which
the ROC has formal diplomatic ties. A direct flight takes only three-and-a-half
hours. Perhaps for Taiwanese, there are rather more immediate implications to
"the end of the rainbow." This unfamiliar and exotic land is a virgin territory
of commercial opportunities for tourism, trade and investment.

Jewels in the Pacific Taiwan and Palau share much more in common in terms of
culture and historical position than most people realize. The people of Palau
are of the same ethnic background as the aboriginal people of
Taiwan-Malayo-Polynesian. Last year when the inaugural Polynesian Cultural
Festival was held in Taitung County, scholars and arts troupes from Palau were
among the participants.

During the modern age of Western and Japanese colonialism, both Taiwan and Palau
experienced foreign rule which has left traces of Spanish, Japanese, American,
and other cultures. After WWII, Taiwan was returned to Chinese rule, while Palau
became a UN trust territory under US authority. (Palau did not gain full
independence until 1994.)

Palau-Taiwan political contacts began in the 1980s. In 1983, President Haruo I.
Remeliik led the first Palauan delegation to Taiwan. There have been numerous
official visits since then. In 1984, the two countries signed an agricultural
cooperation agreement, and Taiwan dispatched a technical assistance team there.

Since the beginning of exchanges between the two governments, Taiwanese business
people have been conducting trade with Palau, and have also invested there,
entering the restaurant, fishing, retail, and other trades. During the Taiwan
Strait missile crises in 1995 and 1996, when rumors and panic filled the air,
fraudulent business groups in Taiwan cheated many investors with a scam
surrounding real estate in Palau, but there was a silver lining to this cloud:
It attracted the attention of more Taiwan business people, and especially the
domestic tourism industry, to business opportunities in Palau. Bin-fang Stone,
now director of the Palau-ROC Friendship Association, was one of those who came
to Palau at that time to explore the possibility of investment in real estate.

Stone states: "Before independence, there was a serious lack of tourist
facilities in Palau. Most of the visitors were in specially-organized groups
from the US or Japan which came for deep sea fishing or scuba diving. It was
only when Taiwan tourist agencies began developing the tourist route to Palau
that many Taiwanese began to invest in the tourism industry here." Snorkeling,
one of the most popular activities in Palau, was brought in by Taiwanese
entrepreneurs, and you could say that they have been among the founders of the
Palauan tourism industry.

Currently there are more than 100 Taiwanese living in Palau. Most of them are in
the tourism industry, in operations such as tourist agencies, hotels, and water
sports. Though most of the investments are small, there are large projects,
including the Hotel Palau, opened in 1998 and built by the Kuomintang-run ACC
Corporation development company, as well as a large vacation spa currently being
built by the Hung Kuo Group. In addition, Taiwan businessman Chen Liang-shen
made a major investment by purchasing outright a local hotel.

Zero pollution Diving aficionados have hailed Palau as the greatest of the seven
wonders of the deep. Its waters support more than 700 varieties of coral and
1500 varieties of fish. The ocean water is warm and the currents are moderate,
making for ideal diving conditions. In addition, there is a great deal of
shallow water, which is tailor-made for snorkeling, so that even tourists who
are not particularly at home in the water can enjoy the magnificence of the
ocean. Especially noteworthy is "Blue Corner," one of the most famous snorkeling
locations in the world.

And it is not only the ocean that is beautiful; Palau's land scenery is also
absorbing. The "Rock Islands," known as "a garden on the sea," have extensive
white sand beaches and a rich variety of coastal plant life, as well as amazing
waterfalls. The islands of Peleliu and Anguar, which were battlefields in the
Pacific war between the US and Japan, are criss-crossed by tunnels built by the
Japanese, while the remains of ships and aircraft dot the ocean floor. These
islands have great potential as sites for historical tourism.

In the air, because Palau is a tropical ocean climate, and rains leave as fast
as they come, tourists are often treated to rainbows. Gennie Yen, the director
of the Taiwan office of the Palau Visitors Authority, says that people have even
seen three rainbows at one time. And if there has been no rain, you can see a
kind of horizontal rainbow by standing on the beach at sunset and following with
your eyes the different shades of blue of the receding ocean as they merge into
the bands of reds in the evening sky. In these islands surrounded by coral,
which are virtually always calm and windless, you can be pulled into the sky
under a parasailer, and have a whiff of what the scent of Heaven must be like.

In addition, the bia (traditional structures where men met to socialize and
discuss local affairs), and also the local species of non-poisonous jellyfish,
are other items that are especially interesting to tourists.

Reinvigorating the tourism market Lin Neng-jong says there are two viable
directions to get into the Palau tourism industry. One is to invest in a
tourism-related industry in Palau, the other is to increase the number of Taiwan
tourists and extend profit opportunities into Taiwan itself. Oddly, despite
Palau's beauty, in the past few years tourism has dropped off considerably.

In 1997, there were more than 70,000 foreign visits to Palau. Last year the
figure was 50,000. Taiwan has been, along with Japan, one of the main sources of
tourists to Palau. In 1997, the number of Taiwanese visitors peaked at more than
30,000 annually, but now is down to well below 20,000. As a result, Taiwan
tourism businesses in Palau, which mainly cater to Taiwanese, are crying uncle.

"It's not only the hotel industry, even at Chinese restaurant business has
fallen off sharply," says Chu Hui-chun. Chu, who also operates a tourist agency,
was forced to move the Chinese restaurant she had run for many years to much
smaller premises.

Hsu Wen-sheng, deputy director-general of the ROC Tourism Bureau, says that a
major reason why profit margins have shrunk is that tour operators in Taiwan no
longer aggressively push Palau as a destination.

Hsu notes that Far East Airlines, which operates the Taiwan-to-Palau route,
raised the price of a ticket by over NT$3000 two years ago, citing inadequate
passenger demand and high costs. This made Palau much less competitive compared
to other places such as Guam, Bali, and Phuket.

Hsu concludes: "If the price is raised for tour groups, no one is interested,
but if the original price is maintained, the tour operators' profit falls too
low. A lot of tourist agencies have simply given up promoting this route." Gone
fishin' In the current wave of interest in investment in Palau, the fisheries
industry is also getting attention.

Currently, there's only one Taiwanese business person in the fishing industry in
Palau-Tai Jung-fei-so profits are quite good. "At first I was in business with a
bunch of friends, and we rented eight fishing boats, but profits were only
ordinary. After my friends pulled out of the operation, I switched over to
mainly running a base for fishing boats." Little did he expect that profits
would be much larger, especially after the company acquired local fishing rights
for 75 years. During the peak season from May to October, more than ten tuna
ships come in every day to offload their catch and to resupply.

These days, Tai's Palau Marine Industries covers an area of 1.5 acres and
employs more than 40 staff. It offers advanced freezing facilities and two
aircraft, guaranteeing to deliver tuna fresh to the Japanese market within 24
hours.

Palau Free Trade Zone In 1986, Palau, like many former American-controlled trust
territories, signed a "Compact of Free Association" with the US. The agreement
allows Palauan products to enter the States tax-free, and there are no quota
limits for such things as textiles. For Taiwan, a major producer of textiles and
electronics, this is a very strong investment incentive. Currently Japanese and
Taiwanese business people are negotiating with the Palauan government to
establish a Palau Free Trade Zone.

Felix Yen, president of the Zhen An Palau Corporation, which is handling the
Hung Kuo project, is very familiar with the business climate in Palau. He says
that right now the main obstacles to foreign investment are land acquisition and
communications. Under Palauan law foreigners are not allowed to own land there,
but can only lease land for development. The longest permitted lease is 50
years. But even leasing is a complicated matter, because traditionally land in
Palau is owned jointly by the family and the clan. Moreover, communications and
Internet access are not very reliable. All of these problems deter investors.
Though the communications problems may be resolved within a few years-the
government has received US assistance for priority construction of electricity
and fiber optic facilities-Lin Neng-jong still cautions those interested in
signing on to the free trade zone plan to "be prudent."

"The point to watch out for in the whole plan is that Taiwan firms may not
understand that it might not be all that good a deal from the point of view of
the Palau authorities," he says. Currently foreign firms are more pro-active
than the Palauan government, which has its own concerns: The indigenous
population is small, and there could be social problems if a large number of
foreign workers come to the islands. Also, the government must weigh economic
development against environmental destruction. "The terms under which Palau
would acept the proposed zone may not be as good as many Taiwan business people
optimistically expect."

Looking at the larger picture, however, there are many areas and ways to invest.
A careful look will show that Palau has many pearls. Li Mao-tsung, a pottery
expert living in the US, who was commissioned by the ROC government to do a
study of the suitability of Palauan clays for pottery, says that Palau has a lot
of clay of decent quality, making the islands a good location for the
development of art pottery or large scale pottery and porcelain production.
Unique investment opportunities like these are waiting to be taken up by alert
entrepreneurs.

Perhaps Palau is, as Gennie Yen says, like a just-opened oyster, with the pearl
gleaming before your eyes. But to grasp the pearl, Taiwan business people will
have to rely on their wisdom and experience.


Bakuchi, look at a class of water half full, not half empty. Most of us abroad struggle to get to our goals. Mainly to get good education and perhaps experiences that we may share when we return home. You mentioned that none of our education nor experiences would help Melkeok at least. So let me ask you, why do you spend so much money and time sending people abroad for training and all that. You have it made, an office in Ngerulmud, a govt. computer to use, you pay taxes, and all, but you can't tell Palauans abroad they don't count. I hope you're smarter than that. Sulang.

in other words PITC..
we are being manipulated by chinese/asians government officailas? our government officials are being outmaneuvered in every business deal or political game...and the ones suffering are us..the meek-down-throdden..
to you OEK, why is our island so cheap? our clear pristine water? our air? if we say our island is unique, one of its kind in this globe, why succumb to foreigners' needs/wants and not to our own?
i hope this blue dream project dont come into reality... ten or fifteen years later i be sitting inside my mangrove hut dying of starvation!! greed has blinded everyone from distinguishing friends and foes alike....

kede meral chebuul..

I may be stating the obvious, but here is my two cents. There is a finite area to develop. Sounds simple, but if leaders really absorb that statement, my hope is they take ALL environmental precautions before issuing a greenlight to ANY project. Besides its people, Palau's value is its geography. I have heard leaders say 'they dont want to become another Nauru'. If tha'ts true, they will demand the strictist of environmental standards, and infrastructure (sewers, etc.) regulations (and let the developer pay for these, it is standard practice in the US). One of my business partners always says, "we've got the cookie",(or pearl, as the case may be). I think this statement applies to Palau. Palauan leaders must realize they are holding "the cookie" - the thing that everyone wants. This puts Palauans in a power position when negotiating with any country on development deals. Therefore, the leaders must demand the most stringent of building environtmental codes when it comes to any project. (They may adopt California's as an example, as California's coastline has suffered in the past, by not enacting standards on the outset. Why do you thing there will never be another oil rig built on California's coast? This is just one example. There are many.)

In Environmental Geology, you learn about ' mass wasting' and 'subsidence'. It would be favorable if all leaders become familiar with these concepts. Once the land is built upon, its done. If done wrong, it can effect your future forever. This time in Palau is for the wisest of decisions to be made. Palau is at a critical juncture. I have great confidence in the intelligence and ingenuity of the leaders. There will be plenty of profits to be had, just expect the best, demand the best from those you partner with, and Palau will remain the best.

Sulang,
AFriend

AFriend,

well put. We should remind ourselves (our generation) of your comment and practice when our time comes in 09. I'm afraid all the wonderful and feasible plans for Palau we've been discussing are falling to deaf ears. As they say, you cannot teach old dogs new tricks.

Palau is at its all time low. Just because they were elected into office does not mean they're above the law. They've all betrayed us and Palau. They should be afraid rar Bladek.

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