With the economy nose diving, the country drowning in debt and O'Neill Government facing a serious cashflow crisis, many Papua New Guineans are struggling to survive.
Tax in PNG
PNG Workers pay 34% in Tax
Post and image: Facebook/Bryan Kramar
An article by B. KRAMAR outling the high tax paid by PNG workers in October 2018 - reposted.

Many I have spoken to questioned why they are taxed so much?  I explained taxes are necessary to ensure essential services are provided to the people. For example, policing, judiciary, correctional services, hospitals, education to name a few, all funded by tax collections. 

Real problem is Corrupt Politicians

The real problem is that corrupt politicians only end up mismanaging and misusing (stealing) these funds to enrich themselves and their cronies.  They become overnight millionaires on the peoples hard earned tax money. 

MP pay only 5% in Tax

However, after making inquiries into just how much salary and wages tax Members of Parliament pay versus ordinary workers, I was shocked to discover that worker pay up 34% in wages tax while a Government Minister is taxed as low was 5%. 

For instance lets say a worker's gross wage is K400 a fortnight where his employer provides him a company vehicle and medium cost housing. 

Their wages would be calculated as follows:
  • Gross Wage K400.00
  • Add Taxable Vehicle Allowance  K125.00
  • Add Taxable Housing Allowance K400.00
  • Total taxable salary & wages = K925.00 
  • Tax on K925.00 = K135.20  

Their net take home pay would be K264.80 (actual pay K400 less tax K135.19).

Average PNG Worker Pays Over 40%, GST included

What is alarming is that the average Papua New Guinean worker whose gross pay is over K900 can expect to lose upto 30% of his pay in taxes.  Not to mention a further 10% GST when he spends it at the store on goods and services.  

Meanwhile Members of Parliament, Government Ministers and the Prime Minister are paid tens of thousands every fortnight and only pay between 5%-13% tax. 

Members of Parliament Pay

Gross fortnight pay K14,600 less K1,280 tax and K668 retirement benefit = Net take home pay K12,600 Wage Tax represents only 8%.

Government Ministers Gross fortnight pay is K25,400 less K1,300 tax and K1,330 retirement benefits = Net take home pay  K20,100. 
Where the tax represents only 5%.

Prime Minister Gross fortnight pay K38,000 less K5,100 tax and K2,000 retirement benefits, net take home pay K30,900. 

What is shocking is this is nothing compared to what corrupt Members of Parliament steal in DSIP and Development Funds annually. 

It is interesting to hear Union leaders who have close associations with Government Ministers publicly announce they do not support the one day boycott on Friday, yet very silent about their workers welfare.  

What is absurd is that these Union leaders feed from the workers contributions just like Politicians are paid by tax payers money only to end up stealing from them. 

As a Member of Parliament it would be one thing to be paid well if we actually earned our wages by running the country properly.  

MPs proposed Pay Increas

I have received information O'Neill Government is proposing to increase MPs wages and backdate  the increase to 2016.  The justification being the sharp increase in cost of living (CPI). What is absurd is O'Neill Government are responsible for the sharp increase in cost of goods, so Members of Parliament may give ourselves a pay rise but what about the rest of country who essentially pays for our wages. 

Please share this article or email it to your work colleagues, friends and family.  

Time to end the madness - Join the one day boycott on Friday 26 October  2018.

How to Roast Pork Belly and Get a Nice Crispy Skin

Slow Roast pork belly is an absolute classic dish in many cultures. Easy to cook and entertain families and friends on the weekend. 

Many Papua New Guineans know the taste of  a nice piece of pork and kaukau or taro hot from the mumu pit or open fire. Salivating already? 

Here is how to make slow roast pork belly with crispy skin in under 3 hours in the oven. Make a side dish of taro/kaukau and kumu to go with it. 

1. Dry the skin thoroughly with kitchen towel.

2. Slice the pork skin with a sharp knife

3. Apply a decent amount of salt over the skin. (Hint - this is key to getting a nice crispy skin)

4. Put the pork belly in an oven tray and roast on high heat (175/180 degrees Celsius) for 30 minutes. 

5. Take out the now nicely roasted pork belly from the oven and thoroughly remove the salt on the skin. (Hint - use the juice to roast kaukau/banana/taro)

6. Transfer the pork belly onto a metal tray/stand and insert back into the oven. Slow roast for 2 hours on 100/150 degree Celcius.

7. Delicious

How to Obtain Replacement Grade 10 and 12 Certificates - Application Form and Fee

Replacing a certificate or getting a Statement of Results is an important thing to do  for those who have lost, stolen or do not have the origional Grade 10 or 12 certificates at present. Particularly, if you do not have a Grade 12 certificate due to one reason or another, replacing it comes with lots of benefits. Some benefits include job searching, applying for scholarships and many more.

Replacement certificate comes at a cost, both money and time. That means that you will have to complete the application form, sign the state declaration and pay the fee at Vulupindu Haus reproduce the receipt at Measurement Services Division to get your lost results replaced. 

Here are the 6 instructions for the Application of Statement of Results.

If your certificate is lost or stolen, you must report it to the police.

This is how you should complete this application.

1. Complete part 1 yourself. Attach your passport size photo to the application using some glue.

2. An official who has known you well must complete part 2. This official must be a senior
education officer or church minister or a senior Government officer. This officer must also sign and stamp across the bottom half of your photograph.

3. Complete the statutory declaration and sign it in the presence of the Commissioner of Oaths. The Commissioner must also sign and stamp the declaration. There should be no correction on the declaration.

4. Take the completed application and statutory declaration to a Government Pay Office and pay a fee of K25.00 and obtain a receipt. You must tell the paying officer to write MSU trust account Code 361-08 (639) on the receipt. This will be effective from May 5, 2003. Those who live in NCD and central province should pay the fees at the government pay office in Vulupindi Haus or the Accounts Section of the Department of Education on the 4th floor of FinCorp Haus. Those who live in other provinces should pay the fees at the Provincial government pay office (BMS).

5. Staple the receipt to the completed application form and the statutory declaration.

6. Send original receipt together with the completed application form and statutory declaration to the following address by hand or mail.

The Measurement Services Unit
Department of Education
P.O. Box 446
National Capital District

Some other points to note.

* Always keep a copy of the application form.

* If you are living in Port Moresby follow up at the MSD office. If you are living outside of Port Moresby, make a phone call or ask a friend/family to follow up on your behalf.

*Make sure all the information on the application form is correct and true. If there is any hint of falsehood, your application will be ignored forthright.
*Leave a comment at the bottom with your email address if you need further help.

Calculate Grade 12 GPA based on Subject Combination

Grade Point Average (GPA) is converting your grades to an average value by using the Grade Points System explained below. But first, it is useful to know your GPA value for the purpose of selection to tertiary institution, applying for scholarship or finding job. (Click here for the reasons why you should know your GPA).

The Grade 12 Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated based on certified grades students get having sat the national exams for each subject studied at the upper secondary school. 

Take for instance, a student's subject combination is Language and Literature, Mathematics A, Physics, Chemistry, and Economics at Grade 12 in a particular year. The certified grades from the student's subject combination were as follow: 

1. Language and Literature    = A
2. Mathematics A                     = B
3. Physics                                  = C
4. Chemistry                              = D
5. Economics                            = E

This particular student's GPA is 2. Here is how the calculation was done based on the Grade Point between 4 and 0. 

Hope this helps as you attempt to find out your GPA. If you have any question relating to GPA and selection to tertiary institutions, kindly see the discussions here. Or, you could leave a comment below and I'll respond in due course.