Ng ke mera el chad (he is a real person). And who is not is the likely rebuke (ke mechokl) today. This phrase is not used so much anymore because for fear of being accused in putting down other people. In this day and age Palau with our notions (uldesued) on democracy and Christianity, this would be politically incorrect to say (tekoi el de dung e ng sebeched el otour a chetechat ra rebeluu). But this is an authentic Palauan measurement (mera el kerbai ra klebelau) that has been used to describe those who posses social disciplines and principles (llechuul e medengei a tekoi e kedung el chad) due to proper upbringing (ungil a ulekerrulel). It follows that such persons place high value on propriety (medengei a meral tekoi). This very Palauan mentality demands that one should not wait to be told to refrain from doing something wrong.
So the next question to ask ourselves: are there any real persons (mera el chad) in Palau today? There are more Palauan MD doctors, PhD doctors, master, BS, AS, and AA degree holders in all field of work than ever before. Since more Palauans are educated from kindergarten through college, it is safe to say that there are more “mera el chad” in Palau than anytime before. This should make life in Palau sensible (kleuadel e ngarngii a urebetelel a rokui el tekoi ra chelsel) and more desirable then yester-years. If one listens to all public messages and speeches on tv, Palau is “heaven on earth.” This statement I admit to borrowing from another master degree holder and strong supporter of the government. And to defy this position is politically incorrect. The days of public protesting or demonstrations are nowhere in sight, and Palauans are expected to be happy for Palau and not be a nuisance (olibesongel) to the public by complaining or simply questioning the way things are.
Therefore Palau heaven here on earth makes it that our students are well trained to face the development and job requirements taking place now and into the future. Our health and medical care are where we want them to be. And our elders live life free of worries for their daily needs or retirement benefits. And above all, the working class needs are met with no problem. The Compact Road might as well be the road to the promise land nearing its completion. Another good telltale (a chais a merael), foreign participants at all the conferences and festivities hosted by us can only remark on our blessings with awe (te di mechas a rengrir er a klengar rekid). Life in Palau must be good then because even the foreigners are telling us so. Now let me see one “mera el chad” take a stand and say the opposite (kmu ng telemall a Belau e mla medikik a rokui el tekoi ra chelsel).
There is definitely no shortage of educated Palauans today. Maybe the right question to ask ourselves then is do we Palauans today value propriety and discipline (a mera el tekoi ma kldung). I cannot believe that all the educated Palauan people have been deceived in all these years by electing the wrong people to be their leaders. Only Tobi Ngerur in known Palauan history has complained that Camsek Chin was not qualified to be a Senator in the Sixth OEK. Whether right or wrong he took a stand, and more than that, he went to court. So what has been everyone’s basis in electing a person to be a senator, president, or vice president? And if the leaders are trampling on our lives (te mla tmak er kid), where are the educated Palauan people? What is their excuse for allowing this frustration continue to put a heavy burden in our hearts (ng di lmangel a rengud kung)?
A question has been directed at us by a mera el chad in the person of Dr. Kuartei; is this not a government of the majority. If Palauan people continue to put humanoids or androids (te mesil ma lechub e te robot el diak a rengrir el ua rechad) in the leadership, you should understand why your state of misery is not heard or let alone felt by elected leaders. May I suggest one simple good old fashion Paluan solution; a klemera el chad ma kldung bo le kerbai ra omelilt e al ta a remerreder ma rebeluu a mo dokngei.
By Santy Asanuma