Although mainly not about the mineral exploration endeavor this public domain newsletter published by the "Kalimantan Support Group" briefly refers to Mansur Geiger's health issues. Despite Mansur being the key person on the ground it seems that the KLG board has not yet considered that this set back needed to be announced to investors or reported to TSX/AIM.
Readers may reflect on Mansur's remark that "materialism" had arrived in the local community when they saw his watch and asked for one .... hmmm ... no mention in any of the footage of KLG's inner circle awarding themselves stock options or of the disparity in remuneration from top to bottom in this endeavor. Again, no mention in any of this footage of the role, interests and expectations of investors.
Here is a link to Part 1 of a nostalgic account of the early days up river, interacting with the Dayak communities. These early days were funded by the hundreds of small investors from all over the world who subscribed for shares in Kalimantan Investment Corporation. The investors get no recognition in the documentary. However, without their support none of what Mansur reminisces about would have been possible.
I thought you would not be able to resist returning to the forum. My knowledge of Chinese history is limited. I have spent limited time in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Taipei - lived longer in Hong Kong. I have also visited Tokyo and Seoul. No doubt at all about the fantastic work ethic in all those places in North East Asia. However, always when I get back into South East Asia - even already entering the beautiful high clouded skies above it let alone seeing the softer smiling faces of the people - there is a greater sense of wellbeing not to mention happiness which is almost tangible. People down South here may not work as hard but they do in general seem to lead happier lives. Perhaps it is because they have freedom of belief and of faith and can mostly say what they think and are more trusting and less fearful of what the future holds. Hard work is important. Even so it is only one aspect of human endeavor. Luckily the Indonesians did not have to discuss win-win solutions with Kublai Khan. His claims for tribune were outrageous. Apparently, at the height of his powers he sent an emissary to Java. The Javanese entertained the man for a year showing him around. Before the emissary was due to return to China his Javanese hosts apologized to him before cutting off his right arm. It was their way of advising Khan not to mess with the Javanese. He ignored the warning and subsequently suffered a defeat at the hands of the Javanese. Of course it is different today. We just have nine dashes on maps of the South China Sea. And as you say Khan was a barbarian.
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