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Namah at the centre of alleged Bewani oil palm fraud

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“Namah heavily implicated in the saga and received substantial cash benefits totalling almost half a million in US$ dollars.”

Malaysian investor is now demanding 80 percent of shares in the Bewani Palm Oil Development Limited, a landowner company from Vanimo or be reimbursed for all the expenses incurred totalling US$10 million.

Maxland (PNG) Limited whose sole shareholder Andrew Lim is the Managing Director of Pricewood Products Berhad of Sandakan, Sabah Malaysia was misled into spending more than US$10 million dollars between 2007 up until 2009.

Maxland (PNG) Limited was approached by the member for Vanimo/Green Belden Namah in his capacity as Minister for Forest in the previous Somare government. Mr Namah expressed the desire for Lim’s company to finance and develop the Bewani agro forestry palm oil project in the Sandaun Province. Mr Lim was interested and undertook to be involved in every aspect of the project including funding and management.

Mr Lim and his company Maxland (PNG) Limited were led to believe that they will manage and operate the Bewani palm oil project through the landowner company Bewani Palm Oil Development Limited (BPODL).

At the request of Minister Namah and his business partner Jimmy Tse, Lim and his company remitted a substantial amount of money to the tune of US$10 million to various accounts in PNG, Fiji, American Samoa and Hong Kong.

While Maxland (PNG) Limited was seriously committing itself to funding and managing the Bewani Oil Palm Project, Jimmy Tse secretly committed another company, Bewani Palms Management Limited (BPLM) to manage the project. Lim was not made aware of this and yet Jimmy Tse and Minister Namah were receiving funds from his company some of which were transferred to BPODL to finance the management agreement.

According to documents, Bewani Palms Management Limited was incorporated on the 06th of March 2008. It described itself as a company rendering expertise and technical support in management and corporate governance. At the time of its incorporation, a Papua New Guinean known as Philip Eledume an accountant by profession was the company secretary and sole director.

The Joint Venture (JV) Agreement between BPODL and Maxland (PNG) Limited dated 08th of September 2008 provided for the transfer of 80% shares on BPODL to Maxland. Other parties in the JV Agreement were BPML as the proposer and three landowner companies namely Palms 21 Limited, Bulaulai Limited and Ossima Yalamaki Limited. Maxland is identified in the JV Agreement as the developer.

In the JV Agreement, the developer Maxland (PNG) Limited will acquire 80% interest, the three landowner companies 15% and Bewani Palms Management Limited as the proposer will hold five percent interest.

Despite being signatories to the JV Agreement, none of them actual have shares in Bewani Palm Oil Development Limited. Jimmy Tse appears to be the sole shareholder and Director of BPODL. Maxland through Andrew Lim was not made aware of the shareholding composition.

The share transfer instruments dated 10th September 2008 executed by Jimmy Tse through his lawyers Fairfax Legal were never lodged with Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) nor were they entered into the share register of the company as required under the Companies Act.

Mr Lim was actually misled into signing the JV of BPODL and another entity Octopus Resource Limited that landowners approval were secured, the landowners from the project area signed a petition on the 01st of October 2008 stating they were neither consulted nor did they give their approval for the acquisition of the subject land in the project area.

The project area of land is described as Allotment/Portion 1600 Section/Millinch Oenake (SW) and (SE), Bewani (NW) and (NE) Town/Fourmil Vanimo, Aitape in the West Sepik Province, an area 139,509 hectares of customary land. The land area was acquired under the Special Agriculture and Business Lease which the subject of the SBAL inquiry in progress.

On the 04th of November 2008, shares in BPODL were discreetly increased from 100 to one million shares and Jimmy Tse secretly allotted himself 999,990 shares which effectively reduced Maxland’s interested to 0.1 percent in BPODL.

He falsely executed share transfer instruments for the transfer of 800,000 (80%) share in BPODL to Maxland on the 19th of March for the second time. The next day without Mr Lim’s knowledge Jimmy Tse executed share transfer instruments for the purported transfer of the same 800,000 (80%) shares in BPDOL to another company identified as Million Miles Group Limited.

On March 26th 2009, Andrew Lim met Minister Namah and Jimmy Tse wherein the Minister urged Mr. Lim to enter into a joint venture with Peter Hii of Million Miles Group Limited to develop the project. Mr. Lim was surprised and disappointed and rejected the suggestion. At no time during the meeting did Minister Namah or Jimmy Tse inform Mr. Lim that share transfer instruments purporting to transfer 80% of shares in BPODL to Mr. Hii’s company have been executed. The information was kept secret.

It’s seems Mr. Andrew Lim and his company Maxland (PNG) Limited has been taken for a long ride all along for the purpose of getting money out of him and under the pretence that it was for the Bewani Oil Palm project.

According to the list of all expenses incurred between 2007 to 2009, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Forest Belden Namah received cash to the tune of US$449,153.85 posted through banks in PNG, Fiji and Singapore.

Mr Lim and his company wants 80% of the shares in BPODL or to be reimbursed for all the expenses they have incurred and only on the basis of the latter will they walk away from the project. It is understood Mr Lim and his company has initiated a litigation process to recoup their lost money.

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  1. JUDY
    March 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    It is so mind boggling,I could not really understand all the third and fourth or fifth companies emerging from here and there.I wonder if rest of the village people and rest of the so called elite of PNG can understand all these evil practices by members we elect into parliament of people of PNG and once in there, they do illegal and evil deals of their own without any real considerations and benefits for the villagers and for the PNG the country as a whole!
    When will all this evil end ? Coming election are we all going to elect new members into our parliament for another 5year term where they too will follow the “pack” that has done all the evil under the sun of PNG.Amass weath from the ordinary people of PNG,divert monies away from what the money was allocated for into their own pocket and so on and so fort.When will it ever stop,so the country of Papua New Guinea can function as it did before Independence was given to it on a plate.Why are we following every other african,and pacific countries,where elected leaders have not done right by their constitutents,mismanaged and misued the public burse or coffers of their countires…
    This is just my frastration and outlook at the state of our country..my own personal view.

  2. ahasimani
    March 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Is Namah a leader or a rascal or thief. He obviously is a criminal who once got locked up in Bomana.

    The People of Vanimo should reject him in the coming elections, then the judiciary should assist the people and lock him for good…

    I say give him at least 20 years without parole.

  3. Peter petrel
    May 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Belden Namah, bikpla rascol, bagarapim nem blo yu yet, papa blo yu, people of sepik and PNG as a whole. How do you sleep at night? or sitting with your family and feeling what? Go lo ples na paitim saksak, longlong pukpuk blo bush

  4. Ryles
    September 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Can’t believe if that what Namah did and portrayed him, why the hell did he get back to Parliament?

  5. aguslatif43@gmail.com
    November 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    PALM PLANTATION DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL

    Dear,
    Mr / Mrs INVESTOR

    I, the undersigned:
    Name: Agus, SE
    Email: aguslatif99@ymail.com or aguslatif43@gmail.com
    Hp. : 0812 8388 5642 or 0817 9802 568
    Address: Jl. Gunung Latimojong No. 44, Kecamatan Belopa, Kab. Luwu
    Status: As a recipient of full power in order to find investors to manage land
    an area of 24.800 ha of oil palm plantations to be (a power of attorney attached)

    Herewith I submit a proposal Development Oil Palm and Palm Oil Factory (MCC) with the following data:

    1. Land size: 24,800 ha
    2. This location is no problem / no overlap, purely controlled by the Cooperative
    3. The land is owned by the Cooperative Karya Mandiri 19 800 ha and 5000 ha Cooperative Natural Rezki
    4. Location of site: Morowali District, Central Sulawesi Province (27 minutes from the international airport
    under construction Morowali)
    5. This location is a stretch with 4 districts:

    a. District of West Bungku
    b. District of Central Bungku
    c. District of Earth Kingdom
    d. District of Witaponda
    .

    The forms of cooperation that we hope for is a partnership with the plasma core systems 60/40 in accordance with the direction of Mr. Regent Morowali. Regarding the cost of compensation for the land to be used as the core land (HGU certificates – the Company) may discussion with administrators Cooperative Cooperative Rezki Karya Mandiri and Nature.

    This location already has a location permit and Recommendations from Mr. Morowali Regent on behalf of the Independent and Cooperative Cooperative Work Natural Rezki

    So this proposal we submitted, for your attention and good cooperation we thank you.

    I Sincerely,

    AGUS, SE
    Secretary-General Cooperative Natural Rezki

  6. January 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I would like to honestly register that this is one of the most corrupt deals ever to have been highlighted by the SABL in Papua New Guinea. It truly dampens the the spirit of those of us who are fighting hard to get rid off corruption in this country.

    I am appalled by Beldeh Namah’s stealing of the money from this Malaysian fellow’s company and now he is trying all he can to get into government so that he too can lay his hands on tax-payers money. Namah, you will soon note that you will be weighed, measured and let’s hope, you will be found, wanting.

    This is an absolute disgrace!

    Thank you,

    Public Servant
    Waigani

  7. John Wuni
    October 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    There is an alien by the name of Steven Khan, a Pakistanese assulym seeker being engaged by Opposition Leader, Hon. Belden Namah to travel to asian countries to discourage potential investors to join up with landowners of Bewani Oil Palm project after having conspired with the current developer in defrauding the landowners of their monetary benefits. The current developer had been caught up with having tampering the project agreement and matter shall soon be contested in court of law for the parties involved be prosecuted under the criminal code act. Steven Khan and Jimmy Tse including two (2) Easter Highlanders are also involved in the scam and both will also be referred to police fraud squad for questioning for their involvement in Bewani Oil Palm project saga. Steven Khan is a Pakisteeze assulym seeker and had does not have any legal land rights in png to negotiate for resource development on png soil, and will soon be deported out of png.
    The current Bewani Oil Palm developer will soon be shuting its opreation and chased out by the landowners. Be ware of con artist in the likes of Steven Khan and the latest who had just popped up by the name of Leo Mandakali of Enga Province.

    By John Wuni
    Chairman of Bewani Palm Oil Development Limited (Land Lease Holder)

  8. Tony Flynn
    October 13, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Maybe someone can remember the Somare family failing to register share transfers when they had received substantial Goldbuying capital from another Chinese.
    The Bewani case was ably assisted by registered lawyers, accountants and the dysfunctional Investment Promotion Authority of the State of Papua New Guinea.
    IPA should be heavily criticized for this. They refuse to do due diligence in these matters of transferal of shares, increase of shares and revocation of shares; how can the directors and senior staff hold their heads high in the sight of PNG. My personal experience was that the chairman of our multimillion Kina Company revoked our 25% shareholding without notice. We found out over a year later that our interest of K500,000 plus was effectively stolen by the majority shareholder. The IPA sighted no authorization by us and it was done on the authority of the chairman under seal. Notifying IPA of this misuse of their procedures brought no action.
    IPA stands alongside the Lands Department in performing a valued role as facilitators for such activities as undertaken by Jimmy Tse and others like him. If their documents are misused they take no offense; they should be our first line of defense against con men. Con men intent on ripping off the people of PNG should be under no doubt that the “peoples’ Government” will take great offense at any misuse of its official documents to the extent of going to court; not on behalf of the injured parties, but to maintain the integrity of a system where there really is a “Government for the people”.
    From my experience, as it stands today, you will be allowed to freely:-
    Give false facts in a sworn affidavit, magistrates will allow entire court cases founded on false affidavits and associated documents to drag on for years; the supporting documents would not stand up to any critical check for veracity.
    Land Transfers have been registered with a forged signature of a person dead for 10 years and living at a non-existent address; unless you can prove a direct interest complainants will be ignored, as I was.
    Others have their own experiences, as the Bewani people have theirs.
    Don Quixote

  9. JUDY
    October 14, 2013 at 10:17 am

    It looks like every politician is a rogue one,evil and greedy to get rick quick..its all about himself and not about his electorate.The moment he get get there he starts his evil and so it continues until he term of office is over.How bloody absurd can these evil politicians be for 37 years now and counting.

  10. nenfukaru3
    October 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    PNG needs more brave corruption fighters like Koim and task force sweep to clean this land of blatant rampant stealing of simple village people’s money.

  11. sumatin
    October 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    somehow we all need to stand up and say no to corruption of all sorts and every man should earn an honest living..

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